University of Vermont

Food Systems Initiative

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Real Food Working Group

The Real Food Working Group, in collaboration with UVM Dining, is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Real Food Campus Commitment.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Real Food Working Group, check out the Get Involved! page.

Working Group Members

The Real Food Working Group includes UVM students, faculty, staff, administration, and representatives from University Dining Services. The current membership of the group is:


  • Alyssa Johnson (RFWG student Chair)
  • Annalena Barrett (abroad during spring 2015 semester)
  • Ben Johnson
  • Gina Clithero
  • Molly Duff
  • James McCoy
  • Jennifer Porter
  • Maria Carabello
  • Olivia Percoco
  • Olivia Peña


  • Alison Nihart (Assistant, Food Systems Initiative; RFWG Staff Advisor)
  • Dennis DePaul (Assistant Dean for Business Operations)
  • Gioia Thompson (Director, Office of Sustainability)
  • Joe Speidel (University Relations)


  • Caylin McKee (Sustainability Manager)
  • Melissa Zelazny (District Manager)
  • James Rallo (Head Chef of Brennan's)


  • Cynthia Belliveau (Dean, Continuing and Distance Education)
  • Jane Kolodinsky (Chair, Community Development and Applied Economics)
  • Susie Walsh Daloz (Farmer Training Program)

Last modified February 24 2015 11:14 AM