Happening Around the Center: Graduations and Welcomes

It's a spring tradition of ours to recognize graduations of staff and family members. With great fanfare, it's our pleasure to announce this year's honorees!

Auston Darnell, son of Tris and Brook Darnell, will graduate from Bancroft Rosalie High School on May 16, 2014. Auston will be heading to college in the fall. He’ll focus on business, football, and golf (hopefully in that order!).

Nancy Flock, a member of our Hispanic Business Center staff, graduated last December from the University of Nebraska Kearney with a degree in Exercise Science. Her long-term goal is to help people adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Meanwhile, we’re glad she’s running around helping small businesses too!

We’ve also welcomed four new staff, and it’s time to introduce them properly!

Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch joined us most recently as Energy and Climate Organizing Fellow. Lauren grew up in potato country of southern Idaho. She’s spent time in Seattle, China, and Italy, honing her sense of adventure and respect for a sustainable planet.

Caryl Guisinger is a perfect fit as our Farm to School Fellow. Caryl is a former teacher and grows a large organic garden on 20 acres. She and her husband live in Belgrade, Nebraska. Caryl believes in making connections, and her experience is paying off to unite farmers, food service personnel, and the various expertises needed to support them.

Sarah Smith, Farm to School Coordinator, is passionate about getting healthy food to Nebraska’s children. She’s already made it happen in several schools. Sarah has a long history of project management and real food organizing work. She and her husband and baby daughter relocated from Wyoming to Seward, Nebraska.
Veronica Erenberg joined us last fall as Community Food Specialist. Originally from Philadelphia, Veronica has grown organic vegetables for two years on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in California and Amber Waves Farm on Long Island. Here in Nebraska, she’s working with various community partners on the Santee Sioux and Omaha Reservation to launch backyard gardens and farmers markets.

You can find more information about all of the Center's staff on our staff page.