Meet Our Volunteer Board of Directors
Katie is a North Carolina transplant who moved to Nashville in 2017 to join the Grand Ole Opry's digital marketing team. When not baking pies or running, she loves exploring the intricacies of Southern foodways and talking people's ears off about The Omnivore's Dilemma. A winter vegetable enthusiast, she’s glad brussels sprouts are finally getting their due.
Lisa Freeman is a Key West, Florida native who is currently in her masters program Vanderbilt Divinity School exploring issues surrounding spirituality and social activism. Lisa has spent the last 3 years of her life working in nonprofits that focus on increasing food access and reducing food waste. She continues to do this work through Vanderbilt University. In her free time she enjoys having picnics in Nashville area parks and exploring the local art scene.
Tony Galzin moved from his hometown of Chicago in 2012 to his current residence in Nashville where he is the executive chef and co-owner of Nicky’s Coal Fired Pizza, a restaurant serving pizza and other food true to Tony's Italian heritage. Seasonal and local produce lead his menu creations, and the charcuterie, sausage, cheeses, and pastas made in-house at Nicky’s showcase Tony’s diverse culinary experience and passion for “slow” food.
James Garrido is a Chicago native who currently is the General Manager of Henley within the Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Midtown. James has spent the entirety of his adult life in restaurants and bars and is fascinated by the intersection of hospitality and profitability in F&B operations. In his free time, he loves to eat fresh cheese and ripe tomatoes.
Community and fundraising chair
Ginger Sands moved to Nashville in 1995 after touring with her band throughout the western US, with dreams of being in one place long enough to raise homegrown tomatoes. Teaching artist, community organizer and a founding member of the Nashville School Garden Coalition, Ginger believes that good food and good music can change the world. She spends much of her time honing her skills at creating, promoting and consuming both.
A Music City native, Diana is a hospitality publicist with Polished Pig Media, sharing stories stories of some of the region's best chefs, restaurants and more. Obsessed with all things F&B, she's a self-proclaimed foodie who can’t cook to save her life but is fascinated by where food comes from and how it gets to her plate. You can usually find her trying new restaurants in town, jazzercising or spending time with her pup, Maddie.