Speaker Bios

Julia Erlbaum is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Real Food Colorado, a development organization that is creating sustainable infrastructures and assisting local food systems to help bring locally grown products to schools and community through local food hubs.  The goal is to improve nutrition for school children and Coloradans, support local mid- and small-sized farmers, and bring economic benefit across Colorado.

Dawn Thilmany McFadden is a Professor of Agribusiness and Agribusiness Extension Economist with Colorado State University.  She also serves on the Markets Advisory Board and Farmers Market Working Group with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and frequently works with them on marketing research and outreach projects.  At the national level, she has served as the Interim Program leader for Organics with USDA-CSREES and was a Farm Foundation Fellow for Rural Community Vitality.

Dawn’s research and extension focuses on two distinct areas of inquiry: small agribusiness management and local food entrepreneurs as a part of rural development.  In her Extension role, she serves on the Sustainable Community Development, Specialty Crops and Food System Work teams.  Her current work focuses on developing curriculum and short courses for beginning farmers in the Western region in cooperation with the Western Center for Risk Management Education at Washington State University.

Hillary Fulton is a Healthy Living program officer for the Colorado Health Foundation. Fulton began her professional career at the Foundation in 2004 and during the last four years has played a vital role in developing strategies to improve access to healthy foods and create healthy schools throughout Colorado. Fulton has been instrumental in building the Foundation’s portfolio of school health and wellness grantees; engaging education leaders in the movement to improve both health and academic success; developing statewide partnerships to promote healthy scratch cooking in schools serving over 120,000 students; and initiating a physical education funding opportunity to enhance the quality of physical education for nearly 200,000 students. Fulton is working with the Denver Healthy Food Access Task Force to initiate a Fresh Food Financing Fund to improve access to healthy food retail throughout Colorado.  Fulton is a South Dakota native and graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls.

Lisa Walvoord is the Vice President of Policy for LiveWell Colorado. Lisa is a seasoned executive who brings significant experience leading, managing and enabling a wide range of organizational change initiatives as a consultant and a corporate communications and change leader.  She is recognized for helping others think strategically and turn strategies into tactical action plans; and for her ability to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to tackle challenging issues.

Most recently, Ms. Walvoord was the vice president of communications, culture and change for Hitachi Consulting, a global IT and management consulting firm. Prior to that, she was a consultant with Andersen Business Consulting where she focused on higher education and health care.

Wendy Peters Moschetti founded WPM Consulting in Boulder, CO in May 2009. WPM Consulting aims to help create healthy environments by working with diverse partners to develop systems-level, policy-oriented solutions to critical issues.  WPM currently consults on a wide variety of local and state-wide food systems policy projects, as well as school health and wellness initiatives, including Colorado Farm to School (www.coloradofarmtoschool.org). WPM works with communities across the state to develop community food assessments and works closely with LiveWell Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop and implement assessment tools, policy guidance, and trainings to promote healthy foods systems. WPM staffs the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council and developed the “Food Policy Blueprint” for LiveWell Colorado in 2010 (www.livewellcolorado.org).