Website Circle


Candace Clark

Candace Clark, Circle Chair and Webmaster

Candace is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, now living in Chicago. As an entrepreneur, Candace is committed to service, inclusion and innovation. After a decade in the IT field, Candace is now a full-time entrepreneur using her strengths in communication, business development, and tech to align herself with powerhouses in social media, software development and the legal cannabis space. Candace is co-founder and COO of LinkUp, a business and tech-development community that provides education and resources for cannabis advocates, ancillary companies, and creatives. The focus is to create an incubator and accelerator setting that helps entrepreneurs who have been adversely affected by marijuana prohibition to become a part of this growing industry, not only legally but in a way that creates a path for others in their community to follow. Candace is also founder of Hi Tech Consulting, providing technology consulting and development services to nonprofit organizations, social media influencers, and growing startups. Candace started her college education at Tuskegee University, majoring in computer science. After marriage and 3 children, Candace completed her BSc in computer science at Troy University in 2019.

Amanda Feighner

Amanda Feighner, Tools Manager

Amanda has a passion for health education that she discovered through an agriculture-centered study abroad program visiting a variety of nonprofits in India. After graduation, she served in an AmeriCorps program in schools in Detroit focused on tutoring and mentorship, including leading a food club for students. Since then, that passion has shaped both her educational and professional paths, leading to completion of a masters of science degree in human nutrition, including research in community education, and a dietetic internship at Michigan State University. She holds a bachelors in food science from MSU. From 2013 to the present, Amanda has worked in nutrition education with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) through MSU Extension. In that role, she has provided direct education to limited-resource audiences regarding food resource management, assisted with evaluation, and participated in the design of programs related to policy, systems, and environmental efforts. She looks forward to continuing a career to promote food and health equity for all. For fun, Amanda enjoys going to folk concerts, cooking, and exploring northern Michigan.

Karen Barbash, Jobs Listing Manager

Karen grew up on the East Coast, but since 2014 has lived and worked in Michigan. Sheis a community nutrition instructor at Michigan State University Extension. She has a master's degree in public health from Tulane University, focusing on health education. She enjoys traveling, reading, running, and cooking.

Susan Chen

Susan Chen, Good Food Event Calendar Manager

Susan Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of human nutrition, foods, and exercise at Virginia Tech. Her research focus is on exploring the intersection between food waste and food insecurity. In addition to her research, Susan has created curricula on community nutrition and sustainable food systems for the masters of nutrition and dietetics program at Virginia Tech. Previously, Susan was an intern at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, where she worked on projects related to U.S. food patterns, the thrifty food plan, and SuperTracker. Upon graduation, Susan hopes to pursue a career in food systems and public health research and education. Susan is committed to helping create a sustainable and equitable food system for future generations.

Regina Bernard

Regina Bernard, Voices from the Grassroots Editor

Dr. Regina A. Bernard was born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. She holds graduate degrees in African American studies and in urban education from Columbia University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Dr. Bernard is currently an associate professor and department chair of Black and Latino/a Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, where her courses are focused particularly on race, identity, and community (in)justice. She is the author of Black and Brown Waves: The Cultural Politics of Young Women of Color and Feminism (2009), and Nuyorganics: Organic Intellectualism, the Search for Racial Identity, and Nuyorican Thought (2010), and Say it Loud: Black Studies, its Students, and Racialized Collegiate Culture (2014).

Sharad Singh, Website Guru

Sharad Singh helps keep the NAFSN website up and running, performs major updates, and advises on new technology. Sharad has been using personal computers from the days they were known as IBM PCs. He has been designing and developing websites for over 20 years now. He serves clients in India and North America from his office in Jamshedpur, India. He is passionate about creating websites that are informative, useful, and a pleasure to visit. He leans on creating:
  • easy-to-use websites that make visitors feel comfortable;
  • websites where content and messaging have priority over fluff and fads; and
  • websites based on open-source CMSs over proprietary ones. 
He is a health enthusiast and has taken to cycling of late. Find out more about him and his work on his company website.
Kim Hines

Kim Hines, Communications

As the executive director of Augusta Locally Grown from 2010 to 2019, Kim helped grow the local foods system along the Central Savannah River region of Georgia. She served as a preceptor and assistant professor of sustainable food studies at Augusta University, and an adjunct instructor of culinary horticulture at Helms College for Goodwill Industries. For her work with Augusta Locally Grown, Kim was named one of “26 Women to Watch” in 2013, recognized as a “Woman of Excellence” by the Augusta Interfaith Coalition in 2014, received the “10th Anniversary Award” from Women in Philanthropy, and awarded the “Barbara Petit Pollinator Award” by Georgia Organics in 2018. She has been a board member of the national Farmers Market Coalition, a committee chair for TEDx Augusta, and an active Georgia Master Gardener. She is a frequent panelist and speaker, most recently at the “Closing the Hunger Gap Conference” in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to her involvement in food systems, Kim worked in education development in Hawaii, mental health care in Massachusetts, and environmental stewardship in Missouri. With a BA in journalism from the University of Missouri, and an MA in philanthropic studies from Indiana University, Kim’s academic passion is civil society and all the iterations of community engagement that lead to it. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.