Food Rescue Partnership Stakeholders nominate and elect Board members to oversee the continued efforts and mission of the FRP.
Christina McDonough works at the Scott County Health Department (SCHD) and has been involved with the Food Rescue Partnership since it’s onset in 2013. The SCHD collected data on 124 food system indicators and convened Stakeholders to narrow the focus to the “% of food waste (industrial/commercial)” indicator. Each year, Christina helps the Food Rescue Partnership establish a community action plan to promote rescuing food for its best possible use. Christina is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she majored in Health Promotion and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her passion for food rescue has carried over into her personal life, where her kids love “left-overs night” when they can put any combination of food together for dinner!
Pete Vogel is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities and worked in IT for John Deere for 39-1/2 years as an Analyst, Project Manager, Knowledge Management Lead and Change Champion before retiring. His work with food rescue continues his family legacy as his father – Bud Vogel – founded River Bend Food Bank and served as its Chairman of the Board for over 30 years. The Food Rescue Partnership allows Pete to pursue his passion for feeding the hungry and leverage his years of life experience and work in the Quad Cities community. Pete has a Bachelor’s degree from Marycrest College and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Illinois. After retirement, he earned his Master Gardener Certification and now extends his hunger relief work by coordinating the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program at the local University of Illinois Extension.
Lea Hensel is a Strategic Communications Consultant with Foth Infrastructure and Environment, LLC. With over 10 years of marketing and program development experience in the waste reduction and sustainability industry, her expertise includes comprehensive communication campaign development and implementation, social media strategy, event and workshop planning and execution, and writing for various platforms including digital content, print materials, industry publications, and media releases. Lea has worked throughout each level of the waste hierarchy, led stakeholder engagement groups, and has also managed the development and operations of training programs.
Larry Linnenbrink worked at the Scott County Health Department for 44 years as an environmental health specialist and environmental health coordinator before retiring in 2015. He became interested in the Food Rescue Partnership after attending an Iowa Environmental Health Conference where there was a session he attended on Food Rescue Initiatives at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been involved with the Food Rescue Partnership since then, and now serves as a community member. His interest is in seeing food rescued and delivered to those individuals who are food insecure.
Past Board Members
Lindsey Adams, Outback Steakhouse – Vice-Chair (2015-2016) – Read Inaugural Member in Food Rescue: Outback Steakhouse to learn more about Lindsey’s food rescue efforts.
Lea Hensel, Iowa Waste Reduction Center – Vice-Chair (2016-2017)
Liz Hogan Wells, Community Member – Vice-Chair (2017-2018)
Mike Miller, River Bend Foodbank – Treasurer (2015-2018)
Pete Vogel, Community Member – Chair (2015-2019)