Sharon has been a grassroots organizer, trainer and advocate for community food systems, rural communities, and anti-hunger work in Oregon since 1986. She grew up on farms in Iowa and North Carolina and was very active in 4-H and Girl Scouts. She was one of the first female members of Future Farmers of America. Her work experience includes food service, retail grocery, and union activities. In 1979, she was a homeless mom with two small children. Sharon served on the Oregon Hunger Task Force for 16 years. She served on the board of the Community Food Security Coalition for six years and served three years as President. She served on the board of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute for six years and will rejoin the BFW Board in March 2016. The sum of her experiences have come together to make her a passionate and knowledgeable community food security and anti-hunger advocate. She is the 2009 recipient of the Billi Odegard Public Health Genius Award from the Community Health Partnership of Oregon. She has worked for Oregon Food Bank for the past 17 years focusing on rural food systems and is the creator of “FEAST”, the nationally recognized community food systems organizing program.
She has been a resident of Philomath, Oregon for 30 years . She is an avid gardener and loves to share the cooking traditions learned in the farm kitchens of her youth with friends and family.