Team member spotlight: Kaley Hohenshell

October 16, 2020

What is your name and job title?

Kaley Hohenshell head shot.

Kaley Hohenshell, program coordinator in the Community Food Systems program

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

COFFEE!

How would you describe your job to a child?

I teach people skills for working in food systems and help them with different projects in their communities (from where the food we eat is grown and how it gets to our tables, to what we can do with the leftovers).

What is your biggest achievement to date, personal or professional?

I would say that my biggest professional accomplishment to date would be helping launch the Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems certifications nationally.

What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

These days I’m only in the office two days a week, so the other three are spent at home. I usually start my day by checking my email and scheduling work time for projects around meetings, if I have any.

I am currently helping teach the LFL and CFS virtual workshops and managing the online portion of the certifications. This consists of presenting curriculum during workshop sessions and grading online content. I am the main contact for the certifications, so I assist participants with their daily needs during the course.

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What are your biggest professional challenges?

My work moves pretty quickly, so making sure I’m on top of all the day-to-day tasks that need to be accomplished in a timely, organized way to move projects forward can sometimes be challenging. . .especially when you throw meetings and travel into the mix.

What three words would you use to describe your role?

Educator, connector, capacity-builder

What do you like most about your job?

I love that I am able to connect with food systems practitioners from across the nation and am so grateful for the continuous learning that comes with that.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

“Be the energy you want to attract.”

What’s your favorite blog or website?

I love cooking blogs but I don’t have a favorite. I stumble across new ones weekly when I am planning meals to cook at home.

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

I would love to be the host of a cooking show for a day.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Binge-watching TV shows.