Staff and Board


Lauren Sorg, Executive DirectorLauren
Lauren moved to Tillamook from Washington, D.C. in 2010 and has been working to support family farmers, food producers and consumers through farm and food business support and local food programming. Lauren was the manager of Tillamook Farmers’ Market from June 2012 through December 2014. Before moving to Oregon, Lauren worked at FreshFarm Markets in Washington, D.C. and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in sustainable agriculture extension in Paraguay from 2007-2009.


Joel Caris, Development Directorjoel
Joel joined Food Roots in 2012 as a Board Member, taking on first the role of Treasurer and, more recently, the Vice Chair position. He quickly began leading major initiatives, such as our successful crowdfunding campaign for Food Roots; North Coast Grown project. He has farmed for the past six years and worked within the loacl farming community since early 2011, growing and raising food and establishing connections throughout Tillamook and Clatsop Counties. He also currently serves as the Treasurer of the White Clover Grange in Nehalem. Joel was selected as Food Roots Development Director in January 2015 and has now resigned from his Board role at Food Roots.

Allyson Gardner, Access to Local Food CoordinatorAllyson
Allyson moved to Tillamook from the Appalachian Mountains to be apart of Food Roots in 2012. That year the North Coast with it’s rich and caring community stole her heart and became her home. Since then she has started Green Fork Farm, in Nehalem OR – a small vegetable farm that focuses on marketing sustainably grown food to local restaurants and groceries. In her spare time, she loves hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and generally being outside.


Lainie Koch, Office Administrator & IDA AdministratorLainie
A native New Yorker, Lainie moved to south Tillamook county in 1979 to teach at Neskowin Valley School, and “graduated” nearly thirty years later to experience the outside world. She is a passionate gardener, cook, recycler, knitter and beach walker. She has been buying local and bulk food since her coop manager days while in college in Wisconsin.


Rachel Pettit, Farm to School CoordinatorProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset
Rachel is passionate about all things food and recently relocated to Tillamook from the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. After studying institutional sustainability and sustainable agriculture at Northland College and two terms of service with AmeriCorps as a nutrition educator, she continues her commitment to strengthening local food systems by joining Food Roots.

Amy Staats, FoodCorps Member
Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied political science, sociology, and more specifically gained an understanding of food systems and the negative impacts food inequities have on communities. She recently moved to Tillamook after spending a year in southern Oregon teaching an after-school garden and healthy lifestyles program at a local non-profit. In her free time she enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, playing volleyball and soccer, as well as hiking and camping throughout Oregon.




Tracy Johnson, PresidentTracy
Landscape Architect
Tracy brings both prior non-profit board experience and active farmer experience to Food Roots. She has participated in Food Roots FarmTable as well, so she is familiar with the Food Roots staff and programming. 


Crystal Killioncoming-soon
Tillamook County Creamery Association
Crystal is an Accounts Payable Analyst for Tillamook Cheese. She is passionate about local food and farmers. 



Kristen PennerKristen Penner
Kristen moved to Tillamook County with her husband from Eastern Oregon where they owned and operated several restaurants. She is the owner of Source, located on highway 101 in Garibaldi; a farm and fish stand, also part studio, part gallery, and part community voice for local projects underway in our corner of paradise.



Kevin Shlukakevin1
Kevin firmly believes that providing good, nutritious food to folks won’t solve all our problems, only reduce them. Serving on Food Roots board affords him the opportunity to work on a larger, holistic scale according to his maxim: good neighbors make good food. When not growing his own food or blowing glass Kevin does his best to contribute to the Food Roots mission.

Special Recognition to our Founder, Shelly BoweShelly
Shelly arrived in Tillamook County 31 years ago from California with 20 pregnant dairy cows. She worked as a farm worker, farmer, restaurant owner and chef, nutrition and garden educator, and as a non-profit manager. Shelly is an original Food Roots volunteer and founded the organization in 2006. Shelly retired from Food Roots in March, 2015.

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