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Director of Administration & Finance
Renee Horton joined LIFT-UP in September 2018, bringing over 20 years of experience in creating, organizing, and implementing programs, policies and procedures with the last 16 years at the Department of Human Services. “I love being able to help others gain confidence and re-build their lives through a wide variety of programs and partnerships.”
Having lived in the valley for most of the last 27 years, she spends time with her husband Travis, her two daughters and five grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her husband Travis, her two daughters and five grandchildren while camping, swimming, and having summer barbecues.
Director of Marketing & Development
Debbie Patrick brings more than 30 years of working on behalf of organizations and those that they serve through fundraising, education, awareness, advocacy and kindness. Her strength lies in the development of strategic partnerships while working in collaboration with community leaders in government, health & human services, chambers, education , media and for profit entities.
She has served on numerous boards and advisory committees for Economic Development, Tourism, Chambers, Leadership, Transportation, and a variety of non-profits highlighted by women’s and children’s issues and initiatives.
She loves spending time cheering and supporting her daughter in competitive swim.
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
– Henry Ford
Warehouse & Logistics Manager
Waylon Hampton and his extended family have been in the area since 1987. He has been a part of LIFT-UP since 2006 in various roles over time, becoming integral in LIFT-UP’s growth and evolution. As Program Director he stays involved in day-to-day systems and management of food distribution. “Helping people in need makes my hear feel full. LIFT-UP helped my family years ago so I love being able to give back.” He spends time off enjoying the outdoors and hanging out with family.
Food Distribution Operations Manager
Julia Farwell, a valley local since 1996, brings experience from her time in the City of Aspen Department of Environmental Health and Sustainability focusing on waste reduction. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Cultural Anthropology degree and received her Bachelors of Sustainability from CMC. “I am so excited to have a career in doing good,” she said. Julia lives in Carbondale and has volunteered for many community organizations including the Carbondale Environmental Board, WindWalkers, Mount Sopris Historical Society and Carbondale Arts. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she loves traveling, cooking, hiking and volunteering.
Volunteer Program Manager
Sophia Gielink graduated from Ohio State University College of Engineering with a B.S. in Food Engineering. She brings non-profit volunteer management experience from her time as a nutrition program director for Best Food Forward, as well as expertise in food safety and environmental health and safety. Born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she is “excited for the new adventure in Colorado, where I can really help grow and support the LIFT-UP volunteer community”.
Trudie Biggers is a grant writer, oral historian, author, and artist who joined the LIFT-UP team because “No one should ever go hungry.” She has written and managed grants for various nonprofit organizations whose focuses include healthcare, historic preservation, housing insecurity, and social justice. As the former development director for a national monument, Trudie collaborated with multiple government agencies to ensure successful project completion.
A lifetime of unique and challenging experiences enables Trudie to interject passion, empathy, and occasionally humor into her work. In addition to writing for several magazines, Trudie has published a book titled, The Huntley Irrigation Project: Engineering, Construction & Homesteading and is a contributing author to the Montana Memory Project and the Digital Public Library of America.