Marshall Collins is the School Health Coordinator and Social Studies Teacher Consultant for Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Marshall received a degree in teaching from Concordia College and went on to teach at Northport Public School. Through his ten years at Northport Public School he taught K-12 Physical Education and Health, Social Studies, coached in various sports including Varsity Soccer Coach, and served as Northport’s Athletic Director. In 2010 Marshall accepted the Regional School Health Coordinator position at TBAISD which includes program oversight of TBAISD’s SNAP ED Program LifeSPAN, which incorporates Farm to School efforts and community involvement. His work also involves supporting the Grand Traverse Area in continual efforts in the realms of Social Justice.
Elena grew up in Leelanau County and is thrilled to join TBAISD as the Farm to School Coordinator. She has been involved in the local farming community since she started working on Meadowlark Farm as a young teenager, where she developed a love for food and farming. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in Social Theory and Practice, Elena served as a FoodCorps service member in Detroit, where she taught nutrition, cooking, and gardening lessons at two elementary schools. Elena is excited to be back in her hometown to help bring farm to school programming to the local community!
Born and raised in Traverse City, Terra Bogart is proud to be the Nutrition Education Coordinator for the School Health Team at Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Terra has been with TBAISD for four years, and has been working in the world of SNAP-Ed for nearly a decade now. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and an MS in School Garden Based Curriculum Development from Michigan State University. Terra currently leads SNAP-Ed programming and says seeing students’ faces light up after trying new food is always the highlight of her month.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Laquita is excited to serve as our farm to school VISTA member for the 2020-2021 school year. Laquita is passionate about supporting and encouraging cooking, gardening, nutrition and farming education in the classroom and in our community. Laquita has enjoyed sharing her love of health, nutrition, and the natural world with the community for over 20 years. She hails from a long line of sustainable farmers, and grew up on, and around farms of all types and sizes. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Walden University and a Profitable Small Farms Certificate from Linn-Benton Community College.