Nonie Woolf, MPH, RDN is one of the original founders of FAST Blackfeet and has been Board Chair since 2017. She has lived in the Blackfeet community since 1988 serving as Public Health Nutrition and Clinical Dietitian for Indian Health Service (IHS) at the Blackfeet Community Hospital. She retired in 2010 after 30 years as a USPHS Commissioned Corp officer. Her past accomplishments include: work with IHS Blackfeet Special Diabetes Program where she helped design the Diabetes Self Care Program, workshop provision for staff and community through tribal food programs, creation of a series of Healthy Cooking for Diabetes Classes that were published and used by nutritionists in Indian country throughout the nation, and receiving the Anita Owen Nutrition Education Award from the American Dietetic Association for a Gestational Diabetes Nutrition Education tool that helped women control blood sugars during pregnancy. When not doing FAST Blackfeet work, Nonie enjoys eating delicious meals cooked by her husband and feeling the warm heart she has whenever her kids and grandkids are all together in her home. After COVID passes, Nonie plans to resume going to the show house to watch movies with her husband, Larry. Nonie received a BS in General Dietetics from Washington State University in 1979 and an MPH in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Hawaii – Manoa in 1980. She most enjoys the tenacity and energy of her co-workers on the board and staff at FAST Blackfeet – they are her reason for continuing to work.
Danielle joined FAST Blackfeet in 2017 and is currently serving her second term as Co-Chair. She also leads the Local Food Committee which is a group of FAST Blackfeet members that focus on local foods and teas. Danielle graduated from Blackfeet Community College in 2018 with two A.S degrees. She is currently attending Montana State University in Bozeman, where she is pursuing a B.S. in Sustainable Food & Bioenergy Systems. Danielle was chosen as the MSU’s 2020-21 Newman Civic Fellow due to her civic service on campus and in her home community. She also recently received the Award of Excellence from the MSU Alumni Foundation for her academic performance and community service work. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her son.
Shelbi joined the FAST Blackfeet board in 2020 and is currently serving her first term as the FAST Blackfeet Secretary. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies and Environmental studies. After graduating, Shelbi entered the Assistant Director position in the Native American Program at Dartmouth College where she academically advises Indigenous students, works to strengthen the community, and advocates for campus-wide resources and support for students. A member of the FAST Blackfeet Local Foods and Donor Outreach Committee, Shelbi enjoys learning about local food and economic systems and maintaining positive relationships with FAST partners and donors. She is interested in law school and hopes to combine her interests so that she may be a legal liaison in her community and a change-maker in Indian Country across multiple disciplines. In her freetime, she likes to be with family, day-dream about fostering a regenerative, community farm, explore with cooking, bust a move, and drink way too much coffee.
Chuck and Vicki Holbrook have lived in the East Glacier area for 40 years, and worked in the Browning School District for 21 years. Vicki ran Browning Public Schools Lunch Program and Chuck was a teacher and administrator for those 21 years. Vicki graduated from South Dakota State University in 1973, where she studied Food, Nutrition and Education. Chuck graduated from the University of Montana in 1978. Vicki enjoys gardening and growing her own produce in her free time, and looks forward to using that passion to further FAST’s work by improving access to healthy and locally-grown foods. Chuck is a handyman/fix it person who helps keep the pantry’s systems and equipment running smoothly. She and Chuck share treasurer duties for FAST Blackfeet.
Thedra Bird Rattler has a B.S. in Nutrition from Montana State University and is from the Blackfeet Nation. She has done volunteer work with the Catholic Church, Missoula Indian Center, Bozeman Food Bank and with various organizations in the Browning area. She is a FAST board member because she understands the importance of helping the Blackfeet Nation provide a way to meet the food and nutrition needs in her community.
Mariah Gladstone graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she developed Indigikitchen. She is passionate about revitalizing Indigenous food systems and helps share recipes from her home in Babb where she makes the most of the short growing season. Mariah is a Sloan Scholar currently completing her Master’s Degree at SUNY – ESF through the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She is Blackfeet and Cherokee.
Kenneth Cook was born and raised in the Onondaga Nation in Central New York. The benefits of growing up in a very rich traditional community led to experience in a variety of fields, including permaculture, ranching, community organizing, woodworking, and other Haudenosaunee arts. Kenneth owned and operated a private contracting company for over 10 years, building and repairing homes. After completing the Onondaga language immersion program, Kenneth took a position as a language teacher at the Onondaga Nation School, blending language revitalization with cultural knowledge. He is studying Environmental Science at Blackfeet Community College.
Destiny Anderson is currently employed with the Blackfeet Indian Health Service as the Registered and Licensed Clinical Dietitian. Destiny is a member of the Blackfeet Nation and stems from the Heart Butte Community. She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree at the University of North Dakota and her Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Montana, Missoula. Destiny is a Commissioned Corps officer with the US Public Health Service. She has over 15 years of experience in public health, clinical nutrition, and renal nutrition. Destiny enjoys spending time with her family and participating in activities such as camping, watching children in sports and leisure activities, and learning about other cultures.
Scott is a resident of Whitefish and has worked with the Blackfeet Food Bank and Medicine Bear Shelter for the last eight years. He manages the Blackfeet Nourish Project, which makes biweekly food deliveries to Medicine Bear and the Browning Public School Backpack Program. Scott received a BA in General Business from MSU Bozeman in 1968, followed by an MS in Philosophy in 1969. In 2014, he retired from his job as a roaster and cofounder of Montana Coffee Traders after 32 years. Scott has also traveled to several coffee-growing countries around the world as a judge in coffee tasting competitions. In his free time, Scott helps his spouse with gardening for their summer flower business, is a stained glass artist, and enjoys hiking and camping in the mountains of Montana.
Kirsten is a Public Health Nutritionist and Public Health Consultant who was a founding member of FAST Blackfeet and has been working and living in Blackfeet Nation since 2012. She has a Master’s of Public Health and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Kirsten has worked for WIC in Montana, served in the Peace Corps, spent several years as the Public Health Nutritionist at the Blackfeet Community Hospital and for Boston University as a Public Health Project Manager. Kirsten owns, Yarrow LLC, a public health consulting organization in Montana. Kirsten is originally from Montana and loves the winter, which looks like a lot of cross country skiing and snuggling by the fireplace with her husband, daughter, a dog, and a bright orange cat.
More about Cindy is coming soon!
Mackenzie Sachs is a Registered Dietitian working with FAST Blackfeet’s Food Pharmacy program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with a BS in Dietetics and a minor in Global Health. She completed her dietetic internship clinical training through Montana State University in 2019. In 2020 she served as FAST Blackfeet’s AmeriCorps VISTA. She spent her year as a VISTA developing a Blackfeet-focused nutrition curriculum. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she worked with the Ō´yō´•ṗ´Food Pantry as it expanded to meet an increased need. Mackenzie is thrilled to be working with FAST Blackfeet on the Food Pharmacy program because it allows her to continue learning about food sovereignty, food access and rural health. In her free time, she likes hiking, camping and sharing meals with friends.
Brianna was born and raised on the Blackfeet reservation located in Browning, Montana. She joined FAST Blackfeet in March of 2021 as the O’yo’p’ On Wheels Manager & Office Manager. Throughout her middle school and high school days she spent volunteering with Browning Public Schools, Blackfeet Boarding Dormitory and the Blackfeet Community Art show. After graduating high school she moved to Missoula, Montana and enrolled into the University of Montana to study Anthropology, where she interned at the university’s curation facility working on recording and researching the Historic Ethnomusicology Collection, raising funds and grants as well as researching collections, history and artifact identification.
She moved back home in 2020 to be closer to family and help her community. Joining Fast Blackfeet has given her the opportunity to serve and help her community in educating for food sovereignty, nutritional needs and food access. In her free time she can be found at home with her two beloved dogs (Captain & Sugar) and cat, Nala. She enjoys camping, swimming, hiking and traveling.