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!
Marisa moved to the TC area from downstate where she grew up. Marisa has worked in the wellness and customer service field for the majority of her professional life. She developed a love for food, cooking and physical activity at a young age.
Marisa previously worked as an Agency Partner Nutrition Coordinator, developing and implementing physical infrastructure in food pantries to encourage healthy eating, as well as providing recipe tastings, nutrition information, recipe sheets and trainings to volunteers and staff to assist in running a healthier, client choice pantry.
She is excited to get back into nutrition education with the gardening component and hopefully offer her other skills in the community during her off hours!