Meet the Council Member: Mike Houston

Mike Houston is one of seven new Food Council Members joining us in 2019. He works closely with our Food Economy Working Group, our Policy Committee, and our Licensing Subcommittee. He is the General Manager at the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op, and he joins the Food Council with extensive experience in the natural foods industry. Mike started out as a cashier at an independent natural food store in downtown Brooklyn called Perelandra.  It had opened as a small store in 1976 and grew throug...
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Meet the Council Member: Michelle Caruso

Michelle Caruso is one of seven new Food Council Members joining us in 2019. She is a Program Manager at the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), and she joins the Food Council with extensive experience in dietetics, health care, wellness, and food security work. Michelle first became interested in working in community health while training to become a Registered Dietitian in Houston, TX. She participated in a competitive fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine’s Adolescent Medic...
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Meet Our Council Member: Bruce Baker

Each of our 25 Council Members hold important roles in the Montgomery County food system. These roles range from food assistance work, to running a composting business, to farming, and their work significantly impacts and improves the Montgomery County community. Bruce Baker, who became a Food Council member in January 2018, is the founder of Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER). CHEER works specifically in the Takoma Park/Long Branch area to address heal...
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