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James F. Ennis is executive director of NCRLC. Before joining NCRLC in 2008, he was director of FoodAlliance Midwest,an affiliate of the national organization; he also brings a background in project management and marketing from his employment with the Pillsbury Company. He earned a MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of  Management, and holds a B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis, where he studied agricultural and managerial economics. Jim is based in St. Paul, Minn. Contact him at [email protected].


Robert Gronski is the policy coordinator for NCRLC. He researches and develops policy perspectives on farm, food, environmental and rural community issues. Robert coordinates with other faith-based and social justice advocates around the country, and closely follows the U.S. Farm Bill. Before joining NCRLC in 1999, he completed a doctorate in rural sociology from the University of Missouri - Columbia (1997). He also has extensive overseas experience. Contact him at [email protected].

Kara Storey is the program coordinator for NCRLC. Her primary duties are to coordinate communications – newsletter, magazine, & website – and membership development and outreach. A native of rural central Minnesota, Kara graduated from the University of St.Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., where she majored in Catholic studies and print journalism. She previously worked as a reporter for The Catholic Globe diocesan newspaper in Sioux City, Iowa. Contact her at [email protected]
Beth Hyser is the development coordinator for NCRLC. Her primary duties are to coordinate a range of development activities – growing memberships, institutional supporters, assisting with grant writing, new fundraising strategies, and special projects.  Before joining NCRLC, she worked for several nonprofit social service and community development organizations in St. Paul, Minn., including Catholic Charities.  Beth grew up in Albert Lea and Virginia, Minnesota and received a degree in Communications from the University of St. Thomas.  Contact her at [email protected] or 515.270.2634 ext. 14.
Darlene Limoges is bookkeeper and mailing coordinator. She provides the first service to our members who call or write us. Darlene maintains our inventory of information materials, and handles special request mailings for our publications. She also handles membership requests and welcomes new members to NCRLC. Contact Darlene at 515-270-2634 (ext.11) or [email protected].




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