Board of Directors: The Board reviews and approves The Food Connection’s vision and strategic plan, the annual budget, the appointment of professional staff, and annual and other reports.  Appointments are for two years, renewable.  Membership includes:

  • Dean of CAFE or designee
  • UK Dining Resident Manager or designee
  • Executive Director of Finance & Administration designee
  • UK Food Connection Faculty Director
  • UK Food Connection Executive Director (ex officio)

The dean of CAFE supervises the faculty director, and may designate the supervisor for the executive director.  The board of directors reviews and approves staff appointment and performance evaluation.

The executive director is a full-time professional dedicated to the management and implementation of The Food Connection and programs.

The faculty chair is a part-time appointment.  The faculty director provides academic and scholarly leadership and vision, and is a renewable, two-year appointment.

An advisory committee, comprised of the Food Systems Initiative faculty group of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability, is chaired by the faculty director, provides guidance for programs initiatives. contact Leigh Maynard, faculty chair, if you are interested in joining this group:

You can contact the Food Connection at or email Lilian Brislen directly at

Board of Directors

  • Dean Nancy Cox, CAFE
  • Vigg Pulkit, UK Dining
  • Melody Flowers, Representing the Executive VP for Finance and Administration
  • Leigh Maynard, Faculty Chair 

Executive Director

  • Lilian Brislen