Elisa began volunteering at Food for Thought nine years ago and loved it –always leaving feeling better than when she arrived. She was hired as the Volunteer Manager at Food for Thought in 2008, carrying on the work and filling the huge gap left by the death of Stewart Scofield. Elisa was the volunteer coordinator at Canine Companions for Independence for five and a half years, and before that coordinated Artrails and was the exhibitions curator for the Sonoma County Cultural Arts Council. She was born in Noblesville, Indiana and has her masters in Library Science from UC Berkeley. She was the librarian at Ursuline High School and at Santa Rosa Junior College. Elisa has one son, Andy, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, photography, reading and movies. As a volunteer manager, she is used to asking, begging, and pleading for time and talent. Currently there are 500 active volunteers at Food For Thought who do it all. Her assistant and constant ‘canine’ companion, Samir is a large yellow lab, who shares her life and her office. They live in Forestville and can walk to work every day. Both Elisa and Samir are very grateful to be working in a compassionate, caring, fun-loving environment with great staff and volunteers.