Our Staff

Chelsea Eddy 

Cafe Front of House Manager
Chelsea previously served as the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office’ Refugee Community Liaison, where she helped Salt Lake’s 60,000 refugees engage in all aspects of the City. Chelsea first came to Montana  seven years ago, where she spent several years ski instructing while simultaneously pursuing a BA from Northwestern University in Political Science & History. Drawn in by the warm community and outdoor opportunities, she returned to Bozeman in early 2016. Chelsea originally joined the HRDC as an Evening Coordinator, overseeing the Community Cafe’s evening dinner service and volunteers, before becoming the Cafe’s Front of House Manager.

Email Chelsea at: ceddy@thehrdc.org

Rick Hilles

Executive Chef

Rick brings with him experiences from many different settings including fine dining restaurants, luxury clubs/ resorts, personal chef services and simple cafe’s and bistros.  Rick now calls Bozeman home, where he is raising two small children (Jonah 4, Charley 3) with his wife Beth.  He holds a strong interest in food sustainability and is looking forward to serving those in our community who need a little help. We would love for you to join us at the cafe to taste one of Rick’s delectable creations.

Email Rick at: rhilles@thehrdc.org

Lyra Leigh-Nedbor

Cafe & Child Nutrition Programs Manager
Lyra Leigh-Nedbor grew up in the Hudson Valley Region of New York.  Raised in a family that valued the outdoors, good food and creativity lead her to Green Mountain College for her undergraduate studies.  While working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies Lyra spent many days on the student farm planting, growing and caring for animals.  Upon graduation, Lyra seized the opportunity to come out west and work as an AmeriCorps VISTA assisting Montana State University in sourcing local food for their dining operations.  As a ploy to stay in the beautiful state of Montana, Lyra took up her Graduate Studies at MSU in Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in 2009. In her spare time, Lyra love to cook, knit and get outdoors.  She is thrilled to be part of the HRDC team as the Childhood Nutrition Programs Coordinator.

Email Lyra at: lyra@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org

Brianna Golden

Head Evening Shift Lead
I am the head evening shift leader at the HRDC’s Community Café. I have been running dinner service at the café for 15 months, and have been the head shift lead for about 9 months. I create the evening shift schedule for all of the evening shift leads, train new staff in the evening operations, assist whenever needed and available, and ensure that the evening leads are set up for successful evening services. I am a graduate student seeking my master’s degree in exercise physiology and nutrition, with the ultimate personal and professional goal of becoming a registered dietitian (RD). I am a research and teaching assistant for Dr. Mary Miles at MSU, and am finishing up my thesis research this summer. I have one more semester left of my dietetic coursework and master’s program. I plan on completing a dietetic internship next fall (2016), then taking the certification examination to reach my goal.

Email Bri at: bgolden@thehrdc.org

McKenzie Ball

Youth and Workforce Development
McKenzie is currently developing a basic employment skills and culinary arts training program at the Community Cafe.  Participants will gain valuable, transferable skills with the eventual goals of connecting them to gainful employment and increasing their personal resources.

McKenzie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University where he focused his studies in Food and Agriculture policy and political theory. As a Bozeman native and graduate of Bridger Alternative High School, he is deeply rooted in the local community and is committed to working towards a more ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable Bozeman. In his free time he enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, cooking and growing insanely hot peppers.

Email McKenzie at: mball@thehrdc.org

Marjorie Hennessy

Emergency Food & Nutrition Director
Marjorie joined us from Sitka, Alaska where she worked a variety of projects including community economic development, local natural resource management, Tiny Homes, and establishing a community Kitchen. Marjorie works not only at the Cafe, but with everyone in the Food and Nutrition department and facilities (Gallatin Valley, Headwaters Area and Big Sky Community Food Banks). She focuses on budget management, programming and seeking innovative solutions to the food system challenges in our community. When she’s not developing new partnerships or chasing down funding, she can be found exploring Bozeman on her scooter or with her four legged friends Sulley & Torque!

Email Marjorie at: mhennessy@thehrdc.org