Director of Domestic Marketing, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
Jessie Hunter joined the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and American Pulse Association January 2015. She is Registered Dietitian by training with a Master’s in Public Health- Nutrition. Her interest in food and nutrition lead her to continue her studies in the School of Food Science at the University of Idaho. In her current role as Director of Domestic Marketing, Jessie works to promote all the many wonderful reasons for eating pulse crops to consumers, chefs, school nutrition professionals, and nutrition professionals. In her spare time, Jessie loves dancing, gardening, and camping and biking with her 2 kids.
2016 was a special year for the pulse industry because the United Nations designated it International Year of Pulses! Find out more at www.pulsepledge.com
Marissa arrived in Moscow in 2007 and found a home among the beauty and charm of the Palouse. She is a two-time Vandal alumna, graduating from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she works at U of I as the Campus Dietitian. In this position, she has the opportunity to combine two of her passions, cooking and nutrition education. Marissa is passionate about lentils, earning 2nd place for her lentil dessert at the 2015 Legendary Lentil Cook-Off. She enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her official taste-tester and husband, Brad.
Former WSU Coug and NFL Player
Former Cougar great Mkristo Bruce (pronounced Em-Kris-Toe) played football for the Washington State Cougars from 2002 – 2007. After graduating, Mkristo played Defensive End in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Retiring from football in 2010, Mkristo moved his wife Evelyn, son Mkristo Jr (who was born in Pullman), and daughter Grace back to Seattle. Mkristo is now working with Jack Thompson (former Cougar Football Alumnus) at Cherry Creek Mortgage Company based in Maple Valley, WA. Mkristo is very passionate about spending time with his wife and two children and helping friends and family with their mortgage needs. Go Cougs!
Pastry Chef, Roost Coffee & Market and Foundry Kitchen & Cocktails
Laurel graduated from the pastry program at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in 2009 and has been baking since. She has had many wonderful opportunities to learn and develop her skills. Her work history includes an internship on Simply Ming with Ming Tsai and working at James Beard restaurants Lucques and A.O.C. in Los Angeles. Laurel relocated with her husband and two girls to Pullman in 2014 and has been loving life on the Palouse. She currently bakes for Roost Coffee & Market and Foundry Kitchen & Cocktails. Laurel is eager to use local ingredients when possible, so living in such an abundant region has been exciting! Although a novice, Laurel enjoys gardening and learning about sustainable solutions for growing food.
Whitman County Beat Reporter, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Josh started working at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in February 2015 as the Whitman County Beat Reporter and is responsible for covering all the county’s city council meeting, county functions, and breaking news. Josh graduated from WSU in May 2015 with a BA in history and print journalism. Josh moved to Pullman in 1992 when he was just two years old, when his parents moved from Santa Rosa, CA. More than 20 years later he’s still on the Palouse. After living here most of his life he hasn’t found any reason to leave and doesn’t plan to anytime soon.