Our Team

Board of Directors

Shannon Dobbs

Co-Founder & President

Shannon Dobbs

As a business and property owner in Reno since 2006, Shannon uses his Army and business background on community collaboration designed to provide safe access for locals to nutritious food and related services.

A long-time ally of equality and social service, Shannon leads design-layout implementation and logistics management for On Common Ground.

Michelle Dobbs

Co-Founder & Treasurer

Michelle has over a decade of experience in educational, public safety and intervention programs. She has implemented, obtained funding for and managed a variety of local, regional and statewide programs.

Within the last three years, Michelle has handled business operations for two local corporations. She spearheads the charity and educational programs of On Common Ground.  

Joel Lippert

Vice President

A beloved local advocate for the arts, education and community service, Joel serves as On Common Ground’s Vice President and as Committee Chair of Outreach and Fundraising.

His work in the field of International Education for 14 years helps the world be a happier, smaller place one student at a time, and gives Joel a wonderful chance to “get his global on.” On Common Ground gives him a chance to really “get his local on,” in that he is passionate about showing how food brings us all together.

Rebecca Bodnar


Rebecca applies her diverse leadership and organization experiences managing people, projects, and budgets in the nonprofit sector as an On Common Ground Board member.  Currently, Rebecca supervises programs for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Corrective Actions, Superfund Branch.  The Superfund Branch oversees the management of the state’s only Superfund site, the Carson River Mercury Site, Brownfields Program, Environmental Assistance Program, Certification Program, and Abandoned Mine Lands Program. Each of these programs focus on cleanup of releases of regulated hazardous substances using a multi-media (air, water, soil, and ecological resources) approach. Her role as grant manager, supervisor, and mediator with the diverse stakeholder demographic in Nevada lends to her current nonprofit work. Prior to moving to Nevada, she served as Board Chair for the Violence Free Crisis Line and the Abbie Shelter, on the Advisory Board for the Flathead Youth Home, and on the Urban Forestry Commission in Kalispell, Montana.  She was also Vice President of Education for the local Toastmasters Club.  Rebecca writes extensively and besides collaborating on technical documents for the State of Nevada and in conjunction with the USEPA, she has published scientific literature including manuals and magazine articles.

Rebecca is passionate about supporting the development of community focused nonprofits and is excited to start her work with On Common Ground.

Kristin Gorton

Health Director

Kristin grew up in Southern Louisiana in a culture of food, festivals, and fun. She’s an avid cook who believes that food brings Community together. As a registered nurse of nearly 20 years with specialties in intensive care and cardiac nursing, she advocates and educates her patients on the
importance of proper nutrition. Kristin firmly believes good health starts with nutritious food. When her patients are in need, she coordinates with other community support services to help find resources to ensure their optimal health.

Kristin is committed to health maintenance and disease prevention through proper nutrition. This is her first experience as a volunteer on a nonprofit board. She is excited to have the opportunity to assist in the development of nutrition and health maintenance programs that will benefit our community.


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