Tes is a folklorist completing her dissertation in Communication Studies. Her academic work examines Identity and Hope-based community building and is based on an oral history project done with a Monacan tribal youth group. Tes currently volunteers with CIRA, a state-wide collaborative group working on poverty reduction through building local food systems, and she is additionally working with the Abundance Foundation to develop a farm incubator program in central NC. Serving on the board of Chatham Marketplace food co-op since pre-opening, Tes is newly the chair of Producer Relations, plus has plans to create an owner-built cookbook with the co-op chef. Tes worked for Piedmont Biofuels last year, and still does volunteer projects for them. She lives happily in rural NC with her three dogs, and also volunteers in two domestic women's shelters, teaching yoga.