Welcome Four New Staff Members To The FoodWIse Team At The Dane County Office

Food Wise nutritionists assist limited resource communities in acquiring knowledge for nutritionally sound diets to contribute to their personal development and improvement.


Phin Ter Thao: Nutrition Educator Bilingual (Hmong)
As a Nutrition Educator, Phin Ter will be working with the Hmong communities in the Madison area. He has lived in Madison for 25 years. He looks forward to applying his previous expertise and knowledge to promote further and educate the youth and adults about the importance of healthy eating and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Phin Ter is a certified Hmong interpreter who has worked with local hospitals, clinics, school districts, and non-profits. Currently, he is serving on a Hmong Advisory Committee to help improve the translation and interpretation of medical terms. He graduated in 2015 from the UW – Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Southeast Asian Languages and Culture.


Kelsi Salm: Nutrition Educator
Kelsi is a FoodWIse Nutrition Educator for Dane County. She will work primarily with youth in Dane County at schools and other community agencies to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Kelsi has previous experience in developing educational programming for youth. In addition, she has found her passion for food access and healthy food education through volunteering at the Dane County Farmers Market and other community organizations. Kelsi earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Spanish from UW – Madison, where she focused her studies on poverty and inequality.


Edwin Huayta: Nutrition Educator Bilingual (Spanish)
Edwin is a FoodWIse Nutrition Educator Bilingual (Spanish) for Dane County. He will work to promote healthy eating and physical activity in diverse communities.

Edwin has previous experience working in the restaurant industry, which has taught him the importance of food and how it plays an essential role in culture. In addition, Edwin has spent the last four years raising his twins, which taught him patience and the importance of balanced nutrition. Edwin is originally from Peru with a passion for the community; he serves as the president of the Alumni Association where he grew up.


Ze Yang: Nutrition Educator Bilingual (Hmong)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension welcomes Ze Yang as a new Nutrition Educator Bilingual (Hmong) for Extension Dane County FoodWIse team.

Ze has spent over a decade serving the underprivileged and underrepresented communities in the Madison area. Ze Yang is excited to join the team. She hopes to offer her experiences, insights, and cultural knowledge and partner with different communities, agencies, and organizations.

She is a mother, caregiver, interpreter, educator, entrepreneur, and leader in her community. In addition to her roles and involvement in the community, she is currently serving as the Governor’s Designee Acting Chair for the Wisconsin Women Council and a First Lady Advisory Committee (FLAC) member.