John Dudas - Founder of Huffing for Stuffing Thanksgiving Day Run  

After growing up in Boston with a family tradition of running a “Turkey Trot” before sitting down to a holiday feast, he recognized an opportunity here in Bozeman to bring folks together to support a worthy local cause on Thanksgiving. John is active in the local running community and has run 44 marathons to date in 19 states around the country, including the *love of his running life* – the Boston Marathon – 13 times. John, his wife, and two young sons are proud members of the Big Sky Wind Drinkers running club and enjoy the vast quality of resources available in Gallatin Valley.

Emma Hamburg - Outreach and Events Coordinator with HRDC and Huffing For Stuffing Co-Director

Emma is the Outreach & Events Coordinator for HRDC. Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, she loves everything that HRDC contributes to keeping Bozeman the home she knows and loves. She has been with HRDC since 2020 as the Resident Coordinator within Property Management and is so excited to be stepping into the world of events! When she is not working you can find her hanging out with her dogs, Murphy and Odie and her bunny Woodford!

Chloe Loeffelholz - Outreach Coordinator at Gallatin Valley Food Bank and Huffing For Stuffing Co-Director 

Chloe oversees all the outreach at the Food Bank and is excited to be part of Gallatin Valley's favorite holiday tradition! You can find her assisting in the warehouse, asking to take pictures of Gallatin Valley Food Bank in action, and working with volunteers. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Montana. Chloe enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping and will take any book recommendations you have for her. 


Barb Kuhlmeier - Huffing For Stuffing Starting Line Guru

Barbara was born and raised in Bozeman.  After moving around the country for several years she has settled back in her hometown.  Barbara started running late in life, competing in her first road race in her early 40’s.  Since then she has run races all over the country, distances from 5k – marathon, including Boston.  Ever looking for a challenge, Barb moved onto triathlon, learning to swim at the age of 45.  She has won several national and world titles and raced for Team USA.  Barb has since retired from racing and enjoys her time cycling, nordic and back country skiing, mountain biking, wearing turkey hats and the excitement that is Huffing for Stuffing race morning. 


Leigh & Toby Holleman - Community Representatives 

Our running community power-couple! Leigh started volunteering with the Food Bank in 2008 after running at the inaugural HFS race in 2007. She hasn’t missed an HFS race and started volunteering with the race committee in 08 or 09. Her wonderful husband Toby was able to join the committee as well and has taken over most of the volunteer duties from Leigh, leaving her to coordinate Kohl’s volunteers on race day and some registration days as well.  She has been an avid runner for over 30 years and hopes her contagious passion for running and volunteering rubs off on everyone she meets!


Greg Lozano - Community Representative

Greg moved to Bozeman in 1997 and quickly adapted to the life of a ski bum.  He enjoyed this lifestyle for 10 years.  Greg is the founder of Convergence Communications and has been working with the food bank for the past 12 years.  In 2010 he started volunteering to help with the sound system at HFS.  In 2013, he decided to join the HFS committee to be more involved in all aspects of this great community event.


Jeremy Alcoke - HRDC Youth Case Manager

Jeremy is a transplant to Montana and once called the Roaring Fork Valley, in Colorado his home. Jeremy has been employed with HRDC since 2014 and is the Youth Development Coordinator. He administers programs focused on youth experiencing homelessness and supporting our community's foster youth. He is passionate about exploring natural environments with his beautiful wife and two remarkable young children, which gives him the passion to help shape and contribute to his community. Jeremy is an avid angler and he gathers energy for life from rivers and spending time with family.


Jill Holder - Food & Nutrition Director for HRDC

Jill works with all of the Food and Nutrition Services of the HRDC (Gallatin Valley, Headwaters and Big Sky Community Food Banks, Summer Lunch, KidsPack and Senior Groceries).  She loves being outside and seek untrammeled places and enjoys searching for charismatic mega-fauna in her time off. For most of her life, she has worked for organizations that utilize volunteers. Volunteers add compassion and enthusiasm; volunteering is one of the few things that we know will truly make a difference in this world. 

Unflappable Turkey Mascots:


Dee Metrick

Dee Metrick has worked at Reach Inc., a local non-profit, since February of 1999.  Dee believes in the mission of HRDC and considers it an honor to serve as the official female turkey every Thanksgiving morning.  She views running as an activity to enhance the most playful, beautiful parts of life.  She will never miss an opportunity to run in a fun costume for a great cause.


Rob Maher

When he is not wearing a turkey outfit, Rob Maher is a professor and department head of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Montana State University. He is also currently serving as president of the local Big Sky Wind Drinkers running club, and he loves the wonderful Bozeman community of friendly, caring, and joyful amateur athletes.

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