Board of Directors
Nancy Hanson, Chair
Manager of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at the Hampshire College Farm Center. Under her direction, the program has expanded to produce vegetables on 15 acres of college land and serve over 200 shareholder households. She started her own winter greens business from her home in Northfield in the fall of 2009.
Al Griggs, Vice Chair
Al is a strategic thinker and community leader. Al was active with CISA around our Strategic Plan and establishing CISA’s Emergency Farm Fund. Al is a director of the Beveridge Family Foundation and Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. He is a former Chair of the National Soft Drink Association, an Emeritus Trustee and former President of the Williston Northampton School, an Emeritus Trustee and former Chair of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, former Chair of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and former Trustee of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Al and his wife Sally live in Northampton.
Pete Solis, Treasurer
Pete is the Livestock and Pasture Manager at the Hampshire College Farm Center. He manages a large flock of laying hens, a mixed herd of dairy and beef cattle, and a small pig herd. He continues to raise beef cattle at Mockingbird Farm in Easthampton. Pete is involved with efforts to increase local meat production and processing infrastructure.
Elizabeth Wroblicka, Clerk
Elizabeth is an attorney with Etheredge & Steuer, P.C. in Northampton MA specializing in land conservation, estate planning, nonprofits, and land use law. Past board service includes: Chair, Massachusetts Easement Defense Subcommittee of MLTC, The Putnam Conservation Institute, The Trustees of Reservations Corporate Trustees, Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Society, the Northampton Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Bay Area Open Space Council. She was a staff member of The Land Trust Alliance, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, and Land Trust of Napa County. She also founded the first community garden in Napa, California and helps farmers plan for the succession of their family lands.
Glenroy started the Pioneer Valley/New England Growers Co-op in 1988. Glenroy has often creatively stepped in to fill gaps in the local food economy by vending at farmers’ markets in Holyoke and Springfield and collaborating with Hampden Bank to open farmers’ markets in three locations in Hampden County. Glenroy sits on the Amherst Ag Commission and has served on the board of Gardening the Community.
Ben and his father grow over 100 varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield. They also grow pumpkins, squash, and gourds and press apple cider. Ben is actively involved in the community, volunteering as a firefighter for the Deerfield Fire Department and serving on the Board of Directors for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Mass. Fruit Growers Association.
Ronn is the President and CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services in Springfield. This non-profit organization provides academic after-school and college readiness programs, including an annual tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The agency also offers a diverse range of support services to families with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, parenting assistance, and an assortment of basic needs like emergency food and housing. Ronn has held a variety of community-focused positions, including Director of Community Responsibility for MassMutual, where he was instrumental in helping local farmers sell on campus. He has also served as Vice President of Child and Family Services at the Center for Human Development. He serves on several boards of directors, is the former Moderator of St. John’s Congregational Church, and is an executive committee member of the Community Music School of Springfield.
Helen is the owner of Cup and Top Cafe in Florence. She opened the cafe in February 2006 with the mission to serve nutritious and delicious food in a family friendly atmosphere. Cup and Top is the only cafe in the area with a creative play space for young children. The cafe has successfully maintained its goal to promote and support local: local farms, food and beverage providers, as well as local artisans. The cafe purchases food and dairy from over a dozen local farms every year. Cup and Top Cafe has been a Local Hero Restaurant since 2007.
Amy owns Sidehill Farm in Hawley with her husband Paul. They made the switch from growing greenhouse tomatoes and winter salad greens to producing grass-fed milk and yogurt in 2006. They graze their herd of Normande and Jersey cows on 125 acres of certified organic pasture. The on-farm creamery produces more than 1,500 gallons of Sidehill Farm yogurt and sour cream a week, which is available all over Massachusetts. Amy has served on CISA’s Emergency Farm Fund committee since it launched in 2012.
John Kosinski owns Mapleline Farm, a dairy farm in Hadley. When John, the fourth generation, took over the reins from his dad in 1980, he expanded the dairy herd. In 1995, he began trucking the milk to a small processing plant in Ware for bottling, and then sold it at the farm, from a tiny store off the front of the original dairy barn. Customers loved the idea of local farm fresh milk in glass bottles, and Mapleline purchased the plant in Ware and relocated it to the farm in 2004. In 2006, a new free-stall barn and milking parlor were built to accommodate the growing needs of the expanding herd.
Gene Kosinski owns Kosinski Farm in Westfield. Gene studied various biological sciences at the University of Massachusetts, including but not limited to botany and soil science. Along with years of working and developing his own farm, he worked for a large plant nursery honing additional skills in raising all types of plants and shrubs. Gene also worked for the USDA, developing conservation programs and assisting other farmers in Massachusetts. An active member of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association, he continues to work with the UMass Extension Service by testing different pruning and growing styles of apples. In conjunction with his affiliation with UMass, Gene gives annual presentations and lectures on blueberries for the small fruit growers. Achieving his Master’s Degree from Westfield State, he spent several years teaching high school sciences, including biology, botany, and landscaping.
Beth is the owner of Vehicle Inspection Center. She started the first standalone vehicle inspection site in the Commonwealth in 1999 as an experiment on how to incubate a small business to stand on its own. Guess the idea worked. She has been in the automotive industry since 1984 connecting the basics of practical ways to build business while building consumer trust and bottom line profitability. Beth downsized for a simpler life from her two dealerships in 2010. She has served as Co-Chair of the Greenfield Community College Foundation Annual Fund in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She is a Past Board member of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Franklin County.
Rachel directs the Gift Planning Program at Deerfield Academy. She has held senior development positions at Smith College and Williams College, and most recently, she managed individual donor relationships at Proteus Fund, a social justice grant making foundation. Earlier in her career, she was a communications and policy development specialist with a Massachusetts environmental agency. She is a former CISA board chair. Rachel also serves on the board of Double Edge Theater in Ashfield.
Risa coordinates the Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Risa previously spent over 15 years working for a variety of community health and social change organizations, serving as community organizer, evaluator, development staff, and director. She was CISA’s participatory evaluation coordinator when it was a Kellogg grantee and served as co-director with Margaret Christie in the early years of CISA.
Casey is co-owner of Old Friends Farm in Amherst, which is a certified organic farm growing cut flowers, salad greens, veggies (including ginger) and eggs. CISA worked closely with Casey on research about the safe handling of salad greens. He sells at farmers markets in Amherst, Northampton (Tuesday), Newton, & Copley Square. Casey has served on the board of Amherst Conservation Commission.