Philip Korman, Executive Director 
Phil leads the organization in its mission to strengthen farms and engage the community to build the local food economy. He has over 25 years’ experience in management and raising resources at nonprofits, including six years as Executive Director of the Western Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health and seven years as the Director of Development for the National Priorities Project. Phil believes that we can create a better world for our children and grandchildren, but only with a lot of listening, humor, music and good company. Email Phil or call 413-665-7100 ext. 13.

Dan Burke Perez, Local Hero Program Assistant
Dan is the Program Assistant for the Local Hero Team, where he helps connect Local Hero Members to resources and workshops, as well as providing support for Technical Assistance programs. His past work includes hunting and fishing education in New York state and Massachusetts, and three years as a dairy farmworker advocate and English-to-Spanish translator in upstate New York. Passionate about building a fair and sustainable food system, Dan got his degree in Food Studies from SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2019. Email Dan or call 413-665-7100 ext. 26

Margaret Christie, Special Projects Director MargaretChristie
Margaret served as CISA’s executive director from 1997-1999, when the Local Hero program was launched, and interim executive director in 2008. She is instrumental in new project development at CISA and is now focused on infrastructure and research projects related to large-volume sales of locally grown products. Prior to joining CISA, Margaret worked for the University of Massachusetts Integrated Pest Management Program and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, Massachusetts chapter. She has a master’s degree in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture from The Evergreen State College. Email Margaret or call 413-665-7100 ext. 23.

kelly.coleman2013Kelly Coleman, Program Director
Kelly has been with CISA since 2005. Kelly manages CISA programs including our current efforts to support greater resilience in farming and the local food economy. Kelly also coordinates the statewide partnership of Buy Locals and facilitates CISA’s budgeting process. She received a master’s degree from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and spent several years promoting sustainable agriculture and environmental issues in California before moving back to her native Northeast. Email Kelly or call 413-665-7100 ext. 14.

Zoraia de Jesus Barros, Program Coordinator
Zoraia grow up on a small family farm in Brazil and got her bachelor’s degree in Agronomy in 2003. After working two and half years as a Technical Assistant at Farm Services Organization in Brazil, she earned her master’s degree in Crop Sciences in 2007 and is currently completing her PhD in Plant Soil and Insect Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst. During her time at UMass, Zoraia taught an ag production course to a wide range of farmers at Nuestras Raices, did years of research/extension work related to ethnic crops production and marketing, promoted the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), and worked with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program from its inception. Zoraia has informally worked with a wide range of farmers, wholesalers, buyers, and others in the produce industry to improve farm workplace conditions and communication across language barriers. She is proficient in three languages (Portuguese, English, and Spanish). Email Zoraia or call 413-665-7100 ext. 29.

John Eichholz, Bookkeeper
John has a long history in the food industry, including several years as produce manager and 15 years as a finance manager. As bookkeeper, he works on day-to-day record keeping and on budgets and reporting. In the off-hours, he tends a large vegetable garden and searches for tall trees and old growth in the wilds of Massachusetts. Email John or call 413-665-7100 ext. 28.

Claire Morenon, Communications ManagerClaireMorenon
Claire has been with CISA since 2006. She manages many of CISA’s communications efforts. Prior to working for CISA, Claire worked on fruit and vegetable farms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She graduated with a degree in political science from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Email Claire or call 413-665-7100 ext. 16.

Jacob Nelson, Communications Coordinator
Jacob joined the CISA team in 2020 to oversee social media, Field Notes, and other outreach to farmers and eaters alike. He is excited to connect people and ideas while sharing stories about why local food matters. Jacob studied food systems and community planning at Green Mountain College in Vermont. He has taught, farmed, and worked to grow the local food economy in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and The Bahamas, and remains involved in kelp and shellfish farming in his native Cape Cod. Email Jacob or call 413-665-7100 ext. 34.

Stevie Schafenacker, Program Coordinator
Stevie returned in 2016 to Massachusetts (where she began her farm and food justice career, first as a student at Mount Holyoke College and then as a farmer around the state). She spent the previous nine years in NYC, managing urban farms and gardens, educating the public on city agriculture, and supporting other food justice organizations in their growth and expansion. Stevie also moonlights in other food arenas. She adds whole animal butcher shop, camp kitchen management, and catering onto her list of experiences. Currently, Stevie is the Business Assistance Coordinator for CISA, supporting farms and farmers in the region.  Email Stevie or call 413-665-7100 ext. 24.

Zoey Sloate, Program Coordinator
Zoey joined CISA in 2018, and provides technical assistance to farmers’ markets and farm businesses, primarily around SNAP and HIP. She connects Local Hero members to one another and customers, assists with marketing and business opportunities, and helps with marketing efforts to promote local food to the community. Prior to joining CISA, Zoey was a marketing coordinator at a local coop and a business analyst at a wholesale grocer. Zoey received her Bachelor’s Degrees from UMass Amherst, where she studied Sustainable Food Systems, Marketing, and IT. Email Zoey or call 413-665-7100 ext. 27.

Stephen Taranto, Program Coordinator
Stephen is a devout Interdisciplinary Ecologist who has worked at the multiple intersections between food and farming systems and biodiversity conservation for more than 20 years in the US and Latin America. His first (delicious) taste of farming systems came during college when he spent four summers working on a small family fruit farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. This experience set him on a lifelong path to participation in the pursuit of healthy landscapes where human populations can provide themselves with sustenance without damaging the ecosystems that provide the resources needed to prosper. As a Program Coordinator, Stephen will be focusing on crafting CISA’s initiatives related to climate change and resilience in the face of dramatic social and ecological transition. Email Stephen or call 413-665-7100 ext. 17.

Jennifer Williams, Office ManagerJenniferWilliams
Jennifer, who joined CISA in 2004, is responsible for ensuring the office runs smoothly. She is a multi-tasker and problem solver who is responsible for database management, IT, office support services, building management, and more. Jennifer has a degree in Chemistry from SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Email Jennifer or call 413-665-7100 ext. 10.

Kristen Wilmer, Program Manager
Kristen joined CISA in 2012. She is responsible for research and planning related to CISA’s special projects, providing a range of business assistance to farms and food businesses and supporting the development of new program strategies, areas, and activities. Before coming to CISA, Kristen spent ten years working on vegetable, fruit and dairy farms in Western MA and beyond. She also worked at Northeast SARE, at the MA Farm Energy Program, and at UConn as an adjunct lecturer and vegetable and fruit Extension assistant. Kristen graduated with a degree in biology from Williams College. Email Kristen or call 413-665-7100 ext. 12.

TerraCorp Service Member

Ellery Pool
Ellery is CISA’s TerraCorps Service Member for this service year (2021-2022), and they will focus on creating a farmers’ market ambassador program to increase nontraditional shoppers’ familiarity and presence at farmers’ markets. They will also perform outreach and training related to the state’s Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Ellery received a degree in Natural Resources Conservation with a focus in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from UMass, Amherst, and their previous work includes interning in biology and visitor services at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, MA and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, MN. They love food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, and they are excited to learn more about the local food system in the Pioneer Valley. Email Ellery or call 413-665-7100 ext. 21.


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