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.
Noah Baustin, Program Coordinator
Noah joined CISA in October of 2017 to support the Pioneer Valley Grows Network and CISA’s Local Hero Program. He first fell into agriculture as a teenager when he took a job on a farm in his native Florence, MA. He left the Valley to study for his BA in Food Systems from NYU and to work on a dairy and vegetable operation in NY State. After returning to Massachusetts, Noah supported business and policy research first for Wholesome Wave and later for the Massachusetts Food Policy Council. These days, he splits his time between his work with CISA and his role on a vegetable harvest crew in Sunderland, MA. Email Noah
Margaret Christie, Special Projects Director
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.
Kelly Coleman, Program Director
Kelly has been with CISA since 2005. Kelly oversees CISA’s grants (from submission to reporting) and manages CISA program staff in the areas of building markets, farm to consumer, infrastructure, and public issues and education. 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.
Regina Gillis, Financial Manager
Regina Gillis oversees all aspects of CISA’s finances, from routine accounting and grant reporting to annual budget preparation, annual independent audit preparation and oversight, and Board reporting. She has some 20 years’ experience in the fiscal and administrative oversight of various non-profit organizations, mostly in the arena of urban public health. She holds an MBA in finance from Baruch College/CUNY and an undergraduate degree in journalism and film communication from Suffolk University. She lives in Springfield. Email Regina.
Lisabeth Jasniewicz, Development Coordinator
Lisabeth happily joined CISA in May of 2016. Previously, she worked in planned giving at Smith College and served as Office Manager at the Northampton Survival Center. She is passionate about and dedicated to issues of social justice and the ever-evolving process of being an active and educated community member. A member of Leadership Pioneer Valley’s Class of 2016, she also sits on the board of Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts. Grateful for her close community of family and friends, Lisabeth has a great love of writing, singing, and challenging herself to do the unexpected (like the night she walked on fire). Email Lisabeth.
Mia Kortebein, Program Coordinator
Mia works to implement the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) by providing technical assistance to farmers, farm stands, and CSAs that want to accept SNAP. She also helps expand CISA’s technical assistance offerings to farmers. Before CISA, Mia established an early literacy program chapter in Holyoke, taught middle school, cooked in restaurants, and systematized a volunteer program for an environmental nonprofit in Oaxaca, Mexico. Email Mia.
Claire Morenon, Communications Manager
Claire has been with CISA since 2006. She manages many of CISA’s communications efforts, including the production of Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide. She oversees CISA’s Senior FarmShare program, our winter farmers’ market work, and co-chairs CISA’s Diversity Committee. 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.
Stevie Schafenacker, Program Coordinator
Stevie has recently returned 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 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 professional cooking and food retail, including managing a whole animal butcher and grocer and working with commercial kitchens. She joins CISA as a Program Coordinator with the Local Hero Program, supporting beginning farms and farmers in the region. Email Stevie.
Alexis Breiteneicher Schneeflock, Development Director
Alexis has worked for nonprofits for over fifteen years, including a stint with a foundation in Boston. She is passionate about cooking, running and doing good in one’s life. She lives in the hilltowns with her toddler twins, husband, and dogs. Email Alexis.
Brian Snell, Communications Coordinator
Brian received his Bachelor’s in 2013 from UMass Amherst, where he studied English and Political Science. He joined CISA in 2015, where he coordinates the Senior FarmShare program, writes a weekly local food column for the Gazette called Valley Bounty, and helps implement CISA’s communications and outreach. Email Brian.
Aja Talarico, Program Associate
Aja grew up on a horse farm in Central Mass and earned her BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Marlboro College in Vermont and her MS in Environmental Science from Antioch University in New Hampshire. In college Aja traveled to southeast India to learn about environmental and cultural sustainability. Her graduate practicums allowed her to work for a variety of organizations in the region that advocate for locally-based food systems. Her desire to support small scale, organic agriculture brought her to the rich soils of western Mass where she has worked in the field on a number of family farms. Email Aja.
Devon Whitney-Deal, Local Hero Program Manager
Devon works directly with farmers, restaurants, nurseries, and local retail establishments that sell local agricultural products by helping them build their businesses and marketing capacity. Prior to joining CISA, Devon worked for Staples as a customer service development manager and Staples Business Expo project manager. Devon received a bachelor’s degree in management from Suffolk University. Email Devon.
Jennifer Williams, Office Manager
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, public inquiries, office support services, purchasing, facilities management, and more. Jennifer has a B.S. in Chemistry from SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Email Jennifer.
Kristen Wilmer, Program Coordinator
Kristen joined CISA in 2012. She works with the Local Hero campaign to connect farms to buyers, promote locally grown products, and provide technical assistance to farms and food businesses in Hampden County and throughout our region. Kristen has spent many seasons working on vegetable, fruit and dairy farms in Western MA and beyond, and has also worked for Northeast SARE, the MA Farm Energy Program, and at UConn as a lecturer and vegetable and fruit Extension assistant. Kristen graduated with a degree in biology from Williams College. Email Kristen.
In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, CISA is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
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