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.
Noah Baustin, Communications Coordinator
Noah joined CISA in 2017. As Communications Coordinator, Noah highlights stories from our thriving local food community through business profiles, a Valley Bounty column, social media, CISA’s Field Notes storytelling event, and more. He first fell into agriculture as a teenager when he took a job on a farm in his native Florence, MA. Since then, Noah has worked on a number of farms as well as for Wholesome Wave and the Massachusetts Food Policy Council. Noah has a BA in Food Systems from NYU. Email Noah or call 413-665-7100 ext. 34.
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 or call 413-665-7100 ext. 23.
Kelly 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.
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.
Emma Gwyther, Development Associate
Emma recently joined CISA as a Development Associate. Having been a Local Hero intern in 2018, she is excited to continue working with CISA to protect local farms and access to local food. She graduated from Sterling College in VT where she studied Sustainable Food Systems, and spent years working on their farm and forestry crew. Email Emma or call 413-665-7100 ext. 29.
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 or call 413-665-7100 ext. 16.
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.
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 or call 413-665-7100 ext. 11.
Zoey Sloate, Program Coordinator
Zoey joined CISA in 2018 to as a member of the Local Hero Team. 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.
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 or call 413-665-7100 ext. 22.
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, 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 Coordinator
Kristen joined CISA in 2012. She is responsible for research and planning related to CISA’s special projects, providing business and marketing assistance to farms and food businesses, program evaluation, 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 a 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.
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