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Year-Round Staff

2019 Board of Directors

  • Meg Ramsdell, President
  • Colleen McKiernan, Vice President
  • Tim Martin, Treasurer
  • John Tracy, Secretary
  • Aaron Askanase
  • Carol Costello
  • Robin Doherty
  • Alisa Feinswog
  • Laura Handler
  • Reva Haselkorn London
  • Jamie McGrath
  • Larisa Pazmino
  • Chetan Vidhate
  • Chris Yoder
  • Philip Walsh

2019 Board Slate and Bios

New and returning Board Members who were voted in by our membership at our Harvest Potluck/Annual Meeting, held on Thursday, November 8th, 2018:

OFFICERS

Meg Ramsdell, President, first joined WFCF in 2010. In addition to enjoying the bounty of their winter share, she and her family take part in as many farm activities as they can, including the new summer evening picnics, the spring seedling sales, and the Ride for Food. She is a program coordinator for Cambridge School Volunteers and lives in Cambridge with her husband and children.

Colleen McKiernan, Vice President, is a biologist by training and now works in the patent group at a medium sized biotech company in Cambridge. Food and feeding people have always been an important part of Colleen's life. One of the most important things that she learned in college from living in a house with a dining co-op was how to make use of the leftovers from meals that others prepared. The skill has served her well since joining WFCF in 2008 as she has learned to make use of the amazing abundance of vegetables that she gets in her share.

Tim Martin, Treasurer, works as a consultant with Huron Consulting Group in Boston where he specializes in assisting financially distressed companies and investigating alleged fraudulent activity.  Tim moved to Waltham in 2008 and he and his wife Kelly have been WFCF members and shareholder since.  Their two daughters are developing an appreciation for the workings of the farm and can often be found picking their share of cherry tomatoes in the field.  Tim is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

John Tracy, Secretary, works in data strategy and operations at Athenahealth. He grew up in upstate New York in an active farming community that fed his passion for food and the places that grow it. He is a graduate of Bentley, falling in love with Waltham as a student, and moving back with his wife in 2014. A relative new member of the farm, he is excited to be able to lend another set of hands to the mission of WFCF.

NEW 

Carol Costello has held executive-level positions for major global advertising and brand agencies, and has helped direct the success of a diverse range of storied brands, including Orbitz, KAYAK, and DoubleJump Health. Her motivation for being on the board stems from her passions for cooking, beautiful food, nutrition and community service. She discovered the program at Waltham Fields Community Farm when she moved with her family to Cambridge from Brooklyn NY and she will not stop telling everyone she meets about how amazing it is.

Robin Doherty lives in Waltham with her husband and three daughters. Robin and her family have been WFCF shareholders since 2013 and look forward to the abundance of locally grown, organic vegetables that liven up their plates each summer. Her family’s involvement with the farm has grown to include camps, educational programs, the many other activities offered at the farm and the annual Sprout fundraiser. Robin has a degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Boston University. She works as a residential real estate agent throughout the Greater Boston area and is excited to tap into her connections in the local community to increase awareness of all the farm has to offer.

Alisa Feinswog fell in love with food and farming during her summers at Waltham Fields Community Farm in 2014 and 2015. She has stayed involved with Waltham Fields through volunteer opportunities including Farm Day and Sprout. She majored in Global Hunger and Food Security at Brandeis University. Alisa worked in fund development at a local food rescue, where she wrote grant proposals, organized events, and solicited private donations. She currently teaches adults with developmental disabilities at a day program.

Laura Handler first joined WFCF in 2008. She enjoys preserving as much of her summer and winter shares as possible -- especially making her favorite spicy cumin carrot pickle. Laura works at Sovos Compliance as the Chief of Staff and looks forward to applying her experiences to WFCF. When she isn't working or cooking, Laura enjoys yoga, reading and traveling.

Jamie McGrath is an HR manager at Paytronix, a small software company located in Newton. She has lived in Waltham with her husband since 2012 and joined WFCF in the spring of 2014. One of her favorite parts of WFCF is seeing how different harvests can be from year to year as well as walking through the fields and picking her own veggies and herbs. In 2017 she had her first child, Wesley, who is quickly learning to love the farm as well.

Philip Walsh believes that food is our most intimate connection to the earth through relationships with the soil beneath us, our atmosphere above, and the well-being of our planet as a whole, but that our present food system encourages us to forget that. Previously finance manager for Mass Farmers Markets, he is current an accountant for a solar energy company. He is the grandson of a farmhand, attended Newton Public Schools and lives in Needham. He loves brassicas and watching the butterflies find sustenance in Waltham Fields’ flower garden. Thanks to PYO, he recently discovered that caterpillars prefer parsley.

RETURNING/RENEW 

Aaron Askanase lives in Waltham with his wife and two daughters. He works at Jewish Family & Children’s Service doing Property Management for the residential program for people with disabilities. He keeps switching hobbies and currently divides his minute spare time between hand-tool woodworking, model railroading, home repair, and sewing. He is very committed to creating a sustainable future for his kids, and has been involved with CSAs since 2000 when he was a member of Chris Yoder’s farm, Vanguarden.

Reva Haselkorn started cooking at an early age, helping her mother in the kitchen. Reva graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts as the Valedictorian of her class in the Spring of 2012. Before studying at Le Cordon Bleu she earned a Bachelor’s degree at Princeton University from the School of Architecture and spent time teaching English and backpacking in South America.

Larisa Pazmino is a long-time WFCF member who has been involved with CSAs since her days as member of the Intervale in Burlington, Vermont. She is a professional grant writer and fundraiser who currently works as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Wheelock College. She lives in Newton with her husband, David, who is an associate professor at Newbury College in the culinary program. They have two boys - Oliver, age 14, and Eli, age 7 - who love the farm and have been involved in the education program. Oliver is currently working with the youth on Saturday mornings. Her favorite place in the world is Vermont, and the family spends time there every summer.

Chetan Vidhate works at Dassault Systemes and is the team leader for Dassault's volunteer program with the farm. He grew up on a farm in Nashik (near Mumbai), India and is very involved with the Marathi community organization here in New England area as well as local Acton based communities. He is an avid gardener. He lived in Waltham for many years, but has recently moved to Acton with his wife and two children.

Chris Yoder has been farming locally for over 15 years and has been on the WFCF Board since 2000.  His motivation for being on the board stems from a desire to “be part of a movement to revive farming in the Northeast.” Chris is very interested in seeing that “the farm be run effectively and efficiently, so that the charitable output is maximized, and so that volunteers, visitors, apprentices, and school groups get a truly educational experience on a working farm.”  He believes this is an important basis for any contribution WFCF makes to the preservation of farms.