Maria has been a member of the FDC for eight years. She is a registered dietitian who works as a freelance writer, recipe developer, nutrition consultant, and blogger at www.halsanutrition.com. Maria's goal is to show people how simple healthful eating can be, inspire people to cook at home more often, and promote active, mindful living. Maria studied nutrition science at Cornell University and earned a Master of Science and a Master of Public Health from Tufts University. Maria was born in Sweden, grew up in New Hampshire, and currently lives in Marblehead with her husband and two boys.
Candy is a lifelong resident of Marblehead (except for college and short stint in Boston post college) and is thrilled to be part of Farm Direct Coop. She works in the family business as an accountant in town with her father, Jim Bishop at Bishop Associates where she specializes in Tax and Business Consulting. Candy hopes that her financial experience and education, including an MBA and MST, will greatly benefit the board. She enjoys spending her down time cooking, traveling, skiing and basically doing anything outdoors with her family. The FDC has introduced her children to the benefits of eating locally and she knows that without the FDC, they would not enjoy fruits and vegetables as much as they do today.
A graduate of Columbia University, Jeff grew up on the North Shore, and has lived in Salem for over 15 years. He currently works as vice president of an engineering consulting firm. An avid cook, boater, eater, and outdoorsman, his love of food and of the region brought him to join the Coop two years ago. As a board member, Jeff looks forward to contributing to the continued growth and development of the Farm Direct Coop.
Loo, a member and avid depot volunteer since 2012, moved to the Salem area 6 years ago and conveniently located herself just a short walk from the Salem FDC depot. After discovering the farm share through a co-worker, she quickly fell in love and her fridge was never the same. Originally from Oklahoma, she relocated to the Boston area in 2007 and works for the non-profit study abroad provider The School for Field Studies in Beverly, MA, as the data analyst for their enrollment and marketing team. A passionate environmentalist, crafter and vegetarian cook, she looks forward to contributing her time to the FDC board and the many coop members.
Heather and her husband Dan first joined the coop in 2001 right after moving to Lynn and having their daughter, Arden. As a new stay at home mother, Heather found the FDC community supportive and informative and ended up becoming the Salem Depot Coordinator in 2002 with toddler Arden at her side. During her years as a depot coordinator, she learned to love Brussels sprouts and kale, and enjoyed watching the FDC community grow from two depots one day a week to three depots two days per week. Her husband Dan helped develop the coop website and still consults on technical issues as needed. Heather finally retired from the depot in 2011 to become the handwork teacher at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly. Arden is now a teenager and attends the Waring School. Her favorite offerings are beets, Silferleaf Farm raspberry vinegar, corn, tomatoes and celeriac, and she is excited to continue supporting the FDC as a board member.
Lori Dobson is honored to be a part of the FDC board. Lori is farm girl by heritage and loves playing in the dirt. She loves “farm” to table whether from her own garden or supplementing with goodies from the Farm Direct Coop. She loves knowing what “in season” really means and is always happy to encourage people to try new things – kohlrabi anyone? She has been a member of the FDC for four years and loves being able to support local farmers and companies while keeping her husband and two kids well fed.
Tim lives in Melrose with his husband Chris and currently works as a stay-at-home dad with their children Hannah, Reese, and Abigail. This summer marks their third season with the FDC, which has quickly become an important part of their family summer. Tim prides himself on the fact that his kids are now avid fans of kale salad, grilled eggplant, and pickled beets; and while they may not like kohlrabi, they now shout (for joy?) when they see it at the supermarkets. He tends his garden over the summer, cans/freezes his veggies in the fall, plans his garden all winter long, and looks forward to the first sprouts of Spring to show so he can plant his garden way too early. While not consumed with gardening, he quilts with the Melrose UU Quilters Guild, and also finds time to sing with the Boston Gay Mens Chorus.
Tim also works with several not-for-profits in various capacities, usually with leadership on governance issues, financial policies & procedures, and business development. Before his new career as a stay-at-home dad, Tim worked for 15 years in the investment industry, at Fidelity and State Street Global Advisors, as a tax-aware portfolio manager. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner, with masters degrees in Finance and Russian. He also makes a mean peach jam!
Amy is delighted to be a part of the FDC board. Raised in upstate New York, she spent a number of years in the Boston area as well as nearly a decade in Germany. Although always having a passion for cooking and baking, it is in the vineyard-dotted hills of northern Bavaria where she learned to truly appreciate the excitement of fresh, local food from her farm co-op share. Harvest seasons were often celebrated with their own special festival and restaurant tasting menu, with some personal annual favorites being asparagus, strawberries and wine.
Together with her husband and two children, she has been happy to call Marblehead home since 2008 and is thrilled to have discovered the FDC soon thereafter. Amy studied business management and accounting at Cornell University and hopes that her financial experience will bring some value to the board. She and her family enjoy travelling and spending time together outdoors, especially exploring the beaches of the North Shore and Cape Cod. They always look forward to the FDC pick up day and the new culinary adventure it brings to the dinner table.
Susan has lived in Melrose since 1999 and is active in many of Melrose's local environmental and sustainability groups, including as chairperson of the Melrose Conservation Commission, a founding member of the Melrose Energy Commission, and working with the Sustainable Melrose coalition. She hopes that her legal background (ten years working as a lawyer, though no longer practicing) and experience with community groups will benefit the board. Susan and her family, husband Paul Sullivan and children David (15) and Ailish (12), enjoy skiing, camping and exploring the beaches and waters of Gloucester.
A three-year FDC membership helped influence Kristy to develop an actively growing Farmer’s Market in Stoneham. Working around the demands of a busy healthcare career, she takes delight in bringing home produce in bulk, dropping it in front of her husband Anthony, and tasking him with the creation of something interesting. Her sons Jack and Will are the clear beneficiaries of her interest in locally sourced foods. Kristy and her family are also the proud new owners of the old red Marblehead shed.
Brian has been a member of FDC since moving to Melrose over 10 years ago. Brian currently serves as Managing Director of the Boston-based DentaQuest Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropic organization focused exclusively on improving the oral health of all. Prior it his role with the Foundation, Brian led efforts to launch the DentaQuest Institute as a nonprofit research center focused on quality, efficiency and effectiveness in dental care delivery. Prior to these roles, Brian served the Executive Director at Boston Partnership for Older Adults, a coalition working to ensure older adults have the support and resources needed to age with dignity. He has also served as the Program Manager for the Community Care Alliance (CCA), a network of community health centers (CHCs) affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and as a project coordinator at Kit Clark Senior Services, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of the life of individuals and their families who face the life-long challenges of developmental disabilities, aging, mental illness and addiction. Brian holds a Master of Social Work degree in non-profit management. In addition to the FDC board, Brian serves on the Board of Directors of Our Space, Our Place, an organization dedicated to preparing blind youth for a lifetime of success.
A New England native, Monica moved to Marblehead in 2007 with her partner, Myriam, after living in Boston, Paris (France) and Salem (MA). Passionate about healthy, delicious eating Monica has been a member of the FDC since 2011. With a Bachelor’s in Theater from Brandeis University and a Master’s in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, she is currently the Manager of Enrollment and Administrative Services at Community Charter School of Cambridge. Monica enjoys exploring the hidden outdoor gems of the North Shore with her dog, singing (sometimes to the produce on pickup day), improvisational theater, and cooking. She hopes that her eclectic skill set contributes to the continued good health of the FDC.