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.
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.
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.
Halley has been an enthusiastic member of the FDC since 2015 and is excited to take a more active role as a member of the Board. Born and raised in upstate New York, Halley grew up with a love of nature and spent weekends exploring Rochester's outdoor public market with her dad. Halley moved to Boston in 2004 and later to Salem after falling in love with the North Shore. Halley earned her degree in journalism from Emerson College and currently works as a fundraiser and community connector for an educational nonprofit. An avid traveler, Halley spends her free time exploring national parks and historic sites around the world with her husband, Abhi.
After a long career in medical practice management, Lois retired early to be available to offer childcare of her two beautiful 2 year old granddaughters, born 10 weeks apart.
Lois has always been an avid gardener, planting her first garden when she was 12 years old and from the tomato bounty of that garden making her first pot of red sauce.
Prior to moving to Marblehead, she not only had her own vegetable & herb garden, but was a member of a CSA for many years with a Danvers farm. Lois' husband grew up in Marblehead & when the time came to downsize they moved here (about 4 1/2 years ago). Lois joined the FDC four years ago learning about it through a friend who is a nutritionist.
The experience has been wonderful, loving the variety of vegetables, fruits, and as a cheese share member the assortment of cheeses. She reports she has received veggies, fruits and some cheeses she had not had before. Causing more creativity and adventure in both cooking & eating.
Aside from a love of cooking & eating locally grown foods, her other passions are spending time with family, reading, quilting and a newfound love of photography.
Lois looks forward to her time on the board of FDC.
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.
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.