Staff

Dan Burgess

Dan Burgess

Equipment Maintenance, Eastern Route Driver Sub

Dan is involved with infrastructure maintenance, making repairs to tents and creating shelving as needed. He is also the designer and builder of the Marblehead shed. Dan grew up in the area and has been a coop member for over 12 years and on staff for 8. When not working for the coop, he is a designer and craftsperson who works as a cabinetmaker, and when inspired, also makes paintings, prints and sculpture. Dan lives in Swampscott and has a wood shop and studio in Salem. In their spare time, Dan and 2 of his shop mates plan to sail with family and friends on a boat they are restored at their shop.

Tamara Butts Sullivan

Tamara Butts Sullivan

Manager of Finance and Administration

Tamara has been on staff at the Farm Direct Coop for the last decade. Past positions include Newsletter Editor, Depot Coordinator, and Bookkeeper. Currently Tamara co-manages the FDC with her indispensable partner, Julie Pottier-Brown. Her main responsibilities include managing the flow of data for our 800 member organization, communication with the membership, accounts payable / receivable, budget planning and tracking, and working with Julie to make sure the members have the best possible experience. In addition to a passion for farm fresh produce, Tamara enjoys equestrian activities, yoga, and her two beautiful daughters.

 

Dennis Cowley

Dennis Cowley

Eastern Route Driver

Dennis’ formative childhood experience was a family car trip from Georgia to Alaska, by way of Maine. His favorite movie is “Bullet” with Steve McQueen driving very fast. He proudly got his first speeding ticket 35 years after he started driving. Now he enjoys driving the eastern route for the FDC.

 

Michele Delfino

Michele Delfino

Salem Depot Coordinator - Tuesday

Michele is the Salem - Tuesday Coordinator. She lived in Massachusetts
(Lexington, Middleboro, Boston, Cambridge, Salem) all her life before
moving to Minneapolis for 12 years. There she worked for a record
company, and learned to garden in the rich soil 3 blocks from the Mighty
Mississippi. She grew & canned organic tomatoes and made every variation
possible of pesto! She came back East because she missed the ocean,
Fluffenutter, and Dunkin Donuts. Most importantly, she wanted her kids
to have our awesome regional accent! She lives on a vernal pool/swamp in
Boxford with her husband, two minions, Bellatrix and Aquila and two all
American mutts. Michele enjoys gardening (as long as she can eat her
plants), canning, reading, crafting with junk/trash, music, knitting and
finding frogs in her yard. It is strange and wonderful to her that she
has returned to Salem, a city she lived and worked in 20 years ago!
(Rykodisc,the record company, and she lived  next to The Pig's Eye on
Daniels Street, if you were curious!)

Nina Fielder

Nina Fielder

Assistant Coordinator, Melrose Tuesday and Thursday

Nina joined FDC when she moved to Wakefield in November 2014. She enjoyed being a member so much that she quickly looked for other ways to become involved: first as a volunteer, then as the Melrose Assistant Coordinator on Tuesdays, and now as the Melrose Assistant Coordinator on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Currently, Nina works as a writer/editor in educational publishing and also volunteers as a Special Education Surrogate Parent. She is also a novice gardener who has plans to start her first vegetable garden this summer. In her free time, Nina enjoys exploring New England and going for walks around Melrose and Wakefield with her husband, sister, and dogs.

Stephen Fowler

Stephen Fowler

Western Route Driver

Steve drives a truck on our western MA route and is our assistant operations manager.  When not working, he can be found spending time with his family.

 

Sarah Fox

Marblhead Depot Coordinator - Tuesday

Originally from upstate NY, Sarah has called Marblehead home for 5 years. An interior designer by trade, she enjoys promoting and organizing local foods for the FDC and volunteering around town. She is most happy when entertaining friends and family with her husband, four young kids and dog.

 

 

Marion Higgins

Marion Higgins

Marblehead Bread Lady & Assistant Depot Coordinator

Marion joined Farm Direct Coop back in 1999 because of its emphasis on supporting regional organic farming, and has enjoyed watching the coop grow both in mission and size! As well as volunteering, Marion served as an alternate on the FDC Board, and since 2012 has been part of the hard-working FDC team.  Working collaboratively with Julie and Tamara, she coordinates bread, eggs, cheese shares, has worked as substitute coordinator and now assists at the Marblehead Depot. Skiing with friends is a favorite pastime, along with yoga, badminton, and swimming at the beach.  Marion lives in Marblehead with her family but grew up in the UK, ‘learning the ropes’ of jam and marmalade making at her dad’s elbow. She’s really looking forward to another season of experimenting with all kinds of pickles, preserving tomatoes, and learning new ‘foodie’ things from other coop members. If she had to choose a bumper sticker it would be ‘YES FARMS, YES FOOD!’

 

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer is nomadic by nature, having lived in more than 75 cities to date. This experience has given her broad perspective on food "norms" across the country and a deep passion for trying new foods every chance she gets. Jennifer joined the Farm Direct Coop as a member in the Spring of 2014 as a way to support local, gain access to higher quality produce than she was finding in the grocery stores, and to finally get a grip on where her food was coming from. After completing her first volunteer stint at a depot, Jennifer was hooked. She knew she had to find a way to get closer and do more to help spread the word about the Farm Direct Coop. 

As the Media Coordinator, Jennifer focuses on monthly communications for the Farm Direct members in the offseason and bi-weekly communications during the regular season. Jennifer also promotes food news and community connection through a variety of outlets including the blog, farm feature interviews, photos, media outreach, and participation in bulk distribution and volunteer opportunities. Though Jennifer spent the last 6 years in Massachusetts, she is relocating to Pennsylvania in mid-2016. Thankfully the Media Coordinator job is primarly online, and since she has twin grandchildren and a daughter remaining in Massachusetts, her connection to the Farm Direct Coop remains strong.  
 
Maureen Peterson

Maureen Peterson

Assistant Depot Coordinator - Salem Thursday

Maureen joined FDC when her and her husband moved to Salem in 2012. After one season of being a member, she jumped at the chance to be the Assistant Coordinator for Thursdays in Salem. Maureen is a huge supporter of local food, and in the off season tries to source as much locally as possible. Maureen finished her degree at Salem State last May, and now resides in Peabody with her husband and almost one year old. She will be starting her Master's in the fall and enjoys spending time outdoors with her baby and listening to show tunes.

Julie Pottier-Brown

Julie Pottier-Brown

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Julie's primary responsibility is planning what crops show up at the depot each week. As the liaison, she is charged with creating and maintaining year round relationships with producers both small and large. Other responsibilities include helping to manage the infrastructure, staff, marketing and overall direction of the FDC. None of this would be possible without the support of her indispensible business partner Tamara Sullivan, and an excellent, committed staff. Julie came to the Coop 17 years ago as a member, fell in love with all the workings and the mission of the coop and joined as a manager shortly thereafter.  She has been a depot coordinator in all three locations at one time or another. In addition to good food, dance, music and yoga, her vibrant teenaged boys keep Julie busy.

Chelsea Reddin

Chelsea Reddin

Melrose Depot Coordinator - Tuesday

Chelsea is in her third year as the Tuesday Melrose Depot Coordinator. Outside of FDC life, Chelsea works part-time as a social worker at a hospital in Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, biking, camping, hiking, cooking, canning and dehydrating food, and crocheting. Chelsea lives in Melrose with her husband, two young daughters, and two dogs.

Eden Reiner

Eden Reiner

Assistant Coordinator, Salem Tuesday

Eden Reiner is the Assistant coordinator in Salem on Tuesdays. She lives in Nahant with her husband and their daughter Charlotte.  Eden grew up in Boston and Nahant, and has lived in many places. In addition to working at the FDC, she is a professional photographer and Adjunct professor of Photography.

Melanie Salerno

Melanie Salerno

Thursday, Salem Coordinator

Melanie is the depot coordinator in Thursday in Salem. She has been a member at each of the three locations throughout the years and, in 2015, was excited to join the FDC in a new role as the assistant coordinator in Salem. Melanie lives in Salem with her two fur babies, June and Mr. Tough. She owns an eco-friendly house cleaning business and makes art in her spare time. Melanie also loves outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, foraging for wild food, and tending to her little backyard herb and native plant garden.

Janne Shahan

Janne Shahan

Melrose Depot Coordinator - Thursday

Janne is a Southern California native transplant to the loveliness of all that is New England. She joined Farm Direct Coop as a member in the Fall of 2014 because of her desire to learn more about supporting local farmers, and have access to the freshest produce possible. She loves to study and learn about the healing and nutritional benefits of food. The food Janne enjoyed growing up was very traditional Vietnamese cooking. Since then, she has loved cooking for her family and likes to incorporate the fresh Vietnamese cuisine with the hearty goodies of New England’s finest ingredients. Before becoming your Thursday Melrose Coordinator, Janne was involved in aquatics and coached competitive club swimming until her move to Massachusetts. She still coaches swimming, just during the HS season for a local charter school in town. When she isn’t helping out with the coop or on a pool deck, she is a full time wife to her awesome husband Zac, and a loving mommy to two sweet girls, Ellie and Frances. Aside from amazing talents like being a human jungle gym and memorizing the classics such as, “Llama Llama” and “Goodnight Gorilla,” Janne busies herself with homeschool dreams and getting to at least have one hot cup of coffee before it gets cold and has to be reheated multiple times! She is really excited to be meeting and serving the FDC Melrose community this season and cannot wait to learn and share in her love of healthy food and good friends! See you at the Knoll!!!