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.

 

Melinda Curran

Melinda Curran

Melrose Depot Coordinator - Thursdays

My name is Melinda Curran. I am the happy wife to my husband Tom and proud Mommy to my daughter Emma. They are my world! I was born and raised in Sharon, PA and Parma, OH and settled in Melrose when I moved to Massachusetts 17 years ago. I love Melrose and eating healthy food! I also love spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach, walking, reading, watching movies, and snuggling with my old man cat Tugger. I look forward to helping you pick up your delicious fresh food and spending time with you on Thursday's at The Knoll!

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

Assistant Manager & Extras 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!’

 

Stacy Kilb

Stacy Kilb

Salem Depot Coordinator - Tuesdays

Stacy is the new 2017 Salem Depot Tuesday Coordinator. She lives in North Salem with her husband, Charles, rambunctious toddler Ryan and cantankerous kitty Tribble. She also works as a Park Interpreter at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle.  In the past, she has volunteered as a full-time parent, and worked for several years at the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources as the Asian Longhorned Beetle Outreach Coordinator. She will do her best to answer any questions about odd veggies or invasive species that you may have.

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore

Media Coordinator

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.  
 
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 18 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.

Melanie Salerno

Melanie Salerno

Salem Depot Coordinator - Thursday

Melanie is the depot coordinator on 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.

Sara Sherman

Assistant Melrose Depot Coordinator - Tuesday