The Oregon Farmers Markets Association is directed by a board of up to 13 dedicated volunteers. Get to know our current Board Members by reading their bios below.
We are actively seeking new board members to fill recent vacancies. If you are interested in possibly becoming an OFMA Board Member, please visit our “Join the Board” page for more information and to fill our our Board Member Interest Form.
OFMA Board of Directors
Kaely started working at Adelante Mujeres in 2011 as the Forest Grove Farmers Market Manager. She continues expanding access to local fruits and veggies for low-income families through a variety of nutrition incentives programs including a Produce Rx program. She also serves as the Veggie Rx Committee Chair for the Oregon Community Food Systems Network. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Kaely has also lived abroad in Peru and is a former AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Kaely is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, and has a deep interest in nutrition and community.
Molly has spent the past ten years working to support sustainable community food systems across the country. Prior to joining the OFMA board, she has been a farmer, an educator, a volunteer coordinator, and a manager of farmers’ markets. Most recently, she worked on behalf of Oregon’s beginning farmers as the Next Generation Organizer at Friends of Farmers; and is currently serving as the Program Director at Farmers Market Fund in Portland. Molly is dedicated to supporting the state’s vibrant and dynamic agricultural community, and currently works as a freelance consultant. She is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the OFMA board!
Dana Mills Taylor, Secretary
Dana’s professional background includes over 10 years of human resources and organization development leadership in businesses ranging from global law firms to social impact start-ups. She is currently an independent consultant, supporting organizations with talent development, process improvement, and organizational effectiveness. Dana is passionate about local food and improving the Oregon food system by making fresh and healthy food plentiful, and accessible to all communities. In her free time, Dana can be found on her yoga mat, trying new vegetarian recipes, or strolling her neighborhood farmers market.
Sonia Reagan, Treasurer
OSU Extension Service – Columbia County, Business/Operations Manager
Sonia Reagan, Clatskanie Farmers Market: Sonia is a life-long lover of growing, harvesting, marketing and cooking with local food. After moving with her husband Patrick and two young sons from Portland to the Coast Range foothills in 2010, she co-founded the Clatskanie Farmers Market with a commitment to help her community rebound into a center of agricultural diversity, prosperity and self-reliance. In 2015, she secured EBT equipment for processing SNAP payments, and the Market acquired non-profit status and was awarded a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Grant. Through the work of this project, Sonia is promoting local food literacy as she teaches cooking classes and holds weekly food demonstrations at the Market. Sonia is a senior student at OSU, receiving degrees in Horticulture and Agricultural Business. She holds a design certificate in Permaculture and has applied those practices to her own sustainable homestead in the Coast Range foothills where she raises produce, rabbits, dairy goats and various poultry. In addition to her volunteer work, she is a homeschool mother, avid archer and wild food forager, and leads a 4-H gardening club where youth learn entrepreneurship skills as they sell their produce at the Clatskanie Farmers Market. Sonia feels so honored to be invited to join the OFMA board and looks forward to contributing to the growth and success of Farmers Markets all across Oregon!
Oregon Food Bank, Statewide Network Manager
Spencer is dedicated to building more robust and resilient community food systems. In this effort, Spencer has completed a county-wide Community Food Assessment and follow-up Addendum, organized two community food groups in rural communities, facilitated the establishment of a community orchard on public housing property, and has hosted numerous food literacy and anti-hunger events. He has presented on the topics of rural community organizing, community food systems, community food assessments and Willamette Valley regional agricultural at numerous professional conferences, before the state legislature, and at countless community meetings. Spencer is the author of reports on the topics of community food systems, rural grocery stores in Oregon, a guide to coordinating grassroots Community Food Assessments, a good agricultural practices audit program in Chile, and a co-author of a human rights report in Thailand.
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Senior Program Manager, SNAP
Chloe works with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon as their SNAP Outreach Manager. In this role, she works with local communities and statewide leaders to identify access barriers, provide training, tools and support to community partners, and increase SNAP participation statewide. Previously, Chloe worked with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, supporting AmeriCorps members throughout the Northwest, and Ten Rivers Food Web, as a community organizer focused on local food system efforts in Lincoln County, Oregon. She also served as a RARE AmeriCorps member in eastern and coastal Oregon conducting community food assessments and worked with Los Niños de Baja California in Tijuana and Mexicali, MX supporting community development efforts. Chloe holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Fordham University in New York.
With a background in equitable small business development, Anna has spent the last 10 years working in various parts of the food system. She has held a variety of roles, from owning a sorbet company to running a food business development organization, FoodLab, in Detroit, MI, to spending 3 years as a market manager for Portland Farmers Market. Anna is currently growin’ and slingin’ veggies with the Lil Starts farm team while also helping to start the Q Farmers Market, comprised of all LGBTQ2SIA+ owned businesses. She sees farmers markets across the state as a key ingredient to a more welcoming and sustainable (socially, economically, and environmentally!) Oregon.
Market Director, Veneta Downtown Farmers Market
Alice is a farmers market manager, market gardener, and local food advocate living in Cedar Flat, Oregon. After working as a community organizer tackling food system issues in Portland, Alice moved down to the Eugene area in 2016 and started growing food with some of the fantastic farmers from the Fern Ridge community including L’Etoile Farm and Ambrosia Farm. After learning more about the dynamic and vibrant young farmer community in Lane County, she got involved with the South Willamette chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition and was elected president of the chapter in 2018. In 2017, Alice took on the position of Veneta Downtown Farmers Market Manager and is now leading the charge as Market Director. In addition to her work in the Fern Ridge Area, Alice and her partner are starting a market garden of their own in Cedar Flat and Alice is pursuing her masters of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. In her free time, Alice enjoys food preservation, long walks with her big dog, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Mckenzie River Valley.
ACCESS, Nutrition Director
Rachael Ward joins the OFMA board with 7 years of experience in the non-profit sector at the intersection of nutrition, public health, and agriculture. She has been involved in community food systems from the ground up, with work experience on small scale farms, managerial experience with large scale food security interventions, and coursework in policy and global nutrition and agriculture. Currently, Rachael serves as the Nutrition Director for ACCESS, the Community Action Agency for Jackson County. In this role she oversees a team of 11 who run programs in food banking, gardens, cooking skills, and community food systems in the Jackson County area. Rachael recently came to Oregon from Georgia, where she was the Director of Programs for Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG). WWG is a small non-profit that administered a SNAP matching program in 62 local farmers markets, farm stands, and retail settings across the state. Rachael also oversaw a robust fruit and vegetable prescription program and several other projects focused on addressing barriers to food access. She is passionate about connecting low-income families with fresh, healthy, local food and supporting farmers and the local food system. Prior to her work with Wholesome Wave Georgia, Rachael worked in several Atlanta based non-profit organizations creating and running programs like food pantries, low-income food co-ops, community gardens, farmers markets, and CSA programs. Rachael holds a Masters of Public Health from Emory University with a focus on Global Health and Community Health and Development. She lives with her husband and their many furry children in Medford. In her free time, Rachael can be found with her nose in a book, hands in the soil, or feet following paths through Oregon’s natural beauty.
Persephone Farm / City of Portland
Love comes to OFMA as manager of Persephone Farm’s stand at Portland’s PSU Farmers Market. As a city planner by day, she appreciates the interdependence between the urban and the rural. She was drawn to Oregon for its land use laws and urban growth boundaries that preserve and support the farms just outside our cities. Previously, she worked on a program connecting CSA farmers to organizations serving low-income residents of Multnomah County, managed the University of Virginia Community Garden, and helped develop a youth-run farm stand program teaching kids about agriculture, nutrition, and marketing in low-access neighborhoods of Richmond, Virginia. She brings writing and editing skills and is looking forward to supporting Oregon’s farmers markets in a new way on the OFMA Board.
Foodroots NW / Neskowin Farmers Market
Rachel joined Food Roots in December 2016 to further her commitment to farm to school and local food systems by designing, implementing, and providing high quality garden, local food, and science based educational programming to primarily elementary school aged children that is responsive and inclusive. This farm to school program also engages students directly with a wide variety of local agricultural producers through tastings, family engagement events, classroom visits, and field trips. Prior to joining Food Roots, Rachel studied institutional sustainability, community development, and sustainable agriculture, and served two years with AmeriCorps in Wisconsin as a farm to school nutrition educator. Her work with Food Roots combines her passions for all things food, rural community resilience and economic development, and experiential education. In the spring of 2018, she joined the Neskowin Farmers Market as manager, which allows her to help support local growers and markets in a different but equally important way. She is enthusiastic about OFMA’s work as a statewide network and is looking forward to sharing her skills in all possible ways.
Join OFMA’s Board
If you are interested in possibly becoming an OFMA Board Member, please visit our “Join the Board” page for more information and to fill our our Board Member Interest Form.
Oregon Board Advisors At-Large
Laura Conroy, Portland, Laura Conroy Consulting
Laura Conroy is a fundraising and food systems program development consultant, who works with inspiring client teams in food, farming, and education, businesses and organizations. Key fundraising skills include grant writing, events, communications, and major donor solicitation. Key operational skills include feasibility studies for new programs, new program/project design, and program/project management. Among her current inspiring clients are the Hillsboro School District, and the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCo). Laura is a board member of Bienestar CDC, the Oregon Strawberry Commission, and Hillsboro Schools Foundation. From 2009-2013 she was the manager of the Hillsboro Farmers Markets and prior to that time was a partner in the law firm of Adkins Watkinson from 2003-2009.
Anna Curtin, Portland, Portland Farmers Market
With a background in community outreach, grassroots networking and marketing, Anna is a dedicated advocate of Oregon’s growers and food producers. From 2007 to 2015, she served as program manager for Portland Farmers Market and Farmers Market Fund. In this role, she oversaw programs, events, outreach and food access initiatives across 7 markets, 200 vendors and 700,000 customers annually. During this time, she contributed to the successful effort to implement Double Up Food Bucks (link:http://farmersmarketfund.org/programs/dufb/), a statewide market match program for low-income Oregonians. As OFMA board adviser, Anna offers her expertise in promotions, event management and project planning.
Rebecca Landis, Willamette Valley, Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets
Rebecca Landis had a varied career in journalism, public policy and academia before she escaped from the cubicle to become a market manager. She is market director for Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets, which operates three outdoor farmers’ markets in Corvallis and Albany and otherwise advocates for local farmers who sell directly to customers. Her focus in OFMA has been food safety and other public policy affecting farm direct marketers. She and her husband live in an 1890 farmhouse on a small but productive acreage south of Corvallis.
Maria Menor, Oregon At-Large, WIC/FDNP Coordinator, OR DHS
Maria works for the Oregon Health Authority in the WIC program, and coordinates Oregon’s Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) for seniors and WIC families. WIC has enjoyed a long-time partnership with OFMA in the administration of the Farm Direct Nutrition Program, for which 640+ farmers are authorized and 100 farmers’ markets are designated as FDNP markets. Maria also leads WIC’s Vendor Management Services Team, which works with Oregon’s 600+ WIC-authorized grocery stores and pharmacies. In 2010 Maria helped facilitate the authorization of farmers to accept the WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers. She will assure that the unique circumstances of farmers and farmers’ markets are considered as WIC plans their transition to electronic benefits transfer (EBT).
Garry Stephenson, Willamette Valley, Associate Professor OSU
Garry is the coordinator of the Small Farms Program, which consists of six Extension faculty who provide educational outreach and applied research to benefit small scale farmers. Stephenson’s interests include alternative approaches to farming and marketing. An area of special interest is farmers’ markets. For over 10 years he has been involved in research, organizational support, and shopping at farmers’ markets.
Laura Wendel, Portland
Laura Wendel is the founding manager of the Moreland Farmers Market in SE Portland. She managed the market from 2005 until 2010. The then board president and Laura were closely aligned on issues such as direct sales for Northwest farms, access to healthy food and food as community connector. She has since served on the steering committee for Oregon’s Public Health Institute’s Healthy Eating at Farmers Market project, consulted with Oregon WIC and is pursuing her studies in public health. She is excited and honored to be able to contribute to the work of OFMA.