The Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association is directed by 10 members including an Executive Team (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Below are descriptions of our fantastic Board Members and the regions that they represent.
To contact a board member, click on their name to link to their email address.
Spencer Masterson, Oregon at Large, President
Oregon Food Bank
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.
Mary Lee Planer, Portland, Treasurer
Mary Lee Planer currently serves as the Grants Manager at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), where she has secured substantial grant funding for community food projects, and helped to raise more than $1.2 million from foundations and government agencies. She has a rich professional history in development and an equally rich history as a volunteer. To name a few of Mary Lee’s volunteer positions, she has acted as treasurer for the Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ; as a member of the strategic planning committee for the United Way of Columbia-Willamette; and, as president of the Hillsboro Rotary Club. Mary Lee lives in Aloha, Oregon.
Sara Padilla, Portland, Secretary
Farmers Market Coalition
Sara Padilla has worked as a Senior Associate for KHA Inc, a public health consultancy that facilitates socially just policy, systems, and environmental change through participatory engagement of stakeholders, since 2012, with responsibility for research and logistical support for a series of meetings hosted across the country in coordination with private and public partners. Since January 2014, Ms. Padilla has served as a Project Manager for the Farmers Market Coalition, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets across the United States so that they can serve as community assets while providing real income opportunities for farmers. In this role, Ms. Padilla oversees logistics, materials development and reporting for the Farmers Market Metrics program, which includes a research study funded by USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to examine the economic, human, social, and ecological impacts of farmers markets. Ms. Padilla has over 15 years of experience in project management, healthy food systems promotion and education, planning and evaluation, and human services delivery. She has provided expertise in leading program and policy development for obesity prevention and chronic and infectious disease prevention programs; she also oversaw the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative at the Community Food Security Coalition. In this capacity, she coordinated the delivery of technical assistance focused on farmers markets, farm-to-school programs, food policy councils, and healthy retail to communities located across the nation. Ms. Padilla served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and has also worked in Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. She earned a BA in Anthropology at the College of William and Mary and an MPH from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Kelly hails originally from rural Appalachia but relocated to Oregon in early 2015. She has an educational background in English and Organic Agriculture from the University of Georgia. Her experience includes owning and operating a 50-member CSA, working as an Analyst in the WV Legislature, serving as the Executive Director for the West Virginia Farmers Market Association and working as an Organizer for Friends of Family Farmers here in Oregon. Kelly currently lives in Salem with her family and works as a freelance consultant and grantwriter. She is passionate about good food, good people and supporting the local foods economy.
Sarah Crawford, Vice President
Sarah and her husband Matt grew up in Coos Bay among the trees, beaches, rivers and dunes. Being outdoors is the best way to share time with their four children; hiking, picnicking, swimming, wildflower hunting, frog catching, playing and gardening. Sarah’s growing passion for local, homegrown food was encouraged while working with the South Coast Community Garden Association as Garden Coordinator and Children’s Program Director starting in 2006. Sarah took on the management of the Coos Bay Farmers’ Market in 2008 until 2016 and this exposure to farmer-mentors encouraged the development of a local Coos County Community Farming Project she is currently managing as well in Coquille on donated land with other families. Inspiring families, especially children, to choose locally grown food from farmers, grow their own food, plant a row for the food banks, and emphasize native bee habitat and identification has kept her busy and fuels her drive to do more for her community’s food security.
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.
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. 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!
Sonia Reagan - OSU Extension
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!
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.
Nicolette Ulrich, University of Oregon
Nicolette is originally from Southern California and recently moved to Eugene, Oregon to pursue a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management with an emphasis in Food Studies at the University of Oregon. During her Peace Corps service in Senegal, West Africa she developed a passion for food security while working with local women on “market gardens”. After returning from the Peace Corps, she took an opportunity to live and work at Heifer International's education-farm in Massachusetts leading educational programming with students and groups in the area. While at Heifer she facilitated discussions on food security and global hunger issues, along with organic farming and animal husbandry. Currently, she is living and working as a part-time Farm Caretaker at Berggren Demonstration Farm in Springfield, Oregon while taking classes at the university.
Emily York, Portland, Oregon Public Health Division
Emily York became interested in building more sustainable food systems when working for a non-profit called Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB). This experience led her to study public health and sustainability at Portland State University and work with the Coalition for a Livable Future. She then led local policy projects at the City of Portland, including the ‘1,000 gardens Initiative’ and served on the board of the local organization called Depave. She currently coordinates the Oregon Public Health Division’s Climate and Health Program, working with partners to study and plan for the health effects of climate change in Oregon.
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://
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.