Board Members

The Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association is directed by a 10-person board, including an Executive Team (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Get to know our current Board Members by reading their bios below.

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 Summers, President
Adelante Mujeres, Farmers Market & Nutrition Manager
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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 Notarianni, Vice President
Food & Farms Consultant
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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!

Sarah Crawford, Secretary
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Coos Bay School District, Substitute Teacher

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.

Sonia Reagan, Treasurer
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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!

Spencer Masterson
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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
Retired (Former Nonprofit Development Professional)

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Mary Lee Planer served as the Grants Manager at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), where she 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.

Chloe Eberhardt
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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.

Anna Rose Hipsman Springer
Senior Market Coordinator, Portland Farmers Market

With a background in 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 working on a small farm to owning a sorbet company to running a food business development organization in Detroit, MI. Anna is currently in her 4th season running markets with Portland Farmers Market and would be excited to contribute her time and experience to OFMA. She sees farmers markets across the state as a key ingredient to a more equitable Oregon!

Dana Mills Taylor
Dana Taylor HeadshotStoel Rives LLP, Lawyer Recruiting Manager

Dana’s professional background includes over 10 years of human resources leadership in organizations ranging from national law firms to start-up nonprofits. She is currently a Recruiting Manager at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland. Dana is enthusiastic to give back to the community and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2014 to learn best practices for effective management in the social sector. In this program, Dana focused her research on food policy and food systems work, developing a particular interest in healthy and local food access, behavior change, and disease prevention. For her capstone project, she researched policy options to improve fresh food access across New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. In her free time, Dana volunteers with sustainable food and community gardening nonprofit organizations as a pro bono consultant, frequents the Hillsdale Farmers Market, and experiments with vegetarian recipes. She is passionate about healthy food access for all and excited to be considered to join the OFMA Board.

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PLENTY Community Food Services, Chef-Market Manager (Cedar Mill Farmers Market, Moreland Farmers Market, Winter Farmers Mercado, and Farmers Market at Bridgeport Village)

Lannie Kali is on a mission to strengthen and support a meaningful connection between people and their food. Lannie has been involved in the Portland metro farmers market community for over a decade and has been instrumental in fostering new & reviving existing farmers markets and food programs.

She uses her background as a farm kid, her passion as a chef and her professional life as a social change advocate through her business, PLENTY Community Food Services. She currently manages Moreland Farmers Market, Farmers Market at Bridgeport Village and Oregon’s only all Latino Farmers Market, Winter Farmers Mercado.

 


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
unnamed (1)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.