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Board of Directors

The work of Farm to Table is guided and supported by a volunteer Board of Directors. Members are:

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Elizabeth Hetrick
Chair, Santa Fe
Retired, New Mexico Department of Health
Ron Hale
Vice Chair, Santa Fe
Retired, New Mexico Department of Health
Kristi N. Silva
Treasurer, Santa Fe
Public Health, Program Evaluation; 2010-2011 FoodCorps Service Member
Jeannie Benally
Secretary, Fruitland
Extension Service Agent, Four Corners Region
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Cristina Dominguez-Eshelman
Anthony, NM
La Semilla Food Center
Danny Farrar
Velarde
Farmer, Rancho La Jolla
Margaret C. Campos
Embudo, NM
Farmer, Comida de Campos
 

Staff Directory - Alphabetical by first name: 

alena Staff & Board

Alena Paisano
Farm to Cafeteria & Policy Programs Coordinator
alena@farmtotablenm.org
505-473-1004 ext. 16
Alena joins Farm to Table having been a member of the AmeriCorps Food Security Cadre, a cohort of service members working to promote food justice in the Santa Fe area.  Her approach to community development is asset-based and rooted in place; with a focus on promoting equity, cultural competency and social justice. She has experience working with communities through civic engagement, community outreach and education, and community planning as well as a community researcher, studying the local food system and food policy councils nationwide. Alena is looking forward to building a career working to strengthen and support communities here in New Mexico.

ErinO Staff & Board

Erin R. L. Ortigoza
Santa Fe Food Policy Council Coordinator
erin@farmtotablenm.org
505-473-1004 ext. 12
Erin joined the Santa Fe Food Policy Council as its Coordinator in February of 2013. Erin has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Community and Regional Planning.  Her specialization is in the design and management of ecologically friendly agricultural landscapes, historic preservation, and natural resource management associated with food production. She was a member of the Peace Corps Paraguay program as an agriculture/rural community development specialist.  She and her family have just started a 3 acre organic market farm in northern New Mexico.

 le Staff & Board

Le Adams
Farm to School Program Director and co-founder
le@farmtotablenm.org
505-473-1004 ext. 10
Le has many years of experience in small-scale farming, farmers’ market sales and management, agricultural education for children and youth, and community organizing. She serves as the Farm to School Southwest Regional lead of the National Farm to School Network and organizes several annual conferences including the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference.

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Kendal Chavez
2013-2014 Fellow for FoodCorps New Mexico
kendal.chavez@foodcorps.org
Kendal supports, guides, and mentors FoodCorps Service Members to grow school gardens.  Previously, Kendal spent two years as a garden coordinator at Kirtland Elementary in Albuquerque where she undertook curriculum planning, community organizing, cooking with kids, and co-creating a school garden ecosystem that serves over 300 students a week. Farm to Table, along with UNM Community Engagement Center, are co-sponsors of the FoodCorps team in New Mexico. 

Kendal Chavez is the Fellow for FoodCorps New Mexico, where she supports, guides, and mentors FoodCorps Service Members to grow school gardens – See more at: http://edibleschoolyard.org/project-blog/2013/10/30/learning-life-cycles-school-garden-kendal-chavez#sthash.NJBbuiUD.dpuf

NDominguez Staff & Board

Nelsy Dominguez
Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer
nelsy@farmtotablenm.org
505-473-1004 ext.14
Nelsy is involved in the development and advancement of general operations, works with the Board and staff on the overall management of the organization and on achieving Farm to Table’s strategic goals as well as honing and expanding communication and philanthropic engagement. Nelsy has many years of organizational experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors. Her focus continues to be on coalescing opportunities that optimize collaboration and investment in New Mexico’s communities.

nina Staff & Board

Nina Yozell-Epstein
Farm to Restaurant Program Director
nina@farmtotablenm.org 
505-473-1004 ext. 17
Nina is involved in every aspect of the Farm to Restaurant program as well as assists Farm to Table with communication and outreach. She has been involved with non-profit environmental and humanitarian work for over 10 years. These efforts have taken her to more than 25 countries around the world, primarily working with women’s rights, and local food initiatives—both growing and distributing. Born and raised in Santa Fe, Nina is deeply committed to supporting New Mexico agriculture.

pamela Staff & Board

Pamela Roy
Executive Director and co-founder
pam@farmtotablenm.org
505-473-1004 ext. 11
Pam has spent over 25 years working in food, farming, and advocacy initiatives at the local, national, and international levels.  She has worked with groups to co-found numerous organizations that focus on food, agriculture and equity issues including Farm to Table, the NM Farmers Marketing Association, the Southwest Marketing Network, the Santa Fe Food Policy Council, and the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council that she coordinates.  Pam works with communities to develop their own voice to advocate for policies and programs that provide social equity.  She has served on numerous local and national boards including the Community Food Security Coalition, Santa Fe Business Incubator, and the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association.

tawny Staff & Board

Tawnya Laveta
Programs Director
tawnya@farmtotablenm.org
505-473-1004 ext.13
Tawnya is involved in the development of Farm to Table’s programs, develops direct marketing resources for agricultural producers in the four corner states.  She works directly with farmers connecting them with special events and assists Tribal and rural communities with food systems planning and mapping, farmers’ market and food hub development that equitably fulfill community needs.  Tawnya also facilitates ‘train-the-trainer’ workshops on Gardening and Farming with Pollinators as Your Allies through the Pollinator Partners Program.

shauna Staff & Board

Shoshana ‘Shauna’ Woodworth
Farm to Market and Cafeteria Director
shauna@farmtotablenm.org 
505-473-1004 ext. 15.
Shauna is involved in establishing connections between small farmers and institutions that lead to increasing sale of local produce to schools, institutions and other wholesale buyers throughout New Mexico.  Aspects of the work include facilitating direct sales, conducting farmer and buyer specific trainings and farm tours that build capacity and relationships. She has worked in all aspects of planting, growing, harvesting and marketing.

Consultants:

clark Staff & Board

Clark de Schweinitz, J.D.
clark@farmtotablenm.org
Before joining Farm to Table as a consultant and adviser, Clark spent 36 years as an attorney for New Mexico Legal Aid serving low income people and their community organizations providing legal advice and assistance to emerging farmers’ markets and nonprofits.  Upon his retirement in 2008, he has worked, on behalf of Farm to Table and at its request, with a variety of groups connected to the New Mexico food system advising on organizational development questions.  He has been part of Farm to Table and its team in advocating for policies and regulations related to food access, food security, and programs that benefit socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.  He was a founding member of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council and now serves as its Chair.

elvis Staff & Board

Elvis Bitsilly
Navajo Nation Program Development & Outreach
egbit1@yahoo.com
505-203-7290
Elvis specializes in linking the needs of Tribal communities to programs and resources that focus on food security, natural resource management, and strengthening farming economies. He joined Farm to Table as a consultant in 2010. 

LMcGrath Staff & Board

Loretta McGrath
Pollinator Partners Program Director
loremcgrath@gmail.com
505-690-9912
Loretta directs the Pollinator Partners Program, provides education and outreach on pollinator conservation strategies, and has been a top-bar beekeeper since 2006. Loretta has been a sustainability educator for over 20 yrs and consults with local non-profits on projects to support local food system development and healthy human communities and living systems. Since 2007, Loretta has been teaching courses in sustainability studies and environmental ethics at Santa Fe Community College and has been a consultant with Farm to Table since 2008.

 

yana Staff & Board

Yana Merrill
Financial Consultant
info@farmtotablenm.org 
505-473-1004 ext. 11
Yana has worked for non-profits since 1988 and has a consulting business focusing on non-profit accounting. She is on staff at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center as their Director of Administration & Finance and has also been the Financial Director at NMCF and LightHawk. She has worked with Farm to Table as a consultant since its inception.