Staff

Name Title Phone
Sarah Alexander Gleaning and Food Rescue Coordinator ext. 120
Stacy Burnstein Land Access Specialist ext. 117
Thomas Case Intervale Food Hub Packing House Supervisor ext. 105
Joyce Cellars Community Relations Manager ext. 101
Meagan Day Bookkeeper ext. 109
Sona Desai Intervale Food Hub Manager ext. 112
Maggie Donin Beginning Farmer Specialist ext. 116
Mandy Fischer Development Director ext. 108
Chelsea Frisbee Development Manager ext. 113
Kendall Frost Intervale Food Hub Marketing & Outreach ext. 111
Seth Gillim Intervale Conservation Nursery Assistant Manager ext. 104
Jonathan Guy Finance Director ext. 102
Rob Hunt Land Manager ext. 106
Mike Ingalls Intervale Conservation Nursery Manager ext. 114
Travis Marcotte Executive Director ext. 107
Nick Rucci Intervale Food Hub Packing & Distribution
Sam Smith Farm Business Specialist ext. 110
Leah Szafranski Riparian Restoration & Monitoring Specialist
Bobby Young Intervale Food Hub Operations Coordinator ext. 115
Carolyn Zeller Administrative Assistant ext. 118

aboutus_sarah

Sarah Alexander, Gleaning & Food Rescue Program Coordinator
Sarah has spent the last four years working on a handful of farms in both Vermont and Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont with a concentration in Food, Land, and Community. Sarah believes that food is at the heart of our most important relationships: to each other, to ourselves, and to nature. When she’s not at the Intervale, Sarah enjoys cooking for people she loves, walking in the woods with her dog, and studying herbal medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_stacyStacy Burnstein, Land Access Specialist
As Land Access Project Specialist, Stacy works with farmers across Vermont to improve their access to land and secure farm tenure. She brings a background in small scale organic farming and project management across the food chain as well as a longstanding commitment to advancing vibrant, healthy and equitable food systems. She graduated from the University of Vermont and holds a Master’s in Education from New York University. She lives in Walden with her husband and daughter where they operate a small artisan maple syrup business.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_thomasThomas Case, Intervale Food Hub Packing House Supervisor
Thomas’ professional background is in organic vegetable farming. He farmed in the Intervale between 1997-2013, first with Diggers’ Mirth Collective Farm, and then with his own business, Arethusa Farm. His hope for the future of local agriculture is that there will be a broader range of farm viability for more small scale farms, a greater understanding in the community of the challenges of farming, and greater support of the farmers and their needs for economic sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_joyceJoyce Cellars, Community Relations Manager
Originally from Berkeley, California, Joyce joined the Intervale Center’s Development team in September 2009. She is committed to increasing the appetite for Vermont’s bounty of local food by fostering meaningful and rewarding relationships with donors, community members and partner organizations. An enthusiastic eater and home cook, she’s excited to connect people with the Intervale Center through public celebrations of food and farms like Summervale, Wintervale and A Midsummer’s Feast in the Intervale. Joyce lives with her husband and their cats in Burlington’s New North End.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_mandyMandy Fischer, Development Director
Mandy has been part of the Intervale Center’s development team since 2006. She focuses on writing grants, overseeing development, and providing strategic support to programs and staff. She enjoys the work of fund development and strongly believes that philanthropy has a significant role to play in creating a life-sustaining society. In addition to writing, Mandy loves dancing, baking, wild plants, and reading mysteries with her wonderful, curious daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_meaganMeagan Day, Bookkeeper
Meagan joined the Intervale’s team as bookkeeper in February 2015.  She graduated as Valedictorian with her Associates Degree in accounting at Becker College and brings ten years of experience crunching the numbers.  She enjoys keeping the accounts in tip-top shape!  When Meagan isn’t working the books, you can find her chasing around her energetic two year old son, taking walks with her dog or testing out new healthy recipes using farm fresh ingredients on her family, sometimes a hit and sometimes not!  She’s a native Vermonter who resides off the beaten path in Fairfax, VT and is very happy to be a part of the team here at the Intervale Center.

 

 

 

 

aboutus_sonaSona Desai, Intervale Food Hub Manager
Sona is the Intervale Food Hub Manager and has led the development of the enterprise since inception in 2007. She manages overall business communications, sales, outreach and growth in addition to production planning and procurement with farmers. Sona also leads the Intervale Center’s broader market development and consumer education efforts. She has an extensive background in farming, food marketing, food procurement and small business management and is committed to developing new and sustainable markets for Vermont farmers. Sona also serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT). She lives in Burlington and loves cooking, playing records, cross-country skiing and hiking with her dog.

 

 

 

 

aboutus_maggieMaggie Donin, Beginning Farmer Specialist
Maggie grew up in New Hampshire and has been farming in Vermont since she graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a degree in Community and International Development. As the Intervale Centers Beginning Farmer Specialist, Maggie coordinates and assists the Incubator farms through our Farms Program, in addition to working with new farmers across the state to make their first few years in business as smooth and successful as possible. When she is not working with new farmers Maggie can be found raising poultry and pork, walking in the woods, learning about making sausage and salami, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

aboutus_chelseaChelsea Frisbee, Development Manager
Chelsea supports the important work of the Intervale Center by managing community fundraising and events. She grew up on a small farm in upstate New York and has a passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems.  She has a B.A. in International Studies from Ithaca College and enjoys cooking, cats, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_kendallKendall Frost, Intervale Food Hub Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Kendall is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Intervale Food Hub. A Vermont native, Kendall first worked at the Intervale Center as a Summervale Intern. She is happy to be working year-round to bring awareness to the amazing work and resources that the Intervale Center and the Intervale Food Hub have to offer. In her free time, she enjoys the beautiful outdoors with her dog Piper, tackling creative projects, and experimenting with cooking local ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_sethSeth Gillim, Intervale Conservation Nursery Assistant Manager
Seth hails from Underhill, Vermont and is a graduate of Bard College and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. He is passionate about helping people from all walks of life understand the connection between native trees, healthy forests, and resilient waterways. As Assistant Manager of the Conservation Nursery, he coordinates volunteers for the nursery, supervises interns from UVM, and assists will all aspects plant production. When he’s not at the Intervale, you can find him exploring Vermont with his wife and 2 beautiful daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_jonJonathan Guy, Finance Manager
Jonathan has worked in multiple accounting and finance roles over the last 12 years thereby bringing a breadth of experience to this position.  He was worked with both non-profit and private sector companies and as an auditor in the insurance industry.  A life-long Vermont resident, Jonathan graduated from the University Of Vermont School Of Business, Professional Accounting Program.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_robRob Hunt, Land Manager
Rob has been managing the Intervale Center’s lands and facilities since 2010, as well as coordinating our Abenaki Heritage Garden.  He graduated from University of Vermont with a BS in Environmental Science and a double minor in Plant and Soil Science and Ecological Agriculture. He’s worked on farms varying from conventional mixed vegetable and fruit farms in New Hampshire to permaculture farms in Hawaii. When not at the Intervale Center, he enjoys woodworking, back country skiing, and spending time outdoors with his partner Michele and dog Walter.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_mikeMike Ingalls, Intervale Conservation Nursery Manager
Mike has managed the Intervale Conservation Nursery since 2008, bringing a passion for Vermont native plants and an expertise in horticulture and farming to his work. He graduated in 2006 from Vermont Technical College with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Development. Mike grew up in Richmond, Vermont and now lives in Charlotte with his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_travisTravis Marcotte, Executive Director
Travis brings a breadth of experience and a joy to his work strengthening integrated food systems and running a diverse organization like the Intervale Center. He also enjoys more simple pleasures like cooking and home gardening with his family. Prior to joining the Intervale Center in 2006, Travis worked in agriculture and community economic development in Vermont, Central America and the Caribbean. Travis graduated from the University of Vermont Community Development and Applied Economics program and received his Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis. He grew up on his grandparents’ dairy farm in Charlotte, Vermont and now lives in a farmhouse in Fletcher where he raises chickens, vegetables and pigs with his partner Sue and their sons and daughter.

 

 

 

 

aboutus_nickNick Rucci, Intervale Food Hub Packaging and Distribution
For the last several years Nick has worked with various local businesses and on the ground grassroot programs with the goal to promote healthy sustainable livelihoods.  He hopes that through growing our community, and  fostering close relationships with its members we can start to take steps in a positive direction.  Nick graduated from St. Michael’s College with a degree in Environmental studies and Studio Art.  And when he is not at the Intervale Center he can be found somewhere in the mountains rock climbing or snowboarding.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_samSam Smith, Farm Business Specialist
Sam brings a passion for farming and food systems to his work at the Intervale. He grew up in Southern Vermont, went to UVM, and recently received a MBA in Sustainability from Antioch New England.  He has worked as both a livestock and vegetable farmer, and been involved in the Vermont agricultural community for over 15 years.  When he is not at work Sam enjoys cooking, gardening, and getting out to enjoy the mountains with his family.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_leahLeah Szafranski, Biologist
Leah has worked for the Intervale Center since 2006. For several years Leah worked as Nursery Manager for the Conservation Nursery. Since 2010 she has worked with the Intervale as a Biologist, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Leah’s work focuses on water quality improvement and riparian habitat restoration.  She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Vermont, with a degree in Environmental Studies, and a minor in Plant and Soil Science. Leah and her partner Dave live on their farm in Craftsbury.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutus_bobbyBobby Young, Intervale Food Hub Operations Coordinator
Bobby Young is the Food Hub Operations Coordinator. He oversees operations including packing and distribution, purchasing and quality control. He has a background in farming and food service and holds a degree in Ecological Agriculture from the University of Vermont. He values being part of Burlington’s vibrant food community, and loves working with local producers to create a viable and healthy farm landscape in Vermont.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Zeller, Administrative Assistant

Carolyn will greet you with a smile, cheerfully help you navigate the Intervale Center, and connect you with our team members and resources. Carolyn has experience as a veterinary technician, caterer, and a client care representative in emergency animal hospitals. Not only does Carolyn care for animals, but she also has a green thumb, keeping vegetable and flower gardens, growing mammoth sunflowers, and cultivating African violets! In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys cycling, hiking, knitting, sewing, cooking, foraging for wild foods, making maple syrup and candy, and fostering kittens!