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Staff

Name Title Phone
Joyce Cellars Community Relations Manager ext. 101
Mandy Fischer Development Manager ext. 108
Sona Desai Food Hub Manager ext. 112
Maggie Donin Beginning Farmer Specialist ext. 116
Chelsea Frisbee Development Assistant ext. 113
Kendall Frost Food Hub Marketing & Outreach ext. 111
Seth Gillim Conservation Nursery Asst. Manager ext. 104
Jonathan Guy Finance Manager ext. 102
Rob Hunt Land Manager ext. 106
Mike Ingalls Conservation Nursery Manager ext. 114
Travis Marcotte Executive Director ext. 107
Haley Mathis Bookkeeper ext. 109
Sam Rothberg Food Hub Packing & Distribution Supervisor ext. 105
Jessica Sanford Gleaning & Food Rescue Program Coordinator ext. 103
Sam Smith Farm Business Specialist ext. 110
Bobby Young Food Hub Operations Coordinator ext. 115
Joyce Cellars, Community Relations Manager
Joyce@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 101
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.  back to top

Mandy Fischer, Development Manager
Mandy@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 108
Mandy has been managing grants and providing strategic support for Intervale Center programs since 2006. She is inspired by the dedication, common sense and creativity of Vermont’s farmers, who grow the best food in the world. She loves music, wild plants and experimental baking and lives in Burlington with her wonderful daughter. back to top

 

Sona Desai, Food Hub Manager
Sona@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 112
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.  back to top
Maggie Donin, Beginning Farmer Specialist
maggie@intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 116

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. back to top


Chelsea Frisbee, Development Assistant
chelsea@intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 113
Chelsea supports the important work of the Intervale Center by coordinating 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 traveling, hiking, and playing the guitar. back to top

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKendall Frost, Food Hub Marketing & Outreach
kendall@intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x111
Kendall is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Intervale Food Hub. She is from Charlotte, and a recent graduate of the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning. Her studies covered a wide range of topics in addition to design, including sustainable urbanism, ecology, and urban agriculture, which helped drive her belief that sustainable food systems will make people and the planet much healthier and happier. Kendall first worked at the Intervale Center for two summers as a Summervale Intern, and she is very 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. She lives in Burlington and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, tackling creative projects, experimenting with cooking all the vegetables she receives each week in her Intervale Food Hub basket, and wishing for a dog.

Seth Gillim, Conservation Nursery Assistant Manager
Seth@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 104
Seth comes to the Intervale with a diverse background in farming, horticulture, and nursery management. He is passionate about working  with volunteers and student interns, connecting people from all walks of life to the work of stewarding our environment. Originally from Underhill, he lives in Winooski with his wife and 2 daughters. In his spare time, Seth serves as chair of Winooski’s Planning Commission, plants rain gardens, and takes long walks with his family. back to top
Jonathan Guy, Finance Manager
jon@intervale.org
802-660-0440 x102
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. back to top
Rob Hunt, Land Manager
Rob@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 106
Rob has been managing the Intervale Center’s lands and facilities since 2010, as well as coordinating our Abenaki Heritage Garden and assisting with Food Hub packing and delivery. 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 is a climbing wall manager and works at UVM for a research soil testing lab. back to top
Mike Ingalls, Conservation Nursery Manager
Mikei@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 114
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. back to top

Travis Marcotte, Executive Director

Travis@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 107
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. back to top
Haley Mathis, Bookkeeper
Haley@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 109
Haley grew up in Vermont and has been involved in numbers and food in the Burlington area for more than ten years.   She has most recently been involved with the Chittenden County Hunger Council and the Old North End Farmers’ Market.  At the Intervale Center, she combines her skills and experience in bookkeeping with her passionate support for local agriculture, sustainability, and her community.  When she is not working, she enjoys growing things, writing, biking, reading about food, practicing and teaching yoga, and cooking with friends. back to top

Sam Rothberg, Food Hub Packing & Distribution Supervisor
samantha@intervale.org
802-660-0440 x103
Sam works as the distribution coordinator for the Intervale Food Hub. Transplanted from Colorado, Sam came to Vermont to study Environmental Studies and Food Systems at the University of Vermont. Sam has been growing food on farms, gardens, and greenhouses  in Vermont for the past five years.  When she’s not getting her hands in the soil, Sam is soaking up all of the wonderful adventure time Vermont offers through hiking, biking and boating (and some serious creemee consumption in the summer)!
Jessica-for-website-220x220Jessica Sanford, Food Hub Distribution & Gleaning Coordinator
jessica@intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x103
Jessica is the Intervale Food Hub Distribution & Gleaning Coordinator. Jessica has long been involved in the Burlington farm and food community in roles that have taken her from farm to fork and many points in between. She has a diverse background in farming, education and community outreach and is glad to be part of a team devoted to connecting food, farms and community. back to top
Sam Smith, Farm Business Specialist
sam@intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x110
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 partner, Lindsay, and their dog. back to top
Bobby Young, Food Hub Operations Coordinator
Bobby@Intervale.org
(802) 660-0440 x 115
Bobby Young is the Food Hub Operations Coordinator. He oversees operations including receiving product, packing CSA shares and distribution. He has a background in farming, food service and community development, and holds a degree in Ecological Agriculture from the University of Vermont.  When not in the packing house, Bobby spends his time at home in Burlington with his partner Amanda, enjoying hikes with their two dogs and all the great food the city and state of Vermont has to offer. back to top