Tara Kelly, Executive Director
Tara focuses on strategic thinking, program planning, administrative management, statewide cooperation, local collaboration, and fundraising. Tara has been actively involved in community development for over fifteen years. She is both a founding member of RAFFL and the organization’s first executive director. She is full-time with RAFFL in addition to managing her other community and family commitments.
Jen Miller, New Farmer & Farm Fresh Connect Programs
Jen coordinates RAFFL’s New Farmer program, offering support and guidance to area farmers. She also manages RAFFL’s Farm Fresh Connect and buying club programs. After seven years of farming (five of them in Vermont), she recently completed a masters’ degree in community development and applied economics. When Jen is not working, she enjoys growing vegetables, hiking, yoga, and sharing good food to with family and friends.
Steve Peters, Communications and Food Education
Steve manages RAFFL’s communications and marketing, as well as the Everyday Chef cooking education program, where he teaches people how to cook with and eat seasonal, healthy foods. With a background in education and a passion for food, he loves to show people how accessible it is to cook and eat well. Outside of RAFFL, Steve serves on the board of directors of the Rutland Young Professionals and the Rutland Area Food Co-op and also writes the Rutland Bites food column in the Rutland Reader.
Jenn Simons, Glean Team
Jenn is RAFFL’s AmeriCorps VISTA member coordinating the Glean Team program. As a VISTA, she’ll fulfill a year-long commitment at RAFFL focused on strengthening the Glean Team and capacity building with a healthy futures focus. She’s looking forward to applying her background in sociology and environmental studies by increasing access to farm-fresh vegetables across socioeconomic classes while diverting food waste and getting to know local farmers. A Nebraska native, she has an appreciation for wide open spaces but a fascination with the community and farming landscape across Vermont.
Board of Directors
Agency of Natural Resources
John Pollard, Vice President
Nancy Mark, Treasurer
Mettawee School Principal (retired)
Carol Tashie, Secretary
Radical Roots Farm
Vermont Country Store & Williams River House
Paramedic and Homesteader
Food Anthropologist, Green Mountain College
Vermont Country Store
Ryan, Smith and Carbine Attorneys-at-Law
Local Food Advocate
Mount Holly, VT
Liz DiMarco Weinmann
College of St. Joseph