Who we are

Tara Kelly, Executive Director
(802) 417-7331
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.

Joann Smith, Administrative Coordinator

Joann is RAFFL’s go-to systems person. With years of experience working on computers and databases, Joann’s role at RAFFL is to provide support on administrative details from data management to research on a part-time basis. She’s into the locally grown and hand made movement, ranging from growing her own vegetables to making pottery.


Steve Peters, Communications and Food Education
(802) 417-1499

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. In his free time he bakes, writes, travels, works in his vegetable garden, and cooks.

Elizabeth Theriault, Program Director
(802) 417-1528
Elizabeth manages and coordinates the planning and operation of programming at RAFFL. She has masters degrees in public health and social work. A Maine native, Elizabeth spent six years abroad working in New Zealand and England in the social sector. Her true passion lies in working with communities around health, food access and sustainability.


Board of Directors

Marli Rupe, President
Agency of Natural Resources
Poultney, VT

John Pollard, Vice President
Red Wing Farm Micro-dairy
Shrewsbury, VT

Nancy Mark, Treasurer
Mettawee School Principal (retired)
Castleton, VT

Carol Tashie, Secretary
Radical Roots Farm
Rutland, VT

Geof Brown
Vermont Country Store & Williams River House
Chester, VT

Mike Horner
Paramedic and Homesteader
Hubbardton, VT

Meadow Squier
Breezy Meadows Orchard
Tinmouth, VT

Eleanor Tison
Food Anthropologist, Green Mountain College
Poultney, VT

Kara Soulia
Vermont Country Store
Pittsford, VT

John Valente
Ryan, Smith and Carbine Attorneys-at-Law
Rutland, VT

Martha Johnson
Local Food Advocate
Mount Holly, VT