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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

Staff & Board

Our Staff


Elena Gustavson, Executive Director

(802) 417-1528, ext 5

Elena Gustavson joined RAFFL in early 2015 to serve RAFFL's Director of Communications and Community Programs and coordinate Everyday Chef, its food and cooking program. She brings a wealth of experience to her role as Executive Director. Working for the last 12 years directing programs, outreach, business management and communications with organizations and farms throughout the Northeast region’s food system, including the Center for an Agricultural Economy, Pete's Greens and the Vermont Food Venture Center.

In her free time, Elena enjoys hanging out with her children, running for fun and hiking meandering trails. She's also been known to read on occasion and sing loudly when she thinks no one is listening.


(802) 417-1528, ext 2

Stephanie coordinates RAFFL’s annual Locally Grown Guide. As a child growing up in Central
New York, Stephanie witnessed the rapid transition from a working landscape to sprawl; this
experience has made her a strong proponent of local agriculture. During the growing season, 
Stephanie works at Radical Roots Farm in Rutland Town. She is also a yoga instructor and
teaches classes throughout the greater Rutland area. In her free time, Stephanie practices yoga, 
dances for enjoyment and as part of two performance groups, gardens, spends as much time in
the water as she can, and is a voracious reader, knitter, and lover of cats.


Phil Gurley, AmeriCorps vista, Marketing Coordinator & Community Engagement

(802) 342-1528, ext 0

Phil is an Americorps VISTA volunteer serving our Marketing and Outreach team. He graduated this past spring from Elon University in North Carolina with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. Phil has strong interests in sustainable agriculture and nutrition and wants to expand food access to the rural communities surrounding Rutland. Phil enjoys hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and Game of Thrones.


Amanda Landry, Farm fresh connect manager

(802) 472-1528, ext 1

Amanda oversees logistics, marketing, and customer service for the Farm Fresh Connect program. After over five years managing a diverse organic vegetable farm in Vermont, Amanda completed her two-year service for Peace Corps as a Sustainable Agriculture volunteer in Kolda, Senegal.  Along with her passion for community development and agriculture, Amanda also enjoys yoga, Irish Step Dancing, and drawing. 


Jen Miller, Farm business advisor

(802) 417-1528, ext 4

Jen manages RAFFL’s Farm Business Development, offering business planning services and educational opportunities to farmers throughout Vermont.  After seven years of farming (five of them in Vermont), she 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 with family and friends.

Mary Bilecki, americorps vista, glean team

(802) 417-1528, ext 3

Mary is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer serving as the Glean Team Coordinator. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2016 with degrees in International Development and Anthropology. She strongly believes that everyone, no matter their socioeconomic status, deserves access to healthy, locally grown produce. Vermont and the Glean Team is the perfect opportunity to to put these passions into action. Mary also enjoys cooking (eating) and exploring the outdoors with friends and family. 


Mike Raymond, Finance

(802) 417-1528, ext 0

Mike works part time at RAFFL, serving as their Financial Director. He brings over forty years of experience working in the management and programming of non profit organizations. When not working, Mike enjoys taking advantage of all the outdoor recreational opportunities Vermont has to offer.


Tara Kelly - A Founding Member of RAFFL and Former Executive Director

Tara has been actively involved in community development for over twenty years.  She is a founding member of RAFFL and the organization’s first executive director. Tara focuses on strategic thinking, program planning, administrative management, statewide cooperation, local collaboration, and fundraising.  Tara served as RAFFL's Executive Director from 2009 to 2016 and is currently Planning Director for the City of Rutland.

Board of Directors

Kara Soulia, President
Vermont Country Store
Pittsford, VT

Larry Courcelle, Vice President
Vermont Roofing Co.
Rutland, VT

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

Maria Reade, Secretary
Someday Farm
Dorset, VT

Eleanor Tison
Food Anthropologist, Green Mountain College
Poultney, VT

Marli Rupe
Agency of Natural Resources
Poultney, VT

John Pollard
Haven Hill Farm
South Londonderry, VT

Geof Brown
Vermont Country Store &
Williams River House

Chester, VT

Andy Maass
Rutland, VT