Erik Fyfe – Executive Director

Nicholas Gardinier – Farm Assistant

Lindsey Kuter – Weekend Livestock Caretaker

Stacey Lynch Adnams – Program Director

Margaret Maruschak – Per diem Educator

Kim Pennock – Per diem Educator

Lily Ropes – Office Manager

Kaetlyn Stamper – Weekday Livestock Caretaker



Executive Committee

Paul Adams (Chair) – BS Biology, SUNY Oneonta, MS Science Ed, SUNY New Paltz. Retired, following 36 years of teaching. Steering Committee Chair of NYS DEC’s Project Learning Tree.

Tim Stanley (President) – B.T. Animal Science, SUNY Cobleskill. A.A.S. Forest Technology, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Assistant Director, Fresh Air Fund @Sharpe Reservation. Founder, Native Beeology, a native pollinator educational platform. Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Naturalist.

Ed Cigna (Vice President) – BA Biology, MA Science Education, NYU. Prof Diploma, Ed Admin, St. John’s. Former Planner, Town of Hyde Park. Adj Inst, Env. Sci, Dutchess Community College. Asst Superintendent. Baldwin & East Williston School Districts.

Bruce Jantzi (Treasurer) – Former Store Manager, Blue Seal Feeds-Kent Nutrition Group, now retired. Currently consulting, mentoring store managers. Member, Town of Plattekill Zoning Board of Appeals.

Yvette Valdes Smith (Recording Secretary) – BA, Sarah Lawrence College. Masters, Childhood Education & Bilingual Education, CCNY. Past Middle School Teacher, Earth Sciences. Member at Large, Environmental Management Council for the Dutchess County Legislature.

Board Members

Rob Cohen – BS Computer Science, Union College, MS Computer Science, NYU. Information Technology Development, Consulting, and Management in several industry sectors. Currently Customer Relationship Management(CRM) Technology Consultant. Current farming/agriculture/beekeeping experience. Volunteer educator Vassar College.

Rebecca Cossa – New York State Certified Agriculture Teacher, FFA Advisor, BA from University of Wyoming, MA from SUNY Oswego, Dutchess Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H PAC Member, NYBG Certified Floral Designer.

Karen Finnegan – Nonprofit sector, Past Volunteer Director, Meals on Wheels; Events Manager, The American Cancer Society; 12 years, Director, Walk for The Alzheimer’s Association.

Ed Hartmann – BS in Computer Science from Penn State. MBA from Columbia University. Data processing field for 30 years (IBM and Prodigy Services), spent the last 25 years moving through middle management to Vice President. Now retired.