Current Directors

CENTRAL REGION

LAURA BIASILLO is an Agricultural Economic Development Speciailst with CCE-Broome County, in Binghamton N. She and her husband own ~5 acres, have a 9 month old son and raise chickens and a garden (when the chickens don’t treat it like their personal buffet).

BETH IRONS,  manager of the Oneida County Public Market, held year round at the historic Utica train station. The market is operated by the Oneida County legislature, who contracts with Beth to manage and grow the market. Beth currently serves as the Vice President of the Federation.


EASTERN REGION

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STEVE HADCOCK Steve long had an interest and passion for farming, particularly dairy farming. He attended SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell University earning a degree in Animal Science. Upon graduation from Cornell, he traveled to Columbia County to be an Extension Educator.

Over the years interests and educational needs of the residents have changed and Steve has done what he could to meet their needs. Currently, he is a Senior Resource Educator working in five counties in Eastern NY. He provides beginning farmer education and works on market development for farmers.

Steve is the current Secretary of the Farmers Market Federation of NY

MARISSA PECK


METRO REGION

JESSICA DOUGLAS has worked within GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets for the past 12 years. As Operations Manager, she oversaw 50 farmers markets throughout the five boroughs, serving 230 producers. During this time, she standardized staff training, codified record-keeping systems and streamlined how farmers are assigned to markets. Jessica recently transitioned into the position of Healthy Exchange Project Manager, where she coordinates GrowNYC’s promotion and acceptance of nutrition benefits, incentive coupons and credit cards, making regionally-produced food accessible to all New Yorkers.

MELINDA MEDDAUGH, Ag & Food Systems Team Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County. Melinda works extensively with the farmers markets in Sullivan County, building the success of each market. Melinda is also Secretary of the Farmers Market Federation of NY


NORTHERN REGION

BECKY ALLEN is the Excuitve Director of GardenShare, a local non-profit located in the North Country of New York State, and serving the people of St. Lawrence County. GardenShare’s primary purpose is to ensure access to the bounty of the region through cost-sharing, direct-sale incentives, advocacy, interagency collaboration, outreach, and eduacation. The organization functions as a Friend of the Market for five (5) area farmers markets. Becky makes her home with her spouse and a menagerie of well-loved creatures in the foothills of the Adriondacks. She is an outdoor enthusiast, avid fly angler and humble zone 4a vegetable gardener. 

AMANDA ROOT, Nutrition, Health and Parenting Issue Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. Amanda is also a regional Eat Smart NY Team Leader.


WESTERN REGION

JACKIE FARRELL

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MARGARET O’NEILL,  PRESIDENT

MARGARET O’NEILL has 40 years of experience in education, youth development and organizational leadership. After several years as a teacher, she became an Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Monroe County, serving in 4-H, Nutrition and leadership roles. She has developed and presented Logic Model and Program Evaluation trainings to many nonprofits and professional organizations throughout New York. Since 2008 Margaret has served as Progam Manager with the Friends of the Rochester Public Market, managed the EBT Token program, educational tours and Healthy Eating programs at the Market. Margaret has a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, and an MPA from SUNY Brockport.

AT-LARGE MEMBERS

BETH IRONS,  manager of the Oneida County Public Market, held year round at the historic Utica train station. The market is operated by the Oneida County legislature, who contracts with Beth to manage and grow the market. Beth currently serves as the Vice President of the Federation.

BETH BAINBRIDGE

TAISY CONK directs New Settlement Apartment’s Community Food Action, a food justice program in the Bronx. Since 2013, she has built the program from the ground up with the support of passionate team members, partners, and community members. Community Food Action’s 170 Farm Stand is a vibrant youth-run market. Taisy holds an MPH from Tulane University in global community health and nutrition and a Bachelor’s degree from Bates College. She is passionate about food systems, equity, and advancing democracy.

CHUCK MCFADDEN serves as director of operations for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. In this role, Chuck oversees the Downtown Committee’s environmental maintenance and parking programs, serves as the director of Downtown Farmers’ Market and provides logistical support for the Downtown Committee’s other special events. A Syracuse native, he started at the Downtown Committee in 1977.


BOARD ADVISORS

MARK McMULLEN, BOARD ADVISOR

MARK McMULLEN administers state and federal nutrition programs at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Currently, he directs the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, the New York State WIC Vegetables and Fruits Check Program, and the New York State Farmers Market Wireless Electronic Benefits Transfer Program. Over 975 farmers participate in these programs at 450 community farmers markets and farm stands across New York State.

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LINDSAY OTT WILCOX, BOARD ADVISOR

LINDSAY OTT WILCOX brings over fifteen years of communications experience to the Farmers Market Federation of New York in her role as Marketing Advisor. Lindsay is currently the Creative Director at iHeartMedia in Syracuse and the owner of Centermost Marketing. Her first interaction with the Federation was in 2007 when she helped develop and launch the brand for the statewide EBT/Food Stamp token program. Other Federation-related projects include the creation of the website http://www.snaptomarket.com, public relations for initiatives such as winter markets, and consultation on various grant programs including Crisis Communications Guide for Farmers Markets and the Marketing for Profit webinar series. Lindsay is an award-winning marketer and writer, with recent honors from the New York State Broadcasters Association.

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