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 is also President of the Mohawk Valley Farmers Market Managers Alliance, a regional network of farmers markets and the first chapter of the Farmers Market Federation of NY.
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
Krysta Dennis, manager of the Cook Park Farmers Market.
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
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 Co-President of the Farmers Market Federation of NY
Amanda Root, Nutrition, Health and Parenting Issue Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. Amanda is also a regional Eat Smart NY Team Leader.
Christine Breen, formerly with Jamestown Renaissance, managing the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market. Christina is now focusing more on her family, but is consulting on a new mobile farmers market project for the Southern Tier West region.
Jesse Knoth, Jesse is formerly with the South Wedge Planning Commission, managing the SouthWedge Farmers Market in Rochester. When not managing his own market, Jesse is an active volunteer with the Westside Farmers Market in Rochester and can often be found lending a hand at the Rochester Public Market.
MARGARET O’NEILL, VICE 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.
LAURA BIASILLO, CO-PRESIDENT
LAURA BIASILLO is an Agricultural Economic Development Speciailst with CCE-Broome County, in Binghamton NY. Laura has been in this position for 5 years, and in this position she focuses on increasing marketing channels for producers, creating education programs focuses on new skills and technologies and facilitation farmland protection and development initiatives with the county. 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).
STEVE FEENEY, TREASURER
STEPHEN J. FEENEY is a professional planner with over 25 years of experience providing technical assistance to many communities on a variety of zoning and planning matters, environmental impact review, economic development, land preservation and development issues. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1993, Steve currently works for the Schenectady County Department of Economic Development and Planning and serves as the Town of Guilderland Planning Board Chairman. He received a Bachelor of Science degree (forest biology) from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. and a Master of Public Administration (public finance) from the University at Albany, State University of New York, Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. He has been involved with farmers markets in Schenectady County for the past 10 years, helping to establish and expand the Schenectady Farmers Market in downtown Schenectady.
JONATHAN THOMSON, BOARD ADVISOR
JONATHAN THOMSON has spent the past twenty years managing 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.
Mr. Thomson has a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from CornellUniversity along with an MPA from SyracuseUniversity and an MBA from the College of St. Rose. He lives in Albany New York along with his wife Lisa and their daughter Grace. Outside of work he enjoys sailing, restoring antique radios and recreating with the family retriever, Faith.
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.
GAIL GOEBRICHER, BOARD ADVISOR
GAIL GOEBRICHER is a community-involved resident of Oswego, NY. She chairs such events as the Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Lighting, Salvation Army/ABATE Motorcycle Run, past Chair of the Oswego Pumpkin Fest, Linear Park Concerts, Independence Craft Show, Taste of Oswego Craft Show, Oswego Mural Committee, and Zonta International Committee. She is the Vendor Coordinator for the Friends of the Fort Ontario Fests and is involved with YMCA Warmup Oswego, HarborFest, Save the Oswego Lighthouse and the Neighborhood Watch Committee. Prior to retirement for the Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Gail was the long-time manager of the Oswego Farmers Market and coordinator for the Fulton Farmers Market.