Our Team

CAE staff in 2019 at Pine Island Community Farm in Colchester, Vermont
CAE staff in 2019 at Pine Island Community Farm in Colchester, Vermont


  • Sam Banks

    Just Cut Production

  • Reeve Basom

    Education and Agriculture Coordinator

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    Reeve joined CAE’s community programs team in May 2016. Her background is in education, including six years of classroom teaching in VT public schools, a master’s degree in teaching, and a variety of leadership roles in programs focused on experiential food systems and outdoor education for youth. She relishes the creative, collaborative work of building school-community partnerships and falls more in love with her NEK homeland every day.

  • Michael Bellizzi

    Delivery Driver

  • Kristin Blodgett

    Financial Manager

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    Kristin joined the Center for an Agricultural Economy in March 2015. She is a financial and project manager by training with seven years of experience supporting local and international community development programs. In the last several years her work has focused on a portfolio of USAID-funded agricultural and natural resource management programs in sub-Saharan Africa, during which time she also provided support to the UN FAO Committee on World Food Security through the negotiation of the international Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. Kristin is a native of Vermont and now lives in Burlington.

  • Silene DeCiucies

    Farm Business Planner


    Silene comes from nearby Elmore and joined CAE's business services team in 2019. She has a master's in crop and soil science and has worked on livestock, dairy, and vegetable farms in Washington state and Central New York.  Upon returning to Vermont, Silene worked for the Lamoille County Conservation District coordinating agriculture programming and working with small dairy farms in the area. Silene is inspired by the rural agricultural landscape and hopes to do her best to preserve it through her work with farms, businesses, and community members. Silene lives in Elmore where she enjoys cross country skiing, running, working on her house, pottery, and making cheese.
  • Robert Duggan

    Delivery Driver

    Robert studied horticulture at Essex Agricultural in Danvers, Massachusetts and became a Massachusetts certified arborist in 2007.  He works on local farms, community gardens, and in local food production. He currently drives full time for CAE - Farm Connex, and enjoys catching square bales and weed whacking in the summer!

  • Bethany Dunbar

    Community Programs Manager

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    Bethany M. Dunbar came to the Center for an Agricultural Economy in April 2014, and manages all the community projects, overseeing staff and contractors. She grew up in Craftsbury and studied education at Lyndon State College and has a background dairy farming, journalism and photography.  At the Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in Barton, she was Managing Editor, covering agriculture, the local food movement, and human interest profiles.  She has won numerous awards for news writing and photography.  In 2012 her first book, Kingdom's Bounty, was published by Umbrage Editions.  It is a series of essays and photographs of farmers and food providers in Northeastern Vermont and serves as a guidebook.  She lives on a back road in West Glover and loves gardening, cooking, hiking, and horseback riding. 

  • Connor Gorham

    Facilities Manager

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    Connor Gorham, of Rochester, NH, has worked for the CAE/VFVC since May of 2011. He has a BA in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute and has a passion for food that only few can match. Connor has worked in fine dining and food manufacturing and currently oversees the daily operations of the food business incubation and facility management at VFVC. He is Better Process Control certified, and is a ServSafe Instructor and Test Proctor. Connor has had a vision of working with food businesses and entrepreneurs for several years now and feels that he is living out his dream each and every day. Connor lives in Lamoille County and enjoys playing basketball, hitting the slopes, and spending time with his dog Bert.

  • Michael Heath

    General Manager, CAE Farm Connex


  • Daniel Keeney

    Farm and Food Business Advisor

    Daniel Keeney started with the CAE in December 2014 and is a St. Johnsbury, VT native. He completed his Masters’ Program in Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM, focusing on potential market demand in emerging agricultural markets, particularly for compost. He has worked with several Vermont farmers, in on-farm production and maintenance as well as direct market sales and delivery. He has worked at Montpelier’s Hunger Mountain Co-op in cheese sales, and he continues to work part-time as a junior partner at Dunc’s Mill Artisanal Rums in Barnet, VT. He lives in Maple Corner, growing food, cooking food and singing to his cat.

  • Stephan Leikert

    Delivery Driver

  • Josh Peets

    Just Cut Production

  • Jon Ramsay

    Executive Director

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    Jon grew up on his family’s dairy farm located in Greensboro. Jon continues to manage the farm, now raising Black Angus cattle for both breeding stock and beef, and pastured poultry. Before joining the CAE, Jon was most recently the Director of the Farmland Access Program at the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), where he focused on farm affordability for new and beginning farmers statewide. Prior to becoming the Director of the Farmland Access Program Jon worked in VLT’s stewardship program as an intern in 1998 and was hired fulltime June of 1999. Jon continued to work in stewardship at VLT until 2001 when he became the Agricultural Project Manager for VLT in the Champlain Valley office. Between 2006 and 2009 he was VLT’s Agricultural Stewardship Manager working statewide. Jon graduated from the University of Vermont in May 1999 with a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Ecology. Jon, his wife Selina and their son Jin live on the family farm, where they enjoy gardening, walking trips to Long Pond and enjoying Caspian Lake during the summer.

  • Linda Ramsdell

    Bookkeeper & Payroll Manager

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    Linda brings to the job her 26 years as a business owner in Hardwick. Linda founded the Galaxy Bookshop in 1988 and in 2014 sold the store to a long time employee and a customer. Linda was also a founder of Claire's Restaurant and an early board member of The Center for an Agricultural Economy. Linda joined the staff of CAE in 2017. Linda grew up and lives in Craftsbury.

  • Lylee Rauch-Kacenski

    Business Services Outreach Coordinator & Communications Manager

    Lylee joined CAE’s Business Services team in September 2017. While she prides herself on being a generalist of many subjects, Lylee has focused the past decade on community and local food systems. Her background includes a degree in visual arts and work as varied as graphic designer, small business owner, art educator, researcher, retreat center chef, gardener, and baker. Most recently, Lylee completed a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at Tufts University, where she focused on community engagement and economic development. Lylee lives in Bethel, and is involved in the Bethel Revitalization Initiative, a community led group that is using innovative ideas and creativity to enliven and revive the town. She shows her love by cooking for people and can often be found in the kitchen, out on a hike, or cuddling with her dog.

  • Katrina Razionale

    Development Manager

    Katrina joined CAE as the Development Manager in August of 2018. A California native, artisan cheese brought her to the east coast and then to Vermont in 2011 to work with Jasper Hill Farm, where she developed their e-commerce program. Prior to joining CAE, Katrina worked in southern Vermont as the Director of Business Development for Retreat Farm, a land-based nonprofit. Cheese may have been what brought her to the east coast, but a passion for empowering rural and agricultural communities is what's kept her here - and what brought her back to Hardwick and CAE, in particular. She holds a BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of CA, Santa Cruz, and lives in Hardwick with her partner, children, cats, dog, and at least one skunk.

  • Neal Renaud

    Primary Delivery Driver

  • Lotty Roozekrans

    Farm to Institution Program Manager

    Lotty joined the CAE in October of 2017 as the new Farm to Institution Accounts Manager. She comes to CAE with extensive experience working in farmers market management, as well as many years of experience working in the the hospitality industry. She is deeply committed to supporting the VT farming community and by working with the Just Cut product line of minimally processed produce, she is able to do just this, while also supplying K-12, colleges and hospitals with fresh and nutritious food. Lotty lives in Lamoille County and enjoys walking local trails and nearby dirt roads, and when the snow flies; cross country skiing and snowboarding.

  • Neil Urie

    Delivery Driver & Warehouse Manager

Board of Directors

  • Helen Beattie

    UP for Learning

    Helen most recently served as the founder and Executive Director of Vermont-based UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership for Learning) and is currently a Senior Consultant for the organization.  As a licensed School Psychologist and Educational Consultant, she has specialized in strategies to build school cultures in which youth are both engaged and empowered as learners and change agents.  Her professional path reflects a life-long passion for elevating the voices of those who feel disempowered and voiceless, either in the health or education realms.  When she first moved to Hardwick in 1986 she served as the Director of Northern Counties Health Centers.  This experience with the Hardwick and Greensboro Health Centers, and others throughout the Kingdom, seeded her deep respect for the resilience, compassion and ingenuity of communities in this region. Her later experience as a School Psychologist in this same region, has contributed to her commitment to the community and equitable access to resources.

  • Meredith Davis

    Meredith is a business consultant who helps purpose-driven businesses grow and thrive.  She provides support and guidance on leadership, financial management, and organizational development. She has worked with small businesses in Vermont for over 20 years. Since 2005, she has primarily been involved with agriculture, food, and natural products businesses, including 10 years at High Mowing Organic Seeds, most of that time as General Manager. She lives in Elmore with her 3 daughters, and a growing band of dogs, cats, sheep and chickens.

  • Matthew Derr

    Sterling College

    A community organizer, teacher, fundraiser, and strategic planner, Matthew Derr was inaugurated in 2012 as the eleventh president of Sterling College. Matthew is nationally recognized in higher education for his expertise in leading institutional change and for strengthening mission-based focus. In 2011, he was awarded Chief Executive of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). At Sterling, President Derr led the effort to divest the Sterling endowment from fossil fuels and become only the third college in the United States to do so. After completion of a collaborative strategic planning process, President Derr directed the largest fundraising campaign in Sterling’s history, Nourish the Roots, and secured the institution’s first seven figure gifts. Among the early accomplishments of the campaign was the naming and completion of capital projects for the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. Unusually for a college president today, Matthew also fulfills a role as a faculty member and regularly teaches courses in community organizing.

  • Pete Johnson

    Pete’s Greens

    Pete started Pete’s Greens in 1995 growing primarily salad greens. He started gardening at a very early age and had his own thriving pumpkin business at the age of twelve. He now grows specialty vegetables of many types with an emphasis on baby greens, heirloom tomatoes, and root crops. Pete and his team sell to stores and restaurants throughout Vermont, as well as Boston and New York City. Recently he has focused on local sales direct to customers. In addition, Pete buys products from other farmers and producers and markets them through his “Localvore” Community Supported Agriculture shares.

  • Emily Maclure

    Board Co-Chair

    Craftsbury General Store

    Emily bought the Craftsbury General Store two years ago after a decade long career in restaurant management and event planning in Los Angeles. Inspired by the community’s willingness to try new things, Emily pushed the envelope and expanded her grocery offerings to include an array of locally made products, as well as produce and meats from the store’s neighboring farms. With the help of her fun loving staff, the store and deli business continues to grow. A natural “people person,” Emily has loved becoming part of the Craftsbury community. She is an active member of the Craftsbury Planning Commission, and recently created a platform in which to bring the Craftsbury businesses together.

  • Blair Marvin

    Elmore Mountain Bread & New American Stone Mills

    Blair Marvin is co-owner of Elmore Mountain Bread and New American Stone Mills with her husband, Andrew Heyn, in Elmore, Vermont. She was born and raised in Johnson, Vermont then moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a culinary degree. After working in restaurants on both coasts, Blair returned home and has spent the past 15 years baking wood-fired sourdough breads for her community. She is also a partner in Fire Tower Pizza, a small pizza shop and community project that uses her fresh milled flour and Vermont ingredients. She is a vocal advocate for the development of relationships between farmers and bakers as a means to strengthen food systems and local grain economies, speaking and teaching across the country. Elmore Mountain Bread has become a destination for chefs and bakers from around the world seeking to learn about wood-fired ovens, milling, and baking with local, organic fresh flour.

  • Andrew Meyer

    Board Treasurer

    Vermont Soy & Vermont Natural Coatings

    The Vermont Soy Company had its first incarnation in 1996, when Todd Pinkham began making tempeh. In 2007, Andrew Meyer and Todd began making products again and have now brought VT Soy to a whole new level, with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and the ability to market more products to more places. In 2006, Andrew began Vermont Natural Coatings. The company’s patented natural wood finish formula is an important advance over existing water-based finishes in application, quality, and environmental safety. The formulations use whey protein as the bonding agent. Whey is a renewable resource and a natural by-product of the dairy industry. This use of a natural product in the professional finishes translates to low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) – and better in-door air quality. Their market is green builders and LEED contractors as well as individual homeowners. Andrew’s family has an organic dairy farm in Hardwick and after being raised in VT he worked in D.C. as the agricultural advisor to Senator Jeffords for 7 years.

  • Ben Nottermann

    Board Secretary

    Snug Valley Farm

    Raised on a farm in East Hardwick, Ben is proud to be a life-long farmer, and to call this region home. After graduating from Hazen Union High School in 2001, Ben received a BS in Forest Management from the University of Maine in Orono. In 2007 he moved back to the family farm, to help grow the business that he co-owns with his wife and parents. Snug Valley Farm raises grass-fed and finished beef, pastured pork, and 5 acres of pumpkins, which started as Ben’s project when he was only 6. Ben spent five years teaching at the Green Mountain Technical and Career center where he worked with juniors and seniors to expose them to the forest industry trade with projects like building the new bog bridge at Atkins Field. Ben has been a fan of the CAE since it was founded, and uses the Vermont Food Venture Center for storage and distribution. Ben views his role on the board as a way to give back to the community, and promote the local food system that he deeply believes in.

  • Margie Prevot

    Board Co-Chair

    Margie and Roger moved to E. Hardwick in 2016, but have deep roots in the NEK. Nearly three decades ago, they met and married here, and their children attended Burke Mtn Academy as they grew.

    Besides the NEK, Margie and her family lived on a small farm in rural south central PA with three kids, gardens and a small flock of sheep and other critters. After managing the family, and shuttling back and forth between Burke and PA, Margie now manages Greensboro Brook Farm, here in our community. Between being in the fields, volunteering and getting outside, she also supports her daughter Corinne, an entrepreneur and small business owner of Skida Hats and Headwear in Burlington VT (www.skida.com), as a jill-of-all-trades.

    She attributes her focus on farms and food to her father; a life long gardener. The vitality of local farms and local food resonates most uniquely for her in the NEK.