Mike has been a dairy farm apprentice, a veggie grower and a farmers’ market manager, but it wasn’t until he started at Red Tomato that he really began to understand the complexity of the food industry. As RT’s Marketing & Development Associate, Mike puts his Georgetown University business education to work, designing ever-better ways to tell our amazing farmers’ stories. Outside of the office you’ll find Mike experimenting in the kitchen, working outside or feeding his insatiable appetite for learning.
Laura Edwards-Orr is Red Tomato’s Associate Director. Laura began her career in family farm activism at Farm Aid where she staffed and managed a national farm crisis hotline, developed a web-based platform to connect thriving farmers with farmers in need and penned a monthly consumer advice column “Ask Laura.” Laura has worked as a freelance writer and consultant to many organizations working to promote the role of farmers within their core values. At Red Tomato, Laura manages strategic planning, fundraising, web marketing and our internship program. Laura also manages an innovative pilot with Kings Food Markets in NJ, designed to shorten the supply chain from farm to shelf within 24 hours. Laura lives in Providence, RI with her husband, two children, cats, a dog and her horse, Falcon.
Upon graduating from Williams College in June 2012, Aaron Freedman also graduated from Intern to Red Tomato Trade and Finance Associate, where he has been supporting Angel and learning everything there is to know about transportation, trade logistics, bookkeeping and IT support. Aaron is a systems nut who says Red Tomato has been the perfect place to immerse himself in the logistical challenges of the regional food system. When not in the wild and crazy world of produce, Aaron can be found biking around Boston, yelling at Bruins games or most likely playing ultimate frisbee.
Susan Futrell has been involved in food and sustainable agriculture endeavors for over 30 years. She spent 25 years in distribution, sales and marketing, most recently as Director of Marketing for Blooming Prairie Warehouse, a Midwest organic and natural foods wholesale cooperative. She’s a writer, and has an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She is Director of Marketing for Red Tomato, and divides her time between Massachusetts and Iowa, where she lives with her husband, Will, two cats and a tiny garden.
Angel came to Red Tomato in 2002 as our Warehouse Manager, after holding positions as Warehouse Manager for Boston Baby Superstores and T.V.I. for seven years. While working at Red Tomato, Angel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting at Northeastern University. He is now our Director of Operations, handling trade logistics, financial management and internal IT systems. Angel says, “My journey here at Red Tomato has been an extreme learning experience. I have learned so much about agriculture and the politics that surround it. I love every aspect of the business.” Angel spends free time enjoying his family and summer mornings in his garden, which he calls his farm.
Michael Rozyne has been a marketer of small farm products for three decades. He worked on conventional and organic farms in Maine, and was Purchaser and Marketer for a regional food distributor in New England. He was cofounder of the fair trade coffee company, Equal Exchange. He started Red Tomato in 1996 and is RT’s Executive Director. He lives with his partner Kimberly and two daughters in Middleborough, Massachusetts.
Diane Stalford, a native of Hawaii, is our Creative/Packaging Director. Working quarter time, she has been with RT since 1996. She traffics how we visually portray ourselves and strives for design continuity between print and packaging. Diane is responsible for selecting appropriate produce packaging solutions while keeping abreast of sustainable packaging.
Lesley Sykes, Red Tomato’s Supply Chain Manager, has been involved in food and agriculture endeavors for much of her life. The Arizona native has strong family ties to the produce industry. As an undergraduate, Lesley studied nutritional science, which provided her a solid scientific foundation for her Master’s work at Tufts University’s Agriculture, Food and Environment program. Lesley is intrigued with the synergies between her family’s produce business and her strong interest in sustainable food production, transparency in the supply chain and product differentiation, which led her to join Red Tomato in May 2011. Lesley lives in Cambridge, MA and spends her free time snooping in grocery store produce departments, running, writing and cooking with seasonal fare. Especially in the cold New England winter months, Lesley relies on her Arizona roots for fresh produce and sunshine.
After a successful career in teaching and school administration in New York City, Maud Ayson followed her passion for learning and community building by starting a museum career, taking on senior leadership positions at Old Sturbridge Village, Museum of the City of New York, The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, and most recently, as Executive Director at Fruitlands Museum, in Harvard, MA. Most recently, Maud has directed her energy to serving on the boards of directors of Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, Monadnock Media Inc., and The Bulfinch Fund, and consulting for the Abigail Adams Historical Society in Weymouth Mass.,Historic Cherry Hill, in Albany, New York, and conducting a feasibility study for the Connecticut Music Museum.
Duane Dale is the proprietor and principal consultant for DFD Associates, a consulting practice that specializes in helping organizations pursue relevance and long-term sustainability.
Duane has worked with small and large groups on teamwork, vision, strategy, creativity, and change. His clients have included the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, the National Science Foundation, a number of colleges and universities, the New England Aquarium, and the Boston Police Department. He has facilitated high-involvement processes for small teams and for gatherings as large as 300 and has conducted program evaluations and strategy-related research for the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Red Tomato, and other clients.
He is based in Madison, New Hampshire, not too far from the White Mountains.
Katherine is the executive director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the organic sector since 1990. In addition, DiMatteo continues as a managing partner at Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates, a consulting firm whose specialists deliver effective strategies to help organic products and businesses grow. Formerly the executive director of the Organic Trade Association from 1990 to 2006, she was instrumental in shaping the outcome of the U.S. National Organic Program standards and the U.N. Codex Guidelines for organically produced foods. DiMatteo recently served as the president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture MovementsBoard of Directors and is a founding member of The Organic Center’s Board of Directors.
Barbara has been on the staff of Crystal Spring Earth Learning Center for the past 18 years coordinating the Children’s Program. She coordinates chaplain services at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. Barbara came to Massachusetts after teaching school for many years. She also spent 10 years in Mexico and Guatemala developing an indigenous women’s mental health promoters network for peoples displaced by war. She is a Dominican Sister of Peace.
Ellen is the Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF). The VSJF is the author of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, a 10 year road map for strengthening Vermont’s farm and food economy. They also coordinate the Farm to Plate Network, a statewide 220+ organizational member effort to implement the F2P Strategic Plan. Prior to joining the VSJF, Kahler was the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington (1990 to 2002). Her most well-known work through the Peace & Justice Center, the Vermont Job Gap Study and the Vermont Livable Wage Campaign, won statewide attention around the issue of basic family needs, livable wages and under-employment.
Josh runs Fishkill Farms, the apple and fruit orchard started by his grandfather in 1913. In 2007, when Josh took over management, the farm was being leased out to other growers. Thanks to a commitment to ecological farming and a focus on the local community, Josh has expanded its offerings to include vegetables, berries, livestock and heirloom fruit. Fishkill Farms markets through a large pick-your-own operation, farmers’ markets and a CSA. In 2011, Josh took the role as New York director for Good Eggs, a food and technology startup delivering local groceries to New Yorkers. Josh earned his B.A. from Yale University in 2006, holds an Honorary Degree from Mount Saint Mary College and serves on numerous agricultural boards and committees in the Hudson Valley.