Gideon joined Red Tomato in 2015 after working for LoCo Food Distribution in northern Colorado as Director of Vendor Relations and Office Manager. His prior adventures have found him working on an agriturismo in Italy, rafting the Grand Canyon, and working for the City of Flagstaff, AZ Sustainability Program. As the Marketing and Development Associate Gideon works to support retail partners, farmers, and the RT team. He would be more than happy sharing the stories and passion of the farmers in the RT network with anyone who will listen, and is excited to bring his desire to learn and explore to the greater New England area. A graduate of Warren Wilson College, outside of work you can find him trying various recipes in the kitchen, juggling, and trying to find a hidden spot along the New England coast.
Lynn Colangione serves as a financial advisor to Red Tomato. Lynn is the CFO of a family-owned retail hardware business and has a MS in Agriculture, Food and the Environment from the School of Nutrition at Tufts University. Lynn is one of Red Tomato’s “founding sisters.” She served as a salesperson and Red Tomato’s first Development Director from 2000-2005, and then served on its board of directors as treasurer from 2006-2012.
Laura began her career in family farm activism with 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.” At Red Tomato, Laura spent seven years learning the ins and outs of the entire operation before stepping into the role of Executive Director, in partnership with Founder Michael Rozyne, in January 2015. As her first sales initiative, Laura helped to develop Red Tomato’s Freshness Initiative which brands short supply chains based on a 24 hour turnaround from farm to retail shelf through mainstream distribution channels. Since then, Laura has also been instrumental in developing Red Tomato’s most recent program – a direct store/school delivery program that brings together farm-fresh produce from five states to 40+ retailers and institutions in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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.
Prior to joining Red Tomato in 2016, Omari worked for Fair Foods, a Boston based food rescue, and spent three years as an accountant for State Street Bank after receiving his degree in Economics from UMass Amherst. At Red Tomato he wears multiple hats – helping with operations, finance, IT, and logistics. When he’s not working to move produce, he can be found swing dancing or running his entertainment business, Disc Jockey Boston.
Maria interned with Red Tomato during the summer of 2014 and joined our team as a full time staff member shortly there after. Maria grew up working on farms, including Cedar Circle Organic Farm in Thetford, VT and manager of Roots Organic Farm in Rhode Island. Maria helps facilitate some of our larger product lines, including Apples, and our farm to distribution center sales.
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. Read about Angel’s leadership role at Red Tomato here.
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 now works as Red Tomato’s Evangelist – read about his new role here. He lives with his partner Kimberly and two daughters in Middleborough, Massachusetts.
Rozie got her start in local food in high school, working in the store at Ward’s Berry Farm (right up the street from Red Tomato’s offices). After graduating from Rhodes College, Rozie stayed in Memphis, TN, working as the assistant manager for Bring It Food Hub. Homesick for snowy winters and the Rhode Island coastline, Rozie moved back to apprentice on a farm Massachusetts. In early 2016 she joined Red Tomato as a Supply Chain Associate, where she now facilitates our DSD program and helps to grow Red Tomato’s capacity to deliver delicious produce to stores and institutions throughout New England.
Gena serves at Red Tomato’s Bookkeeper, helping make sure accounts balance and keeping the nuts and bolts of RT’s financial side on track. Gena has been involved in financial services for the past 20 years, most recently for GT Riley & Company, in Milton, MA. Gena grew up around farming, and always found herself outside helping, drawn to RT because of our emphasis on a sustainable food system and inspired by her daughter Jessica, she can be found outside working in the garden, drawing and making beautiful wood burnings!
After a successful career in teaching and school administration in New York City, Maud Ayson followed her passion for community building to a second career with leadership positions at Fruitlands Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Museum of the City of New York, and at Old Sturbridge Village.
A consultant for non-profits, Maud is committed to collaborative leadership and lifelong learning built upon service and sustainability. She serves on the boards of directors of The Bulfinch Fund and Monadnock Media, Inc
Lisa is a Senior Portfolio Manager for Reynders McVeigh Capital Management of Boston, an advisory firm specializing in wealth management for endowments and individuals. She has over twenty five years of experience in financial services, primarily focused in stock research, portfolio management, and socially-conscious investing. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont in Sustainable Agriculture. She also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. She has served on the finance committee of The Food Project, as a research intern on organic standards for the Senate Agriculture Committee, and is currently president of the Boston Economic Club. With her passion for mentoring and community involvement, she founded internship programs at two Boston-area institutions.
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.
A serial entrepreneur, Cornelia Hoskin has founded two food companies and is contemplating a third. A seasoned marketer, she believes that the greatest vehicles for change are compelling stories and enriching experiences. Previously the Marketing Director at Farm Aid, moving to that role after building the organization’s online community for do-it-yourselfers, HOMEGROWN.org, Cornelia is now helping build the family construction business with her husband, Tim. She holds and MBA from Boston University School of Management, and lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, son, and puppy named Owl.
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 350+ 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.
M. Dawn King is a faculty fellow, lecturer, and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Brown University’s Institute for Environment and Society. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Politics at Colorado State University. She currently serves on the steering committee and chairs the data and evaluation committee for the Rhode Island Food Policy Council. She has served as a Rhode Island Delegate for Food Solutions New England and participates in many local and regional food advisory boards
Her areas of research and writing focus on urban agriculture and local food economies, state and local food politics, and urban sustainability policy – with works appearing in journals such as the International Journal of Public Administration, Environmental Management, Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements, and Environmental Practice. Her current research investigates the role of regional food distribution systems in increasing economic development at the state and local level as well as the food system’s role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. She is especially interested in what policies, initiatives, and land-use planning decisions best strengthen sustainable, local food economies and how these policies impact underrepresented populations.
John Lyman manages Lyman Farms, started over 250 years ago in Middlefield Connecticut produces apples, peaches, pears, small fruits and pumpkins. They supply Red Tomato with Eco-apples and those oh-so-sweet New England peaches. In addition Lyman Orchards operates a golf course and hosts numerous events, including weddings through the summer.
John has lent his expertise to help develop the Red Tomato Eco Apple™ program, based on advance principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and orchard stewardship. He helped to create the Eco Apple certification standards and continues to advise Red Tomato and others on IPM matters.