Gideon joined Red Tomato in 2015 after working for LoCo Food Distribution in northern Colorado as Director of Vendor Relations and Office Manager. At LoCo Gideon was responsible for onboarding new vendors and facilitating the transition of existing accounts to be serviced through LoCo.
As the Marketing and Development Manager at RT Gideon works to support retail partners, farmers, and the RT team through B2B, electronic and retail marketing support. He would be more than happy sharing the stories and passion of the farmers in the RT network with anyone who will listen. 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.
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 the author of Good Apples – Behind Every Bite (University of Iowa Press) a non-fiction introspective into commercial apple production. 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 started 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.
In addition to his continued leadership at Red Tomato, Michael connects with others in the food movement by serving on the following boards:
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!
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.
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 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 a board member at the Boston Economic Club and the CFA Society of Boston. With her passion for mentoring and community involvement, she has founded internship programs with several Boston-area institutions.
Nelly is Organic Sales Manager and Quality Assurance Coordinator at DiSilva Fruit in Chelsea, Mass. She was an intern at Red Tomato in the summer of 2013, immediately before beginning at DiSilva. At DiSilva, Nelly has focused on building a network of mid-sized organic growers in the U.S. and Mexico to develop yearlong programs for retailers. She is also currently involved in the roll-out of a line of organic juices with the long-term goal of maximizing value of off-grade fruit and reducing food waste.
Nelly grew up on Plainville Farm in Hadley, Mass. (an active grower in the Red Tomato network) and has worked there in a number of roles, especially as Marketing and Retail Manager. She holds a B.S. in Anthropology from UMass Amherst, an M.S. from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (specializing in regional supply chains), and an interdisciplinary graduate certification in water resource management, also from Tufts.
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.
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.
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.
Before returning to school in August 2016, Nico worked as the Food Business Development Specialist at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, FCCDC, in Western Massachusetts. In this role, she helped many New England farmers and start-up entrepreneurs develop and grow sustainable food businesses. She participated as a working group leader for the State of Massachusetts’ Local Food Action Plan; Co-chaired the Franklin County Food Council; and coordinated the New England Food Processors Community of Practice through the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) network. For 12 years before working for the FCCDC, Nico managed two regional Natural Foods Cooperative Markets – The Blue Hill Food Co-op in Maine and The Franklin Community Co-operative, with two stores in Western Massachusetts. As a student, Nico lived abroad in Khon Kaen, Thailand for two years studying the effect of development and globalization on the environment. While in Thailand, she studied with farmers who were who were creating alternative business models and alternative currencies to restructure the economy of their local community. As a method of amplifying the voice of these farmers, she worked with fellow students to found the Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE) a robust non-profit that is still thriving today.
Nico chose to attend law school to strengthen her skills for her mission to create and support healthy communities where citizens have the tools and resources to develop thriving local economies with access to good jobs, sustainable homes, and nourishing food.
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.
Abbie is the NOFA-VT, Food Systems Education Director, and Program Director of VT Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), a 16 year-old statewide Farm to School Project of NOFA-VT, and Shelburne Farms. Abbie serves as a statewide school food system consultant and trainer involved in aspects of local purchasing and professional development with school food service. She has been working with statewide partners to advance access to local foods in institutions as a member of the Farm to Plate, and the FTS Network.
As the eighth generation to run the family farm, Peter Rogers owns and operates Rogers Orchards, a 275-acre farm located in central Connecticut and dating back to 1809. Rogers Orchards is focused on growing quality apples, peaches and pears suitable for its Connecticut soils and New England growing seasons but also is vertically integrated to ensure the customer receives its fruit at its very peak. Peter continues to focus on transitioning the farm’s growing practices to more intensive planting systems, developing new markets and implementing advanced IPM practices under the EcoApple Program.
Peter received a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2002. After college, he worked in investment banking for six years. Before returning to the farm, he apprenticed at two large multigenerational growers in the Netherlands in 2008. Peter looks forward to expanding his horticultural knowledge and applying it in practice.
David is Senior Manager of Marketing, The Hartman Group, Bellevue, WA. The Hartman Group is a leading provider of insights, strategies and consulting on consumer behavior and demand-side trends in the food and beverage industry. David works in linking Hartman Group insights to food and beverage marketplace trends through company marketing, public relations and social media. He is co-author with Harvey Hartman of the book Marketing to the New Natural Consumer (1999). He has been an editor and contributing analyst to many Hartman Group publications including its Food and the Environment reports as well as studies relating to food culture, health and wellness, retail, sustainability and organics. David has extensive experience in consulting to food and beverage retailers and manufacturers as well as in marketing communications, business development and business intelligence. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Forest Products Marketing from the University of Washington, and an M.E.S. from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.