Russell Roeder, President
Inspired by his son, Matt, who has a career in sustainable farming and youth development in Vermont, Russell and his wife Carol began looking into CSAs in PA and came upon PFEC. They immediately found the kind of connection to both locally grown food and community-minded people they had hoped for, and became work-share members. Russell is recently retired from his career in healthcare management, primarily in strategic planning, business development and contract negotiation. He looks forward focusing his time and skills on PFEC’s business challenges and opportunities, and also take advantage of the enormous learning experience of working with our Farmers, Apprentices, and other members of the PFEC community.
Laurie Krepto, Co-Vice President
Laurie has been a CSA member at PFEC for several years. She lives in Blue Bell with her husband, Gordon, and daughter, Sofia. She joined PFEC because she supports access to locally grown produce for everyone regardless of income. Moreover, she wanted her daughter to experience the farm firsthand and understand the importance of local agriculture. Laurie joined the PFEC Board in 2015 and she is excited to contribute her talents and time to the PFEC mission and to learn as much she can from her colleagues on the board. Laurie is an attorney. She is also a co-vice chair of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Law Committee.
Holly Rich, Co-Vice President
Holly is a Lower Gwynedd resident and avid enthusiast of organic farming. She joined the Board in 2017 because she wanted to share a deeper commitment with PFEC. She joined the CSA so she can raise her two small children with weekly "u-pick" visits, which have been a terrific platform to teach them about where their food comes from. Holly is an attorney for a German medical and life safety device company, which has U.S. headquarters in Bucks County.
Qie Zhang, Treasurer
Qie joined the PFEC Board in 2016. Qie and her family have been enjoying the Pennypack CSA and the farm since 2009. She works for a global financial services firm in Philadelphia and has an MBA in finance.
Jerry Coleman, Secretary
Jerry is a native of Montgomery County now living in Chalfont with his wife Joan Mondress and his daughter Elena. He is an Assistant Professor of Biology at our local Montgomery County Community College, having previously worked at West Virginia University after receiving his Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Texas. An Ecologist by training, he also helps to coordinate MCCC’s Environmental Science program. Jerry joined the PFEC Board in 2012, having been a regular Workshare member since the farm started in 2003.
Ron is an Information Technology Program Manager at United Health Care in Horsham PA. He has been in the Information Technology field for over 30 years, previously working for EDS, Hewlett-Packard and GMAC Mortgage. He and his wife Ann have 3 children, and have been members of Pennypack Farm from the beginning! Ron is an avid cook and frustrated organic gardener (shade trees). His parents and grandparents always had big gardens so he grew up having access to organic produce. He recalls a commentary on suburbia from his grandfather (Carmen Subranni, organic gardener and musician) that sums it up: "All this grass in the suburbs. Does everyone own sheep? NO! Why grow grass, you can't eat it".
Sasha studied horticulture as an undergrad at Delaware Valley College and received a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Rutgers University. He is a currently a faculty member of the Temple University Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. In addition to teaching courses in plant physiology and soil science, he conducts research on a wide array of topics including the biology of rare and endangered plant species, medicinal plant chemistry and genetics, the flora of Central Asia, green infrastructure and plant ecophysiology, pollination biology, and plant nomenclature. Sasha and his family have been CSA members since 2011 and he joined the PFEC Board in 2016.
Lynn has been a year-round CSA member at PFEC since 2008, and recalls a sampling of the various share duty experiences she has had over the years as the farm has evolved: building plant beds in the children’s area, weeding, potato and squash harvesting, farmers market sales, and her least favorite – cleaning the lawn furniture! Lynn grew up in nearby Ambler, and now lives in Jenkintown with her husband Joe, and children Cora, Ella and Seth. She is a life/health insurance broker and joined the PFEC board in 2018.
Kim is a mathematics teacher and Earth Club Advisor at Pennridge High School. She holds an undergraduate degree from La Salle University in Human Resource Management and a Masters Degree in Education from Arcadia University. She has been teaching mathematics for the past twenty years at the high school level. She has also taught in the Masters of Education program at Arcadia University. Kim has been a member of the farm since 2011.
Greg joined the board in 2017