By Kaitlin Haskins, Communications Manager

Posted July 13, 2017


Announcing FINE's 2017-18 Network Advisory Council

FINE Appoints Eight New Network Advisory Council Members

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) advisors and staff are delighted to announce that eight new members have joined our Network Advisory Council, bringing us to a total of 18 council members. 

FINE’s Network Advisory Council serves as our overarching governing body and acts as the eyes and ears in all facets of farm to institution work in the region. We were impressed by the strong response to our call for new members, which resulted in a challenging selection process. 

The new cohort includes leaders from across the region with experience in all institutional sectors and links in the supply chain, as well as government, research, consulting, and nonprofit management.

We're looking forward to joining together for our annual summer work retreat with staff and Network Advisory Council members on July 18-19 at the AMC Highland Center Lodge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Without further ado, we're pleased to introduce you to our 2017-2018 Network Advisory Council members:

New Members

Sue AnderBois

Director of RI Food Strategy, State of Rhode Island | Providence, RI

Andy Cox

Dining Director, Smith College | Amherst, MA

Shelley Goraj

Food & Nutrition Director, Maine General Medical Center | Augusta, ME

Christopher Howland

Director of Procurement, Marketing & Logistics; Auxiliary Enterprises at University of Massachusetts Amherst | Amherst, MA

Monica Nakielski

Sustainability Director, Partners Sustainable Initiatives | Somerville, MA

Renee Page

Assistant Director, Healthy Communities of the Capital Region; Maine Farm to Institution | Gardiner, ME

Margaret Read

Researcher, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity | Milford, CT

John Turenne

President, Sustainable Food Systems | Wallingford, CT

Returning Members

Charlene Andersen

Manager of Business Education, NH Community Loan Fund | Concord, NH

Kevin Blaney

Northeast Regional Executive Chef, Chartwells Higher Ed | Vernon, CT

Ramón Borges-Méndez

Associate Professor of Community Development & Planning, Clark University | Worcester, MA

Mark Lapping

Professor Emeritus, University of Southern Maine; Maine Food Strategy | Cumberland Center, ME

Jen Obadia

Eastern U.S. Regional Director, Healthy Food in Health Care Program, Health Care Without Harm | Cambridge, MA

Kenneth Payne

Administrator & Chairman, Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership; RI Food Policy Council | Carolina, RI

Alicia Pedemonti

Executive Director, Northeast Pork Association; NH Agency of Agriculture | Hopkinton, NH

Annie Rowell

Vermont First Coordinator, Sodexo | Craftsbury, VT

Brett Tolley

Community Organizer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance | Gloucester, MA

Sarah Waring

Executive Director, Center for an Agricultural Economy | Hardwick, VT