By Peter Allison, Executive Director

Posted July 22, 2019


FINE Staff Changes: Hello and Goodbye

The team at Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is delighted to welcome aboard Sarah Lyman as communications manager, and send our heartfelt best wishes to Kaitlin Haskins who is heading to nursing school.

[Photo] The Farm to Institution New England team. From left to right: Communications Manager (incoming) Sarah Lyman, Event & Project Manager Dana Stevens, Communications Manager (outgoing) Kaitlin Haskins, Executive Director Peter Allison, Research & Evaluation Manager Hannah Leighton, and Director of Programs Tania Taranovski.

Sarah joins us from University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, whose research and outreach mission forwards sustainable agriculture, food and forests; healthy families and communities; and the natural environment. As their web and graphic designer, she elevated print and digital visuals across dozens of UVM Extension programs, including the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety, and Proctor Maple Research Center. While at UVM, she also earned an M.S. in food systems. She merged her work and studies to develop a data visualization needs assessment for UVM Extension.

“What an extraordinary opportunity at FINE,” Sarah remarks, “to combine my interest in storytelling, my studies in food systems, and my background in design, marketing, and communication.”

Sarah’s career has taken a dynamic path. She earned a B.A. in archaeology from Boston University and was a “shovelbum” for several years, performing contract archaeology in Ireland, Spain, and upstate New York. A scuba diving certification led her to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, where she ultimately served as both assistant archaeological director and lead digital marketer and designer. In this dual role she researched and told stories of the more than 300 historic Lake Champlain shipwrecks, and marketed the museum’s experiential educational programs and events. 

Outside the office, you’ll find Sarah kayaking on Otter Creek, hiking the Adirondacks, traveling the world, or just attempting to caramelize the sugar atop crème brûlée. Comments Sarah, “I’m excited to help our stakeholders better understand and embrace the power of institutions in New England to transform or food system.”

More about Sarah Lyman, and you can reach her at [email protected].

A FINE Farewell to Kaitlin Haskins

Sarah Lyman and Kaitlin Haskins sit on a bench with a pile of wood behind themWe wish Kaitlin Haskins the very best as she leaves FINE after six years as our communications manager. During that time, Kaitlin played a lead role in creating and elevating the FINE brand, which is now widely recognized by network members across the region. Kaitlin’s contributions include designing the New England Farm to Institution Dashboard, numerous research reports, The FINE Print email newsletter, FINE website, three iterations of the New England Farm to Institution Summit websites, and collateral materials for FINE events. Kaitlin has been an invaluable member of the FINE team, and her talented work, creativity, and generosity of spirit will be sorely missed. 

Kaitlin is pursuing a new career in health care, and will be attending the nursing program at the Vermont Technical College in Brattleboro, Vermont. We are certain she will be as successful in nursing as she has been in communications. Thank you, Kaitlin, for all you have done to help advance FINE’s objectives over the years: best wishes in your next chapter!

Thanks to Amanda Landry and Erica Morrell

Profile images of Amanda Landry and Erica MorrellWe also wish the best to communications associate Amanda Landry and policy fellow Erica Morrell, who have both been with FINE since June 2018. Amanda has been invaluable in supporting FINE's social medial presense for our overall programs and with the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit. She has also helped implement many internal and external communications objectives. She will be focussing more attention on her growing family, and their family farm work.

Erica has played a critical leadership role coordinating our Farm to Institution Policy Working Group and conducting research on farm to instiution policy in the region. Erica helped forge a powerful partnership with the Vermont Law School which has led to the development of the policy snapshots and New England farm to institution regional policy report. Erica is heading to Saint Lawrence University where she will be leading a new joint program on sociology and environmental studies.