Co-Director Marcela is responsible for design, development, and management of Food 4 Farmers’ programs and programmatic partnerships. Marcela began her work with coffee producers in 2003 at Grounds for Health, whose mission is to bring cervical cancer screening and treatment to women in coffee-growing communities. Her role there ranged from managing all aspects of project implementation, to site selection, project design, logistic and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, development, communications, Board development, and donor outreach and engagement. Marcela developed a profound personal and professional interest in identifying effective, sustainable, and partner-based solutions to overcoming some of the most pernicious obstacles for coffee producers, to help them achieve a better, life-long quality of life. In 2009 she joined the Rural Livelihoods and Agroecology Group at the University of Vermont in its Masters program in Natural Resources. Her research centers on the effects of income diversification of coffee producers on food security. She is also collaborating on an ongoing revision of monitoring and evaluation techniques to implement effective programs in coffee-producing communities. In 2010, Marcela co-founded Food 4 Farmers with Janice Nadworny and Rick Peyser, to help coffee producers realize a better quality of life for their families and communities through community-appropriate and lasting food security. Contact Marcela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Director Janice is responsible for development at Food 4 Farmers, and has worked in marketing, management, development and outreach for more than 30 years. After a childhood filled with making art, music, and stories, she took one of her father’s Economics classes at UVM and somehow ended up on Wall Street. For the next 15 years, Janice helped empower investors by educating them about the risks and rewards in financial markets; supported the City of Boston’s management of its $500 million retirement fund; and did her best to translate investment jargon into simple, clear English. In 1993, she moved back to her beloved Vermont, where she served as Director of the Annual Fund at the University of Vermont, then worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits across the state before becoming Development Director in 2008 for Grounds for Health, an organization that brings cervical cancer screening and treatment to women in coffee-growing communities. Janice became hooked on the coffee world – in particular, its power to effect real, lasting and positive change and improve the quality of life for some of the people who need it most. In 2010, she co-founded Food 4 Farmers with Marcela Pino and Rick Peyser.
Janice has been a member of the Specialty Coffee Association Sustainability Council since 2009. She received her BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and her MBA in Public Management from Boston University. Contact Janice at email@example.com.
Office Manager Amy Mason joined the staff at Food 4 Farmers in July 2016. She assumed the role as Office Manager after a short stint at Long Trail Veterinary Center. Prior to her role at LTVC, Amy was the House Manager for many years at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Burlington, VT helping thousands of families all around the North Country. Although Amy is new to working with food security and coffee growing cultures, her passion to help others shines through. Amy is a native of Vermont and attended Champlain College. During her time outside of Food 4 Farmers, Amy enjoys spending time with her children, partner and her many “fur” children. Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.