Board of Directors
Greg Cox – President is a former building contractor, who has since become a local food system advocate and adjunct professor at Green Mountain College. He has been a fixture in Vermont agriculture for over 30 years, receiving several statewide awards for his innovative work and has served in a leadership capacity with many agricultural organizations. He was one of the founders of Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), and was its inspirational leader and president for over nine years before becoming one of the founding members of the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC), to focus on rebuilding the region’s agricultural infrastructure and developing a system of equitable access to local food. He owns Boardman Hill Farm which functions as a diversified farm and an educational facility, both training and incubating the next generation of farmers, where Greg and his family live in West Rutland. Greg received the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Person of the Year Award.
Ryan Yoder – Vice President grew up in Nepal, providing him a firsthand view of the emerging global ecological crisis, as well as strong opinions about sustainable living. After obtaining a philosophy degree, Ryan spent over a decade in the field of experiential education, leading cultural immersion trips to India, wilderness therapy, and farm based education therapy. After working for several years at Smokey House Center in Danby, Ryan started Yoder Farm, also in Danby, with a focus on raising crops that are underrepresented in the local market, where he lives with his family.
Kathleen Krevetski – Secretary is a passionate community activist, educator, and fresh food enthusiast and founding member of VFFC. She is an RN and proponent of the philosophy that food can be medicine. Kathleen brings a variety of skills with her: RN certified in Nursing Case Management by ANNC, 1998- MA Public Policy, Trinity College, Hartford CT, and 1994- Boy Scouts of America Wood Badge Training Award. Kathleen lives in Rutland City.
Rob Steingress – Treasurer is a founding member, and brings accounting and finance skills to the VFFC. Rob is also the Vermont Farmers Market Treasurer and past Treasurer of the Rutland Italian American Club. In addition he brings his experience as a business owner, Robert Steingress Real Estate, and former manager of Mendon Mountain Orchards; and has spent the past 25 years rehabbing and managing residential and commercial properties. Rob lives in Rutland City.
Meadow Squires comes to the VFFC Board steeped in passion for food access and education. She has served as a staff member for the Vermont Food Bank and is active in her home town of Tinmouth, where she lives, and has acquired several grants to run an after school garden and food education program. She operates Breezy Meadows Orchards, producing eggs, pork, and rice, on her family's land. She has also served on the RAFFL board.
Benjamin Brown grew up in Rutland, moved back to Vermont in 2010 and has been spending his time as a local food-systems advocate and founder of NewGrassRoots, an online platform for meaningful civic engagement with elected officials. In passionate pursuit of a more just, ecologically resilient, local economy, Ben enjoys leveraging modern technology, where appropriate, and promoting small-scale regenerative agriculture. Previously on the board of the Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA), Ben received his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) in 2013 and continues to raise pastured chickens and turkeys. Ben lives in Pittsford with his partner and their daughter.
Denis Teague helped lay the foundation for the Teague family business – Storytime Foods, Inc., based in Middlebury, where he makes his home with his wife and his three children. Denis has also been a vendor for Storytime Foods, Inc. at the Wednesday and Saturday Rutland Farmers Markets. Dennis practiced law and audited taxpayers for the IRS for over 15 years, and also advised both individual and corporate clients. prior to moving to Vermont. Denis has served as a municipal Planning Board member, a License Commissioner, and an Election Commissioner, as well as serving many years as its Chair, in Massachusetts. After service in the U.S. Army as a Data Analyst/Programmer, he worked his way through college. He received a B.A in Political Science from Boston College, and a J.D. from Suffolk Law School.