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.
Jody Condon – Treasurer grew up riding and showing horses at her parents’ horse training facility in South Florida, but spent every summer in Chittenden, Vermont with her grandparents and family. That connection drew her to choose Colby-Sawyer College from which she graduated in 2007 with a degree in Business Administration. After college, she married Chris Condon and spent every weekend they could in Vermont, despite living in Boston. The dread of returning to the city every Sunday night convinced them to make the move and they ended up buying a home in Chittenden. Jody works for Castleton University as Controller and graduated with her Masters in Accounting. Jody and Chris are investment partners in an organic farm and along with their two-year old son, Charlie, have completely embraced the lifestyle.
Joshua MacDuff is a Rutland County native with a passion for local food availability. He lives in Rutland City with his daughter Olivia and wife Ana. He is a small-diversified farm advocate that uses this drive daily in his Farm Insurance Producer role with local agency, Kinney Pike Insurance. Educating farmers on their current insurance policies and offering competitive alternatives to save money and adequately protect their assets has been his focus. Aside from Insurance, Josh also brings banking experience to the team.
Meadow Squire 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.
Ted Shattuck graduated from McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, in 1970. He served in the US Army Medical Corp 1971-74 on Okinawa, Japan and then completed a 4 year Otolaryngoly (ENT) training program at Indiana University. In retirement, Dr. Shattuck continues to pursue his interest in the effects of both exercise and diet on health.
Chris Siliski is a former Rutland City Alderman and current educator for Rutland City Public Schools. Yet, his accomplishments demonstrate an outstanding international development track record in designing, securing and managing highly visible, country and region-wide strategies in and across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Caucuses, and Central Asia.