The PCFMA Staff
PCFMA's staff includes farmers' market managers, experienced marketing and promotions professionals, administrators, chefs, and others all dedicated to developing, sustaining and improving PCFMA's farmers' markets. The PCFMA staff is dedicated to ensuring that farmers' markets remain successful outlets for California's small family farms and fun family gatherings for the communities we serve. Click on the arrow next to a staff member's name to learn more about them.
John W. Silveira, Director
John is the Director of the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association. He joined PCFMA as a Market Manager in 1992, became Operations Director two years later, and took on the position of Director in 1999.
Prior to joining PCFMA, John sold in farmers' markets for a farmer from Dinuba, worked as an air traffic controller, and served in the US Navy.
Nolan Adams, Market Manager
Gloria Baker, Regional Manager
Gloria was raised in San Jose and spent a portion of my childhood in Mexico where she learned to read and write the language. She has been a resident of the East Bay for 20 years. She and her husband share a home with three children as well as three dogs. She spent the majority of her business career in retail where she held management positions.She joined PCFMA in June 2010. She is excited at the prospect of supporting local California family farmers. Some of her favorite activities are spending time with her family, kickboxing, and going on long hikes.
Lauren Beal, Nutrition Educator
Lauren was born and raised in Oakland, CA and received her B.A. in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Public Health from UC Berkeley. She lived in a small town in the high mountains of Ecuador as a Community Health Peace Corps Volunteer where she taught classes on nutrition, hygiene, and sexual and reproductive health. She joined PCFMA in late April 2013 and is very excited to bring her knowledge of nutrition and her experience as a health educator back home to the Bay!
Cody Brooks, Market Manager
Cody has been a resident of Antioch, CA his whole life. He’s a relative and employee of Delta Moon Soapworks since its inception, over 10 years ago. He’s worked, and managed in many different retail store for the past 8 years. He joined PCFMA in March 2012. In his spare time he likes to resurrect cars that are on their last legs.
Anna Buss, Program Assistant for Cookin' the Market
Anna Buss has come to PCFMA after spending time working and cooking on small organic farms. She earned her degree in Marketing Communications and Photography from Emerson College, and is thrilled to combine her love of food, photography, and engaging with the public for the Cookin’ the Market Program. She is also very grateful for the cooking skills she has been gaining from working alongside Chef Mario, and is thankful for the hardworking farmers that bring wonderful produce to the markets every day.
James Cochran, Regional Manager
James Cochran has been with PCFMA since August of 2007. His experience with them has taken him to markets throughout the bay area. Prior to working with Pacific Coast, James was a Market Manager for Urban Village Farmers' Market Association at the Temescal and Old Oakland Farmers' Markets. While earning his undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio), James realized the importance of a healthy food system to the nation's overall health, safety, and sustainability. He hopes that, by improving the connections between small, rural farmers and urban customers, farmers' markets will continue to take those small steps toward a healthier, more sustainable food system. He encourages everyone to try to eat more seasonally, especially during the winter!
Laura deTar, Program Manager, Fresh Approach
Laura deTar joined Fresh Approach as the Nutrition Program Manager in February of 2013. Laura has a Master’s degree in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Laura comes to Fresh Approach with experience as a public health advocate, organizing farm-to-school programs, and coordinating research projects on health behaviors. Laura is passionate about helping all people access fresh and healthy food, and talking with people about how to easily incorporate fresh foods into their diets.
Thomas Dorn, Market Manager
Thomas grew up in Antioch and attended Tracy High, joined the FFA and also took an Animal Husbandry course on ag animals. In the late 80's his family moved to Modesto and they lived off Kansas Ave near all the orchards. He attended college for short period at Delta College in Stockton and also attended Brookdale College in Lincroft New Jersey. He joined Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association in July of 2001.
Katie Gronsky, Community Outreach Coordinator
Katie Gronsky is from Santa Barbara and moved to Pleasant Hill, CA in 2011. She has a degree in Community Health from Western Washington University and is passionate about food, nutrition, and health. In 2011, Katie joined the PCFMA as a Community Outreach Coordinator and feels lucky to plan and implement nutrition outreach programs. In her free time she loves to go to farmers markets, hike, bike, watch movies, and drink tea.
Stephanie Hadsell, Market Manager
Stephanie was born and raised here locally in Martinez, CA. After graduating high school she moved to San Luis Obispo where she attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and attained her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural business. She spent a lot of her time post-graduation wine-making in the Napa Valley as well as the south island of New Zealand. Although still new to PCFMA, Stephanie has enjoyed the markets and establishing relationships with producers as well as helping local farmers and ranchers run confident businesses. In Stephanie’s free time she enjoys hiking, crossfitting, traveling, and thrifting!
Dimitri Hagnere, Market Manager
Dimitri was born and raised in Redwood City, and after living in San Francisco for many years, he recently relocated to the small East Bay town of Crockett. His passions are deeply rooted in food, travel, music, and the written word. Dimitri has had the opportunity to visit Mexico, Canada, most of Western Europe and several islands in the South Pacific, including Tonga and Samoa. Since graduating from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Dimitri’s writing has been featured in several magazines, newspapers and websites for local, national and international publication. He also helps run one of the largest and longest standing support group websites on the net. Dimitri is very proud of, and excited about, the work he does with PCFMA, and looks forward to helping strengthen the bridge between local and sustainable agriculture and communities throughout the greater Bay Area.
Bill Harlow, Market Manager
Bill graduated from a private college in Chicago, IL with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media. His cumulative farmers’ market manager experience will be 10 years in November 2011. He finds time to substitute grade school kids in San Jose when he is not managing markets. He is married, a dog lover and has been an avid San Francisco Giants fan since the late 70’s!
Mario Hernandez, Program Coordinator for Cookin' the Market
Mario just returned to the Bay Area after opening a small café in New York City. After two years of east coast weather and slim produce picking’s, he is super excited about the California sun and the great farmer’s market s available here. He spends he’s free time foraging the Oakland hills for mushrooms and wild edibles and recovering from poison oak.
Maureen Hovda, Administrative Manager
Maureen Hovda is a single mother of three. She was a full-time mom and worked part time as a bookkeeper at Longs from 1992 to 2010. She joined PCFMA Feb 2010 as an Administrative Manager.
Ron Jackson, Market Manager
Ron first joined PCFMA in 2000 as the Assistant Manager of the Jack London Square Farmers' Market. In 2009 he decided to join PCFMA full-time and now manages markets in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Jeff Jelsma, Market Manager
Jeff is a California native, originally from the capitol city of Sacramento before moving to the Bay Area in 2005. He received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and is still taking classes at the local city college. As a Market Manager, Jeff really enjoys connecting with the communities that his markets serve, and providing them with a local, fresh produce source. Before becoming a Market Manager, Jeff sold bread at the Castro Market with the San Francisco based bakery Crepe & Brioche. In his free time he likes to explore the outdoors, ride around San Francisco, read, and eat good food.
Jessica Jenkins, Promotions Coordinator
Jessica recently joined PCFMA as a Promotions Coordinator, and is excited to be part of the team! An East Bay Native, Jessica graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design in 2010. She loves event planning and doing freelance design for local businesses (and even friends). In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, fishing, and camping during the Summer months.
Carrie King, Assistant Market Manager
Carrie comes from Petaluma, a town that celebrates its farming roots annually with a giant “Butter and Eggs Day” parade. She graduated last year from UC San Diego and wants to eventually obtain a graduate degree in a nutrition related field, and in the meantime her favorite part of working for PCFMA is talking about healthy eating with shoppers at her farmers markets. She studied abroad in Rome in 2011 and learned a lot about the benefits of eating locally and the Slow Food Movement. She loves running, photography, and the outdoors in general. For the past four summers, she worked in the Sierra Foothills as a summer camp counselor.
Pat Lane, Public Relations
Pat is well-known and much-loved fixture in the Pleasanton community after years of work for the Pleasanton Downtown Association. She now fills her Saturdays holding court at the Information Booth at the Pleasanton Farmers' Market.
Shawn Lipetzky, Market Manager
Shawn hails from Minneapolis Minnesota. He moved to California seven plus years ago to hang out with his sister and brother in-law. He received his associates degree in general studies from Monterey Community College. He and his wife moved to the Bay Area in 2008. In 2010 he was hired by PCFMA as a Market Manager. He says the best part of the job is befriending and learning from the producers.
Kelly McMahon, Market Manager
Moises Mena, Market Manager
Moses was born and raised in South San Jose where he graduated from the school of hard knocks. He spent his early 20’s in and out of college and working for various retail chains. In 2008 Moses moved to Lafayette, Louisiana with his best pal Bailey (yellow lab), in an attempt to continue his education, but instead went to work for a large oil field company. Four years later he’s back in full effect and proud to be working in a positive light as a farmers market manager!
Adilia Morales, Nutrition Educator
I was born in Mexico and raised in Nicaragua. I'm a foreign trained in physicial studies in Cuba and graduated in 2007. I returned to the US in 2010 and finished a Masters in public health in 2012 from Kaplan University, then finished a Masters in Nutrition and Diet in 2013 from Cadiz Univ. I was an international volunteer for Doctors Without Borders, Vida volunteer travel, and global medical training. My passion is educating my community in all the different programs available and sharing my knowledge about nutrition and health education.
Debra J. Morris, Promotions Coordinator
Debra hails from Pasadena, CA and moved to the Bay Area in 1999. She has a degree in Arts and Education, worked for many years as a museum registrar, owned her own graphics business, and now promotes farmers' markets at PCFMA by creating printed materials for the markets, provides e-newsletters for each market, and writes newspaper articles for local papers. Also an avid gardener, she received her Master Gardener certification for Contra Costa County in 2006 and helps provide Master Gardener volunteers for the farmers' markets.
Allen J. Moy, Assistant Director
Allen J. Moy is Assistant Director of PCFMA with responsibilities in the areas of human resources, program coordination and administration. Allen joined PCFMA in 2003, bringing over 15 years of experience in nonprofit organizations
Allen is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He holds a Master's in Urban Administration and a Bachelor's in Communications and Political Science, both from Trinity University in San Antonio. Allen also has a Certificate in Human Resource Manager from California State University, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay). Allen currently resides in Concord, California.
Allen is President of the California Small Farm Conference - a nonprofit organization that hosts educational conferences for California's small farmers and a member of the Board of Directors of Family Builders by Adoption - an Oakland, California-based foster care and adoption agency.
Tom Nichol, Market Manager
Born in Stanton, VA, his family migrated to Central Florida, in the early 1960’s, pre-Disney when the area was a major citrus producing region. He attended The University of Florida, earning a liberal arts degree. After his college days, he embarked on a series of adventures leading to a phone interview with PCFMA in 1994. He was asked, "how soon can you get here?" ...so two weeks later he was off to California to become a market manager. Since then he's managed a wide range of markets in the Bay area, and have seen many changes in the Association and markets in general. Throughout this time he's enjoyed interacting with a diverse group of producers who are devoted to providing fresh food to the communities that support Farmers' Markets.
Anne O'Leary, Market Manager
Anne, who manages markets in the South Bay, has spent many years working with Bay Area non-profits and county programs devoted to helping people who are experiencing hunger and homelessness. At Pacific Coast, Anne particularly appreciates PCFMA’s efforts to promote EBT use at the markets, and has worked with Cooking Matters to bring nutrition and cooking classes to health centers and transitional housing sites. When not working, Anne spends her time tending to the too many roses she has planted in her garden.
Ben Palazzolo, Regional Manager
Ben recently moved to the Bay Area from San Luis Obispo. While living there he worked at an independent health food store, managed a salsa dance club, and earned a B.S. from Cal Poly State University. He loves to dance, cook, eat and socialize.
Lindsay Partridge, Market Manager
Lindsay Partridge grew up in Chicago, graduated from the University of Michigan, and moved out to Oakland in 2012. She is passionate about food justice and supporting local, sustainable food communities, which is why she loves working as a farmers’ market manager. For two years, she worked as one of the core team members of Real Time Farms, an online food guide focused on bringing transparency to the food system. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys cooking, traveling, making art, and seeing live music as much as possible.
Tomas Pascual, Market Manager
Tomas was born in Central America and immigrated to the California at the age of 17. He is the first generation to receive a higher education and to graduate from the university level. In 2007 he received his Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Sacramento State University; and in 2008 he received a Translation and Interpretation Certificate in English and Spanish at The National Hispanic University in San Jose, CA. The major focus of the translation program was medical and legal terms. One of Tomas' many activities during his free time is playing soccer. He also enjoys playing his guitar and passing time with his friends.
Michael Peterson, Market Manager
Michael has lived in Martinez for twenty three years and has developed a great relationship with the community through his work. He has helped Martinez a lot with volunteering at different events throughout the community. Michael has traveled a lot thought his life he has been to the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, France and Italy and has learned a lot from each of the places he has been.
Jason Post, Promotions Coordinator
Jason recently moved to the Bay Area from Hawaii, where he earned a BA in Art from the University of Hawaii. While a student he organized art exhibitions and events for the university, including the first annual ArtMania. After graduation he used his skills to exhibit in and organize independent art events around the Honolulu area. On his off time he likes to play guitar and take his Australian Shepherd on adventures to either the local dog park or a long hike. He used to love going to the beach, for spear fishing and surfing, but finds the Bay Area water to be way too cold without a good wetsuit.
Sameer Poudyal, Market Manager
Sameer hails from Kathmandu, Nepal - a land of farmers. Here in the US, he went to Winona State University in Minnesota for computer science in 2003. Sameer enjoys helping farmers and his previous experience as a vendor in different farmers market helped him as Market Manager.
Greg Pursley, Regional Manager
Born and raised in San Francisco, Greg has been a competitor in Alpine Skiing, Sailing & Fencing. He earned degrees in Architecture and Engineering as well as acquiring a Building Inspectors Certification in Construction. While in college he competed in the NCAA in Fencing and at one time was nationally ranked. He has owned and operated his own Fencing Academy for over 25 years, and has had many of his students get their national ranking as well. Over the years he has held many different jobs in a wide range of fields. He has been a painter, carpenter and has worked on contract with the Government as Lead Designer on jets. He and his wife Virginia have lived in Martinez for the last 16 years where they have raised their 4 children.
Lisa Quaid, Market Manager
Lisa’s life-long love affair with food has taken several paths: restaurant chef, cookbook writer, cooking teacher, catering manager and small business owner of a catering events company; which was awarded Oakland’s Small Business of the Year Award. Lisa has been involved with Community Service with the SF Professional Food Society and has served on the Board of Slow Food East Bay.
Connection has always been top priority with Lisa and she is now with PCFMA connecting shoppers with the freshest produce, connecting farmers to the community, and the community to the issues of a healthy planet and food justice. When she takes a rare break from obsessing about food, she sings in a community chorus in languages she doesn’t understand.
Leah Ricci, Volunteer Coordinator
Leah Ricci joined PCFMA as Volunteer Coordinator in January of 2013. Leah has a B.A in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College. She previously spent five years working at outdoor schools in the Santa Cruz mountains, managing residential outdoor education programs and recruiting, training, and mentoring high school volunteers. She has also taught gardening and cooking lessons at Bay Area summer camps, and recently spent six months teaching English in Chile and Peru. In her free time, Leah is an advocate for pedal-powered transportation and loves to bake pies.
Stefan J. Robinson, Marketing & Promotions Manager
Raised in Washington State, Stefan Robinson graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. He then joined PCFMA as a Promotions Coordinator in 2005 and in 2009 took the role as the Marketing & Promotions Manager. In that role he oversees the development and execution of marketing and advertising strategies for all of PCFMA's farmers' markets. In Stefan’s free time, he enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients from the farmers’ markets, listening to music, working with his hands, and spending time with family and friends. He is a little league football coach extraordinaire, an avid snowboarder, a world traveler, and deathly afraid of sharks.
Laura Salcido, Community Outreach Coordinator
Laura is a life-long resident of San Jose, and continues to advocate for it everywhere she goes. She first began learning about program development working at UC Santa Cruz while she was a student there. She learned about the interesting issues at the intersection of agriculture, society, and the environment as a Farmers’ Market Manager, and then as a Farm to School Coordinator for the South Bay.
Matthew Sylvester, Market Manager
Matthew was born and raised in Oakland and received his B.A in Global and International Studies from UCSB. He is passionate about urban farming and gardening, and is currently raising 9 chickens as well as a diverse garden. While new to PCFMA he is familiar with farmers markets having sold produce at various farms in California and Hawaii. An avid traveler and volunteer, Matthew is a well-rounded individual who is happy to be working for an association that helps bridge the gap between healthy produce and consumers.
Chong Thao, Market Manager
Chong was born in Thailand and moved to California in 1991. Je joined PCFMA in 2009 as market manager. He enjoys working in the field with staff, farmers, and consumers. Prior to joining PCFMA, he worked at his family farm, sold produce at the farmers' markets, and attended CSU Fresno. His passions are modifying sports cars, computers, music, football, basketball, vollyball, and movies.
Max Timms, Market Operations Assistant
Originally from Macomb, Illinois which is located in the heart of the corn belt, Max is a former boy scout and private pilot. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Radio-Television, he moved to California and worked for Longs Drug Stores for 25 years, starting in the stores in San Diego. Later he made training films and ran promotional advertising at Longs general office in Walnut Creek. He has enjoyed working at PCFMA since 2005.
Kelly Toomey, Market Manager
High Flying Kelly comes to us as a native from the Bay Area. This little tumbler has lived everywhere as far east as Antioch and as far west as San Francisco. Now currently residing in Martinez, he is a newbie to the Pacific Coast family and enjoys all the fruitiness that it has to offer. He is an ex-flying trapeze artist with the circus who’s background is fifteen years as a competitive gymnast. His foodie knowledge comes with his restaurant experience where he’s worked his way up from being a server to being in charge of his own restaurant with a staff of 50 people. He’s excited about being part of the San Mateo Saturday market which is the largest market in the PCFMA organization, and he loves all delectable produce that California has to offer.
Ramiro Tovar, Market Manager
Ramiro is a Market Manager working at farmers' markets in Santa Clara County.
Sarah Trent, Promotions Coordinator
Sarah grew up in cold Minnesota, studied journalism in snowy Maine, and has finally settled in Oakland, where her vegetable garden is miraculously productive all year round! When she’s not in the garden or tending her chickens, Sarah is busy fixing up her 1945 East Oakland bungalow, coaching youth lacrosse, hiking in the hills, or planning her next globetrotting adventure.
Ron Ulrici, Training & Development Manager
Ron recently joined PCFMA as Training and Development Manager. He is excited to be part of an organization that has the important mission serving the farmers and other providers since he is a California native with family roots in farming and ranching stretching back to the 1800’s. His childhood home was in Salinas, the salad bowl of the nation.
Prior to joining Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market, Ron was the Director of a non-profit organization dedicated to substance abuse treatment. His career has included HR, Training and Development and Operational positions in the high tech world of Silicon Valley, in the Real Estate field and as a Management Consultant. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Human Relations.
Ron lives with his wife, Karen in Brentwood. He has three sons and a daughter. Ron tells us that he has lost count of how many grandchildren he has.
Jorge Vega, Market Manager
I was born in Mexico and brought to the US when I was 11. I attended Liberty High School in Brentwood where I grew up. My first job was picking fruit for local farmers in Brentwood. I eventually owned my own business repairing luxury car interiors. I became a bit of daredevil in outdoor sports (mountain biking, sky diving, extreme kayaking, backpacking) and was certified as a kayak rescuer. I attended Contra Costa Medical Career College and got certified as an EKG Technician in 2010. And then I worked as a stagehand (stage building, sound equipment, video equipment, lighting) for companies like Live Nation, Google, and Another Planet Entertainment prior to arriving at PCFMA.
I have been very involved in my community doing volunteer work since I was a teenager. Currently I volunteer for the Red Cross. I also find sponsors who will purchase guitars for children and then I teach them how to play. I performed in a band before becoming part of PCFMA which helps in coordinating the music at the markets. On my off time, I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews, hiking, rock climbing, or recording music in my home studio. But what I enjoy most is bringing joy to my market customers with my goofy nature.
Keith Wall, Market Manager
As a long time staff member of two well represented bay area farmers’ market producers, Keith has been involved in farmers’ market culture for several years as both an agricultural and non-agricultural employee. His love of farmers’ markets extends back into his education at UCSC where he studied Agroecology in the field of Environmental Studies. Through his degree, Keith has had experience working on several Central Coast farms including the UCSC experimental farm and garden which houses a strong CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program which feeds upwards of 250 families each season. As well, Keith has studied the social impacts that farmers’ markets can have on local communities and the powerful linkages that tend to follow the establishment of localized commerce. For his BA exit requirement, Keith wrote a term paper evaluating three of the major linkages between market producers and their benefits and drawbacks. Now that Keith has moved back to his native bay area and is working for PCFMA, he hopes to utilize his experience within the farmers’ market, the farm, and the classroom to better facilitate the connection between local producers and local consumers.
Ashley Weidman, Market Manager
Ashley grew up in both the South and the East Bay, and has been immersed in the knowledge of healthy and natural foods for as long as she can remember. She lived in Dallas for four years, in Austin for three years, and returned to the Bay Area in 2005 to learn about the farm-to-table style of preparing and eating food. She was raised in a vegetarian household during the middle part of her childhood years, and her consciousness around whole foods and natural cooking was influenced strongly by her mother. She first started working with foods when she was 16, at Whole Foods Market. Over the next several years, she worked at various Whole Foods locations in Texas and California in various departments. When she moved back to the Bay, she became enamored with the Northern California farmers market produce, and a love for the raw food diet developed. She attended Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Ft. Bragg and became a raw food chef, which landed her a private chef job for a couple in San Anselmo. Following her hunger for preparing food, she then started looking at primitive diets through the studies of Weston A. Price and Sally Fallon, and pursued an apprenticeship at Three Stone Hearth, a community-supported kitchen in Berkeley. By this time she had also started working at the Ecology Center Farmers Market in Berkeley, selling grass-fed and pastured meats, and then moved on to sell organic vegetables for a Latin producer. She became very focused on continuing to learn how to cook, and learned her cooking skills through a vegetarian meal delivery service for families that specialized in cooking with natural foods; then became pastry and sous chef Venus Restaurant, famous for its 10-year farm-to-table cooking style presence in Berkeley; B Restaurant San Francisco, where she wrote the lunch and brunch menus highlighting seasonal foods from local farmers markets; and Daniel Patterson’s Haven, where she was the pastry chef’s assistant. At PCFMA farmers markets, she loves working with and getting to know the producers as well as assisting the public in healthy eating choices.
Eric Winkler, Market Manager
Eric was born and raised in New Jersey where he graduated from Pennsauken High. After high school and working in a chocolate factory kitchen for a few years he moved to Berkeley. Eric has moved around California and lived in Seattle and Hawaii before returning to California and working for PCFMA in May of 2011.
Greg Zeroun, Market Manager
Greg grew up in San Jose, graduating from Santa Teresa High School. He loves farmers' markets so much you can often find him selling oranges for a farmer in farmers' markets in San Mateo on his days off.