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Listing of PASA's board of directors.
Jennifer Halpin

Jennifer Halpin

Chair

  • Cumberland County

Jenn is the Director of the Dickinson College Farm near Carlisle. After attending Providence College, she joined the Peace Corps where she developed her interest in sustainable agriculture while living in West Africa and working with farmers.

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Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore

Vice Chair

  • Allegheny County

In Nov. 2000, Jamie Moore began his career with Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, a company that has 76 restaurants, 46 healthcare accounts and 44 college and business dining accounts throughout PA, WV, OH, MD, MI and NY. As the manager of purchasing for their on-site brands division he emphasized the need to develop and maintain innovative programs that would separate Eat’n Park Hospitality Group from their competitors.

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Scott Case

Scott Case

Treasurer

  • Centre County

Scott operates Patchwork Farm and Greenhouse in Aaronsburg, PA. Scott and his wife, Eda, have been running the farm for 22 years and are the second generation of Eda’s family to do so. One hundred percent of their income comes from their farming operations.

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Lisa Diefenbach

Lisa Diefenbach

Secretary

Lisa is PASA's Administrative Director and also serves on the Board Executive Committee as Board Secretary.

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Roy Brubaker

Roy Brubaker

Executive Committee Member

  • Juniata County

Roy is co-owner and operator of Blue Rooster Farm, a grass based livestock farm in southern Juniata County. Together with his wife and daughters, Roy raises and direct markets beef, lamb, and pork.

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Heidi Secord

Heidi Secord

Board Development Officer

  • Monroe County

Heidi Secord, along with her husband, owns and operates the 48-acre Josie Porter Farm. Using biodynamic growing methods the farm supports a 100-member CSA on land leased from a local municipality.

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Ted LeBow

Ted LeBow

Fundraising Chair

  • Montgomery County

Ted LeBow is a serial entrepreneur. His first business venture was a farm in Idaho where in 1980, he bought his first tractor, signed his first loan with the Production Credit Association, and started waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the rain ruining his hay crop.

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Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews

  • Montgomery County

Andy is the Farm Director at Pennypack Farm in Horsham, PA. Pennypack is a nonprofit farm and education center that focuses on growing produce for its 500-member CSA and providing education on farming, gardening, and food preparation to the community.

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Mike Brownback

Mike Brownback

  • Perry County

Mike and his wife, Terra, own and operate Spiral Path Farm, a 200-acre vegetable farm in Perry County. Mike began farming in 1974, moved to his current location in 1978 and operated a farrow-to-finish hog operation and grew hay and grain crops for 15 years.

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Jerry Brunetti

Jerry Brunetti

  • Northampton County

Jerry is a soil and crop consultant for livestock farms and ranches. After attending North Carolina State University, Jerry operated a cow/calf operation in West Virginia and was the marketing director at the National Farmers Organization in the Northeast.

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Melanie Dietrich Cochran

Melanie Dietrich Cochran

  • Cumberland County

Melanie grew up milking Jersey cows on her parents' farm. She returned to the farm after graduating from Va Tech, and helped to milk while working off-farm. Her first PASA conference introduced her to cheesemaking and in 2001, she began making cheese and farming full-time.

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Barbara Gerlach

Barbara Gerlach

  • Bradford County

Barbara, along with her husband Charlie, own and operate Berry Fields Farm in New Albany, PA. The farm is a diversified, organic operation with vegetables, livestock, and maple syrup.

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Susan Miller

Susan Miller

  • Chester County

Sue is a first generation dairy farmer milking 80 cows with her family at Birchrun Hills Farm. Sue makes raw milk cheeses from her dairy herd and direct markets the cheese through farmers’ markets, restaurants and specialty cheese shops. Sue is committed to working with farmers to promote educational opportunities in sustainability, marketing and adding value to their agricultural products.

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Dave Mortensen

Dave Mortensen

  • Centre County

Dave is an active member of PASA participating actively through presentations, workshops and facilitated discussions at recent annual meetings and summer ecologically-based pest management workshops. Dave has been on the faculty at Penn State since 2001 and before that held a similar position at the University of Nebraska.

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Lloyd Tavern

Lloyd Tavern

  • Bucks County

Lloyd Traven established Peace Tree Farm of Kintnersville in 1983. The business specializes in unique ornamentals,herb and vegetable plants. Certified organic in 2008, the farm now produces over one million starter plants annually for growers across North America. Lloyd attended Delaware Valley College and graduate school at Cornell University, focusing on Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture.

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