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A listing of all current PASA staff at the headquarters and regional offices.
Brian Snyder

Brian Snyder

Executive Director

Brian Snyder is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and also the FoodRoutes Network LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PASA that runs the Buy Fresh Buy Local® program nationally. PASA is one of the largest sustainable farming organizations in the country, with over 6,000 mostly farmer members and more than 30,000 total participants.

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Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Director of Development

Lauren is in her 18th year at PASA and has seen incredible organizational growth and impressive increases in small farms selling REAL food.

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Michele Spencer

Michele Spencer

Membership Director

Michele (Gauger) Spencer joined the PASA staff in 2003 on a part-time basis as membership and on-farm research assistant, as well as newsletter editor. She currently is Membership Director overseeing PASA member recruitment & retention, as well as communications via the website and newsletter.

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Lisa Diefenbach

Lisa Diefenbach

Administrative Director / Board Secretary

When Lisa moved to Central Pennsylvania in 1999, she took time away from her physical therapy career to focus on restoring the land associated with her family's "new" 1863-era farmhouse. Her passion for farming took off when she found PASA.

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Kristin Hoy

Kristin Hoy

Conference Manager/ Buy Fresh Buy Local® Centre Co. Chapter Coordinator

Kristin Hoy joined the PASA staff in 2007 as a seasonal conference employee. She is currently the Conference Manager, overseeing the planning of PASA's annual Farming for the Future Conference.

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Leah Smith

Leah Smith

Western Region Director

  • phone: 412-365-2985
  • email: leah@pasafarming.org
  • Western Region Office PO Box 116 Bakerstown, PA 15007

Leah Smith completed her MS in rural sociology from Ohio State University, before joining the PASA staff in July 2009. Leah has found an intersection to her interests in community, culture, and the environment in the fields of sustainable agriculture and local food system development.

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Susan Beal, DVM

Susan Beal, DVM

Ag Science Advisor

Dr. Susan Beal comes from a long background of holistic veterinary practice, ranging from mixed practice through emergency medicine, equine, and companion animal practices. Susan is particularly interested in whole farm/whole system pasture based ecology, and offers common sense advice and counsel with the goal of health from the ground up - thriving individuals and ecosystems.

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Jean Najjar

Jean Najjar

Community Outreach Associate

Since the fall of 2009, Jean has been organizing the annual Benefit Auction at the Farming for the Future Conference. In June 2013, she joined our staff full time as Community Outreach Associate adding Business membership and Good Food Neighborhood® to her fundraising responsibilities of the Benefit Auction and Bike Fresh Centre County.

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Alissa Matthews

Alissa Matthews

Western Region Program Assistant

Alissa Matthews joined the PASA staff as a Program Assistant and the Coordinator of the Western PA Buy Fresh Buy Local® Chapter in the early fall of 2010. Alissa grew up working on her family's produce farm in Eighty Four, PA and became familiar with PASA at an early age.

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Beth Gross

Beth Gross

Development Assistant

Beth joined the team at PASA in spring of 2013 as Development Assistant. Her work involves supporting the fundraising, grant management and sponsorship work of the organization. Some of her time will also be spent working with the accounting department.

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