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A listing of all current PASA staff at the headquarters and regional offices.
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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Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Development Director

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 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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Franklin Egan

Franklin Egan

Educational Director

Franklin joined PASA in June 2015 as our first Director of Educational Programs. Franklin will be leading PASA’s efforts to develop a rigorous new farmer training program, enhance networks for farmer to farmer learning, and build a platform for on-farm research and experimentation.

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Kristin Hoy

Kristin Hoy

Conference Manager

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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Jaunette Matis

Jaunette Matis

Annual Fund Manager

Jaunette joined the PASA staff on a full-time basis in October. She has over 27 years experience working for a defense contractor as an administrative assistant and financial analysis professional, and two years experience as an administrative assistant supporting the Vice President of Product Line Management at a global communications technology company.

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Jessy Swisher

Jessy Swisher

Western Region Program Coordinator

After joining PASA as a member in 2005, Jessy Swisher came to serve on the staff in September 2014 as Western PA Program Coordinator.  She holds a B.A. from Allegheny College in Spanish and Latin American Studies. 

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Helen Kollar-McArthur

Helen Kollar-McArthur

Educational Programs Assistant

Helen Kollar-McArthur began her work at PASA in the late summer of 2013 as a Conference Assistant. She is now Educational Program Assistant and works on the development and oversight of educational program funding streams, content and operations. In addition to this Helen continues to work as a Conference Assistant and oversees the coordination of the daily operations of the FoodRoutes Network LLC.

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Becky Clawson

Becky Clawson

Program Associate

Becky originally hails from north-central PA and has spent her pre-PASA years living in Philadelphia, London, and Boston. A graduate of Penn College (Biology) and Temple University (Communications and Mass Media), her previous work includes

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Bethany Carter

Bethany Carter

PASA Conference & Centre Co. Buy Fresh Buy Local® Chapter Assistant

While working on her horticulture degree at Penn State, Bethany worked as an apprentice on two Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms. After completing her degree, she worked for a plant breeding facility here in Central PA before beginning her work with PASA as a Conference Assistant coordinating the Future Farmers Program at the PASA Conference.

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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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