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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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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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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 and retention strategies, as well as communications, and management of our Good Food Neighborhood® Community Outreach Program.

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Aaron de Long

Aaron de Long

Delaware Valley Sustainability Hub Program Manager

  • phone: 215-804-4731
  • email: aaron@pasafarming.org
  • Delaware Valley Hub Office: PO Box 756 Kimberton, PA 19442

Aaron grew up in southeast Pennsylvania, and worked on fruit, flower, and vegetable farms for years, before becoming a field biology research technician for various non-profits and government agencies across the country.

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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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Peggy Perlongo

Peggy Perlongo

Accounting Manager

Peggy joined the PASA staff in early July as our new Accounting Manager. She recently returned to central Pennsylvania.

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Chris Rand

Chris Rand

Annual Giving Manager

Chris moved to State College in 2002, bringing with him finance and business expertise and a love of the great outdoors. Following a decade in property management and development, he found a new passion in non-profit work.

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Helen Kollar-McArthur

Helen Kollar-McArthur

Educational Programs Coordinator

Helen Kollar-McArthur began her work at PASA in the late summer of 2013 as a Conference Assistant. She is now the Educational Programs Coordinator and works to coordinate educational events and program evaluation across the Sustainability Hubs.

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Jessy Swisher

Jessy Swisher

Three Rivers Sustainability Hub Program Coordinator

  • phone: 724-502-4340
  • email: jessy@pasafarming.org
  • Three Rivers Hub Office: PO Box 116 Bakerstown, PA 15007

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

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Becky Clawson

Becky Clawson

Business Member Services 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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Katie Endicott

Katie Endicott

Delaware Valley Sustainability Hub Program Associate

  • phone: 215-804-4731
  • email: katie@pasafarming.org
  • Delaware Valley Hub Office: PO Box 756 Kimberton, PA 19442

Katie came to PASA in early 2016 to the new Delaware Valley Hub. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia and has farmed in southern Vermont and southeast Pennsylvania on a variety of different types of farms. Most recently she helped start a small, diversified vegetable and flower farm in Pennsylvania.

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Christina Kostelecky

Christina Kostelecky

Educational Programs Associate

Christina joined PASA in October 2015 as Educational Programs Associate. Christina recently relocated to Pennsylvania after living in South Korea for a few years.

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LaKeshia Knarr

LaKeshia Knarr

Conference Sponsorship and Communications Associate

LaKeshia joined the PASA staff in June 2016 as Conference Sponsorship and Communications Associate. She will be focusing on sponsorshipsand development work for the annual Farming for the Future Conference, as well as communications and membership outreach.

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Erin Barto

Erin Barto

Development Assistant

Erin Barto joined the PASA staff in March 2016 as the Development Assistant. Erin grew up in Tioga County on a family dairy farm raising her own herd of sheep and dairy cattle. Currently living in a rural central-Pennsylvania community, Erin is now instilling these passions into her children through gardening and 4-H experiences

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Alicia Leitch

Buy Fresh Buy Local® Centre County Chapter and Conference Auction Assistant

Alicia joined the PASA team in June 2016 as our Centre Country Buy Fresh Buy Local® Assistant. She will be focusing on promoting local products and consumer’s access to those products. Additionally, she will be organizing our annual Benefit Auction at our winter conference.

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Ted LeBow

Ted LeBow

Interim Executive Director

As of June 1, 2016 Ted has taken on the role of Interim Executive Director until a permanent replacement can be found. Ted resides in Bala Cynwyd with his wife and family. He graduated from the Cornell University School of Agriculture with a degree in Business Management.

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