MICHAEL ROZYNE, CHAIR
Michael Rozyne lives in Middleborough, Massachusetts. He is the founder and executive director of Red Tomato, a decentralized food hub in the Northeast representing forty Northeast fruit and vegetable growers. Before that, Rozyne was cofounder of Equal Exchange.
Onika lives in Brooklyn, New York. A founding member of Black Urban Growers, Onika has had her hands deep in soil for years. She has trained at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently the Director of Farm School NYC.
Gary Bloss lives in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He has over 30 years experience in the field of community planning and landscape architecture, including watershed conservation, greenways, open space, and trails. He has co-managed an organic vegetable farm and CSA since 2006.
Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III lives in Baltimore, MD. He is Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. For nearly two decades, Dr. Brown has demonstrated his commitment to advocacy for social justice on every level. As the Founding Director for Cross Freedom School, and through the establishment of the Black Church Food Security Network, he has deservedly been recognized as a leading change-maker of this time.
Lindsay Gilmour lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the owner of Organic Planet LLC. She plays two roles professionally, as a chef and culinary educator specializing in healing foods, and as a consultant and educator in regional food systems and GAP Food Safety. Lindsay works with regional and national organizations such as Fair Food Philadelphia, Common Market Philadelphia, the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and The Wallace Center at Winrock International, to provide technical assistance and resources to family farmers and assist them in serving new markets, developing new products, and meeting the needs of diverse wholesale customers.
Kathy Lawrence lives in Newburgh, New York. Kathy is program director for School Food FOCUS, a national collaborative leveraging the procurement power of large urban school districts to make school meals healthier and strengthen regional food production. A national consultant and educator on sustainable ag and food systems, she was executive director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture and founding director of Just Food (NY).
Diana Robinson lives in New York City. She is the Leadership Development Coordinator at Food Chain Workers Alliance. The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food. They organize to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. FCWA has 31 members representing ~ 300,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada. Diana previously worked at United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, which represents over 23,000 grocery store workers in New York.
Karen Spiller lives in Eastern Massachusetts. She is principal of KAS Consulting, providing mission-based consulting with a focus on resource matching and strategic planning for health and equity-focused initiatives. She has worked with diverse stakeholders, including community residents and businesses, state and local agencies, policy makers, corporations, foundations, community-based organizations, and healthcare providers.