Your board of directors


Bruce Bickford

Bruce owns the certified organic Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole. Each year on about 13 acres, he raises a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables. Bruce has lived in Walpole since 2001and helped to organize both the Walpole and Keene farmers markets. Bruce also is a member of Walpole's volunteer fire department.

 

Steve Fortier

Steve has lived in Alstead for the past 26 years. Much of his professional life has been focused on the health of young people and communities. He’s a nationally-recognized advocate for health equity and food access, having worked on projects with the CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Voices for Healthy Kids. Steve was GRC’s first President, serving in that role from the original board meeting through 2014 

 

Gretchen Markiewicz

Gretchen recently moved from the Boston area to Walpole, where she grew up, with her husband and young son.  She works as a software engineer for Raytheon BBN Technologies, where she develops applications that use speech recognition and natural language processing.  The abundance of high quality, local food options and the strong sense of community in this area were factors in the decision to move back. 

 

Kimberly Mastrianni

Kim's agriculture background includes a degree in animal science from Texas A&M University and several years managing a horse farm in New York state. After earning a second degree in accounting from the State University of New York and a stint in accounting and finance with KPMG, Duracell and Gillette, she is back in agriculture in Langdon. With her husband Jack and daughter Morgan, Kim keeps chickens, teaches horsemanship, and raises rare Leicester Longwool sheep. She has spoken at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival and NOFA conferences on raising sheep organically. Kim also has prior experience on the Board of Health in Walpole, MA and more recently on the Fall Mountain Regional School District Budget Committee. Kim loves the idea of having a Coop in this area. With so many small producers in our region, she sees an opportunity to connect the local food economy with the community on a broader scale.

 

Don Sellarole

Don grew up in New Jersey.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Engineering. He and his wife, Jana, had three children in Minneapolis.  He has been a Walpolean since 1996 when he and his family moved to New Hampshire.  Don worked as an engineer with a local paper mill, before his recent retirement.  He has been active in the community, and in the local school and his church.  Don loves the outdoors and supports local sustainability.

 

Ali Trow

Alison grew up in Walpole and graduated from UNH in 2010.  She and her husband, Mike, own a house in Alstead with their many pets including a dog, cat, 2 parrots, and some reptiles. Alison has always been involved in the community, starting to volunteer at a young age as a Girl Scout. She's passionate about shopping locally and supporting the people and businesses in her community. She hopes that having a co-op locally will help reduce our carbon footprint and will encourage everyone to eat and live healthy lives.

 

Karen West

Karen grew up in Upstate New York and moved to New Hampshire in 2007 to work at C&S Wholesale Grocers after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics & Management. She currently works as a Sales & Marketing Manager for the distribution division of New Hampshire Industries based in Claremont. Karen and her husband, Jed, who grew up in Bellows Falls, moved to Alstead in 2011 and soon after started their own hobby farm raising chickens, rabbits and bees.