The Oregon Farmers' Markets Association is directed by 13 members including an Executive Team (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Below are descriptions of our fantastic Board Members and the regions that they represent.

To contact a board member, click on their name to link to their email address.


Executive Committee

Willamette Valley
Rebecca Landis, President
Rebecca Landis had  a varied career in journalism, public policy and academia before she escaped from the cubicle to become a market manager. She is market director for Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets, which operates three outdoor farmers’ markets in Corvallis and Albany and otherwise advocates for local farmers who sell directly to customers. Her focus in OFMA has been food safety and other public policy affecting farm direct marketers. She and her husband live in an 1890 farmhouse on a small but productive acreage south of Corvallis.

Southern Oregon
Marti Fate, Co-Vice President
As one of the founding members of OFMA, Marti Fate has played a vital role in the history of the organization. Serving as the original Secretary and Treasurer, Marti has kept a watchful eye through the organization's many changes. Marti has thirty years of market management experience and currently manages the Grants Pass Growers' Market.

Portland Metro Area
Laura Wendel, Co-Vice President
Laura Wendel is the founding manager of the Moreland Farmers Market in SE Portland. She managed the market from 2005 until 2010. The board president and Laura were closely aligned on issues such as direct sales for Northwest farms, access to healthy food and food as community connector. She has served on the steering committee for Oregon’s Public Health Institute’s Healthy Eating at Farmers Market project and also worked as a consultant for the same project. Currently she is consulting with Oregon WIC as a farmers market liaison. She is excited and honored to be able to contribute to the work of OFMA.

Portland Metro Area
Anna Curtin, Secretary
Anna is charged with building and maintaining relationships within Portland Farmers Market neighborhoods, fostering awareness about the organization’s six distinct markets, and educating the public about the vital role farmers markets play in our communities. This includes working with like-minded parties to strengthen our regional food economy, developing education initiatives, and planning food celebration events throughout the market season. Prior to joining the PFM staff in 2007, Anna was a dedicated Market volunteer for a number of years. A native of rural upstate New York, Anna grew up eating from the family garden and wild woods of the Adirondack Mountains. She retains a love of gardening, enjoys exploring Oregon’s natural wonders and seeking out farmers' markets in places near and far.

Southern Oregon
Mary Ellen De Luca, Treasurer
A dream came true when Mary Ellen and her family came from Boston, MA. to Talent, OR in 1995 and moved on a five-acre farm.  Raising children and milk goats became a new way of life for the De Luca household. Mary Ellen has managed the Tuesday/Thursday markets of southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market since 2005 and has been an OFMA board member since 2007. She enjoys every aspect of working with people and is honored to be on a board that promotes Oregon’s farmers’ markets.


Regional Representatives

Coast
Kristin Frost Albrecht, Vice President
Kristin, a native to Oregon, organized and founded the Cannon Beach Farmers' Market in 2008 and was market manager for two seasons. Kristin has been an advocate and grassroots organizer in Community Food Systems work on the Oregon coast and also holds a faculty position with Oregon State University Extension, Clatsop County. She grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon, where her first job was working as a picker in the local strawberry fields at age 8. Kristin is a co-host of a local public radio show called “Food Talk,” which addresses food and agriculture issues in the Lower Columbia Pacific Region. She has served on the OFMA board since 2009.

Oregon At-Large
Maria Menor, WIC/FDNP Coordinator, OR DHS
Maria works for the Oregon Health Authority in the WIC program, and coordinates Oregon's Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) for seniors and WIC families. WIC has enjoyed a long-time partnership with OFMA in the administration of the Farm Direct Nutrition Program, for which 640+ farmers are authorized and 100 farmers' markets are designated as FDNP markets. Maria also leads WIC's Vendor Management Services Team, which works with Oregon's 600+ WIC-authorized grocery stores and pharmacies. In 2010 Maria helped facilitate the authorization of farmers to accept the WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers. She will assure that the unique circumstances of farmers and farmers' markets are considered as WIC plans their transition to electronic benefits transfer (EBT).

Willamette Valley
Garry Stephenson, Associate Professor OSU
Garry is the coordinator of the Small Farms Program, which consists of six Extension faculty who provide educational outreach and applied research to benefit small scale farmers. Stephenson's interests include alternative approaches to farming and marketing. An area of special interest is farmers’ markets. For over 10 years he has been involved in research, organizational support, and shopping at farmers’ markets.

Willamette Valley
Dan Sundseth, Retired - Farm Service Agency, USDA Food Security Liaison
Dan was born and raised on a family farm in northern Minnesota and graduated from Oregon State University. He began his career with USDA’s Farm Service Agency and has spent the past 26 years working with farmers/ranchers in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. In addition to serving as the USDA’s Community Food Security Liaison in OR and an ex-oficio member of the OR Hunger Relief Task Force, he serves on the Community Action Advisory Council for Community Services Consortium, the Environmental Ministries Committee of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Marys River Watershed Council, and is a founding member of Ten Rivers Food Web. He is a member of a start-up company working to develop options for small farms wanting to process their own grains and beans for flour and other products.

Portland Metro Area
Kathy Unger, Grower/owner Unger Farms
Kathy, a native of Oregon, has been selling her produce through farmers' markets for the past 25 years. She has been actively involved with new markets as well as serving on farmers' markets boards of directors. Being involved in markets for 25 years has given her an understanding of the importance of keeping markets viable in Oregon. Farmers' markets are an effective way for family farms to succeed. Kathy has participated on panel discussions to help new young farmers see their way through the challenges of starting a farm.

Portland-Metro Area
Anastasia Petrie
, Market Manager People’s Farmers' Market
Anastasia Petrie is the Farmers' Market Coordinator for People's Food Cooperative in Portland. She has chosen to serve on OFMA's board because she believes in the importance of farmers' markets as tools for positive change in our communities. She previously worked as a Market Manager for NYC Greenmarket managing markets from the South Bronx to Queens. Anastasia traded skyscrapers for trees and returned to her hometown of Portland in 2011, bringing her love of farmers' markets home with her from NYC.

Oregon-At Large
Ali Abbors, Oregon Food Bank
Ali Abbors is a professional farm/garden educator, a former farmers' market manager, and a life-long farmers' market shopper. Her professional and personal choices center on the belief that a food secure community is a just and healthy community. Ali has a vested interest in farmers' markets as vibrant community commons and strongholds of local economic opportunity. Ali currently works at the Oregon Food Bank as the Learning Gardens Program Coordinator.

Willamette Valley
Stephanie Scafa, Zero Waste Analyst City of Eugene
Stephanie worked for OFMA as an Americorps RARE volunteer from 2011-2012. Upon completion of the program she was appointed as a board member and is excited to stay connected with the farmers' market community in Oregon. She currently manages the city of Eugene’s commercial composting program.