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The Community Harvest Team

Our Staff

Tori Buerschaper

Executive Director

TORI BUERSCHAPER

Fresh produce is both a joy to eat and a vital component of a healthy diet, and I want it to be a part of every meal, for every person. CHP makes produce available to so many, but also serves as a vital community resource – a place for all to connect, work together, learn, and appreciate the wonder of plants. It is my great joy to work with those that make this possible.

Contact her at:

tori@community-harvest.org

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Wayne McAuliffe

Manager of Volunteer Programs

Wayne McAuliffe

CHP offers the entire community a place to come together in order to help others, from the first day I volunteered here I knew that it was powerful work. When the opportunity came to join the staff and change career paths I jumped in and did not look back. To sum it up having the ability to connect with the community in such a powerful way makes every day on the farm a good one.

Contact him at:

wayne@community-harvest.org

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Meghan Person

Development Manager

Meghan Person

I’ve worked at food banks, food pantries, and homeless shelters, and I loved being a part of the vital work of providing food to the community. We often are far removed from where our food is grown and the farmers who grow it, and many people have no green spaces, little time, are living paycheck to paycheck, or are residing in food apartheids and cannot garden. By extending invitations to children and adults from diverse backgrounds to participate in the cultivation of acres of fruits and vegetables, CHP fosters an inclusive environment that encourages everyone to experience the joy of working in the soil and coming together as a community to nurture and grow produce that will help our neighbors. Everyone deserves healthy food, and I’m glad to be a part of an organization working to make it happen.

Contact her at:

meghan@community-harvest.org

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Dave Johnson

Manager of Farm Operations

Dave Johnson

The farm draws us into the natural cycle of things. It is a place of growth and consistent change as seeds sprout and seasons shift. These transformations are an every day part of our work and are reflected internally. I am incredibly grateful to work and grow alongside such a dedicated community of volunteers to alleviate hunger through agriculture. (Photo Credit: Penny Johnson Photogrpahy)

Contact him at:

dave@community-harvest.org

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Edith Marie Gillespie

Assistant Farmer

Edith Marie Gillespie

Farming is the love of my life and being able to do what I love every day while also fighting for hunger relief alongside Community Harvest Project is pretty amazing. Food is everywhere, all around us, and yet too many people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. CHP does a spectacular job at helping to feed their community while engaging and educating their community. It’s quite magical if you ask me.

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Michael Graves

Orchard Coordinator

Michael Graves

I love being part of the CHP team and working with the community to create a positive and meaningful impact towards hunger relief. It’s a great feeling to come to work everyday and share in the joy of farming together. Through community farming we learn from each other and grow in our experiences together. The CHP is a very special place and I’m grateful to work with such an amazing team and community.

Contact him at:

orchardassistant@community-harvest.org

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Evan Owen

Equipment Operator

Evan Owen

I’ve always been bothered by the amount of wastage in the apple industry. Whether the lack of labor and the crop goes to the ground or having picked it and have it wasting in the cooler for lack of a “home.” It’s reassuring to know that the fruit of our labor is consumed.

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Sandi Wilichowski

Administrative Assistant

Sandi Wilichowski

There is a reason why “Community” is in the name of the farm. The mission to provide healthy food to as many people as possible is so important to Central Massachusetts and beyond. Eating healthy is not always possible on limited budgets. It is rewarding to see the food we grow benefit so many people that otherwise may not get the nutrition they need. Being a part of this organization first as a volunteer and now as an employee, the dedication of the employees and volunteers is purely selfless. I am happy to be a part of this mission!

Contact her at:

admin@community-harvest.org

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Alicia Cianciola

Grant Writer

Alicia Cianciola

As a grant writer, I use the numbers our farmers report and the stories our volunteers share to tell our story and make a case for this model to dozens of funders – including some who have never been to our farm before. Thanks to the work of this top-notch team and all of our volunteers for the work they do, which helps us all envision a connected community where everyone has enough healthy food!

Contact her at:

grants@community-harvest.org

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Brad Millar

Volunteer Coordinator

Katie Cournoyer

TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator

Sam Schofield

TerraCorps Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator

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Kristin Bafaro

President

Worcester Adult Learning Center Career Navigator

Evan Soderstrom

Past President

Clinical Financial Resources, Inc. Physician Advisor, Partner

Laura Coughlin

Vice President

Change Healthcare VP
InterQual Clinical Development and Strategy

Jeannie Hebert

Second Vice President

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

Bob Paulsen

Treasurer

Middlesex Savings Bank

Neil F. Petersen Jr. Esq.

Clerk

Beaton and Petersen LLC

Melanie Gnazzo MD

Family Health Center of Worcester Family Physician, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Assistant Professor

Kate LaChapelle

TJX Companies, Inc. Community Relations Program Manager

Scott Rogers

Senior Product Owner

University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Bill McCullough

CPA Principal

CPA Principal, McCullough & Associates

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