Meet our Staff

Tori Buerschaper, Executive Director

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.

Wayne McAuliffe, Manager of Volunteer Programs

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.

Dave Johnson, Farm Manager

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.

Contact him at dave@community-harvest.org.

Susan Conant, Orchard Manager

It is very rewarding when you can do what you love while having a positive impact on your community. Working at CHP allows me to do both! Growing high quality produce for those in need makes every day worthwhile.

Contact her at susan@community-harvest.org.

Helen Rhines, Farm Coordinator

The act of farming makes me feel deeply connected to the land, food, and community around me, and I feel honored to share this experience with volunteers every day on the farm. Spending time in nature, meeting new people, and making a real difference in our food system makes the hard work of farming well worth it.

Contact her at farmcoordinator@community-harvest.org.

Michael Graves, Orchard Coordinator

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.

Renata Aylward, Volunteer Programs Assistant

I am grateful to have a career that connects me to people who value sustainable agriculture and meaningful volunteerism. Every day at CHP is filled with purpose – we provide healthy food to those in need. We grow food and community. How great is that? Every day is a good day at our farms.

Contact her at volunteer@community-harvest.org.

Sandi Wilichowski, Administrative Assistant

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.

Alicia Cianciola, Grant Writer

Contact her at grants@community-harvest.org.

Brad Millar, Farm Assistant

Being a part of the CHP team means making a difference in peoples’ lives. Supporting hunger relief and growing a better community is why I love being here.

Contact him at farmassistant@community-harvest.org.

Evan Owen, Orchard Equipment Operator

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.

Looking to join our team? Open positions are posted here.

Board of Directors

Evan Soderstrom

President
Clinical Financial Resources, Inc. Physician Advisor, Partner

Kristin Bafaro

Vice President
Worcester Adult Learning Center Career Navigator

Laura Coughlin

Second Vice President
Change Healthcare VP InterQual Clinical Development and Strategy

David Guarino

Past President
McLaughlinQuinn LLC Esquire of Counsel

Bob Paulsen

Treasurer
Middlesex Savings Bank

Marybeth Campbell

Harvard Public Schools High School Special Education Liaison/Team Chair

Jeannie Hebert

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

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

David White

R. H. White Construction Co., Inc. Chairman & Treasurer

David Nicholson

Endeavor Tool Company General Manager
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