Richard Rudolph, President
Richard is a retired organic farmer, activist, teacher, board member of the Green Energy Consumer Alliance in Boston and Providence, and chairman of the Green Energy Committee. He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Connecticut, is a pro-bono consultant, has published numerous articles, and hosts a half-hour public affairs program “Community Voices for Change” at WMPG.
Laura Robinson, MPH
Laura has a background in public health and qualitative research, and is a certified holistic health and wellness coach. Laura recently co-founded a small organic veggie farm in North Yarmouth (Riverside Farm), and through her public health lens, she is also starting a baby food company, uniting her passions to help moms and families live their healthiest lives.
Kathryn is executive director of the Locker Project, a Portland-based nonprofit that operates school-based take-home food programs in partnership with Good Shepherd Food Bank. Locker Project school pantries stock healthy staples and snacks for students and families at risk of hunger. The agency's fresh food program recovers thousands of pounds of produce, bread, and meat every week from local markets--food that would otherwise go to waste--for distribution at schools and neighborhood sites across Greater Portland.
Kathryn has worked as an academic editor for more than 25 years and, from 2006 to 2016, was manuscript editor at Education Next, a quarterly journal focused on national education policy published at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work in education policy led to her current focus on child hunger and local food systems. She is collecting relevant research and reports toward developing a Maine food system research repository.
After several years as a member of the board of directors, Kathryn serves on the advisory council at the Wily Network in Needham, Massachusetts, a nonprofit that provides coaching and financial assistance to students navigating higher education on their own. She holds a B.A. in economics and religion from Bowdoin College, an M.A. in ethics from the University of Virginia, and a graduate certificate in applied research and evaluation methods from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.
Judy Gatchell, Clerk
Judy is a registered dietitian with a background in Public Health Nutrition. She has worked on both the local and state levels for the WIC Program in Maine and New Hampshire. She has worked with local communities to support healthy behaviors to promote health among populations at risk for chronic disease. Judy served as Nutrition Education and Training Coordinator for the School Nutrition Program at the Maine Department of Education and in that capacity worked with schools to develop and offer training and grant funds to strengthen local school nutrition staff.
Winslow Robinson, Ph.D.
Winslow is a behavioral designer / design researcher, specializing in the science of habit formation in design for social good. He is involved in state-level advocacy through the Southern Maine chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. With his partner, Winslow recently founded Riverside Farm using organic low/no-till practices with heavy emphasis on hand tools, mixed veggie production, and a small apiary.
Amy Carrington, Treasurer
Amy Carrington is the Internship Coordinator and Program Specialist for USM’s Food Studies Program. She is an advocate, community organizer, avid gardener, and farmer. She has extensive experience supporting new American farmers and believes in the value of intercultural knowledge. She enjoys raising her own small herd of Nubian and Nigerian and is a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Dawud Ummah has been farming in Maine since he bought his first farm in Litchfield in the early 1990s. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War. He served as US Air Force Aerospace Medical Technician & Deployment Specialist for 10 years. He bought the farm he currently owns in Turner in 2018. As President and Executive Director of the Center for African Heritage, he founded an organization that connected community members to their agricultural roots. He managed a demonstration farm at Cumberland County Extension where he also served on Extension’s Board. As an Interfaith Chaplain at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, he ministered to the spiritual needs of students of the faith of Islam. He has served as an Executive Committee Member for the NAACP, Portland Branch and a founding Director for Maine Freedom Trails, Inc.