Elizabeth Hines
Director of Finance

Elizabeth (Liz) Hines comes to the Farm Hub with over 20 years of experience as a senior executive and thought leader in financial operations and management. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Finance for the New 42nd Street, a non-profit responsible for the renovation of the 42nd Street corridor in New York City and subsequent real estate management of the area and custodianship of historic theaters, combined with the operation of The New Victory Theater. Prior to that she was the Vice President/Controller at CBS Broadcasting in its broadcast operations & engineering division and oversaw the financial operation of production facilities, construction and engineering, and transmission activities for network, sports, and news.  Liz’s personal interest in theatre manifested in her work with one of the more successful producing teams on Broadway where she oversaw financial management of titles such as “The Producers,” “Hairspray,” “Smokey Joes Café,” “Stomp,” and others. She has a master’s degree in accounting from Baruch College and brings to the Farm Hub an immense love of fly fishing and respect for land and water stewardship.

Jay Krauer
Construction & Facilities Team Member

Before joining the Farm Hub Jay owned and ran Split Rock Fine Carpentry, a carpentry and property preservation company. He has served as a stagehand for broadcast television and for entertainment shows including Broadway musicals. He got into the agriculture sector when he was hired as a property manager of a CSA (Community supported agriculture) in New Paltz, NY. In his free time Jay likes to rock climb and bike with family and friends and care for his flock of 40 chickens.

Michelle Romero
HR Manager

Michelle comes to us with nearly 10 years of experience working in human resources in the health care, construction, and landscaping sectors. She was most recently employed as an HR Business Partner at Wingate Healthcare, working across three locations in the Hudson Valley. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, especially in the areas of recruitment and onboarding, benefits administration, training, and employee engagement.  Her favorite part of working in HR is getting to connect with employees throughout all departments of an organization. Outside of work she enjoys reading and spending time with her two French bulldogs.

Sarah Groat
Farm Mechanic

As a child Sarah (who goes by SG) enjoyed exploring her backyard ecology in Grand Blanc, Michigan, but it wasn’t until she began operating equipment on a cherry farm in 2008 that she developed a love of growing food and fixing machines. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After moving to the Hudson Valley in 2013 she managed a compost operation and also farmed vegetables. In 2018, she started a tractor repair business performing on-site work for farms in the Hudson Valley that she continues with today. In her free time she enjoys hiking and open water swimming.

Andrew Casner
Field Crops Coordinator

Andrew joined the Field Crops team in 2021 from the Farm Hub’s farmer training program where he focused on equipment operation, organic no-till, cover crops and compost.  His passion for soil and food started in New York City where he installed and managed farms with Project EATS, a neighborhood-based art and urban agriculture non-profit.  Andrew has a bachelor’s in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Outside of the farm, he loves spending time with his family in the mountains, on the creek, or in the forest garden he is cultivating at home in Hurley.

Jesus Gonzalez Jr.
Tractor Operator/Language Justice Worker

Jesus was previously part of the Farm Hub’s farmer training program. Prior coming to the Farm Hub he worked in production at The Farm Bridge in Kingston, NY. “I love being outside working the land, seeing the crops grow, and something that I really like is knowing that whatever crop we grow its going to someone’s table,” he says of agriculture. 

Tim Bogart
Farm Mechanic

A life-long resident of Stone Ridge, Tim grew up working on tractors and vehicles.  Prior to joining the Farm Hub he spent 15 years working as a farmer and mechanic at Hasbrouck Farm in Kingston. He also comes with substantial experience in landscaping. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his child and his pets, which include cows and miniature donkeys.

Liliana "Li" Sierra
Language Justice Program Manager

Before joining the Farm Hub, Liliana worked as a Language Justice community interpreter as one of the worker-owners of Caracol Language Coop. Caracol, based in New York City, provided translation and interpretation services for the community. Liliana is a native of Barranquilla, Atlántico, and started to unofficially interpret and translate for their family in their youth. In 2011 they participated in a medical interpreter training program in New York City, where they met one of the founders of Caracol Language Coop. who invited them to join the young cooperative project. They earned their bachelor’s degree in social anthropology from Bennington College. Their hobbies include playing and listening to music, bike riding, and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Brian Thiel
Lead Mechanic

Before joining the Farm Hub, Brian worked for Komatsu as a traveling heavy equipment mechanic. He got into agriculture when he ran his own equipment repair business in the Hudson Valley, and found that the majority of his clients were farmers. Brian earned his formal training while working as a vehicle mechanic at the Army Ordinance Corps.

Amy Wu
Communications Manager

Amy comes to us with over two decades of experience as a professional journalist. She has worked at the USA Today Network,  the San Francisco Chronicle and written for The New York Times. Amy reported on agriculture and agtech in Salinas, Calif. and is also the founder and director of the multimedia project “From Farms to Incubators: Telling the stories of minority women entrepreneurs in agtech,” which includes an award-winning documentary. A native New Yorker, she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and BA in history from NYU. 

Sam Tafolla
Building and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor

Sam has been working on the Farm Hub land since 1999 when he joined the farm crew at Gill Farms. Prior to this, he gained experience in agriculture on several farms between New Mexico and Colorado. He also worked in school maintenance in South Texas for six years. Born in Arizona and raised in Texas, he lives on the farm in Hurley with his wife, Sylvia Martinez, who is also part of the Farm Hub team.

Katrina Light
Program Manager

Before joining the Farm Hub, Katrina worked as the Supervisor of Food and Agricultural Programs to advance local food growing, sustainable purchasing, and overall agricultural efforts at Bard College. Previously, she was the Director of Food Sustainability for Chartwells, a campus dining service, and is passionate about advancing farm to institution efforts here in the Hudson Valley. Katrina holds a master’s degree in Food Systems from the University of Vermont and has taught food and agriculture classes at the high school and college level. Katrina has worked, and lived, on several farms throughout the country, and now resides in Kingston where she gardens, raises chickens, and works on various community projects.

Christina Kinnally
Office Manager

Christina comes to us with over ten years of experience in administrative management. She has worked with several local businesses in the Hudson Valley including Upstream Advisors, a consultant group focused on increasing procurement and consumption of locally grown food. Christina holds a bachelor degree in historical studies from Empire State College and an associate’s degree in liberal arts and humanities from Dutchess Community College. She resides in her hometown of Poughkeepsie.

Sara Katz
Manager, Education Program

Sara joins the Farm Hub from The New York Botanical Garden, where she worked as a community horticulturist – designing, coordinating, and teaching educational programs for urban growers. She holds a masters degree from the New School and received her BA from the University of Vermont. As a founding member and faculty of Farm School NYC and speaker at the NOFA summer conference, she has been an energetic advocate for sustainable agriculture in our region.

John Gill

John Gill is the former owner of Gill Farms, which had been in his family for three generations before being purchased in 2013 for the creation of the Farm Hub. Gill Farms was primarily engaged in sweet corn production, with vegetables grown for wholesale distribution and for the farm market on Route 209. John received his Associate’s Degree in agriculture business from SUNY Cobleskill before returning to the Hudson Valley to run the family farm business beginning in 1977.

Danielle Fontaine
Farm and Food Safety Manager

Danielle come to us with two decades of experience supporting education programs within the non-profit sector and background in program management, event planning, and client services.  Prior to joining the Farm Hub team, she was the director of childrens’ camps and manager of residential operations at Hawthorne Valley Farm.  Danielle completed training in the Master Gardener program at Cornell Cooperative Extension and has studied with a number of farm and garden-based teaching programs in the Hudson Valley region.

Derrick Doubrava
Construction and Facilities Manager

Derrick brings over 25 years of experience in the agriculture and construction industries. Prior to joining the Farm Hub, he and his wife Debbie owned and operated Minard Farms LLC in Highland, NY, a 400-acre apple orchard, including cider mill, packing house, and farm stand. He previously owned a construction firm focusing on residential and light commercial buildings in Eastern Long Island. The native Long Islander comes from a family of builders and cabinet makers. He studied engineering at Suffolk County Community College and SUNY Stony Brook. Outside of work, Derrick’s passions are cooking and deep-sea fishing.

Debbie Doubrava
Human Resources Assistant

Before joining the Farm Hub team, for over a decade Debbie and her husband owned and operated a 240-acre commercial apple orchard, Minard Farms, in the Hudson Valley. Debbie supervised the packing house, cider mill and farm stand. Prior to moving to the Hudson Valley, Debbie worked for North Fork Bank for 22 years in the loan servicing area. Debbie has a degree in business administration from Suffolk County Community College.

Jennifer Crettien 
Community Relations Coordinator

Prior to joining the Farm Hub, Jen worked as a farmer on various organic and non-profit farms from NYC to Columbia County. Her background also includes fourteen years of working in restaurants and hospitality. She received her BA in Writing and Rhetoric from UMass Dartmouth. After college, she worked in publishing, and while editing a how-to-homesteading series, her passion for food and farming blossomed. Jen is an avid gardener, and when she’s not digging in the dirt, she’s embracing the lively community in Kingston which she now calls home.

Eddie Clevenger
Director of Farm Operations

Eddie comes to the Farm Hub from Fishkill Farms, a 100 acre organic farm in Hopewell JCT, NY. He has over twenty years experience managing farms in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. Growing vegetables, fruits, and grains on a variety of farms and climates has given Eddie an intimate knowledge of how to integrate ecological farming practices into all facets of large-scale farm operations.

Raul Carreon
Post-Harvest Coordinator

Raul is a Latino farmer in the Hudson Valley, New York. He was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and for the past three years, he has worked as the Post-Harvest Coordinator at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. He helped create and implement the food safety policies, manages the Wash & Pack facility, and supports the food donation efforts. He also provides Spanish/English interpretation and translation for his community and farm co-workers in an effort to create, sustain, and uphold safer spaces where everyone can represent themselves, regardless of whether or not they speak English.

Paige Cranfield
Assistant Farm Manager

Paige worked for Gill Farms for 25 years, during which time she was involved in almost every aspect of the farm’s operations. Paige grew up in a farming community in the Midwest where her family was engaged in the forestry industry. She earned a degree in forestry from Hocking College in Ohio, and has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1990.

Sarah Brannen
Associate Director, Programs

Sarah previously worked as a senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, where she advised the speaker on economic development and food policy issues. While there, she researched, designed, and launched the FoodWorks initiative to improve economic, health, and environmental outcomes in the New York City food system. While at the Council, Sarah also helped launch a kitchen incubator at La Marqueta in East Harlem and successfully lobbied the Mayor’s Office to begin a system of expedited inspections for new businesses. Sarah received a BA from Barnard College and her MPP from Johns Hopkins University.

Anne Bloomfield
Farmscape Ecology Program Manager

Anne comes to us with a background in wildlife and conservation biology, applied field research, outdoor education and horticulture. For over 10 years, Anne has worked at leading conservation organizations including National Audubon Society, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mohonk Preserve and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Anne is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She is originally from the Capital Region and currently lives in the Hudson Valley.

Lorianne Bell
Construction & Facilities Coordinator

Lori was the practice manager for an equine veterinary clinic for 16 years. She has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. Originally from Fort Montgomery, NY, she now resides in Accord with her husband, where her family owns a local cut-your-own Christmas Tree Farm. Lori is also an avid equestrian.

Victoria Baker
Administrative Assistant, Education Program.

Victoria joins the Farm Hub with over 15 years of operations and administration experience. Victoria was previously employed as the Operations Manager for the Admissions Department at the Culinary Institute of America. Working closely with the enrollment and marketing teams, she was involved with recruitment efforts and campus events. Originally from the Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, she has a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University. She now resides in New Paltz.

Nanette Ayers
Accounting Associate

Prior to joining the Farm Hub, Nanette held the position of business manager at the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, New York. Her background includes working in the credit department at a solar energy distribution company in Kingston for three years, as well as serving as the practice manager of an animal hospital for over ten years. Nanette earned a BFA in theatre from the University of Detroit.  She lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

Brooke Pickering-Cole
Executive Director

Prior to becoming the Farm Hub’s Executive Director, Brooke was the Associate Director for Community Relations for the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation, serving on the team that developed the non-profit Farm Hub from its inception in 2013. With a background in community development and local government, she is a former town supervisor and town board member in Marbletown, New York (Ulster County) where she has lived for the past twenty years. During this period she worked on local initiatives in multiple realms including agriculture and open space protection, emergency management, visual arts, historic preservation, and rail trail and municipal infrastructure improvements. Brooke currently serves on the Agricultural Advisory Board for U.S. Representative Anthony Delgado (19th District), the Ulster County Executive’s Community Advisory Committee, The Coby Foundation Board of Directors, the O&W Rail Trail Commission, and the SUNY Ulster Business Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Oberlin College.

Jeff Arnold
Farm Manager

Jeff has been working on and managing organic vegetable farms in the Hudson Valley since 2011. Prior to that, he worked as a field researcher and organic farmer at the Colorado State University Horticulture Research Farm. He has a BS in Horticulture and Organic Agriculture from Colorado State University in Fort Collins where he headed up the Sustainable Development Community Garden to promote food justice throughout the region. He also holds a degree in Arboriculture from Paul Smiths College. He was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and currently resides in Olivebridge.