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Maryland Farmers Market Association

Staff & Board

MDFMA team members and board share a passion for fighting hunger and building community through farmers markets.

Staff

Amy Crone

Founder & Executive Director

Amy started the MDFMA in 2012. Prior to her current role, she spent five years with the Maryland Department of Agriculture as state point of contact for farmers market issues, where she administered the Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and participates in numerous statewide initiatives to meet the needs of market managers, farmers, and consumers. At MDA, Amy managed other related grants and projects, including a statewide survey of farmers markets, feasibility study for a Maryland farmers market association, and USDA grants to increase the number of markets in food deserts accepting EBT transactions. She is also a Board Member of FutureHarvest CASA. Contact Amy

Juliet Glass

External Relations Director

Born and raised in New York City, Juliet attended Reed College in Portland, OR and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Although trained as a historian, her passion for food and cooking led her to a career as a freelance food writer. Driven by a desire for more real-world experience in food system management, Juliet joined FRESHFARM in Washington, DC where she managed markets, programs, and lead communications efforts. Juliet joined Maryland Farmers Market Association and works to increase the organization’s visibility and impact, advance its mission, and expand community involvement. When not working, Juliet enjoys cooking, visiting farmers markets, yoga, and spending time with her husband, sons, and cats. Contact Juliet

Heather Hulsey

Market Programs Director

Heather spent many years in the business world in sales, marketing, and administration prior to pursuing a career change into food after being an avid cook all her life. She spent years as a chef, graduating from Baltimore International College with a double major in professional cooking and baking. She left kitchen life to connect her passion for local food and business experience as Director of Marketing for Richardson Farms, then as the Baltimore Market Manager for online natural grocer Relay Foods, and most recently managing Baltimore’s only food hub as Executive Director of Chesapeake Farm to Table helping small-scale, sustainable farmers connect with customers in Baltimore. She holds a Certificate in Food Hub Management from The University of Vermont. After spending years in the food world, Heather is excited to connect her passion for local food and local farms to her personal mission for food access and food justice here at MDFMA. Contact Heather

Board

John Dove

Edward Jones, Financial Advisor

Bio coming soon

Laura Howard, Board Chair

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, Sr. Program Manager

Bio coming soon

Janna Howley

Grow and Fortify, Chief Operating Officer

Cultivating an environment where value-added agricultural producers, startups, operators and growers innovate and thrive is Grow & Fortify’ mission statement. This also applies to Janna’s almost twenty years of work as a Maryland agricultural support provider. In addition to the Maryland Farmers Market Association Board, she also serves on the board of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, and is a LEAD MD Class VII alum. Janna received a masters degree from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health at New York University, with an emphasis on the environmental and social impacts of food production systems.

Caitlin Misiaszek

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Program Officer Food Communities & Public Health

Caitlin works in the Food Communities and Public Health program at the CLF working on a variety of projects using data and mapping to understand and assess food environments and healthy food access. She is a Co-PI on an evaluation of the MDFMA Maryland Market Money program, manages the Maryland Food System Map project, and leads the Baltimore City food environment research. She received her undergraduate degree in dietetics and communications from Michigan State University and her masters of public health from the University of Michigan.

Matthew Swinburn

University of Maryland King Carey School of Law, Association Director for the Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region

Mathew R. Swinburne, J.D., is Association Director for the Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region, based at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Mathew has 10 years of experience in public health law and policy.  His work currently focuses on issues of food safety and security, injury prevention, chronic disease, environmental health, and cannabis policy. In addition, he teaches Health Law and Ethics for University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Lynn Rubin Traversa

University of Maryland Extension, FSNE State Office, Statewide Healthy Food Systems Coordinator

Lynn serves as the Statewide Healthy Food Systems Coordinator for University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education program, working with state collaborating agencies such as WIC, Share Our Strength, Maryland Department of Aging, Maryland Farmers’ Market Association, and Maryland Department of Agriculture. These statewide collaborations provide partnership opportunities to maximize program scope and impacts through nutrition education intervention efforts.

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