Board of Directors 2017-12-08T18:09:41+00:00

Rockland Farm Alliance Staff

Pearl Wetherall, Cropsey Community Farm Manager

Pearl began her work as the Farm Manager of the Cropsey Community Farm in December of 2016. Previously, she managed New Morning Farm, a 40 acre organic vegetable farm in south-central Pennsylvania. She holds an Environmental Studies degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont, with a focus in in Sustainable Agriculture as well as Fine Arts and the Environment. She is passionate about working for an equitable and accessible food system, while implementing and experimenting with the most cutting edge ecologically responsible farming practices. Her hobbies include cooking, kitchen dance parties, and hiking with her doggie, Buckwheat.

Sarah Bartges, Education Coordinator

Megan Diaz, Operations Manager

Adam Rauth, Cropsey Community Farm Foreman

Kathy Rauth, Junior Farmers Summer Camp Counselor

Tim Munzer, Cropsey Community Farm Crew Member


Officers & Board of Directors

John McDowell, President, Chairman of the Board

John McDowell is an award-winning musician, composer, farmer, and president of Rockland Farm Alliance. He grew up in Champaign, Illinois and worked long summer days in the corn and soybean fields on farms as a teenager in the summer months. Throughout his career as a professional musician he continued his connection with agriculture by visiting and helping out on farms. After moving to Rockland County, he and his wife revived Camp Hill Farm in Pomona and started the first CSA in the county. In 2007, John formed Rockland Farm Alliance, which has received strong support from the Rockland community and governmental officials to facilitate local sustainable agriculture in Rockland County.

Joan Dye Gussow, Vice-president, Author and Food Policy Expert

Marvin Nyman, Treasurer, CPA

Mary Lukens, Secretary, Local food Advocate and Realtor

Irene Hamburger, Vice-President Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns

Kate Wysokowski, Public Affairs Manager for Orange and Rockland Utilities

Peggy Gilbert, Former Director of Refugee Resettlement network for World Relief

Kerrin Kissel, Director Of Development – ‎Blauvelt Dominicans – Sisters of Saint Dominic

Patricia Intrator, Local Food Advocate


Advisory Board

Alexandra Spadea RFA Co-Founder
Angela Lindvall Founder of Collage Foundation
Virginia Kasinki Director of Community-Based Programs, Glynwood Center
Anna Hammond Executive Director, Sylvia Center
Ellen Peck Non-profit consultant
John Wickes Owner, Wickes Arborists
Dan Moschetti
Deverell Pedersen Non-profit consultant and food policy grant writer