Our Board

Kate Donald

Kate DonaldKate Donald is co-owner of Stout Oak Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Brentwood, NH. She has been farming in the Seacoast area since 2004. Prior to farming, Kate lived in Portland, Oregon and New York City where she worked on urban agriculture, open space preservation, and composting initiatives. She has a background in community organizing, food systems, community gardens, and farm-based education. She has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Kate has been involved with Seacoast Eat Local since 2006.
Board member since May 2006

Email: kate@seacoasteatlocal.org

Chris Duffy

chrisduffyChris Duffy currently works as a business advisor at the Regional Economic Development Center assisting businesses with financial management, loan structure and application development, and strategies for growth. Previously Chris worked as a business advisor for the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, assisting a variety of small business clients with basic business planning skills, business plan development, financing and marketing plan development. In 1995, Chris conceived and co-founded GreatBay Aquaculture – the first commercial marine fish hatchery for summer flounder, Atlantic cod and cobia in the US. Chris graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Zoology in 1980. He held various positions in the wild harvest fishery, including commercial fishing, fish processing, distribution and sales. He received his MBA from the UNH Whittemore School in 1988. When not working Chris is a dedicated backyard farmer, growing vegetables, chickens, turkeys and pigs. He needs more land!
Board member since November 2016

Email: chris@redc.com

Andy Gagnon

Andy GagnonAndy Gagnon, a software engineer for over 25 years,  is a web developer, helping local business and organizations present their unique products and solutions to the world using computer technology.  He also was a local organic farmer for 5 years, vending at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market, and a board member of both the Seacoast Growers’ Association and the York County Master Gardener program.  He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and lived in Oregon and California for 14 years.  He values good food, healthy living, and is an avid runner.  He lives in Portsmouth, NH,  and has 2 grown sons, in Americorps, and attending school at RIT.  Andy joined the board in the summer of 2013 to help develop a digital strategy to achieve the goals of Seacoast Eat Local.
Board member since August 2013

Email: andy@seacoasteatlocal.org

Sherri Nixon, Treasurer

Sherri spent the majority of her career in retail merchandising/planning management in department and specialty stores including Jordan Marsh, Timberland, and Bed Bath and Beyond.  After retiring from retail in 2010, she worked in an administrative support role at NH Public Radio.  A strong desire to lessen her negative environmental impact and to connect more directly with the local food economy led Sherri to retire completely in December 2013.  She now devotes her time to involvement in environmental causes, support for the mission of Seacoast Eat Local, an increased understanding and adoption of permaculture practices, and the integration of her yoga practice into her daily life.
Board member since February 2014

Email: sherri.nixon1@gmail.com

Sara Zoë Patterson, Board Chair

Sara Zoe PattersonSara Zoë is the librarian at New Franklin School in Portsmouth, NH. She has been involved in social justice advocacy in varying forms for the last 22 years. Her passions for good food and a better future for our planet come together in her volunteer work with Seacoast Eat Local.  In 2009 she was awarded the Andrew L. Felker Memorial Award for leadership in promoting the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire agriculture and named one of the Union Leader’s “40 under 40” young leaders of New Hampshire.
Board member since May 2006

Email: sarazoe@seacoasteatlocal.org

Jean Pauly, Secretary

14993375_10154719020252298_1084097663614765921_nJean began working on an organic vegetable farm in 2003, and co-founded Meadow’s Mirth farm in 2004. She was a founding member of Seacoast Eat Local. A graduate of Houghton College with a B.A. in Art, Jean has worked in schools, and libraries, and as a production potter.  In her spare time, she sings, and calls contra dances; she is also an avid gardener.
Board member since May 2006

Email: jean@seacoasteatlocal.org

Robin Schweikart

robinRobin Schweikart has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector, with a primary focus on membership and database administration. She has worked for such diverse organizations as Earthwatch Institute and Tufts Medical Center. Currently she is database administrator for the Boston Lyric Opera. Robin developed her life-long interest in gardening and cooking as a child, working closely with her father, who began gardening organically in the 1960s. Although her primary residence is in Boston, Robin, her husband, and her sister have spent weekends and holidays in Portsmouth for over twenty years. Her belief that locally and sustainably grown food benefits the whole community by supplying fresh meat and produce as well as keeping land in agriculture has prompted her involvement with Seacoast Eat Local.
Board member since February 2014
Email: rkschweik@comcast.net

Theresa Walker

theresaTheresa Walker and her family live in Durham and raise Romney and Merino sheep for fiber and breed stock.  Theresa has worked with communities in Seacoast New Hampshire for 30 years on a wide variety of land use planning and natural resource protection projects.  Theresa is chair of the Town of Durham’s Agricultural Commission and is vested in strengthening the bond between farms, farmers, and their communities.
Board member since June 2016
Email: theresawalker@comcast.net

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