Meet Our Leadership

Amy Manzelli
President of the Board of Directors

Amy is an Owner and Attorney at the law firm BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC in Concord, NH, where she practices environmental, conservation, and land law across northern New England. In addition to being an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, she speaks at numerous seminars and conferences. Amy earned her B.A. in Spanish, with a minor in Biology, and her B.S. in Environmental Conservation in 1998 from the University of New Hampshire, where she is now a Distinguished Alumna. She earned her J.D. in 2005 and her Masters in Environmental Law in 2007 from Vermont Law School.

John Martin
Member of the Board of Directors

John moved to a small wood lot in the Monadnock region from NOFA-RI in 2013 and joined the NOFA-NH board as the secretary in 2015. 

Ron Christie
Member of the Board of Directors

Ron is passionate about teaching people how to grow their own nutritious food for better health and well-being. After working for 16 years in the financial services industry, he returned to New Hampshire to create Living Earth Farm, a “certified organic” micro farm, where he is an avid four-season grower. Ron loves sharing his experiences as a winter gardener and farmer so he became a Master Gardener Volunteer in 2009 and a year later he joined UNH Cooperative Extension as the Rockingham County Agricultural Resources Program Coordinator. He currently helps coach Master Gardener Volunteers at the UNH Education Center and Information Line. Ron lives with his wife Mary and their two college-age children Steven and Julie in Brookline, NH.

Edith Pucci Couchman
Member of the Board of Directors

Edith Pucci Couchman has been teaching youngsters about both the visual arts and environmental science for over thirty years. She has participated in the Cooperative and Organic Food Movements since the ‘70's because she believes that these are both key for creating beautiful, just, and ecologically-sound human lifeways. She was named NOFA-NH’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012, Hillsborough County Conservation District’s Conservation Teacher of the Year in 2014, and received the 2017 NH Excellence in S.T.E.M. Teaching Award (elementary school level) from the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers. Edith is active in the Greater Nashua Food Council and the NH School and Youth Gardening Network. Her articles have been published in the Canadian environmental magazine GreenTeacher.com and she edits the teaching website evolvingbeauty.org.

Steve Forde
Treasurer of the Board of Directors

After a career spanning more than 35 years as an electrical and computer engineer and certified project management professional, Steve, and his wife Dawn, settled in Henniker, NH, to sow the seeds for their retirement. In 2014, they started Hop N Hen Farm, a small-scale, solar-powered family farm where they produce a wide variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables, rotationally-pastured and organically-fed poultry for meat and eggs, as well as honey, jams and jellies, using only sustainable and humane agricultural practices. Steve believes that healthy foods depend on healthy soils and is a firm believer in the importance of vibrant and robust local food systems. He has been a member of NOFA since 2011.

 

Steve has a long history of volunteer service and leadership with a number of organizations, including the Central Massachusetts Chapter Project Management Institute, Mohegan Council Boy Scouts of America, and Appalachian Mountain Club. He is currently a member of the Small and Beginner Farmers of New Hampshire and the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association.

 

Steve joined the NOFA-NH Board of Directors in 2017 and currently oversees the Finance and Quality Committees.

Laura Hartz
Secretary of the Board of Directors

Laura is an attorney at Orr & Reno, P.A., in Concord, NH, where she helps businesses and non-profits meet their legal requirements and goals.  She particularly enjoys working in environmental and energy law, land use, and business law.  She earned her JD from Vermont Law School; MS from Tufts University in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program; and BA from Hamilton College in Biology and English.  She and her husband live in Pittsfield.

Karl Johnson
Vice President of the Board of Directors

Karl grew up in a southern New Hampshire farming community and went on to a 50-year career in marketing and advertising. He recently retired as Marketing Director for Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs but is still active in helping the company keep in touch with it’s contract farmers and consumers. Karl is passionate about keeping small family-owned farms alive and thriving in New Hampshire.

Board Committees
 
NOFA-NH has six Board Committees made up of board members and volunteers:
Finance - Chair: Steve Forde, Member: Ron Christie, Nancy Voorhis
Fundraising - Chair: Amy Manzelli, Members: Edith Couchman, Karl Johnson, Nikki Kolb, Laura Angers
Governance - Chair: Amy Manzelli, Member: Karl Johnson
Outreach & Education - Chair: Phillip Browne, Members: Edith Couchman
Policy - Chair: Sarah Laeng-Gilliatt, Members: John Martin, Julie Davenson
Quality - Chair: Laura Hartz, Member: Steve Forde 
We're always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our committees! Please email info@nofanh.org with your interest, and to learn more.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Main Phone & Email

(603) 224-5022

info@nofanh.org

 

Office Staff

Laura Angers

Gleaning Coordinator

plymouth@nhgleans.org

Nikki Kolb

Office Administrator &

Fundraising Coordinator

nikki@nofanh.org

Monica Rico

Winter Conference Coordinator

winterconference@nofanh.org

 

Denise Rico

Bulk Order Coordinator

bulkorder@nofanh.org

Deneé Woods

Office Intern

info@nofanh.org

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