CT NOFA Board & Staff
The CT NOFA Board of Directors meets monthly to conduct business of the organization. CT NOFA members are always welcome to attend the meetings.
John Turenne, President - Founder and President of Sustainable Food Systems, was one of the lead innovators in sustainable food practices during the creation of the Yale Sustainable Food Project. Realizing the impact of food service decision-making on the world around us, John transformed a conservative university food service model, of which he has 25 years experience, to create a sustainable dining program through careful planning, teaching and development.
John continues as a leading innovator and consultant for bridging the gap between conventional and sustainable dining programs working with the Culinary Institute of America, Harvard Medical School, The New Hampshire Department of Education, Kaiser Permanente as well as several public hospital and school systems. Check out his Facebook page here.
Steve Munno, Vice President - Farmer Steve Munno is originally from Long Island, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. After graduation in 2001, Steve’s work in field science and wilderness skills education took him to California, where he lived for five years. During this time, Steve began to hone his skills in agriculture. Always a food lover, and a long time supporter of local farms, Steve found his work in the wilderness continually pointed to the importance of healthy food and its connection to healthy communities, and healthy land. Inspired to be more involved with food and farming, he volunteered with a local farmer for two years, before enrolling in the UC Santa Cruz Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. Upon completion of this Apprenticeship, Steve stayed on for second year at UC Santa Cruz, serving as a teacher and assistant manager in a 2+ acre market garden growing a tremendous variety of vegetables, flowers, fruit and perennials. He then returned to the east coast to work for The Food Project in Lincoln, MA. Steve managed the greenhouse on this 30-acre farm, and helped provide for a 400-member CSA, supply food to farm stands in Boston, donate produce to hunger relief organizations and offer educational opportunities to youth and community of the greater Boston area. At the end of 2009, Steve came to Massaro Farm to help revive the land and bring the fields in to production.
Howard Shafer, Treasurer - Howard's interest in NOFA's mission was cultivated while he was the owner and sole proprietor of The Whole Hog, a charcuterie business focused on using locally raised heritage breed pigs. Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer of Robinson & Cole LLP where he has responsibility for the business planning and operations of a 450 employee law firm with offices in six states. Howard has a BS in Statistics from the University of Michigan; an MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Boston University; and a Grand Diplômefrom the French Culinary Institute.
John Carlson, Secretary - John is a veteran of 25 years in marketing and consulting, spent—as he says—"making the world safe for mac & cheese." Having seen the light, he unleashed his pent up entrepreneurial energies on the organic world by founding Homefront Farmers. The company operates throughout southwestern CT and Westchester County, NY, and is dedicated to helping clients produce their own food organically, whether that be by building or maintaining vegetable gardens, planting berries, cultivating fruit trees, beekeeping or maple sugaring. John earned a BA in English and History from Williams College, and an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
John Pittari, Jr. - John Pittari, Jr. founder and owner of New Morning Store, got bit by the natural foods bug when he was in college. Today, many years later, John is still crazy about natural foods. Only now, he shares his passion with about sixty other people, working together from his store in Woodbury, Connecticut.
New Morning Store is home to the largest organic produce selection in the area with an extensive supplement and homeopathic department that people travel to from miles around. New Morning's unique fresh prepared foods counter, the Provender, is a gourmet source for ready-to-eat natural and organic foods.
Patrick Horan - Patrick has been at Waldingfield Farm full time since 2006. Prior to that (he was part-time at Waldingfield from 1996-2006) he worked in finance at R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management, a New York City hedge fund, while also pursuing acting. He is a graduate of Union College (B.A. English) and The Stella Adler Conservatory (MFA program). He is responsible for marketing, sales, farmers markets, and operations, as well as day to day farming duties. He and wife and son, Suzie and Griffin, divide their time between Brooklyn, NY, and the farm in Washington, CT.
Agnes Walton - Coming from a rural community in western Norway, I have been interested in sustainable food and farming for many years. Before moving to Oslo and later to Sweden to study, I held elected office in the regional council for commerce where I was introduced to many of the challenges that farmers, particularly in marginal areas, face today. I went on to study political science at Lund University and have worked for the California-based think tank Food First on food security and food justice issues and, most recently, for the Norwegian Farmers and Smallholders Union managing their programs that aim to increase gender equality and bring women into farming.
As a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies my research focuses on agricultural biodiversity and how using heirloom or landrace varieties can help communities adapt to climate change. I am also interested in science and food communication, bringing consumers and producers together to advocate for healthier and more sustainable food systems, and am a keen (novice) vegetable gardener.
Ujjval Patel - Ujjval is currently an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to graduate school, Ujjval worked at Marsh and State Farm. He was responsible for strategic planning and business analysis, focusing on improving overall performance for both firms. Ujjval has a BS in Management Science from the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign. In his spare time, Ujjval loves to work with a variety of nonprofits on strategic issues and is an avid consumer of organic goods.
Jeff Cordulack, Executive Director
Deb Legge, Chief Administrative Officer
Teresa Mucci, Program Coordinator
Debbie Semonich, Administrative Assistant
Jenna Messier, Organic Land Care Program Director
Tiffany Torres, Agricultural Program and Events Manager
Jeremy Pelletier, Organic Land Care Program Coordinator
Rita Schlitter, Bookkeeper