ABOUT OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We help oversee and guide the Farm into the future. Board members ensure that this amazing and valuable resource thrives and remains viable for many generations to come.
We live in several surrounding towns. Many of us have children who attend or have attended farm programs. Several of us are students. We come from diverse backgrounds, have different interests, and bring various forms of expertise to the organization.
Mary DeBlois, President
Patti Luke, Vice President
Andrew Williams, Treasurer
Leanne Cowley, Clerk
Sara Wheeler, Student Member
Hildy Wicks, Student Member
Serving on the NCOF Board is a meaningful way to volunteer, to support and guide a well-respected nonprofit, to get to know your community, and to grow as an individual. We are always looking for interested individuals who enthusiastically support the farm’s long-term sustainability. Board membership is a three-year-commitment. For more information, please email Board President Mary DeBlois at [email protected]
BOARD ROLES & EXPECTATIONS
AT THE FARM
We partner with staff and volunteers to welcome visitors to the Farm and to NCOF’s annual community events. Through this work, we get to know NCOF’s constituency, which makes them better advocates for the Farm. It also helps to builds our community, one relationship at a time.
We work closely with Town of Natick officials to manage the organization’s unique nonprofit: municipal partnership. Our tasks include managing the long-term lease, ensuring that NCOF serves Natick’s taxpayers, and advocating for the Executive Director and Assistant Directors, who are Town of Natick employees.
IN THE GREATER COMMUNITY
We act as ambassadors for the Farm in Natick, in MetroWest, and in the Greater Boston area. We often represent NCOF at local outreach events, like Natick Days, and by staffing the NCOF stand at the Natick Farmers’ Market.
We meet monthly, and more often as needed. Subcommittees meet between meetings.
We are expected to engage in the Farm’s fundraising as individuals. Each one of us is asked to hold a current Farm membership, contribute annually to the Annual Appeal, attend and bring friends to fundraising events like the Harvest Dinner, and to contribute to project-specific capital campaigns. How much to give is left up to individual Board members.
We are also expected to engage in fundraising as representatives of the organization. We help forge and foster relationships with local businesses, grant-givers, foundations, community organizations, and donors. Training, coaching, and support materials are provided to facilitate this work.
ABOUT OUR ADVISORY BOARD
When called upon, members of the NCOF Advisory Board offer their expertise, perspective, and guidance. They are an invaluable part of the NCOF community!
Arthur Fair III
George Fiske, Jr.
Lynda Simkins, Director Emeritus
Polly Broman Wright
Mary Ellen Ames