Board of Directors

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.

MEMBERS

Mary DeBlois, President
Patti Luke, Vice President
Andrew Williams, Treasurer
Leanne Cowley, Clerk
Ron Ayers
Eric Stich
Thomas Taylor
Henry Dickie
Sara Wheeler, Student Member
Hildy Wicks, Student Member

JOIN US

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.

IN NATICK

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. 

MEETINGS

We meet monthly, and more often as needed. Subcommittees meet between meetings.

FUNDRAISING 

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!

Advisory Board

Erica Ball
Jay Ball
David Dimmick
Brian Donahue
Arthur Fair III
Carp Ferrari
George Fiske, Jr.
David Krentzman
George Levoy
Karen Masterson
Lynda Simkins, Director Emeritus
Ken Soderholm
Barbara Talkov
Bruce Weisberg
Polly Broman Wright
Chris Yoder

Honorary     

George Ames
Mary Ellen Ames
Frank Paul
Bob Brack
Harriet Buckingham
Rudman Ham