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Staff

Chip Paillex

President and Founder

Chip Paillex started America’s Grow-a-Row as a private garden project in 2002. He formally converted his efforts into a fully operational, farming non-profit program in 2008.  As a result of his personal accomplishments with America’s Grow-a-Row, Chip has received numerous volunteer and community service awards..  In 2010, he was publicly recognized as a New Jersey... Read More.

Heather Mulvey

Director of Development

Heather joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff as Director of Development in April 2013. Her responsibilities include fundraising, event management, strategic planning, and oversight of America’s Grow-a-Row’s development. She was delighted to return to the non-profit realm after many years in a corporate setting handling inside sales and customer service. Her previous non-profit positions include Director... Read More.

Julie Rusin

Director of Programming

After volunteering as an intern at America’s Grow-a-Row during the summer of 2015, Julie joined our staff in January 2016 as a Volunteer Programming Specialist. Julie became our Director of Programming in August 2016, and she brings a passion for our mission, a drive to work hard, and creativity in supporting our programs to this... Read More.

Jeremy Compton

Director of Farm Management Operations

Jeremy Compton joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in November 2014 as Director of Farm Management Operations. Jeremy was born in Flemington, NJ and at the age of 7 moved with his family to Wisconsin, where they became dairy farmers. After 7 years of dairy farming, the Comptons moved back to Flemington, and at the age... Read More.

Marc Wirasnik

Senior Farm Equipment Operator & Grounds Manager

Marc joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in March 2015 as Farm Equipment Operator and Grounds Manager. Marc studied Agriculture Business Development and Equine Science at Morrisville State College and has had over 10 years of farming experience. He began spending time on our Pittstown farm at the age of 12. Marc has traveled throughout North... Read More.

Devin Cornia

Program and Farm Associate

Devin Cornia joined the America’s Grow-A-Row staff in the spring of 2018 as a Programming & Farm Team Associate. Devin was raised in Egg Harbor Township, NJ and studied Criminal Justice while exploring jobs within the food industry. After moving to South Carolina and working in law enforcement, he decided to pursue farming as a... Read More.

Francisco Enriquez

Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Francisco (Paco) is a member of our Farm Team as a Fruit and Vegetable Technician. His favorite place to be at our farm is in the orchard. Paco takes great pride in helping our team to produce high quality produce and growing what we consider to be some of the biggest peaches around!

Jacqui Witte

Programming and Development Associate

After volunteering with America’s Grow-a-Row’s Farm to Fork event in 2015, Jacqui continued to volunteer in the fields before joining the staff in September 2015. Jacqui earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and received her Elementary Education certification at Cedar Crest College. After several years teaching in the fourth grade classroom, Jacqui left... Read More.

Elizabeth Barickman

Grant Writer and Development Associate

Elizabeth F. Barickman joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in March 2017 as Grant Writer and Development Associate. Her previous experience includes serving as Director, Client Partnerships for The Angeletti Group, LLC, and Director of Development for both the West Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Sunrise Museum (now the Avampato Discovery Museum) in Charleston,... Read More.

Sue daCosta

Finance and Administration Coordinator

Susan DaCosta has been volunteering with America’s Grow-a-Row for many years. She has helped with Farm to Fork events and Barn Dances and in other areas as well. Susan joined the staff as Finance and Administration Coordinator in May 2015. She comes to America’s Grow-a-Row with varied finance and administrative experience from her work with... Read More.

Susan Kalfaian

Grant Writer and Programming Associate

Susan Kalfaian began volunteering for America’s Grow-a-Row in 2003 and in May 2011 joined the staff as Grant Writer and Development Associate. Susan’s previous experience includes Senior Technical Editor at ADP, Inc. in Roseland, NJ, Legal Editor at Warren, Gorham & Lamont in New York, NY, and freelance editor. She is a graduate of Bucknell... Read More.

Connie Miller

Volunteer & Programming Associate

Connie has been active with America’s Grow-a-Row as a volunteer and supporter since 2003. In 2016 she joined the staff as a Volunteer and Programming Associate. Connie graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Business Administration, had a career in information technology, raised a family, and went back to school to become a... Read More.

Juls Palmer

Development Associate and Farm to Fork Chair

After volunteering to help and take pictures during the 2011 Kids Farm Days, Juls Palmer signed on in September 2011 to chair the first America’s Grow-a-Row Farm to Fork Fundraiser (June 2012). In September 2012, she officially joined the staff as a part-time Development Associate assisting with fundraising, marketing and communications, and database management. Juls... Read More.

Marietta Avila

Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Marietta is a seasonal member of our farm team in the role of Fruit and Vegetable Technician. She is happy to be working here knowing that all of the produce that she nurtures will be going to families who are in great need healthy fruits and vegetables.

Erica Stevenson

Seasonal Programming Associate

Erica Stevenson joined our team in June 2018. As a Seasonal Programming Associate, she helps lead volunteer groups in the fields. Erica grew up in Mountainside, NJ and graduated from Rutgers University in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Policy. She also works as a gymnastics coach teaching gymnastics and fitness to children of all ages... Read More..

Lauren Belsky

Seasonal Programming Associate

Lauren Belsky is one of the newest members of our team as a Seasonal Programming Associate she helps lead volunteer groups in the fields. Check back soon for an updated bio.

Jeff Butterfield

Seasonal Programming Associate

Outside of the growing season, Jeff is a special education teacher at a middle school. In the summer, he works with our team to help lead volunteer groups! He can be spotted in the fields working with youth groups wearing a bandana or sun hat.

Thelma Enriquez

Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Thelma is a seasonal member of our farm team in the role of Fruit and Vegetable Technician. Her joy for working with the crops here truly shows as she is always seen with the biggest smile on her face! Thelma enjoys helping package produce for our Free Farm Markets knowing the produce is getting sent... Read More.

Chad Miller

Seasonal Farm Equipment Operator and Produce Production Associate

Chad works for America’s Grow-a-Row in a Special Projects capacity. He helps operate and repair large equipment and is extremely knowledgeable about the inner workings of the machinery needed to help the farm team grow our ground crops.  

Erica Stevenson

Seasonal Programming Associate

Erica Stevenson is one of the newest members of our team as a Seasonal Programming Associate she helps lead volunteer groups in the fields. Check back soon for an updated bio.

Babou Diallo

Farm and Office Custodian

Babou takes great pride in his work here at America’s Grow-a-Row! He helps to keep things clean and tidy so the organization can run smoothly day to day.