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Staff

Chip Paillex

President and Founder

Chip 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 Hero... 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.

Tristan Wallack

Senior Director of Programming and Operations

Tristan joined America’s Grow-a-Row as Senior Director of Programming and Operations in February 2020. His responsibilities include overseeing the development of education programs, including on- and off-the-field education and Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Days, and overseeing our Free Farm Market program. In addition, Tristan oversees the Volunteer program as well the distribution of produce to area... Read More.

Jeremy Compton

Director of Farm Management Operations

Jeremy 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 of... Read More.

Marc Wirasnik

Director of Facilities, Crop Production & Distribution

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.

Dan Dietz

Chief Financial Officer

Dan joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff as Chief Financial Officer in June 2019. He was thrilled at the opportunity to utilize his professional background and give back in a volunteer capacity. Dan gained extensive finance experience while working with Chemtrade as Group Vice President and at General Chemical in several other leadership positions. Prior to spending 21... Read More.

Jacqui Witte

Field Team and Special Projects Manager

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.

Connie Miller

Volunteer and Database Specialist

Connie has been active with America’s Grow-a-Row as a volunteer and supporter since 2003 and joined the staff in 2016. Her responsibilities include scheduling volunteer groups, leading volunteer groups, and serving as system administrator.  Connie graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Business Administration, had a career in information technology, raised a family, and... Read More.

Susan Kalfaian

Grant Writer and Programming Associate

Susan 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 University... Read More.

Elizabeth Barickman

Grant Writer and Development Associate

Elizabeth 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, WV. Elizabeth... Read More.

Sue daCosta

Finance and Administration Coordinator

Sue 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 both... Read More.

Carla Villatoro

Programming Associate and Free Farm Market Coordinator

Carla joined America’s Grow-a-Row in August 2019 as a seasonal Programming Associate and after the harvest season joined the staff as a year-round Programming Associate. Carla has a variety of responsibilities on the programming team, including field work, Free Farm Market coordination, and education. Carla earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising at... Read More.

Shauna Alvarez

Programming Associate

Shauna joined America’s Grow-a-Row in February 2020 as a Programming Associate. Shauna graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and from The Culinary School at the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Baking and Pastry Certificate. Prior to joining America’s Grow-a-Row, Shauna was a Nutrition Educator at... Read More.

Jess Huber

Programming and Administrative Assistant

Jess joined America’s Grow-a-Row in April 2020 as a Programming and Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the America’s Grow-a-Row staff, she worked at Valley Crest Farm and Preserve, where she was the office manager, ran the CSA, and frequently assisted the farmers. Jess has also been a teacher at a local preschool since 2013. She... Read More.

Julia Gilpin

Programming Associate

Julia joined America’s Grow-a-Row as an intern for the programming team for the summer of 2019 and returned as a seasonal Programming Associate in the summer of 2020. Julia graduated from Ursinus College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Physiology. She has a passion for health and wellness, and she is... Read More.

Erica Stevenson

Programming Associate

Erica joined our team in August 2020 as a Programming Associate. Erica previously worked as a seasonal employee with America’s Grow-a-Row in 2018. She grew up in Mountainside, NJ and graduated from Rutgers University in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Policy. Erica also works as a gymnastics coach teaching gymnastics and fitness to children of all ages. She is... Read More.

Jake Peterson

Equipment Operator and Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Jake joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in February 2020. He grew up on Peterson Farm in Flemington, where he has worked alongside his dad and grandfather his whole life. Jake studied at Delaware Valley University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, specializing in Commercial Crop Production. During the summers Jake worked for Rutgers... 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! Read More.

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.

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 of healthy fruits and vegetables. Read More.

Kyle Hensler

Equipment Operator and Produce Production Associate

Kyle joined our team in May 2019 as a seasonal Farming and Programming Associate and has returned in 2020 as a seasonal Equipment Operator and Produce Production Associate. Kyle grew up learning to love the outdoors thanks to his father’s landscaping company, and he spent four years working in the hay and straw industry. Kyle has been volunteering... Read More.

Mauricio Millan

Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Mauricio is a Fruit and Vegetable Technician on our farm team. He is a passionate worker who enjoys planting and harvesting. His motivation is knowing that he contributes in making a difference by helping others. 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.   Read More.

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. Read More.