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Chip Paillex

President and Founder

Chip Paillex, President and Founder, 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... Read More.

Tristan Wallack

Vice President 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 all education programs; all produce distribution locally, regionally, and nationally; and the volunteer program.  Tristan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the University of New Hampshire, where he also gained his appreciation for the outdoors. Prior to... Read More.

Heather Mulvey

Director of Development and Communications

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.  In addition, Heather manages all communications, marketing, and social media.  She was delighted to return to the non-profit realm after many years in a corporate setting handling inside... 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.

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.

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 Manager

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.

Elizabeth Barickman

Grant and Communications Specialist

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 Juliet Art Museum) in Charleston, WV. Elizabeth... Read More.

Erica Stevenson

Social Media Specialist and Programming Associate

Erica joined the America’s Grow-a-Row team in June 2018 as a Seasonal Programming Associate and began her role as Social Media and Programming Associate in June 2022. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior. Erica is also a youth gymnastics coach and is passionate... Read More.

Ingrid Cordasco

Development Consultant

Ingrid joined America’s Grow-a-Row in May 2023 as a development consultant. Her nonprofit experience includes roles at Rutgers University Foundation and Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey. Ingrid is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. She enjoys bicycling, yoga, hiking with her dog, and... Read More.

Shauna Alvarez

Executive Chef and Programming Lead

Shauna joined America’s Grow-a-Row in February 2020 as Executive Chef and Programming Lead. 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... Read More.

Tim Vogel

Corporate Relations Manager

Tim joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in the spring of 2021 as Corporate Relations Manager. Previously he spent 12 years at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey as the Director of Food Sourcing. Prior to that, Tim spent 30 years at Wakefern Food Corp. in a variety of management positions, retiring in 2008. He earned... Read More.

Jess Huber

Programming Associate

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.

Kristen Senuto

Programming Associate

Kristen joined America’s Grow-a-Row in May 2023 as a Programming Associate. Some of her responsibilities include leading volunteer groups in the fields and assisting with Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Days. She has previously worked as a camp counselor and student teacher, where she gained experience being a positive role-model to children and teaching students about food... Read More.

Nina Lewis

Programming Associate

Nina joined America’s Grow-a-Row as an intern in May 2023 and became a part-time Programming Associate in August 2023. She is a rising senior at Rutgers University – New Brunswick studying Communications and Music. She plans on graduating in January 2024 and pursuing a career in early childhood education or special education. She enjoys photography,... Read More.

Zach Johnson

Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Zach joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in July 2020 as a member of the programming team and in October 2021 joined the farm team as a Fruit and Vegetable Technician. Zach graduated from St. John’s University in New York City in 2017 with a degree in Philosophy and spent time at Texas Tech University pursuing... Read More.

Kyle Tomkins

Equipment Operator and Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Kyle joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in January 2022 as an Equipment Operator and Fruit and Vegetable Technician. Kyle grew up in Belvidere, NJ and has worked in agriculture for over 10 years. At the farm, Kyle enjoys operating the tractor and keeping the fields mowed. Read More.

Chad Miller

Equipment Operator and Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Chad joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in March 2023 as an Equipment Operator and Fruit and Vegetable Technician. Chad grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, where he gained many years of experience growing hay and operating equipment. Chad maintains the fields and equipment at our farm. 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.

Craig Smith

Seasonal Programming Associate

Craig joined the America’s Grow-a-Row staff in the summer of 2019 as a Seasonal Programming Associate. Prior to joining the staff, Craig was a volunteer for the Free Farm Market® program. Craig enjoys biking, hiking, and going to Phillies baseball games with his wife Sharon, and he coordinates a free community breakfast at The Liberty... Read More.

Jose Enriquez

Fruit and Vegetable Technician

Jose joined the America’s Grow-a-Row farm team in the summer of 2020 as a Fruit and Vegetable Technician. He grew up working on his father’s farm in Guatemala, where he gained many years of experience growing and harvesting produce. Jose’s favorite task on the farm is planting, because he knows what is grown will end... Read More.

Babou Diallo

Custodian and Fruit and Vegetable Technician

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.  He also joins the farm team in the fields as a Fruit and Vegetable Technician. Read More.