Clem Clay, President
Deborah Leonard Kosits, Vice President
Glen Ohlund, Treasurer
Melissa Benedikt Blindow, Secretary
Clem Clay, Executive Director of Grow Food Northampton (MA) and formerly of Trust for Public Land, is a Vermonter with degrees in soil science and public policy and a background as a farmer and farmers’ market manager. He has worked with teams in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut to permanently protect working farms and forests throughout New England’s largest watershed. Clem is passionate about food, farming, and maintaining New England’s agricultural landscape and heritage.
Deborah Leonard Kosits, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival, has more than 30 years’ experience creating significant organization change for businesses and individual leaders as a global business HR executive and consultant. As President of Resonance Strategies, she works with world class companies, small businesses and nonprofits, Deb works with client groups and individuals to create practical change and get “unstuck.” has lived and worked in Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and North America, and has served major clients in South Asia and Europe. She holds a BA in Asian Studies and an MA in Bilingual Education, Chinese and English, from Seton Hall University. Passionate about cooking, music and all things Chinese, Deb lives in New Hampshire with her husband, son and two golden retrievers.
Glen Ohlund, Director of Economic Development for the Community Development Partnership (MA), grew up in New England. Glen has served as Community Development Manager for TD Bank, and Northeast New England Loan and Outreach Officer for the Cooperative Fund of New England, where he remains active on the Loan Committee. Additional work on economic, environmental, and social justice issues shaped his dedication to sustainable development. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. In addition to cycling and music, Glen is firmly committed to his spring rock crop which eventually makes way for more edible items.
Melissa Benedikt Blindow has spent the past 18 years working in the field of sustainable community development. In 1998, after studying ecology and organic farming, she worked on organic and bio-dynamic farms in New Hampshire and Germany, and as project manager on straw bale construction projects. Melissa helped to transition the hot lunch program in the Lagunitas School district (Marin County, California) to organic, locally sourced food and taught local foods based after-school cooking and gardening classes to elementary school children. Melissa and her family own and operate Benedikt Dairy, a small organic raw milk dairy in Goffstown, NH. Melissa has worked for LFG since 2012, most recently as the NH Field Agent, before devoting herself full-time to farming.
David Ames, Jr. is a retired banker who has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the past 40 years. As the President of a family land trust in North Easton, Massachusetts, he worked closely with Land For Good to transition the trust’s 40 acres of fields from hay to a family-run organic farm, Langwater Farm. The outcome has been a financial and esthetic success and is greatly appreciated and highly valued by residents of the North Easton area. He is married and has two grown children.
Jeffrey Cole is professor of anthropology and associate dean of the faculty at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Cole regularly teaches on the subjects of food and agriculture and serves as assistant editor for the interdisciplinary journal, Agriculture and Human Values. His current research concerns new and beginning farmers in the northeast, with a focus on Connecticut. He is the author of two books on immigration issues in Italy and the editor of an encyclopedia on ethnic groups of Europe.
Judith Haran is a practicing psychiatrist in Worcester, MA who devotes her free time to fiction writing. She has been involved in land conservation and promoting local agriculture for many years. She and her husband host a 4-family community garden at their home. She is the former president of the White Oak Land Conservation Society, a local land trust in Holden, Massachusetts.
Kristin Powers has wanted to be an artist and a farmer for as long as she can remember. With a concentration in ceramics, sculpture and design, she co-founded and ran Trikeenan Tileworks, a handcrafted tile manufacturing company for over 22 years. Currently Kristin is the High School Chair, Arts Program Director, and one of the Art Teachers at Monadnock Waldorf High School in Keene, New Hampshire. Her personal interests range from developing her urban garden, to singing and writing poetry. She has three grown children, all of whom are advocates of food security and environmental sustainability, and she lives in Keene with her husband Stephen, her dog and two cats.
Michael Smolak, Jr. has owned and operated Smolak Farms of North Andover, Massachusetts for 42 years. This diversified farm includes a farm stand, bakery, several pick your own enterprises, and offers educational programs, events, and a dinner series. He is a member of the Farm Service Agency State Committee in Masachusetts, serving as a presidential appointee for Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. He is active on numerous boards and organizations. Land For Good has been part of his life since its inception and Mike has served as a board member for several years.
Daniel Ungier is the Executive Director of Medomak Valley Land Trust, and former Director of Farmer Training at Cultivating Community and program director of the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP), brings a range of skills to the board including program development, farmer committee and community-based leadership, and experience delivering agricultural curriculum to multicultural audiences of youth and adults. A former Fulbright Fellow, Daniel has extensive experience facilitating community development and farming enterprises in limited literacy and international settings, including conducting participatory action research in Senegal and contract work with Mercy Corps International in Mongolia. A certified Master Gardener, Daniel has spent several seasons on diversified vegetable farms in the Northeast and other parts of the country.