Stephanie Cogen, President & Events
Stephanie has lived in Newton for 12 years with her husband and two sons, and has enjoyed the Farm as a CSA sharer and by volunteering in the fields. She has been involved at the leadership level of many Newton community groups such as the Kindergarten Soccer program (Chair), and the Newton Family Singers (Administrative Director). Professionally, Stephanie is an attorney, representing carpenters unions and related ERISA funds. For NCF, Stephanie manages the event portfolio and serves as NCF’s President.
Brenda Cotter, Legal
Brenda has lived in Newton for the past 17 years with her wife and two daughters. Brenda has practiced law for over 30 years, first as a partner at a large international law firm, Brown Rudnick, then as a litigation manager for Staples, Inc. and, most recently, as General Counsel for Aereo, Inc. In her spare time, Brenda is a tutor in the Newton Public Schools, and a writer on various topics. She is excited to be contributing to the NCF community.
Craig Greiner, Communications
Craig has spent over a decade in the communications sector and now owns a broadcast public relations firm, Crystal Lake Communications. He has designed and managed PR strategies for hundreds of clients across the US. Craig joined the board in 2014. He lives in Newton Highlands with his wife and young twins, and enjoys visiting farmers’ markets wherever his travels take him.
Robin Maltz, Clerk
Robin has lived most of her life in Newton, where she raised her three children and has recently become an empty nester. She enjoys feeding her family with food from the CSA and has been a life-long opponent to food waste. She currently works at Daily Table, a not-for-profit Grocery store in Dorchester.
Jon Orren, Kitchen
Jon is a teacher at Newton South High School (NSHS) for more than 200 students in culinary arts, nutrition, food science, and special education life skills classes. He also directs NSHS’s Sustainable Agriculture Program and advises the students who manage the school’s 2,500 square foot organic garden and composting program. Jon is a certified culinary instructor and food handler with many years of experience as a personal chef, food writer, and cook in numerous Boston and New York City gourmet restaurants. As part of his culinary adventures, he also launched, owned, and managed a successful specialty pickle business in NYC for many years. Jon is a graduate of Newton North High School and Columbia University.
Silka Rothschild, Education
Lisa Harries Schumann, Volunteers
Lisa Harries Schumann is, among other things, a translator from German into English and an occasional writer of travel articles, book reviews, children’s stories, and creative nonfiction. During her almost 20 years as a Newton resident spent in one of Newton’s oldest houses, Lisa has been involved both as a volunteer for numerous organizations in the Greater Boston area as well as a volunteer coordinator for committees in the Newton Public Schools and as a Board member at Youth pro Musica. A longtime Newton Community Farm CSA sharer, she is committed to working for the continued vitality of Newton’s only farm.
Barbara Seal, Treasurer
Barbara Seal is a CPA with considerable government and non-profit financial statement and compliance audit experience. An Oklahoma native, 30-year Newton resident, and long-time CSA sharer, Barbara is married with two college-age children. Barbara has always viewed volunteering as a chance to contribute and learn, whether as a youth soccer coach, school program presenter, or club and non-profit treasurer.