About Us

  • Program Staff

    Ela Chapin, Program Director 

    Ela ChapinEla has been the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Director since 2006, helping to improve the quality of program services and providing professional development opportunities to strengthen the network of agricultural service providers in Vermont. She has a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Ela is also an avid gardener and dancer and lives in East Montpelier.

    Contact Ela by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org

    Liz Gleason, Program Manager 

    Liz has worked for the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program since 2010. She coordinates partner organizations and consultants, enrollment, and program evaluations. She has a BA in Political Science from Williams College and has worked for a variety of farms and food-related non-profits in Vermont and Massachusetts. Liz fills her free time trail running, baking, and rock climbing.

    Contact Liz by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org

    Ian Hartman, Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator 

    Ian has been with Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program since 2013, helping the program improve communication and expand into the forestry sector. Prior to joining VHCB, he worked in rural economic development and community forestry in West Africa. Originally from St. Albans, he received a BA in history and anthropology from McGill University and can often be found biking or in a body of water.

    Contact Ian by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org

    Katie Michels, Program Coordinator 

    Katie Michels Katie joined the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program team in 2017. She manages VHCB’s grant programs for farmers and assists with program administration. Prior to joining VHCB, she worked for the High Meadows Fund. She graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies and lives in Montpelier, where she enjoys cooking, gardening, and being outside

    Contact Katie by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org


  • Advisory Board

    Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Chair
    Bob Baird, Baird Farm
    Abbie Corse, The Corse Farm Dairy
    Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Economic Development
    Colleen Goodridge, Goodridge Lumber
    Adam Grinold, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
    Sarah Isham, VT Agricultural Credit Corporation/VT Economic Development Authority
    Pete Johnson, Pete's Greens
    Chuck Ross, University of Vermont Extension
    Gus Seelig, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board