Below you will meet the people who work tirelessly to keep Friends of Family Farmers up and running. Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have questions or want to get involved.
Kelly hails originally from rural Appalachia but relocated to Oregon in early 2015. She has an educational background in English and Organic Agriculture from the University of Georgia. Her professional experiences include owning and operating a 50-member CSA, running a statewide farmers market association and working as a legislative analyst. Kelly is passionate about good food, good people and good policies. She is thrilled to take on the responsibilities of organizing our statewide listening sessions and coordinating FoFF’s Pro Pasture campaign.
Erinn Criswell, Urban Organizer
While working on an organic farm just north of the Everglades in Florida, Erinn caught wind of FoFF from a fellow WWOOFer. She moved to Portland to complete a certificate in Urban Agriculture offered at Clackamas Community College and quickly sought out an InFARMation event — and a lifetime FoFF advocate was born. A few months later, Erinn noticed a FoFF internship posting at school, a position she held for six months before officially joining the team in May 2013. Erinn says, “I adore the environment, purpose, and nature of my work at FoFF. I learn something new daily.”
Katie Engelman, Office Manager
Katie grew up in a small rural Illinois town. She attended college in Northern Wisconsin where she majored in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Community Development. She has spent many hours volunteering and learning on small-scale family farms throughout the Midwest. In 2013, Katie became an AmeriCorps VISTA service member which brought her to Oregon to work with a regional food bank. There she helped operate a small urban farm with local teens. Katie is now excited to lend her organizational skills as the new office manager for FoFF.
Ivan Maluski, Policy Director
Ivan farms in rural Linn County, focusing on pasture raised pigs and other livestock, and has more than a decade of experience working on natural resource policy issues at the state and federal levels. He helps FoFF accomplish its legislative and policy priorities at the State Capitol in Salem, and often testifies at the Oregon Board of Agriculture, the Legislature and in other venues.
Molly Notarianni, Next Generation Organizer
Molly has spent the past ten years working to support sustainable food systems across the country. Prior to joining the FoFF team, she has been a farmer, an educator, a volunteer coordinator, and a manager of farmers’ markets. Hailing from Michigan, Molly moved to Oregon in 2014. She is dedicated to supporting the state’s vibrant and dynamic agricultural community, and is delighted to be working as FoFF’s Next Generation Organizer!
Sarah Peters, Executive Director
Sarah grew up on a small beef cattle farm in southern Indiana, before making her journey west where she fell in love with Oregon. Sarah brings over fifteen years of experience working for and with nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities, from membership and volunteer coordinator to staff attorney. She is excited to get back to her farming roots through her work supporting FoFF.
Sarah Vaile, Ashland — President
Sarah is an attorney in private practice in Ashland, Oregon, working primarily in the field of estate planning and administration. Sarah has worked as Staff Attorney/Program Director for non-profit Rogue Advocates, as an attorney with Southern Oregon Public Defender and as Law Clerk for Klamath County Circuit Court. Sarah earned her JD at Pace Law School in New York where she focused on environmental law and sustainable agriculture.
Jeanette Logan, Ione — Treasurer
Jeanette and her husband are lifelong farmers from Ione, OR. In 2000, their world was shaken when Threemile Canyon Farms, a 55,000 head dairy moved in next door and began causing air quality and environmental health problems. Jeanette has been a strong advocate for family farmers, speaking about the threats to Oregon posed by industrial scale agriculture.
Kendra Kimbirauskas, Scio — Secretary
Kendra is an Oregon-based farmer and Co-Founder of Friends of Family Farmers. Kendra grew up on a Midwestern dairy farm, graduated from Michigan State University and became a community organizer working with farming communities impacted by industrial-scale factory farms. Kendra’s work took her to rural communities in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota until she moved to Oregon in 2003. In 2006, she started a small farm and began consulting work. Kendra and her husband currently farm 70 acres near Scio, Oregon where they raise heritage breeds of pigs, goats, chickens and turkeys.
Greg Malinowski, Washington County — Director
Greg and his brothers own 60 acres of farmland in Bethany, growing organic hay and beef. Greg is currently in his second term serving as a Washington County commissioner.
Shari Sirkin, Troutdale — Director
Shari and her husband Bryan Dickerson own and operate Dancing Roots Farm, a 10-acre ecologically focused farm in Corbett, OR. Since 1997 they have grown vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. For 18 years they ran a CSA, but now market primarily to Portland-area restaurants, wholesale outlets, and to other farm CSA’s. They also host Farm-To-Table dinners and tours on their farm. Shari has been a tireless and outspoken supporter of family farmers. Her background was working for non-profits and as an elementary school teacher before turning full-time to farming.
Members of the FoFF Board can be contacted by sending an email to info @ friendsoffamilyfarmers.org