Board of Directors
WCG is supported by a volunteer Board of Directors whose names and positions are listed below.
Pam Dannon, Board President
Pam lives on a little farm and has a big fruit and veggie garden. She is the Registered Dietitian for Williamsburg James City County Public Schools’ School Health Initiative Program (SHIP) and coordinates their farm to school programming. In former lives, she has been an egg specialist, corporate trainer, preschool and science lab teacher, Master Gardener, and restaurant inspector. She is a Hokie, proud Army wife, mother of 3 adult children, and lives her best life outside.
Jessica Stephens, President Elect
Jessica's devotion to the slow food movement, gardening, and cooking has been decades in the making and has found its most recent outlet in Williamsburg Community Growers (WCG). She has lived (and gardened) in Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, Texas, and Pennsylvania, and now calls Virginia her home. During graduate school, she found peace and joy in her community garden plot and as a community garden coordinator for Project Grow in Ann Arbor MI. Here in Williamsburg, Jessica has been able to indulge both of her passions: she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at William & Mary in the Classical Studies department where she teaches courses on Greek and Roman History, Latin, and Classical Civilization. She also bring her years of gardening experience and coordination to the community garden and her eagerness to serve as Secretary to the board of WCG.
Nathan Moore, Treasurer
Nathan grew up in Virginia, and has lived in Williamsburg since 1994, starting as a student at W&M. His first job was working on an organic farm in Oxford, Maine in 1992, and has had an interest in gardening and growing vegetables ever since. Nathan was one of the first members of WCG, and has grown his plot and plant-repertoire over the years. By day, Nathan in a software engineer. currently with Ferguson. You'll often see him at the garden working with his children that aren't playing a sport on the fields across the WISC parking lot.
Robyn Goad, Secretary and Outreach and Education Coordinator
Robyn moved to Williamsburg in Fall 2017 to take on the role of Urban Agriculture Education Specialist for the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District. One of the main responsibilities of that position was to support the continued growth of WCG and coordinate on-site educational opportunities for local schools. Although Robyn is now operating under a new role at the District, she is thrilled to continue to support WCG and the awesome work the group is doing. Robyn is a lifelong Hokie and native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but enjoys living so close to the beach.
Jocelyn Swanson, Food Access Coordinator
Jocelyn is a Montessori secondary teacher, the director of a Montessori teacher training center, as well as the director of the Williamsburg Farm Camp program. In her pre-teaching career, she ran her own marketing business, starting out first as a writer/editor. Her undergraduate degree is in business / communications with a subsequent Master’s degree in education. A member of the Williamsburg community since 1994, she is passionate about living and teaching in a farm setting and introducing learners of all ages to the joy and delight of nature.
Roberta Giardi, At Large Board Member
Roberta came to Williamsburg as a transfer student at the College in 2008, and hasn't been able to bring herself to leave since. She developed a deep respect for food growing up in her family's restaurants in Massachusetts, running around the kitchen as a child and working in it as she grew older. Gardening was a natural extension of that respect for food and the environment, and has become a passion (and a folly). By day, Roberta works in Planning and Community Development, currently with Habitat for Humanity, and enjoys spending time getting dirty outside with her children.
Leanne Harrow, Ex-Officio Board Member
Leanne Harrow brings with her years of state and local experience in program development, education, and marketing in the land resource fields of Horticulture and Agriculture. Experiences range from serving in AmeriCorps helping underserved farmers diversify to high-value crops in the rural south, working with Farmland Preservation initiatives in New York State with American Farmland Trust to serving as an Extension Educator within both Cornell University and Virginia Tech. Prior to her role with HVLC, she served as a Program Manager in the Division of Sales and Market Development for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Her duties there included developing marketing programs to facilitate the growth of direct marketing, local food systems and agritourism for Virginia agricultural producers. Her duties also included managing the Virginia Grown marketing program, serving as the state coordinator for the Virginia Farm to School program and as the State Representative for the National Farm to School Network. Her current job with HVLC as Land Stewardship and Outreach Manager embraces many of her interests and skills in preserving land and enhancing business opportunities for landowners and working landscapes.
Marty Mathes, Ex-Officio Board Member
Martin Mathes was a Botany professor for more than forty years, most of which were enjoyed at William and Mary. He has been a “gardener” for many years with interests ranging from the College greenhouse and landscape, the Bicentennial community gardens, and instruction in the Master Gardener program.
He is currently has a plot at WCG and is interested in the development of Senior gardens.
Brock Reggie, Advisor, Dept. of Environmental Quality
Charlie Morse, Executive Director - Volunteer
Charlie is a retired WJCC Schools teacher and a founding member of the Blayton Elementary Bumblebee Garden. Upon retirement Charlie joined the boards of WCG and the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District. His interest in conservation spurred him to develop rainwater irrigation systems for the gardens at Blayton and Stonehouse elementary schools, York River Academy, and WCG. Three of these systems rely on solar power to fill cisterns and run pumps for drip irrigation. Charlie misses teaching and loves working with young people on various projects on the farm and in the garden. In his spare time he plays drums, cooks, and loves to watch movies with his wife Deborah and their dogs.
Liz Callan, CSWCD Urban Agriculture Technician and WCG Farm Manager
Liz is an agronomist who was a Hillside Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras (1995-1997), and an organic farmer in Troy, NY where she ran a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on two acres for five years. She loves getting people involved in raising their own food! When she lived in Mt. Baldy, CA, she ran the school garden when she wasn't making and selling her Mountain Mermaids soaps. Liz, her husband Brian, their two daughters and two dogs recently moved back the United States after living in Trinidad and Tobago for eight years, where Liz worked with Habitat for Humanity. Currently, she is the Culinary Educator with the School Health Initiative Program (SHIP), and also the Williamsburg Farmers Market Assistant. Liz is passionate about equal access to opportunity for all and local food systems. She loves gardening, being outside, making soap, crocheting, Irish step dancing, learning languages, and spending time with her husband and daughters!