Shari Rossmann, President
A native New Yorker, Shari launched and operated Cool Beans at the Cafe d’Art in Montgomery AL from 2004-2014. The early entrant farm-to-table bistro became an urban oasis in the South and her flagship, promoting uniquely healthy regional cuisine in a state ranked #1 for obesity. Armed with critical thinking and communication skills honed in 25 years of consulting with JPMorgan Chase and as an entrepreneur, Shari has returned to the Northeast where she’s now focused on programs such as Bucks County Foodshed Alliance’s new chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local as part of an arsenal to address nationally out of control healthcare costs and America’s epidemic obesity. Shari eagerly addresses small groups on topics of health, nutrition and great cooking!
Lisa White, Secretary
Lisa and her husband live in Doylestown. She considers herself a "professional volunteer." Much of her time and energy are spent volunteering for the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and as a board member and past president of the Doylestown Food Market, a community store committed to local sourcing that opened its doors in early 2014. Doing their part to contribute to a strong, sustainable regional food system, she and her husband, Steve, have transformed their small yard into a garden of fruit trees, berry bushes and seasonal herbs and vegetables.
Susan Pierson, Director
Susan’s knowledge of farming in Bucks County was developed from an early age as the daughter of a farming family whose members have been at the forefront of land preservation, the local foods movement and the Buckingham Township Civic Association’s decades-old farmers market. Still living on the family farm in Buckingham, the experienced environmental and nature studies educator is active in sustainable agriculture and teaches natural food preservation methods.
Kelly Unger, Director
Kelly Unger is a local farm to table chef. Her passion and mission is teaching how to cook through her "eat yourself healthy" classes. She finds every avenue to teach peodple about the power of local food. In addition to teaching cooking classes, she also has a recipe blog, The Rooster & the Carrot. A 17 year resident of Bucks County, her Culinary Arts degree is from Johnson & Wale and she also holds a Business Management degree from Moravian College.
Elise S. Salisbury, Esq., Director
Elise S. Salisbury is a Bucks County lawyer, writer, and poet. She is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors promoting one of the biggest contributors to quality of life in the County: our farming culture and the people who love it. Elise brings years of experience in public relations, analytical, and management skills honed in her legal career. She also has a passion for local food grown and consumed in rhythm with nature and harmony with the Earth.
Susan Snipes-Wells, Director
In 2007, Susan collaborated to re-invent her family’s five-generation farm in Lower Bucks County. Today the nonprofit Snipes Farm and Education Center grows vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat using organic methods and provides educational experiences for people of all ages. As director of operations, she puts to good use her M.Ed. in Educational Processes & Organizational Development and 28 years of experience in horticulture, agriculture, community service, customer relations, marketing and leadership.
Cathy Snyder, Director
Cathy Snyder is a local community activist, food justice advocate and the founder and executive director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a nonprofit that she and her team have grown from one food pantry and one farm in the New Hope-Lambertville area to include more than 20 farms and a network of volunteers, sponsors and donors who make sure that produce from local farms, markets and other sources is distributed immediately to more than 35 hunger-relief agencies helping the most needy families across Bucks and Hunterdon counties and beyond.
Jeffrey M. Scott, Esq., Director
Jeff has been affiliated with BCFA since its inception, when he served as its legal advisor and assisted in its formation as a nonprofit entity. A partner in the law firm of Archer & Greiner, his practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation matters involving local and state governments, municipal law, education law, complex federal civil rights matters, class actions, regulatory compliance and labor and employment.
Renée Cauller, Administrator
Renée Cauller is a writer and Doylestown native who is passionate about fresh, organic, local food. She is a Temple grad with a BA in English with a Concentration in Writing. She has written for various local publications such as Radius Magazine and Bucks County Magazine and uses her communication skills to help BCFA in its efforts.
Anne Biggs, Advisory Committee
An independent professional writer providing communications services to area businesses, Cookie’s background includes more than 30 years in journalism, public relations, business writing and training. She currently serves on the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce’s Architectural & Environmental Committee, which presents an environmental seminar and an Excellence in Design Tour to the public each year.
Jane Magne, PhD, Advisory Committee
Jane grew up on a Kansas wheat farm, holds a doctorate in molecular biology from Penn, serves on the Board of Supervisors of Wrightstown Township and numerous other boards and committees, and has been an ardent supporter of farm and open-space preservation in Bucks County. The combination of interests and experience make her particularly sensitive to the needs and concerns of farmers today and to the scientific and political issues that impact our farming economy.