Our Board of Directors
Dwight Alderfer, Board Chair, Owner of Alderfer Woodworking
Wayne Spiegel, Vice Chair, Interim Pastor
Marian Avery, Treasurer, Retired Teacher
Cindy Linse, Secretary, Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
Chris Detweiler, President of Detweiler Construction Solutions in Harleysville
Drew Smith, Director of Vegetable Systems Trial at Rodale Institute
Jessica Stevens, Retired Farmer
Jeffrey (Jeff) Corcoran, Principal Strategist, Lockheed Martin Corporation in King of Prussia
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Dwight Alderfer, owner of Alderfer Woodworking and local grower. Dwight lives locally in the Harleysville area with his wife, Beverly. Dwight independently owns and designs high end wood artisan pieces for kitchens, dining rooms, and more. His love of working with wood is tied to his love of the outdoors as well as his growing of vegetables is becoming more deliberate. Most recently Dwight constructed his own high tunnel for growing produce.
Wayne Speigle has been a Mennonite pastor in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Wayne lives near Harleysville, just a couple of miles upstream from Living Hope Farm. Though he grew up of a farm in Western Pa, he claims he never grew kale or kolhrabi.
Marian E. Avery, daughter of a Chester County farmer, grew up working in the fields planting, tending, and harvesting vegetables which she then helped her family sell at their vegetable market in Frazer, PA. Her love of the land poured over into her marriage as she and her husband have sustained an organic garden for 38 years at their residence in Skippack Township, Montgomery County. Marian received her double major B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Mansfield University, pursued a Masters in Physics from Bloomsburg University, and received a Masters in the Teaching of Mathematics from Villanova University. She devoted herself to 40 years of teaching high school students the joy of learning within the Physics and Mathematics classroom. Although retired from the classroom Marian has kept active in her service to mathematics and her community. A Past President and continuing Board Member of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics she serves as their Conference Planning Committee Chair for state math conferences. She continues her work with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Keystone Exam Algebra I Assessment Committees, is a mathematics reviewer for a testing company, and speaks at various mathematics conferences.
Cindy Linse is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Cindy is a "local" having graduated from Souderton Area High School and Immaculata University. Professional experiences includes acute, sub-acute care and extensive community nutrition education. Cindy is employed by Attentive Health, a corporate wellness firm and remains on staff at Grand View Hospital. Cindy is passionate about the wellness side of health care and the significant role that life style choices play in health maintenance. Cindy is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Association of Diabetic Educators, The Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, Registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and Licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.Cindy is an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ and the proud mother of two grown sons. When she isn't working she enjoys spending time with husband John, and can often be found digging in her vegetable garden.
Chris Detweiler, is the President of Detweiler Construction Solutions in Harleysville. He graduated from Christopher Dock and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University. He is committed to fresh and all-natural growing methods in agriculture. He has served on the board for many years and has seen Living Hope Farm grow and flourish. Pick-up day is a highlight during the week. He enjoys walking the fields as a celebration of what careful planning and diligent work can produce. His motto is: “Taste and see what good can do!
Drew Smith, Director, Vegetable Systems Trial, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA. Drew oversees the Vegetable Systems Trial at Rodale Institute. This project is a long-term, side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional vegetable cropping systems measuring differences in soil health, economic profit, tolerance to pests, and vegetable nutritional quality. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree in Entomology from University of Maryland, and a PhD in Molecular Ecology from Drexel University. Drew was in the Peace Corps in Guatemala where he taught Integrated Pest Management to vegetable growers exporting snow peas and zucchini to the United States. He and his wife Melissa started the first certified organic vegetable farm in Montgomery County which is the current site of the Willow Creek Farm Preserve in Worcester Township. Drew and Melissa attend LCBC church in Harleysville and reside in Schwenksville with their three daughters where they raise sheep and goats.
Jessica Stevens assisted in starting the Lansdale Farmers Market in 2008. Jessica and her husband along with 2 partners started their own farm CSA in 2010 which grew to include a farmers market and restaurant sales. They continued this over the next five years, until their growing families and time constraints no longer permitted them to operate the farm. Additionally Jessica works part time at a wellness center in Lower Gwynedd since 2009, so her passion for healthy, local, sustainable food continues.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Corcoran, Principal Strategist, Lockheed Martin Corporation in King of Prussia
35+ years in the aerospace and defense industry (international, commercial, federal, civil, state and local), responsible for developing assessments of the competitive environments to assist capture teams in successfully winning new business/keeping existing contracts. He has been on the winning side of many $1B+ opportunities. In addition, Jeff has facilitated or participated in collaboration meetings across the entire corporation and is a member of many of the corporate Competitor Focus Teams. He assisted in the development of the curriculum for company and corporate training courses. Prior to assuming his current position, Jeff was an engineer, a lead engineer, or a chief engineer on a number of programs. A 1983 graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Math. Jeff lives in Harleysville with his wife Cathy and is lord over his now empty nest (with his wife’s permission, of course). Their 3 grown children (2 boys and a girl) are all college graduates and are functioning members of society, one is married, 2 are part of the landed gentry. They have 1 grand-puppy. Hobbies include his family, photography, genealogy, golf and wine. He can sometimes be found over at the Mennonite Historical Society, and volunteering at many of their events.