Our Board of Directors
Dwight Alderfer, Chairman LHF, Owner of Alderfer Woodworking
Wayne Spiegel, Vice Chairman LHF, Interim Pastor
Andrew Derstine, Treasurer LHF, Senior Operations Analyst at SEI Investments
Cindy Linse, Secretary LHF, Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
Chris Detweiler, President of Detweiler Construction Solutions in Harleysville
Drew Smith, Director of Vegetable Systems Trial at Rodale Institute
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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.
Andrew Derstine, a Senior Operation Analyst at SEI Investmentsin Oaks, PA. Andrew graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. In Andrew's spare time he enjoys hiking, biking, playing in softball and volleyball leagues, playing guitar and experimenting with hydroponics in his small greenhouse.
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.
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.