Jeffrey (Jeff) Corcoran, Vice Chair (Acting Chair) Principal Strategist, Lockheed Martin Corporation in King of Prussia
Keri Ianieri, Treasurer Food Service at Perkiomen Schools
Jessica Stevens, Secretary Heirloom Acre Honey
Drew Smith, Director of Vegetable Systems Trial at Rodale Institute
Tom Putera, Retired Chemist
Lori Christensen, Elementary School Teacher
Dan DiLanzo, High School English Teacher
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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.
Keri Ianieri - Currently works part time for the Perkiomen Valley School district in the Food Service Department. This enables me to be home with my children as well as giving me the opportunity to help out at the farm.
Originally from East Eden, in rural upstate New York. Granddaughter of dairy farmers and daughter to an avid gardener. Grew up harvesting and helping to preserve produce. Knowing where your food comes from as well as how it is grown is very important to me. I love being in my kitchen and live in Skippack with my husband Joe and three children.
Jessica Stevens - Heirloom Acre Honey 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 recently left her job of 10 years to take over her dads local honey business, Heirloom Acre Honey. We can be found in local markets, restaurants, shops and the Telford Night Market. so her passion for healthy, local, sustainable food continues.
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.
Tom Putera, Retired Chemist. Tom grew up In Green Lane PA where some of his earliest memories include working in his parent’s garden. After graduating from Upper Perk High School, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from South Alabama. While there, he was also on the Track Team and still holds the High Jump record. Tom was a Senior Analytical Chemist at Merck for 13 years before retiring to be a stay-at-home dad. Currently Tom is the Treasurer and Council member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, he is also Treasurer and Board member of the Upper Hanover Township Industrial Development Authority, he is also Treasurer and Board member of the Upper Perk Manor (HUD housing). He is also the High Jump Coach for the Dock Mennonite Academy Track team. Tom serves as Landlord/property manager for several commercial and residential real estate properties that he owns with his wife, Becky. Together they have 2 daughters; the oldest is at Franklin & Marshall College, and the youngest is at Dock. Tom also enjoys tending his own garden of plants he gets from Living Hope Farm.
Lori Christensen, Elementary Teacher. Lori and her family were first introduced to LHF 10 years ago and shortly after that Lori began participating in a workshare at the farm. Lori grew up in Binghamton, NY not far from the extended family dairy farm which her grandfather started and her Uncle took over. They also planted and harvested produce from their large garden. Lori holds a K-8 Teachers Certificate and has taught abroad as well as in the US in different capacities for the past 26 years. Currently residing in Lansdale, Lori and her husband Joel have four children, two of which have graduated university (one of whom is married and a CSA member), one half-way through and a fourth in high school. Lori is very passionate about the farm and its success and is very interested in being an active member of the LHF Board of Directors.
Dan DiLanzo, High School English Teacher. Dan grew up in Lansdale where many of his memories of spending outdoors began. In his free time, Dan can be found hiking, camping, reading, running, biking, birding, fishing, cooking, and gardening. By trade, Dan is a high school English teacher for the Boyertown Area School District, entering his twelfth year. He has taught various courses and levels, while also serving as advisors for the school's various extracurricular programs: creative writing, debate club, book club, and environmental club. The Reading Eagle recognized him as a spotlight teacher several years ago. Prior to teaching English, Dan attended Penn State University where he graduated from their Schreyer Honors program; he has furthered his education at Gratz College where he received his M.S. Ed. After enrolling in local CSAs, Dan's appreciation for healthy, local, and organic produce became one of his core values. He has served as a workshare volunteer in our fields, learning best practices for cultivating crops, and applying much of this knowledge to his backyard garden beds.