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The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming (DBA: CKC Farming) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary C. Anderson. Mary serves as Public Information Officer for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  She has over thirty years of public relations experience, including media relations and writing for a variety of audiences.  Mary communicates well with elected officials, local and national media, employee groups, residents and the business community.  She is also a member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Montgomery County Chapter.  Mary is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and member of the National Public Health Information Coalition.  She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and Chairs the Communications Committee for CKC Farming.

Michele Frome. Michele is retired from a career in nonprofit management, starting in the environmental field in New England and then working for several national organizations here in the DC area. She brings considerable expertise in financial management, fundraising, organizational development, and program development. She has previously served as Executive Director of the Institute for Conservation Leadership, and she brings experience with land trusts in Baltimore and the Connecticut River watershed. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She currently serves as a board-certified clinical chaplain at a nursing home. She is also a passionate gardener, as well as the President and Treasurer for CKC Farming.

Carolyn D. Lowery, M.S.W. Carolyn is a Senior Network Builder at IMPACT Silver Spring. Her professional experiences have centered on addressing racial equity disparities in mental health and substance abuse; clinical trials; food justice; and criminal justice. Carolyn lived abroad in rural Colombia, South America for 2 years. While there, she created an English learning program for Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) - a government initiative to develop education and effectuate employment. Carolyn previously served on the board of directors for Gapbuster, Inc. and currently serves on the board of directors for the Montgomery County Collaboration Council as the secretary.  She has a B.A. in psychology from Syracuse University and an M.S.W. with a focus on management and community organizing from The University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Katherine E. Medina. Kate is an ex-officio member of the Board.  She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming. She discovered Koiner Farm in 2016 and was a customer before offering to help the Koiner's with a school visit they were planning - this was the inspiration for CKC Farming! As a former science teacher, Kate remains passionate about the hands-on, outdoor, STEM education potential that urban farms offer.  Kate has a B.S. in Biology from Susquehanna University and an M.S. in Environmental Biology from American University.  She previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and co-lead the Green Project Reserve, a set-aside fund of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for innovated water quality protection projects.  She is an adjunct Biology professor at Montgomery College and enjoys biking, building tree houses and hanging out at the farm with her husband, Ricky, and three young kids.

Hannah D. Sholder. Hannah is an ex-officio member of the Board with a background in urban planning.  She is a co-found of CKC Farming and serves at the Deputy Director of the organization. For the past 10 years Hannah has worked on local, national and international projects that support the creation of equitable, sustainable and inclusive communities. She specializes in creating conservation land trusts and community land trusts, in order to remove land from the speculative market and preserve it for affordable housing, community-driven economic development, and urban agriculture. Hannah is a Fulbright Scholar, holds a BA from Wellesley College and has Master’s degrees from UC Berkeley.  In 2016, Hannah started volunteering with Charlie Koiner, and over the course of three years tried to absorb as much of his farming wisdom as possible. In 2018, she co-founded the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming (CKC Farming) with the goals passing on Charlie’s knowledge to the next generation and preserving his farm. 

James Rogers.  Jimmy is a project manager with Brightfind, a digital design agency in Silver Spring. He specializes in work management, process improvement, and digital design and development. Initially focused on the sciences, Jimmy graduated with George Mason University with a B.S. in Biology. Continuing a research interest in bacteriology, he earned an M.S. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, College Park. After some time spent in the business world, he earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and established a career turning great ideas into great software.  Jimmy first came into contact with CKC at a Koiner Farm volunteer day in 2018. He was immediately set to work digging holes. From that day, Jimmy was hooked and has worked on the farm as a regular weekend volunteer ever since.  He is also one of CKC's founding Board members and currently serves as Secretary. When not assembling the minutes, he primarily (still) digs holes, pulls weeds, and lends his skills to maintain CKC’s online presence.

Stephanie Hubbard. Stephanie is Director of Development & Communications for Manna Food Center. Stephanie has been a critical part of Manna’s leadership team for the past four years and has been instrumental in securing the multifaceted community partnerships that have enabled Manna to grow significantly during her tenure. Stephanie brings more than twelve years of experience in the nonprofit sector, eight of those working directly in nonprofit fundraising, corporate partnerships and volunteer management in the greater Washington, DC area. When not out fundraising or volunteering, Stephanie enjoys cooking Persian food, bird watching and chasing around her kindergartner.

Kathy Stevens.  Kathy has been the Executive Director for the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy since 2012. Kathy has over 25 years of professional experience with nonprofits, education and community development, and dabbling in local politics.  Her professional titles have included: fundraiser, lawyer, community organizer, and group facilitator. As a community leader, she currently chairs the Nonprofit Montgomery Board and serves on Montgomery Moving Forward a collective impact initiative in Montgomery County. As a life-long learner, she has recently started taking piano lessons and wishes she could make time for Spanish classes. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and IMPACT Silver Spring’s Community Empowerment Program. She holds her J.D. from the University of Richmond, Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. from Swarthmore College, but often thinks of going to cooking school, or at least combining her love of travel with a local culinary school experience.  When she is not at her desk or at a county event, Kathy can often be found hiking with her dog Blair, finding live music to listen too, and very often hosting dinners to bring friends and family together over a meal.

Peter Casciano.  Peter is the Managing Partner of the Disability Benefits department of the Law Firm of Andalman & Flynn. Andalman & Flynn is a law firm located in Downtown Silver Spring, dedicated to helping clients efficiently and effectively resolve their legal issues. He also serves as a Board Member of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of their Young Professionals Network, where he has helped with programming, membership development and service. Growing up in Montgomery County, and working his whole life in Downtown Silver Spring he is passionate about the local community.