Staff & Board of Directors

Gaining Ground is managed by an active Board of Directors whose members represent diverse backgrounds in the arts, business, law, education, human services, public relations, and community activism.

Currently, Gaining Ground has five year-round employees—a farm manager and an assistant farm manager, who direct our farm operations and work directly with volunteers; an executive director, who directs the organization and coordinates fundraising; a program manager, who supports our recipient programs and community outreach; and an office and volunteer manager, who supports our development efforts and volunteer programs. Four field crew members work seasonally.


Doug Wolcik
Farm Manager

Hannah Lawson
Assistant Farm Manager

Amy Capofreddi
Executive Director

Fan Watkinson
Program Manager

Allison Goodwin
Office and Volunteer Manager

Board of Directors

Sue Mildrum, President
Elisabeth Elden, Vice President
Gary Vilchick, Treasurer
Jen Flint, Secretary

Penny Austen
Theresa Cohen
Jessica Huddy
Lauren McKown
Gretchen Nelson

Karen Bechtel Perkins
Joe Rigali, Emeritus
Lucy Rosborough, Emeritus
Linda Booth Sweeney
Polly Vanasse
Lisanne Wheeler