Jonathan Snipes - Executive Director
Jonathan Snipes grew up on Snipes Farm and now serves as Executive Director of Snipes Farm and Education Center. Believing that nature is the best teacher, his passion is to share the beauty and ecology of the farm with our local community. He spent a summer in Mexico working in rural development and two years providing peace and conflict resolution training in Costa Rica. A year as an intern at the United Nations following college introduced him to environmental and peace issues on a global level. Jonathan has a BA in Spanish language and political science from Haverford College, and a master's degree in education from Temple University. He served 12 years on the Falls Township Board of Supervisors. He and his wife, Melanie Douty-Snipes and sister, Susan Snipes Wells, are dedicated to their five generation family farm as an oasis of good food and environmental learning for people of all ages.
Melanie Douty-Snipes - Director of Education; Camp Director
Melanie Douty-Snipes has been an experiential educator for over 30 years springing from a degree in environmental education from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She was an instructor at several outdoor education centers in the U.S.working with a variety of nature study approaches,facilitating low and high ropes course elements and team building, She spent 9 years as coordinator of the Middle School Friends Program incorporating Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, sustainability, community and equality into 58 weekend retreats. Over the past 15 years at Snipes Farm she has developed garden, nutrition, farm and environmental education lessons for farm-to-school and school-to-farm programs for local schools. She and her team have helped to install school gardens, lead farm field trips three seasons each year, have provided hundreds of after school cooking lessons and tied a seed-to-fork curriculum to classroom lessons as well. She co-founded Snipes Farm Day Camp in 2008 which has grown into one of the finest camps in Bucks County and one of the greatest blessings to Snipes Farm.
Victoria Lautsbaugh - Director of Farming
Victoria’s love of growing plants has led her to a long and varied career in the horticulture industry. From the hallowed halls of Penn State (College of Agriculture, of course), to hydroponic tomatoes in Phoenix, carnations in Denver, and many millions of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees later, she landed at Snipes Farm in 1999. She had the great fortune to have many long chats with nursery founder Bradshaw Snipes about all things horticulture. She began farming here in 2003 and was an integral part of starting the CSA in 2007 and the return of Snipes Farm to vegetable production. She gets huge amounts of satisfaction from seeing the truck stacked high with produce for our community and looks forward to the changes and challenges (not too many, please) of each new season.
Peter Crooke - Farmer Educator
Peter and his five brothers bounded about Bucks County farms since learning to walk, raising hogs and Holsteins at the Buckingham Township dairy their dad’s parents began in the early-1960s and slinging hay bales on Plumsteadville acreage their mother’s ancestors have stewarded since 1809. Trained as an elementary educator, Peter taught for two years in Pennsylvania public schools before several years of youth and urban ministry at his Doylestown home church and in Philadelphia and Atlanta. By late-20s-land he had recaught the farming bug further afield, learning ins and outs of a market vegetables operation near Portland, Oregon and apprenticing in orchard, berry, flower, compost, and veggie production in Santa Cruz, California. He even spent part of a winter glimpsing tropical tricks at a nonprofit organic farm on the leeward side of O’ahu, Hawai‘i. Upon an east coast return he hopped the Delaware to manage The Lawrenceville School’s Big Red Farm for two years, then worked in the gardens of Isles, Inc. in Trenton, New Jersey, where he also lives and grows vegetables, herbs, compost, and flowers with his wife, toddler son, and mother-in-law. A seasoned farmer, teacher, and community leader, Peter passionately connects with youth, congregations, neighbors, and strangers around the deepest roots of social change: land, farming, and food! He earned a BS in Education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Theological Studies at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Peter has shepherded Snipes Farm’s Seed-To-Fork summer youth program since 2018 and is thrilled to now lead as a Farmer-Educator with varied duties and projects. He enjoys coffee, many cuisines (recent: Trenton’s Guatemalan pupusas!), novels, ensemble & hymn singing, picture books, songwriting, family gatherings, and his sweet tooth.
Gayle Boyd - Fund Development Administrator
Gayle joined the staff in 2016 to assist with fund development and office management. She brings experience from her positions at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; Anderson House Halfway Homes for Women in Recovery – Whitehouse Station, NJ and Market Street Rescue Mission – Morristown, NJ. Prior to this, Gayle was as an executive assistant and corporate officer with an apparel importer in San Diego, CA. Gayle attended Moody Bible Institute – Chicago, IL; Somerset Christian College – Zarephath, NJ and DuCret School of Commercial Art & Photography – Plainfield, NJ. She has volunteered with Sunday Breakfast Mission in Philadelphia helping homeless women gain employment skills and provided street-level outreaches to the homeless in San Diego.
Brent Deisher - Director of Curriculum and Program Development
Brent has 25 years of experience teaching at summer camps, nature centers, outdoor education centers, independent schools, and WWOOFing at Smokey House Center in Vermont. Starting as a camp counselor teaching archery and tennis at the sleepaway camp of his youth, he progressed into the field of outdoor education. He led children on experiential learning adventures all along the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to the Catskills and upstate New York to Cape Cod, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and all the way up to Maine. Brent earned his Master’s degree in Environmental Education from the University of New Hampshire. For the past thirteen years, Brent has been sharing his passion for outdoor education and sustainability by teaching middle school science at independent schools in New Jersey. He became an expert at interdisciplinary units with math, history, and writing. Brent established himself in his field by leading several workshops and presentations to other educators at state and regional conferences. Most recently, Brent saw a need in his community to get children outside during the pandemic. He started Backyard Brent to provide hands-on learning opportunities at local parks in New Jersey.
Lori Hoppman - Board President; Chair of Fund Development Committee
Ms. Hoppmann is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, where she manages the Washington Crossing, PA office and handles the financial affairs of individuals, families, and small businesses. She is an active member and Past President of the Langhorne Rotary Club as well as an active member of the Human Rights Campaign. Lori holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Swarthmore College as well as holding Accredited Asset Management Specialist and Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor designations from the College for Financial Planning.
Richard Yang - Vice President; Chair of Finance Committee
Rich is a social entrepreneur with a three-pronged mission in advancing 1) cultural appreciation 2) economic empowerment and 3) environmental awareness. After 8 years at Deloitte in financial and economic advisory, Rich launched his first company 10 years ago through the Start Up Chile accelerator program. His interests include sustainable tourism and food sourcing with coffee (he’s a SCA certified roaster), tea, and cannabis as an economic driver for small scale farmers. He has worked with governments, Fortune 100’s, and non-profits throughout his career. In 2019, he launched with his partners PA Organic Hemp, LLC d/b/a Under the Sun Hemp doing both farming and operational management. Rich also manages a private consulting practice and an investment firm and is a speaker on entrepreneurial risks and rewards.
A Taiwanese immigrant from a rice farming family, Rich has since lived in 8 countries and worked in over 35. He holds an MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) with a focus on social entrepreneurship. He can butcher Mandarin, English, Spanish and Portuguese with equal ability and gestures as if he understands Italian.
Susan Snipes-Wells - Treasurer
Ms. Snipes-Wells is the current President of Snipes Properties, Inc. managing several facilities and real estate holdings. She previously served as the Executive Director of Snipes Farm & Education Center and co-owner of Snipes Nursery. Ms. Snipes-Wells lends her horticultural expertise to Snipes Farm’s orchard/fruit production. She is a Board member of the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and a public speaker on sustainable agriculture topics as wells as a bi-lingual educator. She holds a BA from Earlham College and an M.Ed from Temple University.
Clark Martin - Secretary
Clark Martin, president emeritus of MBI*GluckShaw, New Jersey’s largest advocacy firm, co-founded the company with Paul Bontempo in 1991. He has worked in the state’s government affairs arena for 43 years. A former principal of Katz, Martin and Brill, the state’s first contract lobbying firm, he is known as a persuasive advocate and a strategic thinker. His primary focus has been in the area of healthcare policy, professions and facilities, pharmaceuticals and alcoholic beverage franchises and taxation. Prior to lobbying, Martin was a reporter for the Trenton Times and engineering editor of Aviation Week and Space Technology. He simultaneously pursued a career in the United States Air Force, serving on Active Duty, the Reserve and the Air National Guard. He flew more than 150 combat missions in Vietnam and concluded his career as Commander of the NJANG with the rank of Major General. He currently serves the State of New Jersey as its Military and Defense Economic Ombudsman, focusing on its five military installations. He is chairman of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation and chairman of the Trenton Downtown Association. He is the immediate past president of the Ivins Outreach Center in Morrisville, PA. He also serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Morrisville Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of The Citadel and earned an M.S. at the University of Southern California.
Matthew Coleman - Chair of Leadership & Governance Committee
Matthew Coleman is the Manager of Talent Acquisition and Development at Crown Holdings, Inc. As a member of the Corporate Human Resources Team, Matthew is primarily responsible for planning and executing development/staffing plans. His specialties include: staffing and recruiting, specifically college recruiting, engineering positions, and HQ positions up to Vice President. He holds a B.S. in Management from Clemson University, and a M.S. in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.
Shellie Stoddard - Chair of Marketing Committee
For nearly 20 years, Shellie contributed S&P Global Ratings development of ratings opinions on life and health insurers and the securities they issue through the application of the relevant criteria and participation in rating committees. Most recently she was a Senior Director within S&P Global’s Insurance Ratings group, focusing on life and health insurers with primary credit assignments Brighthouse Financial, New York Life, and RGA to name a few. Shellie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from Colby College and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from New York University. In 2008, Shellie received a Rising Star Award from the Women’s Bond Club of New York. Her passions include older adult services and supporting healthy eating programs.
Alice Baker is an attorney with PennFuture. Alice focuses her work on water quality protection and stormwater management in southeastern Pennsylvania. Alice was an associate attorney at Super Law Group, LLC, a private environmental law firm in New York City, where she specialized in Clean Water Act and stormwater enforcement issues. She also served as the Director of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI), a nonprofit designed to inform, equip, and inspire new environmental attorneys and continues her involvement as a member of NYCELLI's Board of Advisors. Alice has worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Eastern Environmental Law Center, and interned with the Environmental Defense Fund, Hudson Riverkeeper, and the New York Office of Attorney General. Alice received her J.D. and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, and B.A. from Bard College.
Carolyn Shaw Dorph
Carolyn has an extensive background in financial management working as a financial consultant and compensation consultant. She worked as a field agent for the National Labor Relations Board giving her broad experience in Human Resources issues. She also is a Penn State Master Gardener receiving extensive training in horticulture, a public speaker and accomplished event organizer. Carolyn is active with numerous community service endeavors including 4-H, local schools, academies and political organizations. She comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Applied Economics from Cornell University and a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from Rutgers University.
Rachel Griffin-Snipes is a credentialed elementary school educator. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Liberal Arts from Smith College as well as an M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bank Street College of Education. She is knowledgeable in the farming practices utilized at Snipes Farm and has been teaching and working on the farm for over 10 years. She brings her extensive elementary education and curriculum skills to the Education Program at Snipes Farm.
Anthony Lau, Ph.D.
Anthony Lau is currently Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at the College of New Jersey. He is also a National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Biomedical Engineering), holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Univesity of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics and a B.S.E. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, Duke University. Anthony has vast experience in the fields of education, research, community outreach, grant proposal writing, publication writing, mentoring, lecturing and has received numerous honors.
Charles Raudenbush, Jr
Charles Raudenbush, Jr. is employed by Waste Management, Inc. as the Public Sector Services Manager specializing is design, construction and operation of Materials Recovery Facilities, and the processing and marketing of comingled recyclables. He serves on the Municipal Waste Advisory Committee of Montgomery County, PA and is skilled in the areas of recycling, waste management, environmental compliance, hazardous waste, sustainability, remediation and environmental awareness. He holds a B.A. from Temple University.