Staff

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Amanda Shreve | Executive Director | amanda@mifma.org

Amanda has been part of the MIFMA team since November 2009. She says, “I am passionate about connecting the public with agriculture and growing awareness of what it takes to produce our food supply in a safe, equitable and environmentally sustainable way. I recognize that farmers markets are a very visible and tangible way to establish, maintain and grow this connection.” 

Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Michigan State University. She enjoys floral design, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Contact Amanda to discuss having MIFMA support an effort you are involved in and to explore partnering with MIFMA (including contracting with us to provide a service, working on a joint grant proposal and/or establishing an in-kind partnership or exchange of services).

Emily Syrja | Operations Director | emily@mifma.org

Emily joined the MIFMA team in August 2016. They have over five years of experience in office administration and management, and completed the Market Manager Certificate Program as a participant in 2018. Emily says, “As an avid bus rider and cyclist, I love that farmers markets are often the most accessible source for fresh, local foods.”

Emily is fond of dogs—both their real ones and their growing collection of porcelain figures. Contact them for questions about market/vendor liability insurance, program sponsorship information, and invoicing.

Michelle Gagliardi | Programs Director | michelle@mifma.org

Michelle graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and completed the Market Manager Certificate Program in 2017. She joined MIFMA in August 2016, inspired by her long-standing love for cooking and exploring new foods. Michelle says, “This connection to food is what interested me in learning more about farmers markets in Michigan and the work MIFMA does to advance the sector.”

In addition to her work with MIFMA, Michelle can be found spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Lander. Contact her for resource materials related to keeping food safe from the farmers markets to the plates of consumers and to learn more about Prescription for Health Programs!

Joe Lesausky | Food Access Director | joe@mifma.org

Joe’s experience includes earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration from Grand Valley State University and over ten years spent in market management working with food assistance programs. He graduated from the inaugural MIFMA Market Manager Certificate program in 2011 and was recertified in August 2017. Joe joined the MIFMA team in March 2018, inspired by the mission to support Michigan farmers markets through food assistance programs.

Joe says, “Farmers markets are a fundamental community building location- connecting people to farmers, people to food, and people to people.” He is passionate about movies and genealogy. Contact Joe for information about accepting SNAP Bridge Cards, SNAP equipment troubleshooting, and Food Assistance Programs.

Josh Prusik | Professional Development Manager | josh@mifma.org

Josh has been part of the MIFMA team since January 2018. He says, “I am passionate about environmental protection, community resiliency, and great public spaces. Working with farmers markets allows me to engage in all of these areas and build relationships with those working to advance this work.”

Josh graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and is enrolled in Western Michigan University’s Master of Public Administration program. Outside of his studies, Josh enjoys reading and traveling. 

Contact Josh to enroll in the Market Manager Certificate Program, participate in the Farmers Market at the Capitol, and about sharing your expertise with the farmers market community.

Hailey Lamb | Communications Manager | hailey@mifma.org

Hailey obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Kendall College of Art and Design. She joined the MIFMA team in December 2019, inspired by MIFMA’s mission to advance farmers markets to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. 

Hailey says, “All people deserve access to fresh, local food. I believe in the potential of the local food movement in Michigan and beyond.” In her free time, she enjoys collecting coffee mugs and playing with her cat, Hank. Contact Hailey with questions about MIFMA’s website or social media accounts.

Rebecca Viera | Food Access Manager | rebecca@mifma.org

Rebecca joined MIFMA in January 2020. She says, “I enjoy helping people, especially those with a language barrier and low-income backgrounds have access to fresh local food. I believe everyone should know about the food assistance programs that they could take advantage of and through MIFMA they can find out about those resources.” 

Rebecca earned a Bachelors of Science in Child Development with a minor in Communications Science & Disorders from Michigan State University. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and translator. Contact Rebecca with questions about accepting SNAP Bridge Cards at farmers markets, and regarding any of the Food Assistance Programs. Si tienen cualquier pregunta sobre los programs y servicios que ofrece MIFMA no dude en contactarme. 

Jenny Radon | Operations Assistant | jenny@mifma.org

Jenny is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Michigan State University. Since joining MIFMA in June 2018, she has focused her efforts on program promotion and outreach, organization and time management, and event planning and preparation.

Jenny says, “Sustainable agriculture is something that I’m passionate about and farmers markets provide social, economic, and environmental stability to communities in a way that contributes to the overall sustainability of a society.” Contact Jenny to update your market’s listing on the Find a Farmers Market Feature, with questions about joining or renewing your MIFMA membership, and to participate in MIFMA programs and events.

Lee Ann Viera | Food Access Assistant | leeann@mifma.org

Lee Ann is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University with a minor in Leadership in Integrated Learning. She has been with MIFMA since September 2015, providing integral support for Hoophouses for Health, data entry and compilation, and program tracking. Lee Ann is a fluent Spanish speaker and translator.

Lee Ann says, “Being able to work with MIFMA that has programs that provide resources to help low-income families in Michigan have an opportunity to buy fresh, local, healthy produce is amazing.” Contact Lee Ann Para ayudar en cualquier pregunta de los programas o servicios de MIFMA and for questions and troubleshooting with Double Up Food Bucks reporting and Hoophouses for Health.

Student Employees

Skyler Leslie | Operations Student Assistant | skyler@mifma.org

Skyler is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Cultures and Politics, with minors in Science, Technology, and Environment in Public Policy (STEPPs) and Applied Development in International Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. She joined MIFMA in November 2019 and is an expert in community development, policy, legislation, and advocacy. 

Skyler says, “I grew up gardening and frequenting farmers markets, and see markets as both a community meeting-point and a source for fresh, nutritious foods.” Contact Skyler to be connected to resources offered by MIFMA and to perform research and present it in a clear, concise way.

Alkesha Griffin | Operations Student Assistant | keke@mifma.org

Alkesha is a student at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College, and plans to major in Human Biology and minor in Urban Agriculture. She joined MIFMA in November 2019, and previously worked for the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm.

Alkesha says, “I grew up watching my neighborhood turn into nothing to something over the past six years.” Contact her to be directed to the best team member to answer your questions and to resources offered by MIFMA.