Board of Directors

Farm Viability has a ten-person board of directors, all are active members of the farming community. Seven are nominated by Agricultural membership organizations and three are “at-large” members. Terms are three years, and each member may serve two terms. Officers are elected on an annual basis every August.

David Ryan, Chair
NYS Nursery and Landscape Association
Rare Earth Nursery
Cazenovia, New York

Tim Dressel, Vice Chair
at-large member, specialty crops
Dressel Farm
New Paltz, New York

Mary Jeanne Packer, Secretary and Treasurer
Empire State CAO
Battenkill Fibers
Salem, New York

Aaron Allen, Director
NYFVI Dairy Committee
Allenwaite Farms
Schaghticoke, New York

Pauline Drexler, Director
at-large member, livestock
Springside Farm
Fabius, New York

Chris Kelder, Director
New York Farm Bureau
Kelder’s Farm
Accord, New York

Jill MacKenzie, Director
NYS Horticultural Society
Two of Clubs Orchard
Olcott, New York

John Martini, Director
at-large member wine and juice grapes
Anthony Road Wine Company
Penn Yan, New York

Brian Reeves, Director
NYS Vegetable Growers Association
Reeves Farms
Baldwinsville, New York

Matt Eckhardt
NY Corn and Soybean Growers Association
Kinderhook Farms
Stephentown, New York