Lynn Ellen Schimoler, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Lynn Ellen Schimoler is Senior Agricultural Business Development, Working Lands Program Manager, working closely with the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Board, and Grantees. Schimoler has over 25 years of experience in the retail food industry, most recently working with City Market/Onion River Co-op as Director of Purchasing and Merchandising. She has worked for independents in CA, NH, and VT, and collaborated with National Cooperatives Grocers on category management, store operations and product development for Co-ops in New England. Schimoler has a BA in dance from Bennington College, and enjoys a part-time Dance Lecturer role at the University of Vermont.
Diana Ferguson VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Diana is a Grants Specialist, helping to administer grants and provide overall support for the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion with a minor in Consumer Foods from the University of Georgia. From ten years in the nonprofit sector, Diana brings expertise in resource development, organizational management, and program coordination covering topics such as food accessibility, youth engagement, and a range of community health issues. In her free time, you can find Diana hiking, swimming, hunting for wild mushrooms, catching a live music show, or visiting a Vermont farmers’ market.
E-mail: Diana. Ferguson@vermont.gov
Melissa Moon, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Melissa is the Grants Administrator for the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. She works closely with each grant recipient to guide them through the entire life cycle of their grant and cheerleading them toward project success while navigating state regulatory ins and outs. When not in the office, Melissa can be found in the woods, informally educating others on Vermont’s ecosystems, flora and geology, and wild crafting fiddleheads, ramps, a wide variety of fungi, and medicinal herbs.
Matt Langlais, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Matt has 15 years of forestry experience. Since 2006 he has served as the Caledonia and Essex County Forester providing information, technical assistance, and outreach to Vermonters about managing and stewarding their forestland. Matt is also a Christmas tree grower, owning and managing Langlais Family Tree Farm in Burke, VT. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with degrees in wildlife biology and forestry.