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Lynn Ellen SchimolerLynn Ellen SchimolerAgency of Agriculture, Food and Markets - 802-622-4477

Lynn Ellen Schimoler works in the Agriculture Business Development Division at the Vermont  Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. Schimoler manages the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Program, working closely with the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Board and Food, Farm & Forest Businesses throughout Vermont. Schimoler has over 25 years of experience in the private sector, having managed markets in the US on both coasts. She brings project management, store operations and product development expertise to her role at the agency. Schimoler has collaborated with National Cooperatives Grocers on organizational development, category management and store expansions for retail co-ops in New England. Schimoler has been featured in Edible Green Mountains, Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine, and as a guest speaker at Penton Media's EXPO East annual natural foods conference. Schimoler has a BA in dance from Bennington College, and enjoys a part-time Dance Lecturer role at the University of Vermont.

Diana FergusonDiana FergusonAgency of Agriculture, Food and Markets - 802-622-4094

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.