Board of Directors

Interested in joining our board of directors? We are looking for individuals committed to farming, education, and food justice! Please contact us.

Ariana Basco – Co-President & Events
Ariana came to New Paltz as a college student and fell in love with the area. After college she worked on campus as an organizer for the New York Public Interest Research Group.  She put her policy expertise and organizing skills to work in public service when she was elected to the New Paltz Village Board of Trustees. Now she works for the village as the assistant to the mayor and the village board.  Ariana is very familiar with the farm and all of its inner workings, because she worked here as the office manager from 2015 to 2017.

Brian Obach, PhD –  Co-President
Brian is a Professor of Sociology and Director of Environmental Studies at the SUNY New Paltz. He is the author of the book
Organic Struggle in addition to other writings on agriculture and the environmental movement.  He joined the board in 2017, was elected secretary in 2018 and as co-president in 2019.


Alexi Bolton – Secretary & Education
Alexi is an educator who is motivated by a belief in social and environmental justice. After 3 years as a Spanish Dual Language teacher in Brooklyn, she decided to move her classroom outdoors and become a Garden Educator. She feels there is no better place for kids to pursue their innate curiosity and natural desire to learn. Alexi fell in love with Phillies Bridge during a volunteer day and hasn’t looked back. Through her work, she hopes to explore the intersection between food production, the environment and  education, spreading the positive impacts of farming to people regardless of income or geographic location.

Chelsea Farley – Vice-President, Marketing & Grants
Chelsea is the Director of Communications for the Research Alliance for NYC Schools, an independent research center housed at NYU. She has consulted for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and collaborated with many leading foundations, as well as some of the country’s largest and most well respected social programs. Chelsea has written and edited numerous influential papers and reports, focused largely on education and youth development, employment, and broad issues related to program evaluation.

Jim Longbotham – Buildings and Grounds & Education
Jim has been working as a teacher in New Paltz for the past 26 years with a specific interest in environmental education.  He coordinated the construction of an organic “Green Classroom” garden at his school as well as yearly Pumpkin Fests and Health and Wellness Fairs.  He has a special connection to Phillies Bridge Farm as he laid out and constructed the Nature Trail with the help of a fabulous group of volunteers over a decade ago.  In his free time Jim enjoys hiking, canoe camping, biking and making rustic furniture.

Michael Sheridan – SUNY Liaison
Michael has been working and researching sustainability issues for the past 18 years with a focus on the economic viability of small-scale, sustainable agriculture. To this end, he has worked with local farms and farmers, both in the Hudson Valley and in western North Carolina, to identify potential revenue streams and analyze their cost structures. Additionally, as professor of business management in the School of Business, Michael serves as the SUNY New Paltz liaison to the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, organizing class visits to the farm. In his free time, he enjoys discovering the bounties of the Hudson Valley with his wife and two daughters and/or riding his bicycle throughout the region.


Terence P. Ward – Treasurer 
Terence is a journalist who decided to join the Phillies Bridge CSA because of their food justice work. He has worked at the Winnakee Land Trust, which allowed him to develop a comfort level with the vocabulary and processes of conservation easements, and has served on both of the planning boards serving the New Paltz community. Photo credit: Lauren Thomas


Kathleen Hunt – Food Justice
Katie is an assistant professor of environmental communication at SUNY New Paltz, where she researches and teaches about communication and sustainable food systems. She is an ardent and active food justice advocate, with almost 10 years experience working with anti-hunger, farm-to-pantry, farmers markets, and other food access initiatives.

Lisa Tse-Congelosi – Incoming Treasurer
Lisa Lisa joined Phillies Bridge because she wanted to get involved in the Hudson Valley Community. She believes that Phillies Bridge’s three pillars, food justice, education, and farming are very important. She is an engineer who loves personal finance. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, baking, and cooking.

Honorary Trustees
Leland E. Gartrell  1927-2015
Frank Kraat
Susan Loxley-Friedle
Frederic B. Mayo
Mary H. Ottaway
James H. Ottaway, Jr.
Edith Kraat Sherman
Helen L. Vukasin 1922-2016
Sally Vasse, President Emerita