Rebecca Sadinsky, Executive Director
Rebecca brings to PCC Farmland Trust years of management experience in the social sector with both nonprofit and government organizations. Starting her career with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and Planning, Rebecca’s career has spanned many causes: grassroots-led neighborhood planning, affordable housing, urban community gardening, and economic development in dis-invested communities. It is her long-standing enthusiasm for the Farmland Trust’s mission that guides her work leading the organization’s staff and volunteers to fulfill our lasting role in the movement, toward preserving and expanding organic agriculture in Washington State. Send Rebecca an email
Melissa Campbell, Associate Director
Over the last decade, Melissa helped shape the direction of the Trust’s conservation and stewardship programs. Today, as Associate Director, she leads the Trust’s impact investment work, including raising funds and managing investor relations. In addition to developing conservation finance and impact investment tools for the Trust, Melissa guides strategic opportunities for the Trust to advance our farmland conservation and land access goals across the Puget Sound region. Melissa holds a B.S. from the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree where she focused her capstone work on land tenure barriers for Puget Sound immigrant farmers. When not at work, Melissa enjoys being outside, as much as possible, with her family. Send Melissa an email.
Hilary Aten, Conservation Director
Hilary joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2011, working on many facets of our farmland conservation program, including real estate transactions, conservation planning, and management of public grants for acquisitions. Hilary has been involved in land conservation and watershed protection since 2004, working with a range of local, county, federal, and international conservation initiatives. Prior to her work at the Farmland Trust, Hilary focused on coordination of community-based conservation programs, including watershed restoration projects, natural resource management, and planning (operational and financial) for long-term management of protected conservation lands. Hilary holds a B.A. in Political Science, and a MPA from the University of Texas-Austin. Her long-term interest is in supporting local livelihoods that mutually benefit from protecting our region’s unique valuable natural resources, and she sees saving local organic farmland forever as critical to that future. Send Hilary an email.
Judith May Austin, Development & Communications Director
Judith Austin joined PCC Farmland Trust as a fundraiser in 2014. Her background includes seven years as an arts administrator and spokesperson for Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she worked to increase young audience participation and established the organization’s social media presence. Judith also served youth and families as an AmeriCorps member in Seattle; she worked as a field organizer for Senator Patty Murray and former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire in 2004. Judith was born in Washington State and graduated from the University of Washington. She is passionate about building a more just, sustainable, and beautiful world. Send Judith an email.
Megan Jenny, Community Engagement Manager
Megan joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2015, bringing nearly a decade of experience in community engagement, advocacy, and organizing with her. In her role, Megan focuses on how the Trust shows up in the communities where we work for supporters, volunteers, partners, and producers. She also leads the Trust’s advocacy work and our Farm to Farmer program. Before coming to the Trust, Megan was a community organizer working on a range of environmental issues, including reducing climate pollution and limiting pesticides and other chemicals in our air, land, and water. She graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in English. When she’s not at her desk or out talking to people about the Trust’s work, you can usually find Megan with her nose in a good book, trying out a new recipe using local produce, or adventuring. Send Megan an email.
Rusty Milholland, Farmland Stewardship Manager
Rusty joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2016 where he works to ensure the agricultural and environmental values of the land we conserve remain protected forever. Rusty comes to the Trust from Salt Lake City, UT where he served as the Stewardship Director at Utah Open Lands, a statewide land trust. His interest in conservation began at an early age, after spending his childhood in the caretaker’s residence of a nature preserve in Southern Maine. Upon graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Rusty has focused much of his efforts on conserving our limited resources and encouraging others to explore the natural world. When he isn’t busy meeting with farmers, planning restoration projects, or interpreting easement language, Rusty enjoys exploring the mountains and coastline by foot, bike, and ski. Send Rusty an email.
Robin Fay, Conservation Manager
Robin Fay grew up on his parents’ organic berry farm in the San Juan Islands, where he learned about farming first hand. He received an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Robin has diverse work experience, including working in bike shops, as an EMT, and for The Nature Conservancy. Robin brings a background in land use planning and farmland conservation policy to his role as Conservation Manager, working with the rest of the conservation team to cultivate relationships with farmers, complete conservation transactions and easement purchases, and protect valuable farmland around the region. Outside of work, Robin is an avid outdoorsman, aspiring photographer, and has an undying love for bicycles. Send Robin an email.
Kate Delavan, Conservation ManagerKate Delavan joined PCC Farmland Trust as Conservation Manager in 2018. She works with the conservation team to cultivate relationships with farmers, complete conservation transactions and easement purchases, and protect valuable farmland to ensure it is available for the next generation of farmers. She brings a broad understanding of food systems to her work, with extensive experience in the natural food industry, with farmers markets, and in land-use planning and agricultural conservation policy. Kate’s upbringing in rural North Idaho shapes her connection to agricultural landscapes and her understanding of the risks posed by farmland fragmentation. Kate holds a B.S. in Global Business from the University of Redlands and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington where her capstone focused on regulatory barriers to farming. When not working, you can catch Kate in her garden, in a yoga class, or out exploring Washington’s scenic and wild places. Send Kate an email.
Gina Kilbridge, Institutional Giving Manager
As a proud, third-generation Seattleite, Gina is deeply invested in preserving the environment and sense of place that she grew up with. Fun fact: Gina’s great grandfather was a vendor in the Pike Place Market nearly 100 years ago. Promptly after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Comparative Literature, she began her career working in support of companies and organizations that provide cultural enrichment for local communities. Her background includes public relations and event coordination for the Seattle International Film Festival, marketing, print, and digital advertising coordination for Seattle Weekly. Her passion for good food and healthy living led her to PCC Farmland Trust. She aspires to build lasting relationships with funders and corporations that share in the Trust’s vision of a sustainable, vibrant farming future for the people of Washington. Send Gina an email.
Molly Goren, Communications Manager
Molly brings her strategic communications background and interest in sustainable food systems to her role as Communications Manager. After graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in Communications and Interdisciplinary Visual Art, Molly launched her career as a marketing professional and project manager at a Seattle-based strategic communications firm. From small arts institutions to large community foundations, Molly helped a variety of nonprofits elevate their missions, engage new audiences, and raise critical dollars. Prior to joining the Trust, Molly spent three months working on an organic farm in Tuscany as a way to get closer to her food. Molly is thrilled to contribute to the prosperity of our own farmland, farmers, and food supply here in Washington by educating our community about the Trust’s vital work. When not writing blog posts or snapping photos out on a farm, you can find Molly drinking coffee, out in the woods, or reading her cookbooks cover to cover. Send Molly an email.
Natali Terreri, Conservation & Operations Coordinator
Natali developed a passion for sustainable agriculture and community development while studying Environmental Studies at Oberlin College. After graduating, she took her passion to the field, working as a flower farmer in upstate New York. She also interned at a community land trust in DC where she saw the power that land trusts can build within communities. Natali believes the greatest assets to conservation are the relationships humans have with each other and nature. Natali supports the team with conservation, fundraising, and office administration. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking for her housing co-op, rockclimbing, and is on a mission to find the best pizza in Seattle. Send Natali an email.
Sydni Baumgart, Community Engagement Coordinator
Sydni joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2016. Growing up in a commercial fishing family in Bellingham, Washington, Sydni witnessed the delicate relationship between humans and the environment firsthand. While studying Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, Sydni spent summer months working in a salmon processing plant in Naknek, Alaska. After graduating, Sydni worked as a math and chemistry tutor, interned with Taylor Shellfish Farms, served as an AmeriCorps member with IslandWood, worked as a project assistant for Bellingham’s first annual SeaFeast, and coordinated a Bellingham-focused sea-to-plate film. She is passionate about spreading her enthusiasm for natural resource conservation, and strives to be the communication link between farmers and fishermen, scientists, and the general public. Outside of work, you may find Sydni exploring a variety of community events and enjoying the city of Seattle where she has access to delicious food, live music, and the outdoors. Send Sydni an email.
Amy Moreno-Sills, Farm to Farmer Coordinator
Amy Moreno-Sills discovered her passion for agriculture while attending The Evergreen State College. Upon graduating she began her farming career in the Snoqualmie Valley of King County. It was there that she learned the business of farming and became an advocate for a myriad of agriculture-related issues. Amy and her now husband met while working together on a King County farm and moved to Pierce County to farm in 2009. They started their own farm business, Four Elements Farm in 2014, and currently grow organic fruits and vegetables on PCC Farmland Trust conserved land. As a farmer and a conservation advocate, Amy has a deep desire to keep farmland in production. She is excited to help support the viability of farmers and farmland through her coordination of the Farm to Farmer project at PCC Farmland Trust. Send Amy an email.
Board of Directors
Beth Mondzac, President
Beth Mondzac is an ardent supporter of organic farming and long-term participant in community supported agriculture and land conservancy. Beth believes in preservation of local organic farmland for future generations. She has lived in Seattle for over twenty years and has had a career in engineering management consulting that utilized both her undergraduate degree in engineering and her MBA.
Mark Kantor, Vice President
As a founding shareholder of Kantor Taylor, Mark represents for-profit, nonprofit, and public entities in all aspects of the financing, planning, and development of affordable housing and economic development projects. Mark has been a national leader in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit industry for two-decades and, in addition to facilitating hundreds of transactions, has led numerous policy advocacy efforts in support of affordable housing.
Elizabeth Pontefract, Treasurer & Secretary
Elizabeth Pontefract is the Vice President of Strategy for PCC Natural Markets. Her main area of focus is developing integrated strategies for mission-driven organizations, first as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and going on to work in-house for Starbucks before joining the team at PCC. She earned her JD/MBA from Harvard and a BA in Mathematics and Literature from Claremont McKenna College. Elizabeth lives in Ballard and considers herself a true Seattleite despite growing up in Boise, Idaho: she is a passionate Seahawks fan, drives an electric car and has two dogs, Seamus and Norman, who feature prominently on various social media outlets.
Rick VanderKnyff, Past President
Rick VanderKnyff has been on the board of PCC Farmland Trust since 2008, and has served as chairperson of the strategic planning and board development committees. An assigning editor at NerdWallet.com, he has worked previously at Microsoft, the Los Angeles Times and the University of California. He has served as a volunteer for numerous conservation groups and causes, and lives within a short cycle of one of the Trust’s focus areas (the Snoqualmie River Valley).
An attorney by training, Bob Farrell currently works as a senior real property agent for the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services. Prior to joining the City, Bob served as PCC Farmland Trust’s outside counsel for just over eight years. Bob began his legal career in the real estate practice group of the Seattle law firm of McNaul Ebel Nawrot Helgren PLLC. He is past-president (1994-98) of the board of trustees of PCC Natural Markets. Bob graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, and holds a master degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Bob received his bachelor degree (business administration/accounting) from Seattle University. He is also licensed as a certified public accountant.
Steve Jones is a wheat breeder at the Washington State University – Mount Vernon Research Center. Steve has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Davis and teaches graduate courses in advanced classical genetics and in the history and ethics of genetics. His first wheat crop was on five acres at Chico State University’s student farm in 1977. Together with his graduate students, he breeds wheat and other grains for local uses to be grown on small farms in the coastal west and the upper Northeast. He also runs the Bread Lab, a combination think tank/baking laboratory where they experiment with improved flavor, nutrition, and functionality of regional and obscure wheats. Steve grew up in the Bay Area and witnessed farmland loss first hand.
Betsy Lieberman is a Leadership Consultant, based in Seattle, Washington. Her work is focused on ensuring successful leadership and strategic directions for organizations, particularly health and human service nonprofits. Prior to her consulting practice, Betsy served as Executive Director of Building Changes, a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness across Washington State through grantmaking, evaluation, non-profit capacity building, and advocacy for policy change. Betsy holds a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health and a B.A. in Political Science from Antioch College. She lives with her husband and Airedale in Seattle.
Randy Lee is also the Chief Financial Officer of PCC Natural Markets, where he has worked for many years and serves as that cooperative’s treasurer. Randy has served on the board of the Farmland Trust since it was founded in 1999 and was board Chair from 2006-2014. Randy lives in Seattle and holds a BS in economics and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Sarah Mahlab brings her background in timberland, conservation, and impact investing to the Trust. As an Investment Analyst at Green Diamond Resource Company, a family-owned timberland management company in the Pacific Northwest, she assists with acquisitions, dispositions, and strategic decision making for working forests. Prior to Green Diamond, Sarah worked at Canopy, a place-based investment start-up, and The Lyme Timber Company, a conservation-oriented timberland investment management organization. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Kate Rogers is editor in chief of Mountaineers Books, an independent and nonprofit publisher of outdoor recreation, adventure, and conservation titles. Her interest in food and agricultural issues stems from their Skipstone imprint, which focuses on urban-based sustainable living topics. Kate’s publishing career has spanned thirty years, including positions at Waldenbooks, Bantam Doubleday Dell, and Sasquatch Books, and as founder–principal of a book packaging firm. She has served on the board of the Washington Trails Association and the Trust’s strategic planning committee, and has been a part-time lecturer on publishing and media at the University of Washington and Seattle Community Colleges.
Sylvia See spends her days in an office tower but her heart is in the dirt. As an avid gardener and animal lover, she has taken a great interest in the local farming movement and sustainable agriculture. This interest includes workshops at Quillisascut Farm in Eastern Washington which serve to bring back things learned from her grandparents about the impact we have on nature and how we can kindly give and receive from the soil and water. Sylvia’s passion for land and farming draws her to the work of PCC Farmland Trust, where she hopes to be able to offer experience from the world of finance and business management. Sylvia is the Senior Business Officer at Salal Credit Union.
Sandy has a long history of supporting and working for environmental and social causes in the Northwest. Her career has ranged from urban planning & community organizing to psychology, teaching and organizational consulting. Most recently she was the Executive Director of the Lopez Community Land Trust and then the Technical Assistance Manager for Community Frameworks, a four-state non-profit intermediary in the affordable housing field. Feathers in Sandy’s cap include founding Seattle’s Homesharing for Seniors Program, being a leading founder of the Burke-Gilman Trail, and developing the nation’s first USDA-approved mobile meat processing unit. A PCC member for over 35 years, and now retired, Sandy wishes to actively participate in the preservation of precious farmlands and the provision of opportunities and support for new organic farmers in the Northwest.