Andy is the President and CEO of HallKeen Management, and has over thirty years of acquisition, development and management experience across a broad spectrum of real estate. Andy owns and operates Jordan Farm in South Dartmouth, MA, a grass-fed beef operation.
Darrin owns and operates Tupelo Hill Farm in Dartmouth, MA and manages Triple S Farm in Westport, MA. He has nearly 40 years experience in raising livestock. Darrin is President of the Bristol County Farm Bureau, and serves on the Massachusetts Farm Bureau state livestock committee and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau state membership committee. Darrin is a past board member for SEMAP (Southeastern Mass. Agriculture Partnership) and the Dartmouth Agricultural Commission.
Barry Gross, Clerk
.Barry has been involved in the local agricultural community for several years, including raising livestock. He currently distributes local produce to many of the finest restaurants in Boston. He is the co-chair of the processing subcommittee of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Livestock Committee. Barry also spends his time playing music around the region, doing art and architectural photography locally and abroad, working with the Mass Audubon Society, and enjoying the waters of Buzzards Bay.
David is a retired livestock farmer who raised and sold hot-house ethnic lamb for over 30 years throughout Eastern Mass. He served as President for the Bristol County Farm Bureau, and is the secretary of the Mass. Farm Bureau Livestock Committee and secretary for the Dartmouth Agricultural Commission.
Russ and his wife, Suze, have raised Scottish Highlanders, sheep, chickens, and a cat on Case Mill Farm in Westport for 15 years, and before that in Lincoln, MA. Russ's day job is venture and operating management in the medical device industry, and, occasionally, broader hi tech. His role on the TLI Board focuses on Development.
Philip was raised on a dairy farm in Lincoln, MA and now owns an all-natural Angus beef farm in Fairhaven, MA. Philip founded and runs DeNormandie Companies, which develops, maintains, and manages unique properties around the country. Philip is on the board of the American Farmland Trust, which helps preserve farms in the United States through public policy and acquisitions. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Maine Coast Heritage trust and the Vice President of the New England Forestry Foundation, which supports the preservation of working forests in New England.
Kristen has worked in sustainable agriculture and local food advocacy in Southeastern Massachusetts since 2012 after earning an M.S. in Ag & Food Policy at Tufts University. Kristen has significant experience in non-profit administration and management, grant research and writing, educational programming, farming, food service, land conservation, and office administration. Kristen has worked with land trusts and non-profits on community outreach and education, including working with the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnerships in developing and implementing educational workshops and seminars for farmers and the general public.
Sheryl has had a gentleman’s farm for over 15 years raising fresh meat and goat dairy products for her family of six. As part of TyDy-Farm, she and her children raise Tunis sheep, a heritage breed, for both meat and fiber in Rehoboth, MA. Sheryl spent over 15 years as a licensed veterinary technician with both small animals and livestock. In addition, she owned and ran a dog/cat boarding/grooming facility for over 10 years. Sheryl studied Animal Science at the University of Florida, and her love of farming started in childhood helping a local dairy farmer every weekend. Sheryl’s children are very active in 4-H and are happy to support the movement towards local and sustainable meat production. Sheryl currently works for the USDA implementing government programs to help sustain farming.
JJ owns and runs a diversified farm (The Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet, MA), growing vegetables as well as raising cattle, hogs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and goats. In addition to his extensive experience in agriculture, JJ has helped plan and execute fundraising events for Helping Hands of Farmers, Inc and St. Jude.
Jon is currently the Executive Director of the Farm Institute, an educational non-profit organization committed to connecting people of all ages and all circumstances to agriculture through the diverse operations of a working farm. Jon is responsible for overseeing development and implementation of The Farm Institute’s educational programs, including: the FARM camp (a farm based summer educational camp for kids), residential programs that bring inner city youth to the FARM, school field trips, after school and weekend programs, events including adult programs and community events, and being a public space open for visitors. Jon also has extensive experience in domestic and international agriculture.
Keith is the Farm Hub Program Leader and Educator for the Island Grown Initiative (IGI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that delivers food and agricultural education and helps develop food infrastructure to supply more local food, year round. The Island Grown Farm Hub is an education resource site for farmers and growers, offering demonstration aquaponic and hydroponic greenhouse production, workshops and trainings, a community garden, and an orchard. For the past 20 years, Keith has worked as an educator and researcher, through extension work at the University of Massachusetts, as general manager of two of the largest aquaculture and aquaponics facilities in the country and as a consultant.
Amado Baeza, Chief operating officer
Amado was hired to work closely with the board of directors to finalize the design of the facility, assemble the necessary equipment, and oversee and operate the proposed slaughterhouse and processing facility. Amado has over 29 years experience in the slaughtering and meat cutting industry. In addition to his expertise in meat cutting, Amado has extensive management experience and has worked as a plant manager, director of operations and in other high level management positions for more than 15 years. Amado has experience in all aspects of facility management, including creating capital budgets, developing the necessary food safety plans, working with USDA inspectors, sales, scheduling, operations and quality control, employee safety, and has helped in plant start up including helping with the planning, designing, set-up, and operating of a new facility.
Russell Iuliano, Project manager
Russ, a Licensed Mass Construction Supervisor, has been working closely with the TLI Board as a project manager to coordinate the work of the engineering firms, permitting, and maintaining the project scheduling. In addition, Russ has been assembling the construction bid package for the facility and will transition to the construction manager for the project. Russ is an experienced Massachusetts construction supervisor in a broad range of projects: new construction, maintenance, and renovation in residential and commercial properties.
Susan W. Murray, association manager
Susan co-owns and operates Apponagansett Farm, a small, diversified farm in South Dartmouth. Susan is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of TLI, including maintenance of records, grant writing, and bookkeeping. In addition Susan works closely with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing educational programming and materials.
Kevin has over thirty-five years of experience in the meat packing industry, including working directly for some of the largest meat processors in the country such as IBP, Inc. in Nebraska and Packerland Packing in Wisconsin. Kevin is a graduate of the Harvard Business School in 1974 and Harvard College in 1965. Kevin’s responsibilities with the facility will be to utilize his industry knowledge to structure and implement a successful plan to build and operate a small, high quality packing plant.
After 14 years in various roles with the American Farmland Trust in Illinois and Great Barrington Mass, Bryan has been working for the last 10 years both as an Agricultural and Natural Resources consultant (Bos Native Meats, LLC) and as the Livestock Coordinator for Dole and Bailey. Bryan brings an extensive network and knowledge of New England meat processing to the TLI project.