Meet the Board

Meet our wonderful Heart & Soil Board of Directors- the volunteer team who’s support and guidance makes our programming possible.

Our 9 member Board helps plan, direct and facilitate programming, fundraising and events throughout the year. They make sure we are meeting our mission of connecting people to the land where their food grows, making healthy foods and hands-on nature experiences accessible to all. 

We couldn’t do this important work without them! 

President

Roslyn (Roz) Broch

Roz is a longtime friend and supporter of Kristen and Chris and Olsen Farm. She is so excited to be serving as President of the Board for Heart and Soil!  Roz was born and raised in Williamstown and spent most of her life in and around Berkshire County, with a few stops in other places along the way.  She recently moved to Haverhill, MA, and works as the Assistant Director/Head of Reference at the Topsfield Town Library, located in one of the oldest agricultural communities in the country.  Roz studied communication and international relations as an undergrad at UMass Amherst and recently completed her Masters of Library Science through Drexel University after 15+ years of working in academic and public libraries.     

In addition to her academic and professional background, Roz is a lifelong activist and volunteer.  Her first protest was with Kristen and her mom in DC when she was a senior in high school.  Roz can also be seen at many a river and ocean cleanup — hauling out trash, televisions, and shopping carts, to name a few things!  She is a former board member of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, a nonpartisan civic engagement organization.  Roz has been a part of many movements and organizations and is honored to share her knowledge and skills with Heart and Soil and its wonderful community.   

When she’s not neck deep in mud or taking to the streets, Roz loves to spend free time gardening, reading, hanging out with family and friends, cooking, making music, and taking walks.  Roz has a deep love for homegrown produce, freshly baked bread, bookstores, fantasy/sci-fi series, subversive cross stitch, traveling, and the random little absurd moments that pop up unexpectedly.     

 

Vice President

Jessi Byrne

Jessi transplanted herself from the farmlands of Ohio to the Berkshires a few years ago when she accepted the position of Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC), a North Adams based non-profit serving all of north Berkshire. A few highlights of Jessi’s work at the Coalition include facilitating the Northern Berkshire Food Access Collaborative, running the nbCC Bike Collective and she is a certified Community Health Worker. 

Serving the community is Jessi’s passion which manifests through her work in food education and literacy with the goal of building individual capacity upon which the community is built.  

Jessi is a nature lover and enjoys being outdoors with her fiancé and two pups, Ripley and Bludo. 

 

Treasurer

Linda Pruyne

 

Linda Pruyne & her husband Bob are both lifelong residents of Lanesborough Mass. where they raised their two children. A retired entrepreneur, Linda owned and operated Business Consultants, a bookkeeping and tax accounting service for
33 years.

Since retiring in 2014, Linda has kept active in the community she has always appreciated and felt a very strong connection to. She is a board member and serves as the treasurer for the local Council on Aging, the Baker Hill Road District and the Lanesborough Village Fire & Water District.

As a wanna be musician, upon retirement Linda organized the Northern Berkshire Ukulele Club. Membership consists mostly of senior citizens wanting to learn to play an instrument and socialize. The club plays for free bringing entertainment to Senior Centers throughout Berkshire County. It is one of Linda’s favorite activities.

The proud Grandmother of two beautiful girls, Linda has a strong desire to preserve all she has appreciated in her lifetime; family, friends, the environment, nature and community.

Clerk

Janet Nelson

Janet is a transplant from the eastern Mass area to the Berkshires and has lived most of that time in Lanesborough.

She first became involved in Heart & Soil by volunteering on the soup-making crew. “Being a member of this wonderful organization, through working on the day-to-day tasks and now as a board member, allows me to give back to my community in a way that I truly enjoy, with people who share my values.”

She has spent her career as an RN helping others and is looking forward to growing her helping disposition through a food and nature-based pathway to wellness for her neighbors.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading and crafting.

Board Member

Patrick Elliot

Patrick grew up on Cape Cod and moved to a small hill town in Northern California as a teenager. He has a love of nature and respect for the environment and always knew farming was his future. 

He moved to Berkshire County in 2019 and purchased the historic Bradley farm now known as Second Drop Farm, a you pick flower and berry farm.

Future plans include expanding the agriculture operation with the addition of a farm to table restaurant. 

His emphasis for the farm will continue to be maintaining community connections.

 

 

 

Board member

Amelia Wood

 

Board Member

Michael Kelly

Mike is an accomplished entrepreneur and passionate advocate for sustainable farming and locally sourced produce. With a diverse background that includes managing fine dining restaurants and owning Cornucopia Food Truck, Mike has spent over 15 years in the culinary industry, establishing a reputation for excellence and innovation.

Born and raised in the picturesque Berkshires, Mike has always felt a deep connection to the region’s natural beauty and agricultural abundance. His commitment to promoting the Berkshires as a haven for local farms and sustainable practices is unwavering. As the Treasurer of Heart & Soil, Mike wants to play a pivotal role in advancing the organization’s mission to support and uplift local farmers, foster sustainable agricultural practices, and strengthen the community’s bond with its natural resources.

Throughout his career, Mike has demonstrated a profound dedication to embracing the farm-to-table movement. His experience in the culinary world has provided him with a unique perspective on the significance of using locally sourced produce as a focal point in showcasing the Berkshires’ culinary heritage. This passion extends beyond the kitchen, as Mike actively engages with farmers, food producers, and community members to promote a sustainable and thriving food ecosystem.

Aside from his professional pursuits, Mike is a loving parent to an amazing daughter named Kaitlynn and shares their home with three mischievous cats. This familial connection further fuels his desire to create a better, greener future for the Berkshires and its inhabitants.

Board Member

Zack Zenk

 

 

Board Member

Steven Glicksman

Steven Glicksman is a retired psychologist and former president of the Manhattan Psychological Association. Living in Canaan NY he spends his time tending to his garden, cooking, pickling and canning.

He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys taking nature photographs. His interest in working with Heart & Soil is to give back to the people and the community.