The Market’s Board and Staff consists of a diverse group of motivated individuals who bring a diverse set of skills and experience to the direction of the market.
Board of Directors
Diana Weinburg, Board Chair
Diana began volunteering at the Market in 2016. She serves as President of the Market’s Board of Directors focusing her efforts on overall governance, community relations and fund-raising. Recently retired, Diana’s background includes human resources, finance, operations and program management. She looks forward to spending more time at the market with her grandchildren. She eagerly awaits the arrival of strawberries, tomatoes and apples in season at the Market.
Ali DiMatteo, Vice Chair
Ali has been visiting the Market since she moved to Melrose in 2013 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board. Ali has a JD and has worked in politics and policy for much of her career. She can usually be found chasing her two kids around the Market while updating the chalkboard signs. On off days, she works on the Market’s sponsorship program and the many fundraisers and events that help fund the Market and the SNAP match. Ali loves to buy tomatillos/husk cherries at the Market, and always stocks-up on them during the few weeks they are available.
Laura Kahl, Secretary of the Board
Laura started volunteering with the Farmers’ Market in 2016 and is currently the Secretary of the Board. She also coordinates the Market’s fantastic group of volunteers. Laura has lived in Melrose with her husband and two kids since 2015, and although she works as a lawyer for a firm in Wakefield she tries to make it to the Market after work as often as possible. Her favorite things to buy at the Market are the in-season tomatoes.
Ruth Moses, Treasurer
Shortly after moving to Melrose in 2014, Ruth started visiting and volunteering with the Market, and currently serves as Board Treasurer. Ruth has an MBA in accounting/finance, and is currently working with small businesses and non-profits. Ruth may be seen performing all types of different jobs on market day, but can most often be found at the Market table. Outside of market days, Ruth takes care of the Market’s financial reports and requirements, and periodically volunteers with other fundraisers and events. Ruth loves the wide variety of fresh food available at the Market, enjoys buying what’s in season, and loves the sense of community there.
Janet Rutan Board Member Emerita
Janet began volunteering at the Market in 2017 and joined the Board in January 2019. She is a retired academic librarian and moved to Melrose in 2016. She also volunteers with MIRA (MA Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) doing voter registration of new citizens. She loves spending time at the Market for the energy, the vendors and the people who come out each week in support of this great community event.
Cindy Chabot, Board Member Emerita
Cindy managed the Market from 2010-2017, growing it from its original small size and location to its current robust size at Bowden Park. As a professional structural engineer, her skills in automation, economizing, analyzing, and building are what set the roots for the Market and have enabled it to be the community institution it is today.. Cindy’s favorite thing about the market is seeing friends and being able to catch up with them. Each week her favorite stops at the market are the vegetables and fresh fruit (that actually has flavor), the bread, and the fish.
Maureen Elia, Board Member Emerita
Maureen has been volunteering at the market for seven years, enjoying all the wonderful food for the body and also for the mind that community engagement provides! Having moved to Melrose – thrity-nine years ago, she raised two children, and followed them to school by being a volunteer librarian there. She is active in the Melrose League of Women Voters, and was among the founders of Melrose Recycling and the Melrose Human Rights Commission. Maureen loves to behold the beautiful and bounteous displays of the produce. She has a seven year-old chicken who still produces eggs, and gave her the idea of the Melrose Urban Farm Tour.
Mary Kay Crepinsek, Board Member at Large
Mary Kay joined the Board after shopping and volunteering at the farmers’ market in 2016. As a nutritionist and former food assistance program and policy researcher, she helps direct SNAP participant outreach and reviews grant proposals to fund the Market’s SNAP matching program. At the Market, Mary Kay can be found manning the Club Sprouts kids programs or counting and photographing our loyal market-goers and the farmers’ bounty. She and her husband Bob are long-time residents of Melrose and (urban) farmers themselves. In her free time, Mary Kay loves to play tennis and volunteers for Mystic Valley Elder Services and the Milano Center. Her favorite things to buy at the market are fresh fish, pasta, “feta” cheese, maple syrup and, for a special treat, basil sausage. She is grateful that our farms participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), helping to make local, fresh produce more accessible to all.
Julie Unger, Market Manager
Julie Unger became the Market Manager in March of 2017, and has lived in Melrose since 2010. She has three kids and a dog. Julie has a background in non-profit management and community engagement, including an MBA in Social Policy and Management and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University. Julie orchestrates all aspects of the market from engaging with vendors, fostering relationships with community organizations, and getting the word out to shoppers, all during kid nap-time and evenings. On Market days you can often see her hanging out at the market with her children, enjoying the community and pitching in. In her free time, Julie loves to cook with fresh ingredients picked up at the market, play soccer once a week and travel the world with her family. Julie loves to buy peaches, beets, pasta, cheese, bread and fish from the market. Julie is ServeSafe Certified.
Ani Talarico Braey, Market Coordinator
Ani Breay became the Market Coordinator in 2019, and has lived in Melrose since 2008. Before having children, she was an elementary school teacher in Costa Rica, Lowell and Cambridge. Food has always been important to Ani — she has been an avid eater, traveler, home cook and self-proclaimed food critic for as long as she can remember. Ani knows our current food system isn’t sustainable, and is passionate about helping more people have access to healthy, affordable and locally grown food. She is most happy at a table with her family, enjoying a meal together, and she loves when kids in the neighborhood pass through her kitchen and and ask about what’s on the stove. When not at the market or in her kitchen, Ani loves to teach yoga, volunteer in our community, and get outside with her husband, three children and mangy mutt Brooklyn.