2017 GMO Free PA Board of Directors
William Woys Weaver
Linda Coulston was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. In 1996 she graduated from Widener University’s school of nursing. Her first position was as staff nurse with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Later she elected to transition to hospice nursing which enabled her to provide nursing care in a more interconnected way.
Her strong belief in a more holistic, environmentally sound world lead to studying herbal medicine with several well know herbalists. With knowledge of herbs in combination with her nursing science background, she was frequently invited to consult with clients in a healing touch practice for those wanting cleaner, more wholesome nutrition and alternative remedies.
In 2009 Linda co-founded the Media Farmers Market and is currently serving on the board as vice president. In 2013 she attended a GMO Free PA meeting seeking information about her belief that GMOs are effecting every living organism. There she met Zofia Hausman, Karen Stark and Annmarie Cantrell. She has become an outspoken advocate for GMO labeling, attending functions and contacting members of the PA house and senate.
Linda lives with her husband, Rich, at their home in Media, Pa. There they maintain a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat. During the summer, they grow and market organic heirloom tomatoes.
A former stand-up comic, horse trainer and small business owner, Cindy took a giant leap of faith ten years ago by selling her business to write full time. Since then, she’s documented the risky pursuit of dreams in The Abnormal Mom’s Survival Guide, created a library of comedy blogs in Cindy’s A to Z’s of Comedy and followed the Philadelphia Phillies before and after their World Series win in 2008 in her satire called Phil-itically Incorrect. She’s completed five novels, two screenplays and a novella, and has contributed dozens of articles to online sites including Philly.com and Bleacher Report. She is also a ghostwriter. Cindy creates projects for two reasons: to build relationships and create opportunities.
After nine years of sobriety, she speaks on the topics of suicide prevention and recovery from addiction and also helps crowds laugh about everyday issues, including those that affect middle-aged and older women.
“I strive to be different but I’ve been called much worse.” – Cindy Falteich
Nate co-founded the Experimental Farm Network in 2013, an organization and working farm that facilitates collaboration on plant breeding and sustainable agriculture research in order to fight global climate change, preserve the natural environment, and ensure food security for humanity into the distant future. As a volunteer, Nate has been involved in efforts ranging from the Sudan Freedom Walk campaign to Occupy Sandy. He helped found InterOccupy, an open communication platform for activists.
He ran for U.S. Congress in 2012 and was called “the first Occupy candidate” by Politico. He has served on the Executive Board of the Project for Nuclear Awareness, the Cumberland County (NJ) Long Term Recovery Group, and the Jewish Social Policy Action Network. He is a member of the Seed Advisory Committee of the Non-GMO Project and the Education Committee of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey. As a plant breeder and experimenter, Nate has a broad range of interests, but he is most excited at the moment by sorghum, chestnuts, potato onions, beets, jojoba, mayapples (Podophyllum), Lepidium, Crambe, and currants (Ribes). He is grateful to be able to consider himself equal parts farmer and organizer.
Phyllis is a lifelong activist for peace, environmental justice, and sustainable farming systems. She works for Two Gander Farm, a certified organic diverse produce farm in Downingtown. She also teaches a weekly children’s cooking class, has managed two farmers markets, and consults with individuals who want to eat more real food. She is also an active board member of the Roughwood Seed Collection, a living archive of rare and endangered food plants, half of which are native to Pennsylvania.
Karen Stark is a self-proclaimed locavore who grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. She moved to Philadelphia in August 2010 from Illinois, where she co-founded and was the President of the Geneva Green Market. The Geneva Green Market, NPF supported small, local, sustainable farmers within 200 miles of Geneva, Illinois.
She hosted and organized an educational kid’s corner and coordinated the Chef demo events at the weekly summer open air market. It was the first true locavore farmer’s market in the area, and within two years the first indoor farmer’s winter market in Kane County opened. Karen also promoted the benefits of local food to various organizations within the Fox River Valley in Illinois.
She joined the Jeffrey Smith’s organization, Institute of Responsible Technology to increase the understanding of GMO’s and why it was important to buy local organic foods. She served as a steering committee member of the Fit for Kane Coalition, a group formed to study and fight childhood obesity. Fit for Kane Coalition made a difference throughout the county by successfully securing federal grants and implementing health driven programs.
Karen now serves on the Steering Committee of Slow Food Philadelphia which maintains fundraisers, educational events, and the Snail of Approval recognition. She has enjoyed meeting and interacting with the many urban organizations and people in Philadelphia that make such a difference in preserving the local farming communities, urban farming and those that are rebuilding the local food system. She is also involved with the PA Farmer Union.
She attended Weston A Price meetings in Kimberton, PA, where she meet Annmarie Cantrell. Together they started talking about genetically engineered issues and decided to start having informational meetings about GMO’s to the local population. When attending a Jeffery Smith event in CT, Karen met Zofia Hausmann. This developed into the triple play regarding GMO Free PA.
Karen is married and has raised three children to young adulthood in a GMO free life-style for the past 11 years.
William Woys Weaver
William Woys Weaver is an internationally known food historian and the author of 16 books. He is a rare four-time winner of the prestigious IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards, his most recent gold medal going to Culinary Ephemera, a survey of old advertising materials. His 1993 award winning cookbook Pennsylvania Dutch Country Cooking will be included in the forthcoming anthology: 100 Great American Cookbooks of the 20th Century. Weaver’s most recent book, As American as Shoofly Pie was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in the spring of 2013.
Weaver received his Phd in food ethnography from University College, Dublin (Ireland) and is also the founder of the Keystone Center for the Study of Regional Foods. He maintains the Roughwood Seed Collection of heirloom food plants at the historic Lamb Tavern in Devon, Pennsylvania.