Board Bios

Louis Eby (Joined Board in June 2019.) has volunteered on the farm since 1996 when he helped establish Red Wiggler’s farming operation. He brings to the farm several years of experience working on market oriented vegetable farms. He retired as the Lead Attorney Advisor in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Permit Division where he focused on agricultural water pollution issues for several years. Louis lives in Washington, DC, where he is on the boards of his local community garden and his neighborhood association.

Chris Garosi (Treasurer. Joined Board in December 2017.) brings 20 years of experience in a variety of finance and business operations roles in organizations both large and small. Beyond his full-time job as Business Operations Manager at Conduent, he is also a partner in a real estate investment firm and owns a consulting firm specializing in small business advisory services. Chris joined the Board at Red Wiggler after a successful three-year stint as Treasurer of a non-profit in Garrett County, MD which built a no-kill animal shelter during his tenure. He earned his MBA from the Smith School at the University of Maryland. Chris lives in Clarksburg, MD with his wife and two children.

Cynthia Hamilton (Joined Board in 2014.) is a long-time supporter of the farm and its values, and is the proud mother of Iya Snowber, one of Red Wiggler’s Growers. Cynthia, with husband Chris Snowber, owns the architectural firm of Hamilton Snowber Architects in Washington DC where their design interests involve not only the design of single family houses, but in creating a connection to the land and surrounding setting.  Having grown up on a farm in northeast Ohio, Cynthia has a lifelong interest in organic food production and food sustainability. The Hamilton/Snowber family values Red Wiggler’s strong emphasis on good, wholesome, and delicious food (which has taught Iya the value of good nutrition). Cynthia is creative and enthusiastic, and brings a keen eye to our physical plant as well as to our Programs.

Jim Heaney (Vice-President. Joined Board in August 2015.) retired after 30 years from his role as principal and founder of HeaneyCougar, a management consulting firm that provided counsel and training for companies going through change. One of his first jobs was working on a truck farm weeding and picking fruits and vegetables. Jim is active at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. His lifelong interest in developing the human potential has taken him down many roads in his own search for the greater meaning and purpose. Jim believes that the answers to modern business problems and everyday life challenges can often be found by observing the way nature works.

Ben Laimon (Joined Board in December 2019. Bio coming soon.)

Stacy Molander (Secretary. Joined Board in December 2017.) is the Chief Operating Officer at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to end the childhood obesity crisis within a generation. Stacy was first introduced to Red Wiggler in 2015, when she presented Woody with an award at the Maryland Workplace Health and Wellness Symposium. Prior to PHA, Stacy was with Pierce, an experiential marketing agency where she led client service teams in the strategic design and execution of marketing programs for clients. She began her career on Capitol Hill in former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn's office and in television publicity at Discovery Communications and CNN. She lives in Kensington with her two children, Hannah and George, and her husband Gregg.

Katie Leary Sebastian (President. Joined Board in March 2017.) is new to the Red Wiggler Board (2017), but has followed the farm’s work & progress for several years since her oldest child visited with a group from Catoctin Quaker Camp. Katie has worked for almost 20 years as a GIS Analyst & mapping project manager for various non-governmental agencies (including Gates Foundation, IFPRI, WorldBank, World Agro-Forestry Center) with a focus on food security and land use, primarily in Africa. She was editor and primary author of the Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development. Most recently she has begun to look for opportunities to work on food security and food distribution issues closer to home and is focusing on the D.C. area. She lives with her husband Jim, two dogs & two of her three children in Takoma Park, MD.