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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 Finance Manager at Conduent, he is also a partner in a real estate investment firm. 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 of Business at the University of Maryland. Chris lives in Clarksburg, MD with his wife and two children, and his family is a member of the Red Wiggler CSA.

Kim Guay (Joined Board in October 2020) first came to the farm in August of 2018. Her children were looking for an unique SSL opportunity (somewhere they could commit to, learn from, foster relationships, etc.). She was so impressed, she decided to start volunteering immediately. Prior to solely being a household CEO, she worked for 13 years at Marriott International’s headquarters in various paralegal roles within the law department. Before Marriott, she worked at law firms in downtown DC. Working in the legal field has positioned her to be an asset to the Board when it comes to research, processing and organizing information, and writing and editing skills. Kim is originally from the mid-west and loves the outdoors. She lives in Bethesda with her husband, 2 children, and 2 kitties.

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.) brings over 15 years of experience in strategy and business development in the contract research market with organizations including Westat and RTI International. He has a passion for innovation and has led a group of data scientists focused on applied solutions leveraging emerging technologies. He is also active in venture capital as a venture partner with NextGenVP. Ben joined Red Wiggler to carry forward the values gained from growing up on a farm in southern Michigan. He has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith school of business at the University of Maryland College Park. He lives in North Potomac with his wife Lauren and two daughters.

Elgin Martin (Joined Board in October 2020) first became involved with Red Wiggler in May of 2018 when he joined the staff as the Development Coordinator. However, as a native of Montgomery County, he had long been aware of Red Wiggler’s incredible work in the community. In the years since his tenure on staff, he has continued to work in Nonprofit Development, supporting the missions of the World Wildlife Fund, BalletNova, and, most recently, Manna Food Center, where he is a member of the Development & Communications department. Elgin is passionate about community service and fundraising for causes that promote connected, healthy and inclusive communities, a passion that began in his time on ‘the hill’ at Kenyon College. He looks forward to bringing his fundraising experience and perspective as a former staff member and volunteer to the board.

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.) joined the Red Wiggler Board in 2017 and served as Development Committee chair before becoming president in 2019. She learned of Red Wiggler and began following the farm’s work and progress several years ago after her oldest child visited with a group from Catoctin Quaker Camp. Katie worked for almost 20 years as a GIS Analyst & mapping project manager for various non-governmental agencies (including Gates Foundation, IFPRI, WorldBank) 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 and Development. Currently, in addition to running a small business that works to support women artisans in Guatemala, Katie continues to seek opportunities to work on food security and food distribution issues, primarily in the D.C. area. She lives with her husband Jim and their two dogs in Takoma Park, MD and has three children who have recently set out on their own, living in Minneapolis; NYC, and Washington, DC.