Board Bios

Jim Hochron (President) has served on the Red Wiggler Board since 2007. He and his wife Jean are also CSA members. Jim has been an employee with IBM in its federal practice for over 30 years, offering expertise in finance and business operations. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing and painting and fishing with his adult sons in Louisiana. 

Jim Heaney (Vice-President) 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.

Chris Garosi (Treasurer) 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.

Katalin ‘Kati’ Gimes was born in Hungary and spent half of her adult life there. After settling in Montgomery County, she started working at Leadership Montgomery where she ended her career as Program Director in 2016. Currently she is a full-time yoga teacher and owner of 9210yoga, a small yoga studio. Prior to coming to America, she was a producer and program buyer for Hungarian Television. Her passion, besides teaching yoga, is food and everything related to good and healthy food. She was the President of the Slow Food DC chapter for seven years before joining the Red Wiggler Board, starting a new chapter in her community service. Kati is inspired by Red Wiggler’s mission and is committed to introducing the farm and the growers to as many people as she can.

Cynthia Hamilton 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.

Jean Hochron has served on the Red Wiggler Board along with her husband Jim since 2007. They were introduced to Red Wiggler as CSA customers beginning in 2004 and still eagerly look forward to picking up their weekly share. Although she has spent many years working in the Health Policy arena, Jean is never happier than when outside with her hands immersed in dirt. The outdoors, music, and travel are a passion. Jean has served on several non-profit boards addressing homelessness and access to health care at the local and national level. Jean and Jim have two grown sons and spend as much time as they are able with their two young grandchildren in New Orleans.

Stacy Molander 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.

Carol Rieg works on-site at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Headquarters in Communications as a government contractor. She came to know Woody Woodroof through the 1999 Leadership Montgomery program. Prior to her FAA work, Carol was the Corporate Foundation Officer at Bentley Systems, a global engineering software company. She designed and built the corporate social responsibility program reaching 3300 employees located in 50 countries. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Chair of the City of Gaithersburg’s Board of Appeals, and as a Board Member for Global Impact, Inc. Carol and her husband Kevin, Sr. live in Gaithersburg and are very proud of their adult son, Kevin, Jr. who works as a research assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Katie Leary Sebastian 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. 

Jean White is a Federal Sales Manager at IBM. Her brother has been a Grower at Red Wiggler for many years. Jean has watched first-hand the impact Red Wiggler has made to the many Growers and to the extended community. Two of her children have enjoyed spending time at the Farm over the years, performing Community Service work. She joined the Red Wiggler Board in 2014. Jean has three grown children and lives with her husband in Annapolis, MD. She spends her free time with her family and enjoying the many outdoor activities in Annapolis and at Deep Creek Lake.