Meet the F2S Leadership Team

Frederick County, MD Farm to School has a leadership team of professionals, all of whom are passionate about bringing the Farm to School program to Frederick County Public Schools.  It takes a village to bring a comprehensive program like Farm to School to fruition.  In addition to the Leadership Team, Frederick County, MD Farm to School has also built a volunteer Planning Team comprised of local farmers, educators, gardeners, culinary professionals, FCPS cafeteria managers, and FCPS parents.  Are you interested in supporting the F2S Campaigns to make F2S a reality in Frederick County Schools?  We would love to hear from you!


Alysia is using her combined experience in public health, nutrition, research, strategic planning, program evaluation, and meeting facilitation to lead the Farm to School initiative.  She has spearheaded many school garden projects as a master gardener and educated community groups as a registered dietitian.  She loves to bring people together in a collaborative way to problem solve and achieve meaningful change.

Alysia Mason Feuer, F2S Program Director  

As an advocate for community sustainability, Janice introduces and motivates change within government and communities that support economic, social and environmental health and well being.  Janice owns and operates a small organic vegetable/herb farm and native plant nursery.  

Janice Wiles, Director Community FARE
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Joann Coates-Hunter, Director of Fox Haven Organic Farm, Retreat and Learning Center

Joann has years of experience leading and directing teams while creating and implementing long-term strategic visions. She has created many farm-based education programs for children and the community at large. 

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Lisa Orr, Advisor - F2S and Community FARE

Lisa directs Mountainside Education and Enrichment, a nonprofit that teaches, demonstrates, and engages all ages in scientific explorations and environmental sustainability.  She serves on Maryland's Healthy Soils Consortium and seeks ways to advocate and implement regenerative agriculture practices.  

Joshua Keilson, Procurement Coordinator, Office of Food & Nutrition Services, FCPS

Joshua has 12 years experience in the food service industry, starting as a restaurant general manager for 5 years, then as a “quality management specialist” conducting food safety/SQF audits in settings from fast food, fine dining, hospitals, hotels, to supermarkets. Most recently Josh was operations manager for IKEA’s Food & Beverage department in their College Park, MD store, making the switch from IKEA to FCPS in Spring of 2020 as a first introduction into K-12. 

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Monica Skidmore, Food and Nutrition Specialist, FCPS

Monica is a Registered Dietitian with over 18 years of diverse clinical, management, corporate, and school food service and nutrition experience.  

Elizabeth DeRose, Hospitality Culinary, Tourism Institute Manager

Elizabeth manages the Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism Institute of Frederick Community College. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America she is a professionally trained chef with over 25 years of experience. She also had a successful career in non-profit leadership and is excited to combine her interests and experience in these fields to bring Farm to School to life in Frederick County.

Melanie Smith-Bell, Communication and Outreach Coordinator, Community FARE

Melanie has an English degree from Texas A&M University with a supplemental concentration in education and has written on a variety of subjects including environmentally sustainable construction practices and promoting community farmers markets. She is excited by the opportunity to combine her passion for writing, education, and interest in a sustainable future to help promote the missions of Community FARE.