Memphis Farmers Market | Downtown Memphis Farmers Market
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About

board members

 

2019 BOARD MEMBERS

The Memphis Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization created by a group of local volunteers and run by a volunteer board of people who are passionate about local food, small farms, and making a connection between consumers and local producers.

 

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President

Volunteering in Memphis is the best way to see this community continue to grow in a positive direction. Join me at the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday mornings!

LISA TAYLOR

Born in California, Lisa settled and grew up around Brunswick, Tennessee. She graduated from St. Joseph Hospital as a Radiologic Technologist, followed by a B.A. in sales from the University of Memphis.

Lisa works for Abbott as a territory manager in Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. In addition to her 2 pups, Jack and Frankie, Lisa has 2 grown daughters, Stephanie and Hollye, who live in and around Memphis.

Lisa believes that we should all strive to nurture and build others up — to always leave things better than you found it.


 
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President Elect

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Emily Wyonzek is the director of operations for The Cotton Board, where she manages the Regional Communications Team, directs the HR function, and is on the strategic planning team. She holds a BA in literature from Arkansas State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis.

Emily started Team Cotton, a corporate wellness program for The Cotton Board staff, that now extends across the country to others in the cotton industry. Team Cotton challenges its members to eat healthy, exercise, and take part in run/walk races across the country.

Emily is an avid reader, runner, and yogi. She lives just around the corner from the market with her husband, Geoff, and her sassy Jack Russell terrier, Olive. Emily believes that the MFM is a great resource for the neighborhood and for Memphis, and she is excited to be involved.


 
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PAST PRESIDENT

CHACE HAMNER

Chace was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and moved to Memphis in March 2009. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a B.S. in finance/investment management. He moved to Memphis to be with his college sweetheart and got married in August 2010. His wife, Kori, is the director of support and professional development for Shelby County Schools, and their young daughter, Stella, keeps them both busy! Chace is currently vice president of commercial lending with Renasant Bank in Memphis. He is a member of the Northeast Shelby County Rotary Club, and he and his family are members of Fellowship Memphis



 
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Secretary

Diana Comes

Diana grew up on and around her grandparents’ dairy farm near Sarasota, Florida.  She moved to Memphis in 2004 and has been an active volunteer with the MFM since 2009.  Diana holds a BA in English Literature from Rhodes College and a JD from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Diana practices law with Butler Snow LLP, where she represents and counsels businesses in the areas of financial-services and consumer litigation, contract disputes, noncompetes, and business torts.  She also helps companies protect their intellectual property. 

Diana is excited to be involved with the Board after ten years of volunteering with the MFM.  Her favorite part of the Market is getting to know the farmers who grew and made the food, especially getting tips on delicious ways to prepare it.


 
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Treasurer

Haynes Vaughn

Haynes is a senior associate at The Marston Group, experienced in performing audits for nonprofit organizations — like the Memphis Farmers Market! He holds a B.S. from the University of Tennessee and a master’s from the University of Mississippi.

One of his favorite quotes comes from Henry Ford: “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”


 
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Vendor Chair

Aaron Greear

Aaron is an East Tennessee native who, after 5 years in the United States Marine Corps, got a B. S. in Exercise Science at Middle Tennessee State University followed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Tennessee State University. He relocated to Memphis with his wife Jodie in 2012 where he is employed as a physical therapist at Regional One Health and she works as a clinical dietician at St. Jude.

Aaron enjoys traveling, playing soccer, rooting for Memphis 901 FC, and enjoys all things outdoors including camping, hiking, backpacking, and biking. He has developed a passion for all things Memphis and has been volunteering at the Memphis Farmers Market since his arrival in 2012. He looks forward to serving the Memphis Farmers Market in his new role as Vendor Chair.

 

 
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Marketing Chair

Laura Ehret


 
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Vendor Representative

Miles Wolf Tamboli

Native Memphian Miles Wolf Tamboli has a passion for growing food with young people. He’s currently the Agri-STEM teacher at Bolton High School in Arlington, TN. Before launching Bolton’s farm program, Miles founded and managed the Girls Inc. Youth Farm in Frayser for three years. Miles began farming in 2011 after earning a bachelor’s degree in public health from Tulane University. He was driven toward the meaningful work of growing food after engaging in an internship at the Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, where teens are given the tools to build a brighter future by learning about social justice on a sustainable urban farm. Miles completed apprenticeship training at Apricot Lane Farms in southern California and co-founded the Simpson Street Farm in Portland, before returning to Memphis to join forces with Girls Inc. in developing an intensive youth program based on farming.

Miles joined the Memphis Farmers Market board in 2016, and has worked as a volunteer and a vendor since 2014.


 
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Vendor Representative

Carrington wise


 
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Health Chair

Joshua Wolf

Josh is originally from Melbourne, Australia. He has lived in Midtown Memphis since 2010 and started volunteering at the Memphis Farmers Market the month he arrived. His favorite volunteer job at the market is working the coffee cart, because he enjoys getting to meet market customers and looking in their shopping bags! He has been a member of the MFM Board since 2015 and the Health Chair since 2016.

When he is not at the market, he is a pediatric infectious diseases physician at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, working on ways to prevent and treat life-threatening infections in children who have cancer.


 
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Operations Chair

Russ Westlake

Russ was born in Memphis but spent most of his earlier years in Charlotte NC. A few years after receiving a BS degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University, Russ moved back to Memphis to continue a career in Commercial Real Estate. Russ now manages JLL’s Memphis office.

Russ enjoys spending time with his wife Cheryl and children Harriet and Hayes. Living close by in Central Gardens, the Memphis Farmers Market has always been a favorite and regular Saturday morning stop. After witnessing the fun and festive environment and seeing what great things the market offered our City, Russ felt compelled to get more involved. As result, he joined the board in 2018. A big believer in the importance of a vibrant downtown, Russ recognizes the vital role MFM contributes to this exciting transformation of this community. The MFM not only allows the Farmers and other Vendors to prosper, it provides the overall community an abundance of local, healthy food and other goods.

Hope to see you at the Memphis Farmers Market this season!


 
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Legal Chair

Timothy Perkins

Tim is a lifelong Memphian and a graduate of Christian Brothers University, where he obtained a B.S. in finance and economics, as well as a graduate from the University of Memphis School of Law. During the week, Tim is the managing attorney of labor & employment litigation for AutoZone. He is also an adjunct law professor at the University of Memphis, where he teaches legal writing and has coached moot court for the past 11 years.

When not practicing law, Tim and his wife, Teri, pour their time into raising two small children, Riley and Grayson, and growing their specialty coffee business, Vice & Virtue Coffee. Tim’s family has recently moved downtown and is excited to get involved and help grow the Memphis Farmers Market.


 

RESTAURANT Liaison

Clay Schuchardt


Memphis Farmers Market Team

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interim market Director

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Robert has been involved with the Memphis Farmers Market in 2011 and has been with us ever since. He started as a volunteer but soon fell in love with the market, its community and most especially the vendors. He joined the Board of Directors in 2012 as Vendor Chair and continued in that role for three consecutive two year terms. He is coming to us now to assist in our transition into our exciting future plans; whatever they may be, we know one thing for sure, Robert will be there all the way to lend his support and guidance.


 
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Market Coordinator / Volunteers Cultivator

Terre Gorham

Terre works in tandem with the MFM executive director, acting as a right-hand farmhand in planting the market’s success on Saturdays. Terre also serves as the market’s “volunteers cultivator,” recruiting, training, maintaining, and sustaining the 200-plus volunteer workforce needed to operate MFM’s Saturday markets and its ancillary activities and fundraisers. “In 2007, when I first heard the expression, ‘No Farms, No Food,’ it startled me,” she says. “I hadn’t thought about food that way before. I started volunteering for the Memphis Farmers Market that year to support its efforts to assist area farmers with sustainable business opportunities.” Off the field, Terre is the Office Manager for LEO Events, as well as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. She owns a loft in an old building in the South Main Historic District, within easy hollering distance of the market.