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Personnel

DORIAN GREGORY, Interim Co-Director and Southwestern New England Loan Outreach Officer; Northampton, Massachusetts.

In addition to directing CFNE's lending activities and providing fiscal and administrative oversight, Dorian visits current and potential borrowers, providing technical assistance and marketing the Fund in southwest New England. A CPA with almost 20 years in public accounting, including as a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, she has provided finance, audit, governance, and business advisory services to a variety of companies in industries as diverse as higher education and health services, manufacturing, transportation, and technology.  Dorian developed a life-long passion for social change while in college working on environmental and renewable energy campaigns, and later while engaged in community organizing for a low-income and poor peoples' rights organization, and as a battered women’s shelter hotline volunteer and board member.  Dorian obtained a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from George Mason University, her MA in Philosophy from SUNY at Stony Brook, and concentrated accounting studies at the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management. She currently serves on the board of her local food co-op and teaches Taijiquan (Tai Chi).

 

MICHA JOSEPHY, Interim Co-Director and Program Manager; Boston, Massachusetts.

In the dual role of Interim Co-Director and Program Manager, Micha oversees investor and funder relations as well as compliance reporting, marketing, and new program development, including its healthy food access project. Micha first joined the co-op movement as an Oberlin student cooperative association member and later coordinated the development of Boston Community Cooperative’s first housing co-op. He entered the community development finance world as a portfolio assistant with the community economic development assistance corporation. Just before joining CFNE in 2010, Micha managed the U.S. embassy’s commissary in Lusaka, Zambia. He has a background in nonprofit financial management and community organizing, and holds a BA in environmental studies from Oberlin College and an MS in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University. He has also participated in the Opportunity Finance Network’s leadership training program.

 

MAGGIE COHN, Southeast New England Loan Outreach Officer; Roxbury, Massachusetts.

As the Southeastern Loan and Outreach Officer, Maggie visits current and potential borrowers, providing technical assistance and administration of the loan portfolio, and markets the Fund in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts. Maggie comes from work with Boston non-profits, including the Mission Hill Health Movement; the Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness, which addressed issues of food access and access to physical activity in low-income neighborhoods; and Mission Hill Main Streets, which engaged business owners and local residents in strengthening and improving the local commercial district. In the 1990s, she worked at Red Sun Press, a democratically-controlled commercial print shop in Jamaica Plain. Developing a lasting interest in community development, she left Red Sun to pursue a degree in Community Economic Development. Maggie currently serves on the boards of the Cooperative Development Institute, the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation, and the Mission Hill Link. She is a member of the Boston Building Resources and several food coops. Maggie holds a BA from UMass Boston in Studio Arts and a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

 

CAROLYN EDSELL-VETTER, Cooperative Business Support Officer; Boston, MA.

Carolyn joined CFNE in March 2019. As the Cooperative Business Support Officer, she works with Spanish- and English-speaking applicants and borrowers to assess project feasibility and connect with culturally-appropriate technical assistance resources. Carolyn came to CFNE after 19 years with A Yard & A Half Landscaping near Boston, MA, where she led their conversion to a worker-owned co-op and served as co-CEO from 2014-2019. Carolyn serves on the board of the Cooperative Development Institute, and has been involved in coops since living in a cooperative house in college. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Cornell University and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. Carolyn, her partner Jesse, and their two boys enjoy running, dancing, and growing ridiculous amounts of food in their small urban garden.  The daughter of a Cuban immigrant, Carolyn is particularly interested in using cooperatives to create social and economic justice for immigrants, BIPOC, and others who have faced structural barriers to bringing businesses to scale.

 

LANE FURY, Northwestern New England Loan and Outreach Officer; Barre, VT.

Lane joined the CFNE team in 2017 as a loan and outreach officer covering northern Vermont and New York state. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2012, Lane began diving into alternative finance as a collective member of Regenerative Finance and member leader with Resource Generation, and then working in microfinance at a CDFI in Vermont for two years. In addition to regenerative economics, Lane loves reading feminist speculative fiction and exploring the woods.

 

DEBORAH HAWKINS, Northeast New England Outreach Officer; Clifton, ME.

Deborah joined the CFNE in January, 2017 and will visit current and potential borrowers, providing technical assistance, administration of the loan portfolio, and marketing the Fund in northeastern part of New England. A Maine native, Deborah has worked in bookkeeping/accounting for over 25 years. She helped found several food buying clubs and co-founded the then-largest CSA in the US in 1991. In the late 1980s and early 1990s she worked with the major U.S. organic certifiers to draft regulations for the Organic Foods Production Act. Returning to college in 1987, she was inspired by the cooperative movement and its values and has been involved with the movement ever since, including ongoing work with Cooperative Maine. She earned her B.A. from California State University, Northridge and her M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, in philosophy. Deborah is a member of the Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative, the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the NAACP, the Anthroposophical Society, University Credit Union, and is active in the Christian Community branch in Rockland.