NOFA-NY, Inc. Staff


Anne Ruflin

Executive Director

Anne is a lifelong resident of Upstate New York with a genuine passion for local organic and sustainable farming, gardening and eating!  Anne joined NOFA-NY in mid-April 2014 and came with many years of experience in executive leadership and not for profit administration.  While much of her professional career has been centered in not-for-profit health care, she has lived on several small farms over the years where she has, in her “spare time” tried her hand at a variety of agricultural endeavors such as raising goats, chickens, and ducks, growing and harvesting hay, harvesting wild berries and apples, and making maple syrup.  Today she lives in the beautiful Finger Lakes region with her husband, Chris, several horses and two beloved dogs. When she is not working she enjoys riding her horses and experimenting with new varieties and organic growing techniques in her flower, vegetable, and fruit gardens.  

Nancy Apolito

Finance & HR Manager

Nancy’s love of numbers and great people skills make her an ideal person to serve as our Finance & Human Resource Manager. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from LeMoyne College and a MBA in Finance and Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. She co-owned a company where she was Chief Financial Officer for 14 years before leaving to get her teaching certification from Nazareth College.  She taught chemistry for several years before joining NOFA-NY. When she isn’t working in Quickbooks, she’s at home with her family in her beautiful garden on Honeoye Lake.



Bethany Wallis

Education Director

Raised on a dairy farm, Bethany earned an associate’s degree in Agricultural Business from SUNY Morrisville and a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science from Cornell University. Bethany was first introduced to organic agriculture while managing the CSA at Grindstone Farm.  Since joining NOFA-NY in 2006, she has served in a variety of positions and has found her way onto our Education Team as Education Director—a position that she feels best utilizes her skills and knowledge.  When not coordinating the Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference or planning Field Days, Bethany is raising her four children and helping her husband on his family’s dairy farm in Pulaski, NY.


Andy Fellenz

Organic Fruit & Vegetable Coordinator

Andy Fellenz has farmed since 2002 and operates a certified organic vegetable and fruit farm in Phelps NY. He sells through 3 CSAs serving approximately 200 CSA members, the Brighton farmers market, and on the farm through a farm stand, as well as offering pick your own strawberries and certified organic transplants in the spring. Andy was a mentor with NOFA-NY’s Farmer-to-Farmer mentorship program and was one of 10 consultants in the NOFA-NY Beginning Farmer Technical Consultancy program in 2013 and 2014. As a member of NOFA- NY’s Policy Committee, a presenter at several winter conferences, and host of numerous field days, Andy brings a familiar face to many at NOFA-NY as well as those in the organic farming community.

Paul Loomis

Organic Farmer Marketing Coordinator

 Paul has lived in NY his whole life, predominantly near the shores of Lake Ontario, where he currently resides at his homestead outside the village of Hilton.  After finishing a degree program at Finger Lakes Community College he went on to complete a Bachelor's of Science at Brockport College which focused on applied research in Agricultural and Food systems. In 2004, Paul and his family began homesteading as a means for clean, healthy food. He began raising ducks, chickens, geese, turkeys, and goats, growing fruit trees, cultivating forest grown mushrooms, and planting vegetable gardens. With an abundance of diverse agricultural offerings he began selling at local farmers' markets. Soon after hitting the market scene with an array of log grown mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, and free range eggs demand quickly swallowed his productivity. In order to meet the growing demands Paul purchased an additional farm in 2012 with existing greenhouses and acres of amazing soil. Along with his business partner, he runs Growing Family Farms and Garden, a NOFA Farmers Pledge farm, in Spencerport, NY. He currently sells nursery stock, vegetable starts, flowers, and a variety of local added value items at several farmers' markets including Brighton, South Wedge, University of Rochester, and Rochester Public Market, through a CSA program, wholesale, to restaurants, and from his farm store. 

Robert Perry

Grain & Field Crops Coordinator

After studying horticulture, Robert settled on milking cows, running greenhouses, producing maple syrup, growing certified organic vegetables, starting a CSA, and serving on the NOFA-NY Standards Board.  He has worked for many years as an organic inspector for NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.  He has been involved with NOFA-NY since its founding in 1983 and is really excited to see the new crop of staff that have come on board to guide the organization into the future.  Currently, Robert is part of the OREI Value-Added Grains Program.  Robert brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to the Education Team as Grain & Fields Crops Coordinator.  When he isn’t planning Field Days or coordinating the trade show at the Winter Conference, he’s a fifth-generation farmer in Homer, NY.


CeCe Bowerman

Membership & Development Coordinator

Originally from upstate NY, CeCe received a BS in Outdoor Education from Unity College in Maine, and then headed out west to teach children about nature. She worked as a naturalist, educator and program coordinator before earning an MS in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Her interest in grant writing and database management paired nicely with her lifelong appreciation for sustainably grown food when she began fundraising for an organic farmland trust in Washington State. Her desire to move home to New York came to fruition when she joined NOFA-NY, where she will help more people join the movement to build a sustainable, regional food system. 



Stephanie Bertsch

Registration & Communication Coordinator

Stephanie has been interested in sustainable food systems since she was a young child picking peaches and pears from her grandparents’ urban backyard . She has channeled that interest into various positions including working at area farmers markets and as a manager at the Lexington Food Co-op in Buffalo. She has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo in Nutrition and is also a registered yoga teacher. Her love for organic food and promoting holistic wellness make her a great addition to our team. When she is not registering people for the Winter Conference or Field Days, she’s transforming local bounty into elaborate feasts for her friends and family and teaching people how to stand on their head.

Sondra Gjersoe

Administrative Assistant

Sondra's interest in sustainable food systems began ten years ago when she actively pursued transforming herself to reflect a healthier and holistic lifestyle. Now she is healthier than she has ever been. She attributes her success mainly to the amazing organic foods grown in our region and wants to share her passion and gratitude with others. Sondra spent several years as an administrative assistant for the American Red Cross, where she also enjoyed teaching First Aid and CPR and assisting with fundraisers. When she is not providing administrative support to our various programs and projects, she can be found out and about on her bicycle or sharing her passion for delicious, healthy food with friends and family.