2023 TOFGA Board of Directors
Carolina Mueller, PresidentCarolina is a food systems practitioner, part-time farmer and full-time graduate student in her last semester at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She also is currently the volunteer president of the Central Texas Young
Farmers Coalition. Over the past decade, Carolina has worked in a number of positions all along the food chain. Her work in food spans from the big-picture national policies down to the personal experiences of individuals and communities. Carolina is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of TOFGA to support producers all over Texas.
Robert Maggiani, Vice President
Leslie Provence, Secretary
Greg Mast, Treasurer
Aime Sommerfeld Lillard, Region 1 Director
Susie Marshall, Region 4 Director
Susie Marshall is founder and Executive Director of GROW North Texas, a Dallas-based nonprofit that cultivates healthy food communities by strengthening local food production and improving access to fresh, nutritious food. She has 17 years of experience working with food systems, food producers, and food assistance programs distributing surplus fruits and vegetables. Susie is a past president of Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and has been involved since 2010. Susie has degrees from Texas Wesleyan University, Texas A&M – Commerce, and Perkins School of Theology at SMU.
Glen Miracle, Region 5 Director
Glen Miracle grew up in Kentucky with a gardening mother and farming grandparents. After college, studying theatrical set design he moved to Houston, primarily due to the success of the Houston Grand Opera. During the years as a designer and artist he used a small (I mean tiny) front yard garden as a place to take a break. During slow times he would plant the garden and hope it would find some way of surviving when the 16 hour days at the job returned. In 2001 he and his wife Kenan decided to move and create a farm 45 miles northwest of Houston in Hempstead, where he would continue to do art projects part time, but could find time to plant a large garden. They named it Laughing Frog Farm in honor of the thousands of tree frogs on the pond. That grew into an obsession that since 2009 has been a full time job where Laughing Frog Farm grows about two acres of vegetables, runs a small flock of sheep and raises both meat and egg laying chickens. Almost every Saturday (50 weeks last year) he was at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market in Houston selling meat and produce. Glen studied permaculture and uses those principles as guidelines for production and land development. The farm hosts farm to table dinners in the spring and the fall, has farm tours and teaches gardening/farming classes. His first TOFGA conference was 2010.
Darron Gaus, Board Member
Darron was born in a small agriculture town named Yoakum, TX. After 8 years in architecture, kitchen design & project management, Darron went back to agriculture. He got his degree in agriculture from Texas State University in 2016. Darron has been involved in agriculture his whole life, but professionally has been in the ag world for over 10 years. He has been a ranch hand for a large cattle operation and a vegetable farmer on the San Antonio Food Bank's 105 acres. Currently Darron is an ag specialist for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). His passions are educating and spreading the word of sustainable, regenerative agriculture. Darron is a professional learner, always craving more innovation and new ways of thinking. In his free time he enjoys gardening, camping, wildlife conservation, and being a practitioner and advocate for sustainable stewardship of life and land.
Stephanie Kasper, Board Member
Stephanie Kasper is a research farmer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. She manages UTRGV's research and education farm, the Hub of Prosperity, and has been involved in efforts to make Edinburg's city ordinances more friendly to urban food production. Before moving to the Rio Grande Valley in 2017, Stephanie farmed mixed fruits and vegetables for 2 years in Edna, TX and 1 year in Shiner, TX. At home, she's also a devoted front-yard veggie gardener, rain harvester, and urban chicken keeper.
Amy Gallo, Board Member
Amy has spent the last decade as an avowed advocate for local agriculture. She braids together her love of local produce with her belief that food has the power to heal individuals, communities, and the environment. She grew up in a small town in central New York, and studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University. She has worked on farms in Central Texas for ten years, in every role from field hand to manager and has a deep reverence for the work of farmers and farm laborers. Currently she serves as the Farm Viability Director for Sustainable Food Center, working on tailoring solutions to common problems faced by Central Texas farmers, strengthening the local food system, and overseeing the two SFC Farmers’ Markets.
Keisha Johnson, Board Member
Keisha is from a town where small scale farming represents a true lifestyle. She enjoys cultivating Mother Earth with sustainable & regenerative methods. In late 2019, she abandoned a 25-year Administrative career, to return to her childhood home as a caregiver. For her, returning home meant dirt roads and cattle guards; and of course, growing/farming my own food. So she started a farm and is currently farming (veggies & poultry) full-time on her family's homestead. Grow It 4 Dinner, is a small organic farm committed to providing fresh food to their rural, food insecure, underserved neighbors in the piney woods of east Texas. They believe in local farms servicing local residents and strengthening the local food supply; while promoting sustainable agriculture. Producing an organic supply of nutritional foods is a personal passion worthy of exploring. She enjoys the rural life!
Laurie Dixon, Board Member
Laurie Dixon is at heart a gardener who loves to engage with others. She believes EVERYONE benefits from growing plants. Organically, of course! Born in Fort Worth, raised in the rolling hills and grasslands of North Texas, a grad of UT Austin, her love for Texas runs deep. As a landscape designer and consultant, Texas native plants are her favorites. In the past, she has worked in the Nursery and Greenhouse Industry propagating, merchandising, managing, and learning! Currently, she is in the consultant training program of the Soil Food Web school and is intent on moving her work in the direction of a more regenerative business practice. She is also a Williamson County certified master gardener since 2015.
Isabella Chamberlain, Board Member
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Isabella's passion for environmental studies and social equity has led her to the agriculture and food security sector. She is currently the Executive Director of Good Local Markets. GLM not only builds community and educates about eating locally and seasonally in Dallas, but they support and strengthen local businesses, farms, and artists by creating economic opportunity. Isabella holds a degree in sustainable food production, 7+ years of horticultural experience, and 5+ years working for Dallas based non-profits.
Former TOFGA Board Members