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Meet CFC's New Staff Members

Over the past few months, Comfort Food Community has welcomed FOUR new staff members to our organization! We're thrilled to have them on our team and eager to introduce them to our community. You can learn more about their roles and backgrounds below.

Dena Bigwarfe, Office Administrator

Dena joins CFC with a certificate in Professional Human Resource and over 20 years of experience in HR and customer support. Outside of work, she enjoys all things outdoors and has a passion for quilting and volunteering.

Dena will certainly be an asset to the on-going success of our daily operations and administration. We are thrilled to have her on the team!

To learn more about Dena, click here

Zach Bain, Food Recovery Manager

Zach joins CFC with extensive experience in farming and agriculture. He has worked on farms of various scales, as well as different aspects of the agricultural economy. His main experience has been in organic vegetable production. Zach, along with his family, recently moved to Greenwich, NY and started Ox Hill Farm.

We are excited to have Zach lead our food recovery efforts and to see all that he and the FFC team achieve!

To learn more about Zach, click here

Marisa Barone, Community Health Worker

Marisa joins CFC with previous experience at an arts non-profit organization based in Portland, OR. Back east, she began growing food on several organic farms which lead to growing her own diversified vegetables on rented land. This experience created a path into the intersections of food, the environment, wellness, and social justice.

Marisa has discovered a deep sense of purpose in providing healthy food to others, especially to marginalized communities. In November 2021, she and her partner moved to Argyle, NY and are slowly transitioning a former cattle farm into a diversified land project.

Our Community Health Program will surely continue to flourish with Marisa's dynamic background, creativity, and passion for food as health!

To learn more about Marisa, click here

Christine Hoard, Development Manager

Christine joins CFC with more than 20 years of experience in professional fundraising, project management, and events production. Her most recent role was Director of Philanthropy at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. Christine has also held several positions at Glens Falls Hospital Foundation where she developed and initiated the Hospital’s first Annual Giving program.Christine enjoys spending time with her family, supporting her husband and son at area dirt tracks, taking road trips throughout our beautiful area to look for waterfalls and covered bridges, and collecting Christmas blow mold decorations.

To learn more about Christine, click here

Welcome to the team, Dena, Zach, Marisa, and Christine!

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