Leadership

Staff

Nick Szumowski, Executive Director
Lena Melnick, Director of Operations
Doran Hadan, Development Director
Joel Portmann, Accountant & Market Coordinator
Anisa Hermosillo, Market Manager
Heidi Grande, Market Manager
Red Jessup, Market Coordinator
Kaylee Haddad, Market Coordinator
Dawn Thompson, Market Coordinator
Brady Monteith, Market Ambassador

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charles A. Davis Jr., Board Member
Param Dedhia, MD, Board Member
Susan Fulton, Board Member
Manish Shah, Board Member
Deborah Tenino, Secretary/Treasurer
Janet Taylor, Board Member
Brian Warde, President
Jaye Wells, Chair
Frank Williams, Vice Chair

Pedro Romaño of Pedrography, Market Photographer
Creative Slice, Website

STAFF

Nick Szumowski

Executive Director

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Nick Szumowski hails from the snowy climes of northern Minnesota. With a Bachelor’s degree in Education and his experience in working with at-risk youth, he acquired his skills in communication, coordination, and conflict resolution. Nick’s passion for local, organic food led him to join the Heirloom Farmers Market team in 2010. As Executive Director, he helps nurture the growth and development of HeirloomFM to include five successful markets in Tucson, Oro Valley, Rincon Valley, and Green Valley.  Over the last eleven years, Nick has become intimately familiar with our regional food system and has developed strong relationships with farmers, vendors, community groups, and colleagues. Nick’s vision is to work in close collaboration with the farmers market community, staff, and Board of Directors to make HeirloomFM the premier non-profit farmers market system in the Southwest. Nick is also a lifelong musician, and has cultivated deep roots in the Tucson music community, curating great local music at the farmers markets.

Lena Melnick

Director of Operations

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Lena joined the HeirloomFM family in the spring of 2017. As Director of Operations, she brings passion and skill to helping local farms and small businesses thrive. Lena moved to Tucson from Prescott, Arizona to pursue a B.A. from the University of Arizona. During her time studying, she fell in love with the Tucson community and has lived here ever since. Lena’s favorite thing about working for HeirloomFM is the opportunity to develop relationships with a diverse group of people in a shared mission to empower communities. Her knowledge and rapport with the many varied businesses in the HFM system contributes to a great market experience for customers and vendors alike.

Doran Hadan

Development Director

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Doran moved to the Sonoran Desert from the Great Plains of Nebraska in 2017 and quickly immersed herself in the Tucson community. With a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Holistic Health Coach Certification, she has the knowledge, passion, and education to help diverse communities flourish. She started her journey with HFM in the winter of 2019 as the Programs Manager, and recently took on a new role as the Development Director. She is passionate about carrying out the HFM mission of creating a vibrant local food system and ensuring all people have access to healthy foods. She also loves collaborating with local and regional organizations to create a strong community. At the farmers market you’ll find her working with volunteers at the Taste of the Market booth, assisting customers with all their shopping needs, and thoroughly enjoying being a part of the local food scene. While not at the markets, she enjoys working in her garden and cultivating plants, creating fresh and healthy recipes, and exploring the desert with her family.