Leadership

Staff

Nick Szumowski, Director of Operations
Zoë Anderson, Director of Advancement
Lena Melnick, Lead Market Manager
Jackie Mendelson, Market Manager, Taste of the Market Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Joel Portmann, Accountant & Market Coordinator
Red Jessup, Assistant Market Coordinator
Anisa Hermosillo, Assistant Market Coordinator
Athena Rose Atkins, Market Ambassador & Taste of the Market Intern

Pedro Romaño of Pedrography, Market Photographer
Shelby Thompson, Farm to Table Report’ Author & Photographer
Creative Slice, Website

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

STAFF

Nick Szumowski

Director of Operations

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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 market manager, he helped nurture the growth and development of Heirloom FM to include four successful markets in Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley.  Nick is also a lifelong musician, and has cultivated deep roots in the Tucson music community, curating great local music at the farmers markets. Over the last seven years, Nick has become intimately familiar with our regional food system and has developed strong relationships with farmers, vendors, colleagues, and community groups. Nick’s vision is to work in close collaboration with the farmers market community, staff, and board of directors to make Heirloom FM the premier non-profit farmers market system in the Southwest.

Zoë Anderson

Director of Advancement

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With a BA in TV & Film Production from Brooks Institute of Photography and working in Los Angeles for several years in the film industry. In 2007, Zoë left the hustle and bustle to reclaim her home in Tucson spending the past 9 years working in marketing, graphic design and web development. Joining the HeirloomFM team in July 2013, she found happiness in sharing her passion for local fresh food and connecting with her community by integrating her creative marketing and design skills in support of small business development. Now in her 5th year working for HFM, she thrives on the continued collaboration with her peers and passionate market vendors to see their business grow and expand their customer reach. In office, Zoë is in continuous strategic planning mode utilizing her creative project management skills to execute Heirloom’s marketing and art direction, special events at the market, grant execution, educational programing for vendors and customers, market outreach, and office organization.

Lena Melnick

Lead Market Manager

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Lena joined the Heirloom family in spring of 2017. As one of Heirloom’s Market Managers, she is passionate about bringing local to the locals, pesto, and heavy lifting (both of spirits and market equipment). She 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 the farmers market is the opportunity to develop relationships with all kinds of people and to build community in Southern Arizona. Come find Lena at the Green Valley, Oro Valley, and Rillito Park farmers markets!

Jackie Mendelson

Market Manager, Taste of the Market Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

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Jackie is the Taste of the Market Program Manager, as well as a Market Manager & the Volunteer Coordinator! She grew up in Ohio but has spent every year since 2009 in Arizona, falling in love with the Sonoran Desert. With a B.S. in Plant Sciences and honors in Government & Public Policy from the University of Arizona, Jackie hopes to continue working in the local food system, advocating for food justice for all! Jackie has a background in urban agriculture and has managed several gardens both in and out of state. Most recently, she finished up a year as a FoodCorps service member where she combined her passions for outdoor education, cultivating healthy food, and building community. Now she’s pursuing these passions through the Taste of the Market food literacy booth and co-cultivating the Market Ambassador Program. Stop by any weekend to find out more about these projects! Outside the market, you can find her biking to grab an iced oat milk latte and to watch the sunset over the Catalinas.