Nick Szumowski, Executive Director
Lena Melnick, Director of Operations
Doran Hadan, Development Director
Joel Portmann, Accountant
Daniel Wilder, Lead Market Manager
Dawn Thompson, Market Coordinator
Brady Monteith, Market Coordinator
Steven Boley, Market Coordinator
Angie Staats, Market Coordinator
Kelli Van Nuys, 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
Executive Director 520.882.2157
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 has helped nurture the growth and development of HeirloomFM to include five successful markets in Tucson, Oro Valley, Rincon Valley, and Green Valley. Over the last thirteen 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.
Director of Operations 520.882.2157 [email protected]
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.
Development Director 520.882.2157 [email protected]
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. As 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 cooking up nutritious recipes at the Taste of the Market booth, assisting customers with all their local food 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.
Lead Market Manager 520.882.2157 [email protected]
Daniel Wilder joined the HFM team in the summer of 2022 as an AmeriCorps Vista Member. Upon completing his service year, he decided to stick around and now holds the position of Lead Market Manager. Initially arriving in Tucson with the aim of earning a degree from the University of Arizona, Daniel quickly found himself enchanted by everything the city had to offer. Six years later, he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. With a background in philosophy, Daniel cherishes the simplicity the markets bring to the lives of Tucson residents. He especially enjoys witnessing the way the local community converges to forge a unique and vibrant economy. Above all else, Daniel values the community spirit and is glad to contribute by ensuring the markets operate smoothly on a daily basis, serving as a friendly face amidst the day-to-day operations.