Meet the VINES Staff!
Amelia LoDolce, Executive Director
Amelia joined VINES as the organization’s first Executive Director in February 2016. As a volunteer, Amelia began working with VINES in 2007 as a founding board member and the coordinator of the Liberty Street Community Garden. Prior to joining VINES, Amelia worked for United Way of Broome County spearheading the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition’s Eat Well. Play Hard. Binghamton! project (a pilot initiative working to improve the health of families on the North Side of Binghamton) and the City of Binghamton as the City’s Sustainable Development Planner. Amelia holds a Master’s degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Having grown up on a farm in Otisco, NY, she enjoys working with other community members to make space in the urban neighborhoods for people to grow their own food and connect with the local environment.
Kaitlyn Sirna, Community Garden & Youth Program Manager
Kaitlyn is our newest member of VINES, joining the team in the spring of 2017. Her knowledge of farm life comes from her family farm in northeast Ohio, where her parents are first generation farmers. She furthered this passion in Chicago by pursuing urban agriculture initiatives while she received her BA in English from DePaul University. Kaitlyn has spearheaded farmers markets, coordinated CSAs and even a farm to table pizzeria in Ohio. Here in Binghamton, Kaitlyn worked in the community at Cornell Cooperative Extension prior to VINES and had previously been a substitute teacher as well. Her love of agriculture keeps her learning, as she is pursuing a Masters in Sustainable Communities at Binghamton University, focusing on the role culture plays in food and food accessibility. In her free time Kaitlyn loves to drink coffee, wander around the town, go camping and cook things she’s never made before.
Kate Miller-Corcoran, Binghamton Farm Share Coordinator
Kate joined the VINES team in 2015 as the Farm Share Coordinator. No stranger to farm life, she grew up on a dairy farm in Windsor, NY, where her family has been farming for 4 generations. She received her BA in English from Penn State University and her Master of Arts in English from SUNY Cortland. Her background also includes education both at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels. She formerly taught fourth grade in the Baltimore City School District where she witnessed firsthand food insecurity and its effects on children and the surrounding community. Kate spends her free time reading, running or elbow deep in dirt, paint, play-dough and doing other creative activities with her daughter. She loves working with the amazing volunteers of VINES Binghamton Farm Share to help bring healthy food from local farms to the people in our community!
Anthony Paolini, Binghamton Urban Farm Manager
Anthony started with VINES as the Urban Farm Manager in March 2016. He is a 2014 environmental studies graduate of Binghamton University and worked in the Teaching Greenhouse there, developing a biological pest control system using beneficial insects and conducting wetlands research. This past growing season he was the cultivation manager at First Light Farm in Carnation,WA. The season before, he worked at Closer to the Heart Farms locally. He enjoys making music, hiking, chicken-keeping, and creating his famous fermented turnips.
Giavanna Townsend, AmeriCorps Service Member
Giavanna is serving a one year Americorps term with VINES as a food access coordinator. Her time with VINES will be devoted to directly working with the community to increase access of healthy and affordable food in Broome county. Giavanna was born and raised in Binghamton, NY and found a passion for growing food in the summer of 2013 while participating in the VINES Grow Binghamton Youth Program. Since then Giavanna has worked on various rural farms and gardens and is now back where her fondness with engaging the community began. Giavanna also enjoys tending to her houseplants, reading, watching cooking shows and eating good food.