The Board of Directors
The Matthew 25 Farm is run by a board of directors consisting of individuals from Christ's Chapel and the community at large. The board manages the farm and decides on the direction that the farm takes, to include what vegetables are planted. Below you can find further information on each board member.
Gary Gates, Chairman
|Gary Gates brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Matthew 25 Farm. He has approximately 20 years experience working on a farm raising crops, animals, and market vegetables. Growing up he was a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4H. Gary has an Associated Degree from Erie Community College and a Bachelors Degree from Michigan Tech University. Gary has approximately 49 years of business experience in electronics maintenance, manufacturing and quality assurance. He is also currently serving on the board of directors of two not-for-profit organizations and President of another small social organization.|
Jody Morgan, Vice Chairman
|Jody Morgan is Board Member and long-time volunteer of the Matthew 25 Farm. Jody has over 20 years of Plumbing experience, and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Jody’s committed to the vision of the Farm, helping those less fortunate have fresh, healthy produce.|
Valerie Rarick, Treasurer
|I am a former Army Captain who left the United States Army in 2015 and moved back to CNY. I received my Bachelors of Art degree in Sociology from Tulane University and my Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters Degree in Human Resources from Villanova University. I was active duty military from June 2004 until June 2015. I enjoy all aspects of the farm, and not only serve as the treasurer but also as the webmaster, oversee fundraising events and advertising, and have spent hours on crop and farm research. My hobbies and interests include golfing, cake decorating, baking, painting and drawing, reading, music and travel.|
Married for 44 years and the parents of two girls (one deceased) and grandfather to 4 wonderful grandchildren. Retired after 34 years as a chemist for IBM. College degree in Chemistry from Case Institute of Technology (now known as Case-Western Reserve University). Hobbies include amateur radio, camping, car and house maintenance and general repairs.
I have been married to Keith Condon for over 37 years, and have three children: twins, Aubrey and Andrew and daughter Brianna. I was commissioned as a Youth Minister for the Diocese of Syracuse in 1990 and have been working with teens in the area of Youth Ministry since 1979. I was employed by St. Cecilia?s Parish in Solvay, NY for 23 years and am presently employed as Youth Minister and Director of Faith Formation for grades 8-12 for St. Charles-St. Ann?s Parish in Syracuse, NY. I have been volunteering at the Matthew 25 Farm with youth groups since the beginning and helped to finance and establish the St. Cecilia?s Orchard. I have a degree in Performing Arts from Cazenovia College and presently teache ballet and tap classes at Caitlin Clark?s Centre of Dance in Syracuse. The entire Condon family wholeheartedly believes in the Mission and Ministry of the Matthew 25 Farm. The logo of the farm was designed by my daughter, Aubrey Condon.
|Rollin Mincher brings to the Matthew 25 Farm grant writing, fund development and donor procurement services. Rollin has written grants for various police, fire and emergency providers in Central New York for over 20 years. He is employed by PEACE, Inc. in Syracuse where he runs a community center and donation program. Rollin is President of the Friends of the Butternut Community Police Center in Syracuse. He is a former Rotarian and serves on local boards. Rollin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College.|
|Mike Hungerford practiced law for thirty-four years before retiring in 2014. He started his career with Legal Services of Central New York representing folks with limited means in proceedings involving benefits entitlements (public assistance, food stamps, social security, Medicaid, etc.). He then worked on consumer frauds and other public interest matters in the NYS Attorney Generals Office for 14 years. His next employment was with the Mental Hygiene Legal Service where he represented folks with mental illnesses and limitations for 18 years, where he rose to the position of Deputy Chief Attorney. As Deputy Chief he oversaw the work of attorneys in both the Syracuse and Utica offices of MHLS.|
He worked for a number of years in the Food Pantry at Plymouth Congregational Church, worked on the CWS Crop Walk, is on the Board of the Interreligious Food Consortium, and has been involved with the Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry for several years. Both personally and professionally he has focused his advocacy on helping the least of these.
|Charles VanBuskirk of Tully became Member of the board in 2017. He works overnights at Wal-Mart in Cortland and is a member of Christ's Chapel in Vesper and is the Elder of evangelism. Charles is married to Michelle (Santos) VanBuskirk and is dad to Airelle, Melody and Eric. Before becoming a board member, he volunteered with the farm over the years. Charles has been a member of toastmasters and worked on developing his public speaking skills. Is looking to help Rick in his presenting the farm. And develop our online and social media presence.|