Stephanie Breed

VC Coordinator

Stephanie grew up on a dairy farm in Dorset.
She spent her childhood playing outside with her siblings, and has continued her love of the outdoors with involvement in a number of nature-oriented organizations, including the New Orleans Park and Zoological Garden, the Boston Horticulture Society, the Boston Flower and Garden Show, the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. 
She is happy to  be a part of the Merck Forest family.
Amy Pim-Capman

Visitor ExperienceCoordinator

Amy grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.
Having fallen in love with the Green Mountains, she made Vermont her home and spent 16 years in elementary education and 5 years running a registered daycare before joining the Merck Forest family.  
Over the past 21 years, Amy has spent countless hours hiking and enjoying MFFC with her 3 sons.


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Dylan Durkee

Fleet & Facilities Manager

Dylan grew up on his family’s dairy farm. As a farm kid, he learned all aspects of farm management, animal husbandry and crop care; he has broadened his skill set with experience working for an electrical and general contractor.

Dylan’s passion is to raise healthy livestock and to manage the land in a sustainable manner.

Hadley Stock

Farm Manager

Hadley grew up just down the road from  Merck Forest in Dorset and has many great memories of  time at Merck throughout the years. She is excited to join the team as the Farm Manager and bring her passion for small scale sustainable agriculture and local food.  She has spent the past 15 years working in farming and food production throughout Southern Vermont. She now lives with her husband and three children on their small family farm in West Pawlet where they raise pigs, chickens, cows, goats and ducks, and where they love making maple syrup together as family.


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Chris Hubbard


Chris spent decades as an educator and traditional folk artist. She’s brought that experience to bear in expanding Merck’s educational programs.

Chris and her husband have a small farm and enjoy sea kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Cara Davenport

Education Manager

An apprenticeship at Merck Forest in 2018 has developed` into Cara’s current role as Education Manager. With a love of experiential learning in outdoor spaces, Cara enjoys planning and leading programs and camps in Merck Forest’s diverse ecosystems and landscapes. 

She lives in Manchester Center and enjoys long-distance running, cooking and experimenting with food, and finding new ways to have conversations about our relationship to the land and living things on which we all depend.

Elena Santos


Elena studied Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Education at Green Mountain College and has worked on diversified farms and summer camps in southern and central Vermont and the Hudson valley.

She is excited to be working at MFFC where she can combine both focuses of her degree. Elena lives close to MFFC with her fiancee and a small flock of chickens. She loves identifying wildflowers, gardening, cooking and going for bike rides.


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Liz Ruffa


Liz Ruffa joined MFFC as Advancement Director in 2018. Previous to that, she launched and led Northshire Grows, a regional food system network. Liz has held leadership positions at Common Good VT, VT Arts Council and VT Sustainable Jobs Fund, among others since joining Vermont’s mission-driven sector. She serves on Vermont Foodbank’s Board of Directors, was appointed in 2017 to the Vermont Community Development Board, and is a member of the Town of Dorset’s Select Board. She lives with her family in East Dorset.

Merck Forest staff

Rob Terry


Rob has taught in a number of experiential outdoor programs, and his passion is to foster in our visitors the desire to connect in meaningful ways to the natural landscape at Merck Forest. 

He and his wife Anna enjoy introducing their two children to new adventures in the outdoors.

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Marybeth Leu

Business & Systems Manager

Recycle/Reuse/Repurpose: Formerly our Communications Coordinator, Marybeth now maintains both the financial and information systems of MFFC. 

In her free time she loves scuba-diving, woodworking and puttering in the garden.



Merck Forest & Farmland Center (MFFC) is an educational non-profit in Southwestern Vermont that is on a mission to inspire curiosity, love, and responsibility for working and natural lands. MFFC does this by annually welcoming over 15,000 visitors to its 3,500-acre sustainably managed farm and forest in Rupert, VT featuring 35-miles of trail and over a dozen backcountry cabins and lean-tos. Throughout the year, the organization hosts a variety of festivals, workshops, camps, and trainings focused on deepening visitors’ connection to, and understanding of, ecology, farming, forestry and outdoor skills. In addition to this main campus, MFFC operates a 144-acre satellite campus adjacent to, and in collaboration with, the Mettawee Community School (the public elementary school serving the towns of Pawlet and Rupert).

In the last 5 years, MFFC has seen significant growth in its educational programming, and the organization is looking for a Director of Education that can facilitate continued growth while supporting the Education Team in delivering high-quality, mission-aligned educational programs. As an educational land-management organization, MFFC is on the front lines of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Given this reality, MFFC’s educational programs build towards addressing the essential question: “How can we maximize the long-term viability, and habitability, of our home planet for all species?” While this exploration plays out in developmentally appropriate ways across the continuum, and is by no means explicit in all of our programming, it serves as a north star guiding our work.

The Director of Education will play a critical role on a creative and energetic team at an organization that is on a positive trajectory. A surge of prospective regional partners interested in new and innovative opportunities, combined with a resurgence of interest in MFFC’s traditional programming as COVID has abated, makes this an exciting time for the organization and one in which our Education Team is poised to both broaden and deepen its impact in our community and beyond. We are seeking a dynamic leader with experience managing place-based and/or experiential outdoor programs to shepherd this work.

Board of Trustees


Sue Van Hook

Vice President & Secretary

John Stasny


Greg Hopper


Jill Perry Balzano


Merrill Bent


Dinah Buechner-Vischer


Jim Hand


Peter Hicks


Karen Kellogg


Mark Lourie


Brian Vargo


Partners & Collaborators

Southwestern Vermont
Chamber of Commerce
Vermont Huts Association

Vermont Huts Association

Vermont Land Trust

Vermont Land Trust

Vermont pure Maple Syrup

Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association

Farm Based Education Network

Farm-Based Education Network

Connected Taconics Project


Environmental Volunteers

Northeast Organic Farming Association

Northeast Organic
Farmers Association

Northeast Woodland Training

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

Rutland Area
Farm & Food Link

Solo wilderness

Solo Wilderness Schools

Vermont certified organic

Vermont Certified Organic

Many people contributed photos for inclusion in this website: Darla Belevich, Tim Callahan, Melissa Carll, Chris Hubbard, Katie Connor, Ethan Crumley, Kat Graden, Angela Kilpatrick, Aaron Lamp, Kathryn Lawrence, Marybeth Leu, Heather Richardson, Anna Terry, Rob Terry, Karl Uy. We appreciate your contributions.

Thank You!