VISITOR CENTER

Stephanie Breed

VC Coordinator

Locals will surely recognize Stephanie’s familiar smile: before working part time in the VC, she owned and ran the Dorset Exchange Consignment Gallery — and of course, she is a local girl. She is delighted to join the crew at Merck, and we are delighted to have her!

Merck forest employee
Marybeth Leu

Communications Coordinator

Marybeth joined us in 2015. She has over two decades of experience in the high-tech industry.

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

FARM & FOREST

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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. </span style>

EDUCATION & PROGRAMS

Merck Forest staff member

Chris Hubbard

Education
Director

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

Cara’s work at Merck Forest began with an apprenticeship in 2018, and has developed  into her 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. 
Cara 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!
Merck Forest staff member

Elena Santos

Education
Coordinator

Elena Santos

ADMINISTRATION

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Liz Ruffa

Advancement
Director

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.

Kathryn Lawrence

Kathryn Lawrence

Assistant
Director

Kathryn joined us in 2010. Her professional experience in finance and business is essential to our team.

Kathryn lives in Pawlet with her husband Rick, where they tend vegetable gardens, horses, cats and chickens.

Merck Forest staff

Rob Terry

Executive
Director

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.

COME WORK AT MERCK

Currently there are no open positions at Merck.

Board of Trustees

President

Sue Van Hook

Cambridge, NY
Vice President

Sam Schneski

Guilford, VT
Secretary

Kat Deely

Seal Harbor, ME
Treasurer

Greg Hopper

Dorset, VT
Trustee

Mark Lourie

Rupert, VT
Trustee

John Stasny

East Wallingford, VT
Trustee

Brian Vargo

Bennington, VT
Trustee

Merrill Bent

Sunderland, VT
Trustee

Dinah Buechner-Vischer

Concord, MA

Trustee

Jim Hand

Dorset, VT

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

Mevo


Mahwah
Environmental Volunteers
Organization

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!