Board of Directors
Dr. Kristen Albert, President, Turning Points LLC
Kris is a leadership and life coach and brings expertise in education, leadership, strategic planning and board development to the Edible Classroom board. Among her favorite things are helping others to rise to their full awesome potential, reading (mainly non-fiction), playing her French horn, spending time in the outdoors, and being around kind people. She is excited to serve on the board of the Edible classroom and looks forward to helping the board grow from startup to a vital part of our community! She grew up in Lancaster County and lives in East Hempfield Township with her husband Doug and their temperamental cat, Watson.
Mike Castor, Finance Director for Tri-County Water Services, Inc., and GoggleWorks
Mike comes to The Edible Classroom with finance and operations experience in small businesses, start-ups, and non-profit organizations. He graduated from Messiah College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Admin/Finance. He met his lovely wife Jill in college and they currently live in Gap and have three children. Mike enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family.
Cara Eisemann, Consultant at Acuity Advisors and CPAs, LLP
Cara is a Contract Controller with expertise in process improvement focusing on small business in the community. She graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting. Cara is excited to serve on the board and see the program grow and flourish. Cara and her husband, Ben, live in Lancaster.
Sarah Fritz, Community Outreach Coordinator, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office
Sarah works for the Lancaster County DA’s office, where she focuses on supporting crime prevention programming for county residents. This position has allowed her to make important connections with stakeholders across the county, which she brings with her to The Edible Classroom board, along with prior board experience with the non-profit Lancaster New Sounds. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hanover College and a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. She and her husband live in East Lampeter, where they enjoy tending their raised bed garden!
Lori Noyes, Teacher
Lori grew up with a garden in her parents’ backyard, and has dabbled in gardening vegetables and flowers in smaller spaces for the past 25 years. In 2011, she was looking for a way to engage students and increase writing skills, so she started a Three Sisters Garden with her third graders at Blue Ball Elementary School, which also provides a hands-on opportunity for students to learn about Agriculture, Native Americans, and Scientific Observation. Shortly after implementing the school garden, Lori began participating in Lighten Up Lancaster County’s School and Community Garden Group. She is honored to be a part of The Edible Classroom in order to bring garden experiences to more schoolchildren in the county. Lori has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction from Eastern Mennonite University, as well as a Math Coach Endorsement from Immaculata University. Lori and her husband, Dave, live in Brownstown and are the parents of two grown sons.
Dr. Carl Pike, (retired)
Carl is a retired faculty member of Franklin and Marshall College, having taught plant physiology, biochemistry, introductory biology, and food and nutrition from 1971 to 2012. His current community involvement includes serving as board member and chairperson of the Education Committee, Lancaster County Conservancy; member of Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition (serving on the School and Community Gardening Committee); member and chairperson of Lancaster City Shade Tree Commission; and member of Lancaster Tree Tenders. His past community involvement includes board member of Community First Fund; board member of Salud Hispana; member of Board of Directors, School District of Lancaster (6 years as vice president, 2 years as president).