Board of Directors
Dr. Carl Pike 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).
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 (East Petersburg to be exact) and lives in East Hempfield Township with her awesome husband Doug and their temperamental cat Watson.
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. Jay Butterfield holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate is in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University. Jay serves as Director of Schools for the School District of Lancaster and has long had interest in gardening and sustainable ecology. Jay enjoys physical fitness, riding his motorcycle, travel and dance with his lovely wife, Anne. Jay serves on numerous civic committees, including Habitat for Humanity, Music for Everyone, Smiles 4 a Lifetime, LGH 125th Anniversary, and Lancaster City Alliance steering committee. The Butterfields live in downtown Lancaster at the Box Company Flats.
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 degree in Business Admin/Finance. He met his lovely wife in college and they currently live in Gap and have three children. Mike enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family.