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Board of Directors

The Prescott Farmers Market is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for fulfilling the organization’s mission, and is legally accountable for its operations. The Board functions through regular meetings, committees, and its annual board retreat.

President

Aimee Novak

Aimee moved to Prescott in 1994. Many people know her as the owner and chef of the now-closed restaurant Soldi. After closing her restaurant in 2017, Aimee began working for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension as the Program Coordinator for Food Safety & Health Education. Her passions for food safety, cooking and connecting people to fresh vegetables complement PFM’s mission. Aimee has been shopping at the market since its early days on Cortez Street downtown. She doesn’t have a favorite item at the market–it changes with the season–but she generally buys whatever Cory from Whipstone Farm tells her to.

Vice President

Earl Duque

During the day, Earl is an Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineer who uses the biggest computers in the world to simulate things that people fly, drive and use to create electricity. During his off time, he and his wife Delisa Myles, operate Delicious Earth Farm – a 1 Acre Urban Farm on the corner of Gail Gardner and Fairgrounds, next to the Rodeo grounds in Prescott. During the season they have an onsite farmstand (Wednesdays from 4-dusk) where they sell fresh baked sourdough bread, market vegetables, eggs, and cut flowers. In his previous incarnations, he was a NASA Scientist, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at NAU where he worked on Wind Turbine projects throughout the state, and along with Delisa taught Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop Swing dance at their (now closed) studio Flying Nest Movement Arts. Earl currently volunteers his time at Prescott Slow Foods, the Prescott Community Compost Project, and has mentored several individuals from Prescott College on farming projects. He has a desire to serve the Board in a capacity that enriches our community’s understanding of local food production and how to best enjoy it. His favorite things to get at the weekly market are mushrooms and harvesting the latest community news from the local grapevine.

Treasurer

Steve Walker

Steve has lived in Prescott on and off since 1972. Steve’s background is in natural resource conservation, nonprofit management and horticulture. He began shopping at the market when it opened in 1997. His favorite item at the market is okra and when it’s in season he buys and eats three pounds a week!

Secretary

Kat Van Demark

Theodore’s Fine Foods, Prescott | Kat Van Demark and her husband Max Pelham own Theodore’s Fine Foods, AKA “The Bagel People.” She grew up in Prescott and is currently a full time teacher at Prescott Mile High Middle School.

Tony Burris

Tony moved to Prescott in 2000 to attend Prescott College. In 2007 he attended culinary school and food became one of his life’s passions. Tony has been a customer at the market since he moved here and volunteered as a guest chef throughout the years. He’s also supported PFM’s Farm to Table Dinner by donating special dinners as auction items the first two years before joining the group of generous chefs in 2019. Tony joined the PFM board in 2018.

JoAnne Chaffeur

Jo has been an active community member of Prescott since 2006. She has volunteered for PTA’s, PTO’s, athletic boosters, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, and Real Hope, Inc. (food rescue). She’s served the State of AZ PTA as the Northern AZ Representative, is a neighborhood coordinator for the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project, and is on the advisory committee for Gato Community Gives which gives out small scholarships locally through the efforts of Barry Barbe. Outside of volunteering, Jo enjoys cooking, gardening, time spent with her children, husband, extended family, and friends. Jo is a long-time PFM customer and supporter and is excited for the new opportunity of being an active board member.

Laurel Herrmann

Laurel is a long-time Prescott resident, graduating from Prescott High School in 1973. She retired from Special Education in 2015 and has been traveling and hiking ever since. Laurel has volunteered, over the years, at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Launch Pad and with the Arizona Department of Education as an Education Surrogate. She has been shopping at PFM for many years and enjoys exploring what is in season.

BOB MAYNARD

Bob’s background in solar energy started in the late 1980’s. He was named Oregon’s Solar Pioneer by Governor Kitzhaber in 2002 as he facilitated the installation of solar electricity on the State Capitol Building, making it the first in the nation to do so. Bob retired to Prescott in 2021 after 45 years in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. On his first Saturday in Prescott he visited PFM and has been a regular shopper ever since. He is an active volunteer with The Over The Hill Gang building and maintaining trails for the City of Prescott and was a volunteer Greeter with the Prescott Community Cupboard for two years.