Our Board

Dawn Barker

Dawn currently works for The RiverWoods Group, which is the parent company for three Continuing Care Retirement Communities, located in Exeter, Durham and Manchester.  As Vice President of Human Resources, she is responsible for the strategic human resource planning to provide the organization with the best talent to meet the RiverWoods’ mission which is to provide community and peace of mind for all. She holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University and a BA in Marketing from Bentley University.  She has lived in New Hampshire for the majority of her life and never plans to leave. She shares her life with her husband and two daughters. She loves to learn new things, read, and spend time outside with her family. She has a passion for gardening and cooking with local ingredients and letting them shine!

Board member since June 2019

Email: [email protected]

Anton Bekkerman

Anton is the Director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH. As the director, he helps facilitate science for the public good at the state’s public R&D agency for sustainable agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, and environmental quality topics, which are inspired by yet unanswered questions critical to Granite Staters’ economic, environmental, and societal well-being. He holds a PhD of Economics from North Carolina State University and conducts research in agricultural economics. When life and time permit, he is looking forward to his “old dudes playing slow hockey” career.

Anna Cantelmo

Anna Hayward Cantelmo is the owner of Bell & Goose Cheese Co. in South Hampton, NH. She is a cheese maker, farmer’s wife, mom of two, and has been involved with the local food community since 2008. Before opening her cheese kitchen Anna worked for Heron Pond Farm and Jewell Town Vineyards managing a farm stand, tasting room and doing farmer’s markets. Most recently she was the cheese maker at Appleton Farms, a non-profit educational farm in Ipswich MA. Creating food that connects people to their community, the land and each other is why Anna has chosen this work. She is excited to deepen and expand these connections through Seacoast Eat Local.

Board member since March 2018


Kristen Deshaies

Kristen rejoined the Board of Seacoast Eat Local in 2020 after serving a previous term from 2013-2016. She has worked for 20+ years Marketing purpose-driven brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, Stonyfield, and Orgain, and currently runs a consulting business focused on helping purpose-driven brands (and the teams behind them) grow and thrive. Kristen lives in Exeter NH with her family. She loves to cook with local ingredients and has a tradition of cheerily listing the local ingredients in each night’s meal (despite playful teasing from her teenage children). She is thrilled to return to Seacoast Eat Local!

Board member since June 2020

Email: [email protected]

Eleanor Kane, Vice-Chair

Eleanor Kane is the co-owner of Brasen Hill Farm in Barrington, NH.  She became interested in the movement towards local, sustainable food and humanely raised animals during college and is excited to provide her community with healthy, local meat, eggs, and vegetables.  Since joining the New England farming scene in 2010, she’s never looked back!  In addition to farming, she has worked in various capacities at a range of nonprofits, where she has focused on environmental education, social justice, local food access, and community building.  She holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Brown University and is currently a PhD candidate in Education at the University of New Hampshire.

Board member since March 2018
Email: [email protected]

Annette Lee, Secretary

Annette LeeAnnette Lee is co-owner of Throwback Brewery – a small, inspired brew pub at Hobbs Farm in North Hampton, NH, dedicated to crafting delicious farm-fresh food and beer with ingredients sourced in the New England area. Annette spent close to 20 years working as an environmental engineer before making the jump to a small brewery owner in 2011. An avid gardener with a passion for full circle sustainability, Annette always finds time in her busy schedule to help the farmers at Hobbs Farm. In fact, Annette considers one of her most meaningful achievements to be the restoration and rehabilitation of Hobbs Farm – returning it to a working farm that provides ingredients for Throwback’s food and beer.
Board member since April 2017
Email: [email protected]

Sara Zoë Patterson

Sara Zoe PattersonSara Zoë is the librarian at New Franklin School in Portsmouth, NH. She has been involved in social justice advocacy in varying forms for the last 22 years. Her passions for good food and a better future for our planet come together in her volunteer work with Seacoast Eat Local.  In 2009 she was awarded the Andrew L. Felker Memorial Award for leadership in promoting the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire agriculture and named one of the Union Leader’s “40 under 40” young leaders of New Hampshire.
Board member since May 2006
Email: [email protected]

Jeff Pillet-Shore

Robin Schweikart, Treasurer

robinRobin Schweikart has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector, with a primary focus on membership and database administration. She has worked for such diverse organizations as Earthwatch Institute and Tufts Medical Center. Currently she is database administrator for the Boston Lyric Opera. Robin developed her life-long interest in gardening and cooking as a child, working closely with her father, who began gardening organically in the 1960s. Although her primary residence is in Boston, Robin, her husband, and her sister have spent weekends and holidays in Portsmouth for over twenty years. Her belief that locally and sustainably grown food benefits the whole community by supplying fresh meat and produce as well as keeping land in agriculture has prompted her involvement with Seacoast Eat Local.
Board member since February 2014
Email: rkschweik@comcast.net

Leslie Stevens, Board Chair

Theresa Walker

theresaTheresa Walker and her family live in Durham and raise Romney and Merino sheep for fiber and breed stock.  Theresa has worked with communities in Seacoast New Hampshire for 30 years on a wide variety of land use planning and natural resource protection projects.  Theresa is chair of the Town of Durham’s Agricultural Commission and is vested in strengthening the bond between farms, farmers, and their communities.
Board member since June 2016