Our team includes experienced dairy farmers as well as industry executives from the specialty food and consumer product market, as well as seasoned cheesemakers.
Kent received his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Arizona. He is a fifth generation dairyman and has been involved at all levels of the industry. After leaving school Kent took over the operations of a rapidly growing dairy in Wisconsin and led them from 100 to 900 milking cows in just three years. From 2004-2008 Kent managed dairy operations for Woodstock Water Buffalo expanding the herd from 20 head milking to over 350 head while expanding operations to 4 Vermont dairy facilities and assisted in developing the brand which retailed in all 50 states.
Rick has spent the past 16 years working for Grafton Village Cheese Company, where he was involved in all aspects of cheese production from cheese maker to plant manager. His duties there included managing relationships with distributors and retailers, supervision of the plant, regulatory compliance and developing educational cheese making programs for school groups. While at Grafton, Rick helped to develop award winning cheeses, recognized domestically and internationally.
Megan Cooney – Cheesemaker
Megan went from gluten-free bakery owner to cheesemaker looking for new ways to express her artisan foodie side. Her three girls keep her running when she’s not lifting 60 pound blocks of cheese in the creamery.
As unlikely a cheesemaker as you’d ever expect to find is our own Steven Drebber. A fully licensed and practicing Chiropractor, Steven condensed his practice to a few days per week to explore his inner “artisan cheesemaker.”
Most recently a former owner and partner of advertising agency Digital Flannel, Inc., Sharon comes to Vermont Farmstead with over 20 years of experience in traditional, direct, strategic and brand marketing and advertising. She embraces the opportunity to build, steward and champion the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company brand from the ground up.
Angie comes to Vermont Farmstead Cheese from Arizona, where she previously worked at SheKnows, LLC and Costa Rican Vacations, where she was awarded “Top Sales Rep” of the quarter for sales, service, and relationship building excellence. She has also worked as a volunteer at the Congo Initiative. Angie’s strong background in business development is central to her primary responsibility of developing sales nationwide for the company.
Anne grew up on a dairy farm in Fairlee, VT which raised registered Holsteins. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, she lived and worked on dairy farms in Vermont as the herd manager. Fast forward ten years and Anne earned her stripes in bookkeeping and tax preparation. As the treasurer for the Town of Tunbridge for 15 years and preparing income tax returns for almost 20, Anne merges her two interests and careers working for VFCC as our office manager.
Kelly Giller – Herd Manager
Kelly grew up in Woodstock, Vermont and graduated from University of New Hampshire with a dual major in hospitality management and ecogastronomy and a minor in dairy management. She began working at a friend’s family dairy farm in Pomfret during college and never looked back. After graduation, Kelly was working in Addison, VT at a larger dairy farm but is excited to be back in town surrounded by family and friends.
Jake Orton – Herdsman
Jake recently moved to South Woodstock, VT along with his dog Remy to work as a herdsman for Vermont Farmstead. He recently worked in East Charleston, VT at a dairy farm. His love of cows, new ideas and solid work ethic make him a welcome addition to the team.