Our Team

We live in a region that boasts some of the oldest family farms in the country.

Chris Blackburn

Chris is the founder of New England Doorstep Market and co-owner and publisher of Edible Boston and Edible Worcester with his wife, Sarah. Born in rural Vermont, his parents kept pigs, chickens, sheep and a huge, productive garden—even their bread was baked at home. At age five his family moved to Brookline, Massachusetts; in the big city, local food meant bagels, burritos, dumplings, pho and ramen. To this day Chris makes all his most important decisions based on food, and brings his passion for building a sustainable, inclusive, vibrant local food economy to Greater Boston and throughout New England.

Sarah Blackburn

Sarah is the editor-in-chief, co-owner and publisher of Edible Boston and Edible Worcester with her husband, Chris. Having served as managing and digital editor, recipe editor, marketing director and account manager since she joined the magazine in 2010, Sarah has extensive knowledge of the local food community in Greater Boston and Worcester County and a deep interest in sustainable living and home cooking. A graduate of Middlebury College with degrees in the History of Art and Italian, she’s worked as a recipe developer, personal chef/caterer, farm stand retailer, Italian imports buyer, cheese monger and produce buyer. Sarah and Chris live in Wayland with two teenagers and a rambunctious bird dog.

Megan Parker-Gray

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Megan grew up in a family where both her curiosity and love of food were nurtured. With her mom from Italy and dad from California, the combination of home cooked, seasonal ingredients was paramount in the family kitchen. At a young age, her bottomless appetite was used as the benchmark of excellence to the other neighborhood kids who wouldn’t clean their plates. Clearly, she had a future in food. Megan has spent her career in restaurants and breweries, including as the opening Beer Director at Boston’s renowned oyster and craft beer destination, Row 34, and as the Hospitality Director for Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Springdale Beer Co. Megan is passionate about traveling and exploring local cuisine of new places. During her downtime, you can find her  cooking with her Wok or Dutch oven, devouring novels and eating pie.

Barbara Rietscha

New England Doorstep Market, Operations Manager

Barbara is the Operations Manager for New England Foodshed responsible for bookkeeping and supporting New England Doorstep Market. Prior to joining New England Foodshed, Barbara and her husband owned a 14-acre cut flower farm in Stow, MA. With an MBA from Northeastern and a chemistry degree from Holy Cross, Barbara’s path from Peace Corps, to software developer, to project manager, to farmer-florist has been fueled by her curiosity and her love of nature. Currently residing in a house on a lake tucked in the Maine woods, Barbara loves to hike, ski, read and create meals for her family and friends.

Hannah Packman

New England Doorstep Market, Curator and Contributor

Hannah grew up in Weston, MA but attends Colby College in Maine where she will be a senior this coming fall. As a Government major and Creative Writing minor, Hannah is lucky enough to spend most of her time reading and writing. Going to school in Maine has also allowed her to explore the rich food culture and taste amazing bites all over the state. Beyond her love of all things food, in her free time she loves to blog about her latest cooking and baking projects, though she often forgets to take photos before tasting the final product! 

Jennifer Solow

Jennifer Solow is a lifelong creative force. After graduating from RISD, Jennifer pursued a career in advertising, where she won a Gold Lion, was named one of New York’s Young Guns by the Art Directors Club and collaborated with creative luminaries like Spike Jonze, Spike Lee and Terry Richardson. In 2001, Jennifer performed a full life reset to pursue her truest creative passions: writing and the food world. Jennifer is a bestselling novelist and the publisher of three Edible magazines. When the brutal reality of COVID descended, Jennifer had a vision for how to help the Makers in her Hudson River Valley community connect with the large Edible audience that holds them dear. That vision became Doorstep Market. Jennifer is a mom (and stepmom) to four amazing adults and one very large kitchen garden at her farmstead in the bucolic hills of Columbia County, NY.

Tom Jacoby

Doorstep Market, Founder, The Business Guy

Tommy’s love of the Hudson River Valley runs as deep and true as if the place itself was his family. An accomplished businessman, Tommy drives home to East Chatham and changes from his business suit to Carhartts as fast as possible. Tommy was raised in Columbia County, and while he’s lived in many places over the course of his life, he has always come home to these sacred lands. Along with his wife (see above), he was a founding contributor to the Berkeley Food Institute. Tommy has many hobbies and interests but perhaps his proudest moment was pulling in the 9,500-pound class on a ’54 Case in the Columbia County Fair.

Jonathan Taee

Doorstep Market, Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan ended up in the Hudson River Valley because he fell in love with a farmer. His wife owns and operates Ironwood Farm, and now he finds his house full of kids, mud and organic vegetables, and his table surrounded by a beautiful community of Hudson River Valley families. When he’s not cooking, he’s running his digital agency Rhizome Consulting, assisting in the operation of Edible Hudson Valley, and now enjoying the rewarding work at Doorstep Market. He built this website and most of the mechanics that make it tick. He is excited to help connect incredible Makers with an expansive audience.

Phillip Ashley Rix

Doorstep Market, Special Purpose Markets

South X Southeast Doorstep Market, Market Director

Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Founder

Phillip Ashley Rix is one of the world's preeminent chefs and designers of luxury chocolate. He is an award-winning chocolatier, founding Memphis, TN based, Phillip Ashley Chocolates in 2012 . The brand has an international following and is retained by high-profile clients, top corporations and major events to offer premium gifts. A true Ambassador of Taste, he’s curated dining experiences at the James Beard House in New York City, as well as created tens of thousands of chocolates for Hollywood’s elite at the EMMYS®, GRAMMYS® and OSCARS®. In 2014, FORBES Magazine named Phillip Ashley the “Real Life Willy Wonka.”  In February 2020, he competed as a finalist on Food Network’s Chopped Sweets.

Ashley Krauszer

Doorstep Market, Director of Digital Marketing

Ashley is an experienced Digital Marketing and Ecommerce professional with over 11 years of experience with a variety of direct-to-consumer businesses. She brings with her extensive knowledge of customer lifecycle and retention marketing, heavily focused on driving loyalty through email and customer experience. Outside of the office, Ashley is busy with her 9 month old son, Jack, and 3 year old German Shepherd, Reef. She and her husband live on Long Island and enjoy boating, going to the beach and spending time with their family and friends. They look forward to traveling once COVID restrictions are lessened and celebrating Jack’s upcoming first birthday and the birth of a few nieces and nephews on the horizon.

Maryellen Case

Doorstep Market, Director of Business Development

Maryellen Case is New York through and through. Born and raised in Western New York, she moved to New York City to pursue what would become a vibrantly successful career in marketing and publishing. In 2007, she made the move (before it was cool) and settled in Beacon. From then, Maryellen began forging her career in the Hudson River Valley, establishing MCaseMedia, Inc., as a marketing, sales, and business development consulting agency. Her outside-the-box business sense has cemented her as a leader in the Hudson River Valley publishing industry and helped to revolutionize the Hudson River Valley small business community.

Julia Sexton

Doorstep Market, Editor in Chief 

Edible Hudson Valley, Edible Westchester, Editor in Chief

Julia comes to Doorstep Market as a national award-winning food writer, cookbook author, and the editor-in-chief of Edible Hudson Valley and Edible Westchester. Raised between New York City and the Hudson River Valley, she spent much of her childhood running dirty and wild in Woodstock and Washington County. For the last 15 years, Julia has traveled all over New York State profiling chefs, farmers, foragers, distillers, and brewers while cranking out restaurant reviews and round-ups. Old enough to pine for the fun and dangerous days of New York City, Julia now lives with her family in Westchester, and is happy to keep a foot in both the City and the Hudson River Valley.

Erin Brennan

Doorstep Market, Production Manager

Born and raised “across the river, to the Jersey side,” Erin Brennan prides herself as a chameleon in her professional life, one with some graphic design chops and a knack for the publishing industry. Brennan started as an ad designer for Edible Jersey but soon dove further into the Edible world, joining the production team at Edible Hudson Valley in 2018. As a frequent concert-goer who is constantly on the lookout for a good local drink and a vegetarian dish, she is no stranger to exploring the Hudson River Valley region and is honored to support local businesses in her community and beyond through Doorstep Market.

Ethan Jacoby

Doorstep Market, Operations Manager & User Support

Ethan may be a global citizen but his New York roots have kept him grounded throughout his travels and various work projects. An avid baseball fan, Ethan spent the early part of his career in professional baseball and would later push his personal and professional boundaries across the Pacific, learning Mandarin and Cantonese in order to survive the hustle and grit of wet and dry markets across Hong Kong and Shanghai. A problem-solver and troubleshooter at heart, Ethan is the first line of contact for any questions coming from vendors or buyers related to orders and shipping. He finds satisfaction and inspiration in working with small businesses of all kinds and is always eager to engage with local makers to help their businesses run as best they can.

Emma Litwa-Vulcu

Doorstep Market, Product Manager

Emma has a diverse background as a web developer, a photographic artist, and an award-winning film editor and colorist. She's developed and managed numerous enterprise web applications for various companies. She's also worked on and produced numerous commercials, music videos, documentaries, and short films. She holds an MFA in photography, and her work, experientially merging concepts in mythologies and science, has been exhibited in galleries around the country. When she's not in her office, she spends her spare time baking and cycling around New England.

Holly Boisvert

Doorstep Market, Digital Merchandising Manager

Holly is an ex-New Englander with a deep love of food culture and the creative arts, now living in beautiful Denver, Colorado. After completing an undergraduate degree in Interior Design, she began a career in eCommerce buying and merchandising and now has wide-ranging experience in many different retail product categories. Passionate about advancing small businesses and supporting local communities, Holly is proud to be able to elevate the makers and artisans of Doorstep Market as part of the company's digital team. When not at work, Holly enjoys rollerblading (badly), doing yoga (less badly), and trying out new recipes.

Alexandra Shea-Wassweiler

Doorstep Market, Marketing Coordinator

Alexandra is a passionate conservation biologist with a love for digital marketing. She joined the Doorstep Market team soon after returning to the Hudson Valley from studying primate behavior in Madagascar. Born and raised in Beacon, NY, Alexandra has experienced the impact of innovative, local businesses first-hand and believes in the dynamism of artisans and self-starters whole-heartedly. Enamored with learning and the beauty of evolution, she jumps at any opportunity to work on a new project with a defined mission. In addition to her digital marketing efforts, Alexandra is part of a research team currently studying the connection between Propithecus Edwardsi fecundity and cyclone incidence within Madagascar. She is a proud vegan foodie and rescue dog mom.

Patty Lemieux

Doorstep Market, Friend to the Maker

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Jessica Shea

Doorstep Market, Marketing Assistant

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Aaron Monro

Doorstep Market, Graphic Designer

Aaron was born and raised in Nebraska. Upon graduating high school, he joined the US Marine Corps where he served 4 years as a Field Radio Operator. Within his time in the military he traveled to 5 continents. After his 4 successful years of service he decided to attend Drexel University to pursue a degree in Graphic Design with two minors in Interactive Digital Media and Marketing. He has always been a creative and takes pride in his ambition for the design. He is an award-winning Graphic Designer who has worked with companies from an array of industries such as Drexel University and Schwab Brother Hydraulics.