Elaina is a senior at Northampton High School and is excited to be serving on the Abundance Farm Advisory Board this year. Throughout high school, Elaina has been active in teen internships at Abundance Farm. She is interested in food justice, and has learned and educated on food insecurity, organized healthy cooking demonstrations, spoken with state legislators, and helped lead pick-your-owns through her time with Abundance Farm. Elaina is a leader in her school’s Environmental Club and Key Club, a community service organization, and loves working with her fellow students to raise awareness and organize events for environmental and food justice related causes. Elaina is thrilled to be involved with shaping the direction of Abundance Farm through the advisory board, and wants to help the farm grow as a space for action, justice, and connections between people of different experiences.
Ellen Frank is the Executive Director of Lander-Grinspoon Academy. She has over a decade of experience in independent school advancement, and served most recently as Director of Donor Relations at the Williston Northampton School. Previously, she worked as Assistant Vice President at Republic National Bank of New York. Ellen brings an exceptional administrative capacity, fundraising expertise, and believes in the importance of raising our children in a nurturing, enriching Jewish environment. Ellen, her husband, her three boys, and their dog Panko, live in Northampton.
Ben Lewis is a seasoned Jewish leader with a passion for alternative educational models. His experience in Jewish educational spaces ranges from summer camps and youth groups to supplementary schools and synagogues. In addition to his work in administration, Ben has written and taught courses designed for high school students and adult learners on topics ranging from biblical criticism to Jewish approaches to philanthropy.Ben, currently a real estate investor in Northampton, holds a Ph.D. from NYU in Education and Jewish Studies as well as an MA from Loyola University Chicago and a BA from Indiana University. Ben and his wife, Meredith, live in Northampton where their two sons attend Gan Keshet Preschool and Lander-Grinspoon Academy.