Friends of Ambler Farm Welcomes New Board Members

April 21, 2021

The Friends of Ambler Farm welcomes Jeff Bates, Danielle Denega and Kelly Porter as the newest members to the Board of Directors. Each one brings unique and added value to our team.

Jeff Bates currently works as the Chief Operating & Compliance Officer for Fermat Capital Management, a Westport, CT based investment manager. Jeff earned his BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Having lived in Wilton since 2005, the Bates’ are long time friends of the Farm.  In addition to being members, their children have been apprentices, and both he and his wife, Andrea, have lengthy volunteer experience. In addition to his Financial and Building experience, his connection to the Town of Wilton and Ambler community make for a wonderful addition to the Board!

Danielle Denega and her family relocated to Wilton from Virginia in 2014. Her children enjoy summer camp at Ambler Farm and are fortunate to live in the neighborhood where they can appreciate all that the Farm has to offer. Danielle’s previous experience in publishing and working as a book editor for Penguin Random House and Scholastic, as well as digital editing for Tasting Table and Vetstreet are a welcome addition to the Board. Danielle writes: “[Ambler Farm] is a valuable part of our community that I hope future generations can continue to enjoy. Maintaining and furthering its goals and mission is something I welcome as a member of the Board. Now that we have set down roots here in Wilton, I am eager to more fully establish myself in the community, and supporting Ambler seems like a natural fit.”

Kelly Porter recently moved from California to Wilton for her husband’s job transfer with ASML. They have two children Lauren (16), and Liam (13). Kelly’s prior experience in a Business Partner role with 15+ years of HR experience complement the Board’s responsibilities. Kelly is also a member of the Wilton Woman’s Club and volunteers with the Wilton Food Pantry. She says: “It has been important for me to feel personally connected, invested, and to participate locally. In the short time my family has lived in Wilton, shopped at the Farmer’s market, walked the dog, and snow shoed around the farm, we have come to appreciate the beauty and value of Ambler Farm as a resource to our community.”

We are thrilled to have these wonderful new Board members join us. Please help us extend a warm welcome when you see them around the Farm!

The non-profit organization Friends of Ambler Farm is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of dedicated members of our community. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Ambler Farm, contact Executive Director Ashley Kineon.