Our Board

Paige Vaccaro

Founder, Co-President

After 12 years of teaching in public schools in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Newark, and Ocean Township, NJ, Paige relocated to Atlantic County and set out to forage new paths to bridge the gaps within and between communities. Paige’s zeal for helping others parallels her deep-rooted connection to the earth, which she believes is a great equalizer. By empowering people to connect with nature and with one another, she believes that everyone benefits regardless of their age, socioeconomic status, experience, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. She believes with unequivocal faith that small, positive gestures have a deep and lasting impact on the community at large and the individual within. Her father used to say, “Girl, no grass grows under your feet!” That saying is true because you can always find her on the move with her four children right beside her, planting seeds everywhere she can and nurturing them with love.

Alicia Newcomb


Lisa joined the CROPS Board in April 2019. She is a fundraising professional living in Atlantic County. With over five years experience working with nonprofits, she hopes to bring her experience in navigating resources for nonprofits to the table to help elevate CROPS. Having grown up in Atlantic County, she cares very much for the South Jersey community. However, as in many places all over the country, there is a stark contrast between the affluent and the poor communities in South Jersey. Through fundraising and advocacy, Lisa hopes to be able to bring more resources to the less supported communities right in our backyards. She also regularly campaigns for naps because caring for one toddler, three cats, and a needy dog is hard work.

Dr. Christine Ruth

Vice President

Christine has worked as a teacher, counselor, and principal in NJ public schools, and recently completed her Ed.D in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California.  She is passionate about social justice and racial justice issues and committed to helping to disrupt systems of inequity, especially in schools.  While she loves helping out at C.R.O.P.S. events and supporting its mission, she has zero talent or patience for growing anything herself.  Luckily this deficiency does not extend to raising her own two children, who are happy and healthy teenagers.  She enjoys paddle boarding, reading all of the books, watching her kids play sports, traveling with her husband, and any time spent active and outdoors.

Julia Lindsay


Passionate about sustainability, Julia Lindsay joined the C.R.O.P.S. team in 2019 to expand her impact on the local community. Julia’s passion for sustainable resources and practices stems from her company, Goji Juice Bar. Being on the C.R.O.P.S. team enables more interactions with community members to discuss personal health and sustainability journeys. Julia hopes encouraging small lifestyle changes will have long lasting results not only on the individuals, but on the whole community. Julia’s favorite part of C.R.O.P.S? The community gardens – these are where relationships and encouragement begin.

Dr. Carl Vaccaro

Board Member

Carl has been a C.R.O.P.S. Board member since it was founded in 2016. Carl is a physician with Atlanticare who works as a primary care physician in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Through his work, he has witnessed firsthand the need for more community-based opportunities that support the physical and mental health of all individuals regardless of their race, gender or socioeconomic status. His belief in the importance of preventive and integrative medicine drive his commitment to bringing wellness to the community. He brings a wealth of experience to the Board having worked extensively with the public and in the corporate environment. Carl enjoys being active in the gym or outside spending time with his four children.

Diane Melano