Meet the team
- Scott BuddePresident & CEOScott BuddePresident & CEO
What’s your background?
I grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts in a family of teachers and academics. After college and graduate school (Bowdoin and Columbia), I worked for 12 years in commercial banking and bank consulting in Boston and (for about 18 months) in Doha, Qatar. Prior to coming to Maine in 2013, I worked for 18 years in the investment management division at TIAA - a big pension and insurance company in New York City. At TIAA I helped the investment area create a new department focused on community, impact and ESG (Environmental Social Governance) investing strategies. I loved this work and it set the stage for working to start Maine Harvest FCU. I live in Portland with wife and dog while my son lives in Dresden just down the road from Goransons Farm.
Why did you join Maine Harvest FCU?
I’ve loved Maine since college. I’ve also seen the value and power of creating new institutions to support communities and trends. Maine’s small farms and food producers have built and benefited from the creation of institutions like MOFGA, Maine Farmland Trust, and Slow Money Maine. I see my work to create Maine Harvest FCU as a an opportunity to create the next generation of institutions that will keep Maine’s local food economy strong and growing.
What’s in the picture?
The picture is of me and our dog Casco. Casco is a poodle/terrier mix who is always on. Though she isn’t overly fond of the car, she is always up for a good farm visit and has traveled all over Maine as part of my Maine Harvest work.
- Patty DuffyChief Lending OfficerPatty DuffyChief Lending Officer
What's your background?
My Irish agrarian ancestors settled in the northern border communities in VT and NH. I grew up in large family in Connecticut, attending the University of Connecticut to earn a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. I started my career as a veterinary technician in a large and small animal practice. In the early 80's following my ancestors lead I moved to northern Vermont and began my work with farmers and in finance. I taught Dairy and Farm Business management at Vermont Technical College and assisted in the college’s transition from a Veterinary Assistance program to an accredited Veterinary Technician program. My 25 years of experience in agricultural lending includes introducing diversified agriculture into predominantly dairy loan portfolios for Community Bank NA in Plattsburgh, NY (covering northern NY and VT) and 12 years at Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation. The finance and veterinary background has allowed me to put down deep roots and build strong relationships within agricultural communities. I have loved Maine since my first childhood swim in the frigid ocean waters of Acadia National Park and Reid State Park.
Why did you join Maine Harvest FCU?
To help create a banking institution exclusively supporting farmers, growers, and food producers is a once in a lifetime opportunity. All economies, not just agriculture, are strengthened by breaking bread, with local food, in local communities. I look forward to working together with the incredibly talented team at Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union, and all the great folk at MOFGA and Maine Farm Land Trust. For 32 years I have owned and operated Blue Haven Farm in Bethel, Vermont. The farm provided a place for me to gain experience in forestry, train and work oxen, and for many years raise my family's beef, pork and poultry. The 64 acres of prime woodland has been under continuous forest management for over 45 years ( including 10 years primarily with draft animals) as well as in Vermont's Current Use Program since its inception in 1978. Picture-
What's in the picture?
The picture is my dog Mia and I at Point au Roche Park in Beekmantown, NY. Mia is always up for an adventure, especially if it involves something odoriferous to roll in. Together we have traveled to many farms and many miles throughout New England, New York and the Canadian Maritimes.
- Maureen HoranChief Operations OfficerMaureen HoranChief Operations Officer
What's your Background?
Having grown up in New Hampshire, I attended the University of NH, where I earnned my degree in Economics. The same day I graduated, I was commissioned into the Air Force as a Lieutenant (I had participated in the ROTC program). I spent the majority of my active duty in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. I served in two flying units, both of which flew the KC-135A (a refueling jet). It was a fairly remote location, and as a result, we were a close-knit unit. It was similar to an extended family relationship; we supported each other in good times and bad. The camaraderie was something rarely seen in civilian life. After leaving active duty, I worked in a couple of manufacturing facilities as their office manager before my most recent job managing a hospital credit union in New Jersey for 15 1/2 years (just prior to moving to Maine). As the only full-time employee, I wore all the hats, with the assistance of one part-time employee. What I enjoyed most while working there was helping members to understand and improve their credit reports, often-times finding ways for them to save money by refinancing existing debt with the credit union. We were a small credit union, and I was fortunate to get to know many of the members on a personal level. I live in Searsport with my pets: a mustang I rescued 28 years ago (Ringo), my remaining dog Rumely (also a rescue), a cat named Mya, and three goats (Sarah, Honey & Bumble). As you can imagine, the pets keep me very busy, but I still find time to work in the perennial gardens I've been creating. I've also been learning to play the ukulele since attending an adult-ed course just over two years ago. I and other classmates formed "Stone Soup Ukes" under the guidance of our instructor. The name was chosen as a testament to the talent we each bring to the group, and to the fact that we sound so much better together.
Why Did you Join Maine Harvest FCU?
I first read an article in the local paper in 2017 about the USDA awarding a grant to start Maine Harvest and had been closely following the credit union's progress ever since! I knew it was going to be a unique credit union that I wanted to work with. I'm passionate about the credit union's mission, and am excited to meet and work with Maine's farmers and gardeners. I have a true appreciation of the dedication, compassion and extremely hard work involved in farming. I grew up on a small farm in New Hampshire, and remember all the work that involved. I also understand the vital importance of keeping our small farms alive and thriving. I believe my position with the credit union will be an extremely rewarding one.
What's In the Picture?
The picture is of me with my beloved pup Rumely. He moved to Maine with me from eastern PA a couple years ago with two sisters, who have sadly passed on. His mom was a (pregnant!) yellow lab stray someone from work had found in Philadelphia just over 13 years ago (father remained anonymous). She soon had seven pups also in need of good homes. In his younger years, all he did was run; walking was just too darned slow! He was also an excellent hunter. Now he's content to lie around with treats and toys, living a life of leisure. I named him after a neighboring small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that I was always fond of (Rumely, MI), and learned after moving from Michigan to North Dakota that it's also the name of a very old tractor from the early 1900's (for all those tractor history buffs out there!). I actually saw & touched one of these tractors years ago at a Steam Threshers Reunion held in western Minnesota. Nothing at all like the tractors made today! The Rumely that you see with me truly is woman's best friend.
- Julia JonesCommunity Lending OfficerJulia JonesCommunity Lending Officer
What's your background?
I grew up in Sutton, NH, a small town at the base of Mt. Kearsarge. I earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Smith College and just completed a master’s program in environmental economics at the University of New Hampshire. During my graduate career, I conducted research in agricultural economics and rural development, with a focus on local food distribution. I have a professional background in lending and more than ten years of experience in commercial fruit & vegetable farming, beginning with my first job at Spring Ledge Farm as a teenager. I was formerly Business Manager at the Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA, Assistant Branch Manager at M&T Bank, and most recently worked for Dirt Capital Partners in Farmer Services. My partner Taylor and I launched Night Farm in 2017, a small saltwater farm where we grow vegetables for local restaurants and markets. I grew up in 4-H, enjoy cooking for friends and family, and love taking a dive in the Gulf of Maine.
Why I want to work for Maine Harvest?
I love working in food and farming communities and deeply admire Maine’s commitment to building a stronger agricultural economy, come rain, snow, or swell. By joining Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union, I hope to connect farmers with the financial resources they need to build their business, secure land, and continue their legacy with the next generation of Maine farmers.
What's in the picture?
This is a photo of me outside the greenhouse, where I'm busy seeding, transplanting, or harvesting most evenings after work. I’m (proudly) holding our first eggplant of the season!