Staff

Deborah DeScenza, M.Ed.
Founder and Executive Director
Deborah received her B.S. in elementary education from Gordon college in 1978. She earned her M.Ed. in learning disabilities and emotional disturbances from the University of Virginia in 1979. She also completed the coursework towards a doctorate in Special Education Administration during the 1990’s. Deborah spent nearly 20 years teaching, doing educational testing, and consulting prior to founding Farmsteads of New England. She is the mother of a young man with significant developmental disabilities who inspired her vision for a different service option for adults. 

Jon Noble
Operations Manager
Jon oversees all aspects of our day and residential programs in Hillsborough and Epping NH.
Amelia Gardner
Farm Manager
Amelia manages 3+ acres of vegetable and fruit gardens as well as greenhouses.  She manages all aspects of animal health, sales and production. She is also responsible for creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in farming activities.
Timothy Higgins
Program Coordinator, Epping
Rebecca Philbrick, RN 

Mentors
We have approximately 75 mentors (direct support staff) who help the individuals we support with their activities of daily living, employment, and recreation. These staff range from 20 – 75 years old with various backgrounds, interests, and education. The variety of staff enables us to match the individuals and mentors according to their interests, preferred activity levels, and personalities.