NOSB Member Bios

Current NOSB members are listed on this page chronologically according to when their term on the Board started.

 

  • Public Interest/Consumer Interest Representative
    January 2017 – January 2022

    Missouri Organic Association dba Mid-America Organic Association, Bunceton, MO

    Ms. Baird serves as the Executive Director of the Missouri Organic Association dba Mid-America Organic Association which educates consumers and farmers about the advantages of organic food and production practices. She also serves as an independent organic consultant, inspector and reviewer. Ms. Baird holds a Master’s in Animal Science and Poultry Diseases, and has served on local, state, regional and national Boards that serve the organic community and industry. Since 1995, she has owned and operated a calf/cow operation.

  • Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Representative
    January 2017 – January 2022

    University of California, Merced, Professor of Public Health, School of Social Science, Humanities, and Arts

    Asa Bradman is an environmental health scientist and expert in exposure assessment and epidemiology focusing on occupational and environmental exposures to pregnant women, children, and farmworkers living in agricultural communities. He is a Professor of Public Health Sciences at UC Merced School of Social Science, Humanities, and Arts, and also co-founded and helps lead the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He also directs an initiative to improve environmental quality in California childcare facilities.  Over the last 30 years he has worked on many issues addressing health in rural communities, including investigations of childhood cancer, pesticide exposure, housing quality, and as an investigator in the CHAMACOS Study, a community/university partnership investigating pesticide and other environmental exposures and health impacts in pregnant women and their children living in the Salinas Valley.

    Asa participates in extensive community outreach and education and interfaces with other scientists, state and federal agencies, policy makers, industry, and the general public.  He is a Continuing Education provider for licensed pest management professionals serving California schools and childcare facilities and was awarded the California Department of Pesticide Regulation IPM Innovators Award for training programs promoting reduced risk pest management in childcare centers.  He is Chair of the California Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel (appointed by Governors Schwarzenegger (2007) and Brown (2013)).  Since 2014 he has participated on the Board of The Organic Center.

    Asa is a life-long gardener and for several years operated a small business providing custom fruit tree grafting and propagation.  Early jobs included harvesting grapefruit and apples for export on conventional farms, providing labor for chicken operations on a kibbutz, and managing produce for a small grocery store.

    Asa holds a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies, an MS in Energy and Resources, and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. 

    Asa is a life-long gardener and for several years operated a small business providing custom fruit tree grafting and propagation.  Early jobs included harvesting grapefruit and apples for export on conventional farms, providing labor for chicken operations  on a kibbutz, and managing produce for a small grocery store.

    Asa holds a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies, an MS in Energy and Resources, and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences.

  • Organic Producer
    January 2017 – January 2022

    Ela Family Farms, Hotchkiss, CO

    Mr. Ela is a partner and manager of Silver Spruce Partners, dba Ela Family Farms; a certified organic farm and fruit orchard since 1996 and 100% certified since 2004. The operation is also certified for the processing and handling of organic applesauce, dried fruit, and other fruit products. He has served as a Consultant to Gerber Products Co., been an organizer for several National Organic Tree Fruit Research Symposiums and participated in and written grants for numerous research projects.  Mr. Ela has a Master’s in Soil Science and has served on a wide variety of Boards and Advisory Committees addressing food and agriculture issues nationally, regionally, and locally. 

  • Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Representative
    May 2018 – January 2023

    University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Fielding School of Public Health
    Departments of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences and Institute of The Environment and Sustainability (IoES)

    Rick Greenwood is an epidemiologist and microbiologist with expertise in environmental protection programs and public health. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Fielding School of Public Health with joint appointments in the departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences and is a participating faculty member in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability. During his career he has been the representative to the Conference of California Local Health Officers as the environmental representative and a member of the California Statewide Committee to Eliminate Lead Poisoning. He has also served as a science advisor to the FDA and chair of the Los Angeles city mayor's landfill oversight committee. In addition, Rick has also served as the environment, health and safety director for UCLA and Southern California Edison, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA and is now Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Science and Renewable Resources.

    Rick has worked in a number of public policy areas that have involved public outreach and the formulation of policies to protect public health. He worked with the City of Los Angeles to promote a mercury elimination within inner city populations and as Deputy Director of Public Health for Orange County, California, he spearheaded the passing of the first ordinance to prevent smoking in the workplace. Rick was elected by California avocado growers and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to a three-year term on the USDA Hass Avocado Board.

    Rick is an organic avocado grower in San Diego County and is familiar with the challenges facing farmers — from drought and insects to labor issues. In his early years he supported his undergraduate education as an irrigator in orange groves and part-time positions in the Bio-control Department at UC Riverside where he was tasked raising flies and mosquitoes for experiments searching for natural predators.

    Rick holds a BA in Zoology, an MPH in Epidemiology and a PhD in Microbiology.

  • Handler/Processor
    January 2020 – January 2025

    Munger Farms, Delano, CA

    Gerard D’Amore has been involved with the growing, marketing and distribution of high quality, branded produce for 44 years in a wide variety of domestic and international settings. He spent 14 years as the owner/operator of greenhouse installations using hydroponic systems for both low-profile and vine crops.

    Since 2000, D’Amore has been involved with berry crops, particularly blueberries where organic production is a key part of going to market.

    D’Amore holds a board position with a high-tech company which, among other things, focuses on providing visibility, measurability and predictability to enhance cold chain management from harvest to shipping.

    He was previously Director of Sourcing and New Business Development for SunnyRidge Farm/Dole Fresh. From 1999 to 2005 he held three successive vice president positions with Driscolls. From 1992 to 1999 he worked for Chiquita Brands spending most of that time living in Turkey introducing bananas to the Black Sea region.

  • Handler/Processor
    January 2020 – January 2025

    Pilgrim’s, Windsor, CO

    Kimberly Huseman is the Director of Specialty Ingredients for Pilgrim’s, where she developed and oversees the organic grains and oilseeds origination program.  She is actively engaged with all aspects of the organic ingredient supply chain, from working with farmers and manufacturers at origin, to handling and delivery. 

    Prior to Pilgrim’s, Huseman was a Commodities Manager at Murphy USA where she worked with farmers and major agribusinesses sourcing grains for ethanol production while also marketing distiller’s grains to area cattle feeders. During that time, she was a member of the local Master Gardeners Club and grew vegetables for the local farmers’ market.

    Huseman was raised in Southeast Wyoming and is a third-generation farmer and cattlewoman. She holds a B.S. in Agriculture Business from West Texas A&M University.

  • Retailer
    January 2020 – January 2025

    Good Earth Natural Foods, Marin County, CA

    Mindee Jeffery spent 15 years educating staff, customers, and vendors on the importance and benefits of organic certification at Good Earth Natural Foods in Marin County, California. She was pivotal to the process of evolving food standards for Good Earth. During that time, she was active and influential in the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA). She delivered presentations on organic fundamentals, labeling attribute systems and developments in GMO technology to retailers from all over the country at INFRA’s annual conferences.

    Mindee Jeffery represented Retailers to the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) for five years. During her tenure as the Chairperson, Mindee Jeffery worked with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to re-imagine COPAC’s relationship to the State Organic Program, brought about by significant change to the regulatory framework.

    Over the past couple of years, Mindee worked directly with INFRA and Eastside Food Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gaining perspective on the natural foods retail business landscape. Mindee has returned to Good Earth and is currently working as the Organic Activism and Education Coordinator. She also manages a joint venture compost program for Good Earth and Tara Firma Farms.

    Mindee Jeffery graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Literature with an emphasis in Critical Theory. She spent many years in the San Geronimo Valley coaching young women's basketball teams.

  • Organic Producer
    January 2020 – January 2025

    Cold Spring Organics, Bozeman, MT

    Nathaniel Powell-Palm operates Cold Spring Organics, a 1,000 leased acre certified organic farm outside Belgrade, Montana. He is a first-generation farmer and rancher, with diverse experience across a range of crops, grains, and livestock. Powell-Palm has extensive experience inspecting organic operations around the United States as an independent organic inspector. As an educator he developed curriculum and provided training around the United States and internationally for the International Organic Inspectors Association. He has served on several agricultural boards both at the state and national level.

    Powell-Palm holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Montana State University.

  • Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Representative
    January 2020 – January 2025

    Sustainability for Agriculture Capital, Berkeley, CA

    Wood Turner currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sustainability for Agriculture Capital. He was previously the Vice President for Sustainability Innovation for Stonyfield Farm, and was the Founding Executive Director and, later, board chair of Climate Counts. He is on the governance board for the Center for Good Food Purchasing and an advisor to both the Duke Campus Farm and Food System 6, an innovation accelerator. He previously held advisory board seats with the Harvard University, the Center for Global Health and the Environment, and sustainable brands.

    Turner grew up in eastern North Carolina, spent many years in Seattle and New Hampshire, and now lives in the Bay Area. He holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Washington.

  • Organic Producer
    January 2021 – January 2026

    Cyclone Farms, York, Nebraska

    Amy Bruch is a farmer and president of Cyclone Farms, a sixth-generation organic farm in Nebraska. Ms. Bruch has almost 20 years’ experience in agriculture, including agricultural business management and regulatory compliance, operational improvements and transitioning farms to new crops and to organic production. Ms. Bruch’s career highlights include interning at the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, working as a systems engineer at General Mills and consulting internationally on agri-business. She has a background and expertise in certification, compliance, crops and the National List, and has a commitment to organic that will serve her well as a member of the NOSB representing the organic farming sector.

  • Public Interest/Consumer Interest Representative
    January 2021 – January 2026

    Hemlock Grove Farm, West Danby, New York

    Brian Caldwell has been involved in organic agriculture for more than 40 years as an educator, research, and farmer. In 1983, Brian was a founding member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) and has remained active in the organization since then as a staff person (2002-2005), educator at numerous winter conferences and member. Brian spent many years working for Cornell University, first as the vegetable and fruit specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension, and then as a field manager and researcher for the Cornell Organic Cropping Systems project. He has operated an organic farm in West Danby, NY since 1978 and has a deep understanding of organic standards. As an educator, farmer and longstanding NOFA-NY member, Brian understands consumer perspectives. He has a deep-rooted commitment to the success of the organic label, a diverse background in the organic sector to inform his service and a lifetime of connection with organic consumers and the public to serve as a member of the NOSB representing the consumer/public interest sector.

  • Public Interest/Consumer Interest Representative
    January 2021 – January 2026

    New York University, New York, New York

    Dr. Carolyn Dimitri is an applied economist and currently serves on the faculty at New York University. She also has extensive experience with the USDA, working for more than a decade at the Economic Research Service (ERS) where she authored numerous reports on different aspects of the organic sector, including consumer expectations and attitudes about organic food. Carolyn has a demonstrated commitment to public service, currently serving as a member of the Executive Board for the Organic Farming Research Foundation. She is familiar with many of the most pressing issues related to organic standards and National List materials and has the knowledge, expertise and dedication to serve on the NOSB as a member representing the consumer/public interest sector.

  • Organic Producer
    January 2021 – January 2026

    Grimmway Farms, Lee, Florida

    Logan Petrey is the organic ranch manager of 9,000 acres at Grimmway Farms located in Georgia and Florida. She is a fourth-generation farmer with experience in produce, corn, cotton and peanuts and has previous experience as an agronomist and organics farm manager with Generation Farms and as a field technician for Robinson Fresh, where she was exposed to farms in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. Ms. Petrey has served on the Board of Directors for Florida Organic Growers and is currently a member of the United Fresh Working Group. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Valdosta State University and a Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management from the University of Georgia. Logan has the diverse farming experience and dedication to serve on the Board as an organic farmer representative. 

  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent
    January 2021 – January 2026

    Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), State College, Pennsylvania

    Kyla Smith is the Certification Director for Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), a USDA-accredited certifying agent. During her 17-year tenure with PCO, Ms. Smith also worked as an organic inspector, materials specialist and reviewer, and held leadership positions for 6 years as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Accredited Certifiers Association Board. She has extensive knowledge of the USDA organic regulations and the work of the NOSB. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Ms. Smith’s lifelong commitment to the organic industry and knowledge of the regulations and certification process will make her an outstanding member of the NOSB as the USDA-accredited certifying agent position.

  • Scientist (Toxicology, Ecology or Biochemistry)