NOSB Member Bios

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

 

  • 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.

  • Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Representative
    January 2022 – January 2027

    Happy Hollow Farm, Jamestown, MO

    Elizabeth “Liz” Graznak is the owner and “FarmHer” of Happy Hollow Farm, near Jamestown, Missouri; an 82-acre diversified organic vegetable farm, focused on retail sales and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) . She brings to the NOSB 16 years of certified organic farming experience, a passion for maintaining and improving the natural environment, and a commitment to growing and providing healthy, nutritious food for her community. Ms. Graznak is eager to work with diverse stakeholders and Board members to support the organic standards and reputation of USDA and the National Organic Program. She has served on several Boards, including the Missouri Organic Association and the Sustainable Farms and Communities Board and was voted the 2021 Farmer of the Year by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). She holds a Master’s degree in Plant Breeding, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. Ms. Graznak’s commitment to environmental conservation and application of such principles in farming will benefit the NOSB in the environmental protection seat.

  • Public Interest/Consumer Interest Representative
    January 2022 – January 2027

    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Oakland, CA

    Allison Johnson is a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a policy advocate with a multi-disciplinary background in sustainable food systems. Johnson has dedicated her career to protecting people and the environment and to making food systems safer. She is eager to support a strong organic sector that advances public health, equity, and environmental protection. In addition to her current role at the NRDC, Johnson has also worked as an organic certification and policy specialist for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and as an attorney at a public interest firm. Allison holds a J.D. with an Environmental Law Certificate, a Master’s in Gastronomic Sciences and Quality Products, and a Bachelor’s in Nutritional Sciences.

  • Scientist
    January 2022 – January 2027

    Tennessee State University, Franklin, TN

    Dr. Dilip Nandwani holds a Ph.D. in Botany. He has 10-years of teaching experience, with a focus on organic agriculture, certification, and crop science. Dr. Nandwani is currently serving on the boards of Tennessee Organic Growers Association (TOGA), Southern Cover Crops Council (SCCC) and Chair, Organic Tropical and Subtropical Fruits workgroup of International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS). He is editor of several books on Organic Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture, and Urban Agriculture (Springer, Dordrecht), serves on the editorial board of the Organic Agriculture Journal, and has published over 250 articles and received over 3.1M in grants and contracts. Dr. Nandwani has received several awards and honors in horticulture, extension, F2F and urban agriculture, and he serves on several professional interest groups (PIG) of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) including Organic Horticulture, University, regional and state committees.

  • Organic Producer
    January 2022 – January 2027

    JSM Organics, Aromas, CA

    Javier Zamora owns and operates JSM Organics, a 100-acre family-owned vegetable/fruit farm in California. He brings to the Board twenty years of farming experience, ten of which is in organic farming, with extensive experience marketing produce through retail stores, restaurants, farmers markets, and via his own private label. Zamora is a leader within his community and devotes his time to mentoring young farmers and Spanish-speaking farmers by providing them assistance with direct marketing regulations, organic certification, and compliance to USDA organic regulations. He is also passionate about sustainability and environmentally conscious farming, climate change mitigation, labor issues, and farmworker rights. He has served on several Boards, including the USDA’s Small Farmer & Rancher Advisory Committee, the Agriculture and Land-based Training Association (ALBA), and the Ecological Farming Association (Eco Farm). Mr. Zamora has a deep commitment to organic principles and will bring a unique perspective to the NOSB representing the organic farming sector.