Lazy Dog Farms/Tuscarora Grain Co. LLC, PCO Certified, Mohrsville, PA
Andrew grew up working on his family farm in Central Pennsylvania. He attended Delaware Valley University and after working in the family business, he lived in Alaska for 3 years. Upon returning, Andrew took a position as an organic agronomist working to transition land in Pennsylvania. He then moved into marketing organic grain and began an agronomic consulting business. Andrew is a Certified Crop Advisor. Andrew is farming 50 organic acres and lives in Berks County with his wife, Kim and young son, Lukas.
Kitchen Table Consultants, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Ted LeBow is the managing principal and co-founder of Kitchen Table Consultants, a growing 15 person, national, food and farm business management consulting firm, founded in 2009. They have provided advisory services to nearly 300 farms, food hubs, co-packers, e-commerce, DTC food marketers and non-profits in the local food sector. His roots are in farming; his first business was a farm in Idaho and his degree is from Cornell’s Ag school. He’s a serial entrepreneur and has run 12 small businesses, owning all or part of six. His passion is helping business owners understand how they make a profit.
Penn State Extension, Montoursville, PA
Dave was born and raised on a farm in Montour County near where he currently reside. He received bachelors and masters degrees from Penn State in 1985 and 1994, respectively. Dave's employment with Penn State Extension began in 1985 with a fixed term appointment in Cumberland County. Following that he accepted a position in general agriculture at the Columbia County office of Penn State Extension, where he am still currently based. Dave's work has included various aspects of field crops, livestock, and 4-H programming. Dave owns a small farm and is currently developing a grass-finished beef enterprise. His wife Lisa and he have two daughters who are both students at Penn State.
MOMs Organic Market – Gaithersburg, MD
Lisa has worked at MOM’s for the past 20 years and has been a driving force behind the growth of this independent chain of organic grocery stores. Her expertise includes organizational strategy, major initiative implementation and change management, employee engagement & development, category management, and merchandising & pricing strategies. Lisa has also had the unique opportunity to spearhead and implement various environmental initiatives, helping MOM’s drive its mission. Lisa earned her BS from the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies & Political Science, and her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Outside of work Lisa enjoys teaching Tai Chi and traveling.
Phillips Mushroom Farms, Kennett Square, PA
Tina is a mycologist and the Technical Director of Phillips Mushroom Farms, a certified organic farm in Kennett Square, PA since 1995. She has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including PCO, OMRI, NOSB, and USDA FVIAC. She lives and gardens with her farmer husband and various pets in beautiful Chester County, PA.
Kalona SuperNatural, Newville, PA
Joe was raised in south-central PA. He began working for local farmers and selling produce when he was 14 years old. Since that time, much of his career has centered around food production and processing. In 2009 Joe joined a small creamery in Pennsylvania to market and sell their organic milk and other dairy products throughout eastern US. By 2019 they grew from a brand presence in approximately 150 stores to their products being sold in over 1,700 locations. Today, Joe is working with several food brands to develop their marketing and grow sales opportunities in an ever-changing retail environment.
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Kristy grew up on a small family beef and poultry farm in Upstate New York and pursued formal education in sustainable agriculture on the east and west coast. Kristy currently serves as the Sustainable Agriculture Extension Educator and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE SARE) Coordinator for Pennsylvania at Penn State University. Kristy’s professional interests focus on diversifying cropping systems to manage soil fertility and plant nutrients in order to maintain soil and water quality. Her goal is to make science-based information about agroecosystems and value-added crop enterprises accessible. Kristy is also enthusiastic about improving knowledge about food production and human nutrition in rural and urban communities.
Independent Consultant, Leyden, MA
Katherine DiMatteo is an independent consultant, previously managing partner at Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates. Formerly the Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association from 1990 to 2006, she was instrumental in shaping the outcome of the U.S. National Organic Program standards and the U.N. Codex Guidelines for organically produced foods. She currently serves on the Fairtrade America Board of Directors. Katherine was a founding member of the Climate Collaborative and now serves on its management board. Previously she served as the president of IFOAM-Organics International Board of Directors and was a founding member of The Organic Center’s Board of Directors.
Bob Eberly has been involved with the organic food movement since the 1980s and has shown dedication to PCO’s mission from the time of its inception in 1997. A charter member of PCO, Bob has served as Board President, Board Member, and Standards Committee Member. Until June 2013 Bob served as the President of Eberly Poultry, an organic and specialty poultry business, family owned and operated since 1947. Bob has extensive experience in organic food processing, distribution, retail marketing and exporting. Bob takes great pride in his passionate tie to the organic movement as a longstanding member of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, the Organic Trade Association, PennAG and PCO.
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Betty Harper is an assistant director of learning outcomes assessment in the Office of Planning and Assessment at Penn State University. She supports faculty, program coordinators, and administrators across Penn State to develop and execute plans to assess student learning. Immediately prior to accepting this position December 2018, Betty served as PCO’s executive assistant, where she gained an understanding of PCO’s mission, organizational structure, and strategic goals, as well as working directly in support of its Board of Directors. Although Betty recently accepted an invitation to return to Penn State, where she previously worked for 19 years, her commitment to PCO, its staff and members, and its vision remains and she would very much like to continue to contribute to the pursuit of that vision.
Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Denele is the Executive Director at Grow Pittsburgh. Grow Pittsburgh is an urban agriculture non-profit committed to teaching people how to grow food and to promote the benefits that gardens bring to our neighborhoods. Prior to her position as the Executive Director, Denele was the Director of Production and Farm Education and was integral to expanding food access initiatives across Allegheny County. She has a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of Pittsburgh.
Indigo Ag, Milford, DE
Mike Spangler was raised in the small town of New Freedom, PA. While Mike did not grow up on a farm, his parents owned a Nursery and Garden. Center and Mike worked for the farmer that tended the land. This experience established Mike’s interest in agriculture and in 1996 he started studying at Penn State University focused on an Agricultural Business Management degree. Upon completion, and for the next 17 years, Mike worked for various agricultural companies such as Perdue AgriBusiness, Lansing Trade Group, and Cargill Animal Nutrition. Mike held manager/director positions in grain trading, handling, processing, and business development. Mike is currently with Indigo Ag.
Rodale Institute – Kutztown, PA
Sam is the Lead Organic Crop Consultant with the Rodale Institute, an agricultural research and education center based in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He is part of a new, collaborative effort to help farmers transition their agricultural operations from conventional to certified organic systems by providing direct consultations to farmers that need support throughout the transition period. This service is currently free to farmers in Pennsylvania. Sam has approximately 12 years of farming experience in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.
Boyd Station, LLC, Danville, PA
Spencer Miller currently works as the organic grain/oil seed merchandiser at Boyd Station LLC in Danville, PA. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness Management and a minor in Poultry Sciences from Penn State University. He has been involved with organic grain and feed ingredients for over 5 years and has managed organic chicken farms. Spencer’s areas of expertise include organic soybeans, organic corn, and organic grain marketing. Spencer plays an important role in the organic grain industry by supporting organic grain farmers and is committed to the continued growth of organic acreage in Pennsylvania. Spencer lives in Reinholds, Pennsylvania.
Ketterman Consulting, Duncannon, PA
Chelsie Romberger is currently the Food Safety & Regulatory Manager at Bell & Evans in Fredericksburg, PA, but transitioning to a new Food Safety Consultant role with a new agency. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University and a Master of Science degree in Food Safety from Michigan State University. She has over 10 years of experience in food safety and regulatory compliance in a variety of food industry sectors, including meat and poultry, bakery, and prepared meals. Chelsie’s area of expertise includes regulatory compliance and process improvements. Her passions include leadership, innovation, and upholding the safety of the food supply. Chelsie lives in Duncannon, Pennsylvania.