Our Team

A Can-Do Attitude

TO HELP PRODUCERS CHANGE OUR FOOD SYSTEM

Executive Leadership

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Chris Schreiner

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Schreiner has over 27 years of experience in the organic sector. He grew up working on his family’s fourth-generation, 200-acre iris farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked on a small organic farm that grew specialty crops sold directly to local restaurants and natural food stores. Since 1998, Chris has been with Oregon Tilth. As Farm Program Coordinator, he managed the organic certification process for over 400 farms. As Quality Control Director, he handled policy analysis and USDA National Organic Program accreditation. Since 2009, Chris has been Oregon Tilth’s top executive. He has developed innovative partnerships with Oregon State University and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to expand resources for organic producers. In 2014, Chris served on the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on Genetically Engineered Agriculture. He also co-chaired the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Research, Education and Extension Committee for six years.
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Leonard Freeman, Jr.

Chief Operating Officer

Leonard Freeman, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer of Oregon Tilth, based in Dallas, Texas. His diverse career spans affordable housing, community engagement, and education, epitomizing his commitment to innovation, data analytics, and generational empowerment. As a noted writer, he has been featured in Forbes and other publications, sharing insights on innovation, diversity, and leadership. Leonard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Special Education from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University. He serves on the boards of The National Society of Black Sports Professionals and the Hue Project. Residing in Houston, Texas, Leonard continues to be a dynamic force for positive change.
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Kim Nelson

People and Culture Director

A skort and sandals wearing HR geek. I crave a pristine whiteboard and lots of colored markers. Nothing should be done without thinking about the potential impact on others. Fun Fact: My family is related to both Daniel Boone and Gloria Vanderbilt.
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Connie Karr

Certification Director

A boots wearing problem solver. I crave passionate people and a fun culture. Nothing should be done without laughter. Fun Fact: I am a mother of two teenage boys.
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Renee Kempka

Finance and Administration Director

A yoga pant wearing finance faerie. I crave spreadsheets and random jokes. Nothing should be done without a dose of creativity. Fun Fact: I won a beauty and talent pageant in high school.

Certification

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Connie Karr

Certification Director

A boots wearing problem solver. I crave passionate people and a fun culture. Nothing should be done without laughter. Fun Fact: I am a mother of two teenage boys.
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Sally Lammers

Deputy Director Certification Services

A hoody wearing spelling ace. I crave blue pens and natural light. Nothing should be done without dark chocolate. Fun Fact: There is a dinosaur named after my family (Avaceratops lammersi).
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Michelle Kozlowski

Quality and Compliance Manager

Bio coming soon.
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Misty Nider

Transaction Services Administrator

A birkenstock and messy bun wearing, list making organizer. I crave the ocean breeze on a white sand beach and a good book and believe nothing should be done without a good song. Fun Fact: Lover of Husker Volleyball, mother of an athletic army of 3 high schoolers that bless me with bleacher butt and firm believer JOY is nutrient too.
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Kelly Abbott

Certification Services Manager

A firm believer in the power of appropriate sarcasm and Bellingham, Wash. native. Master of metaphors and trucker hats. Takes every opportunity to be helpful at work. Fun Fact: I am happiest on the water.
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Aaron Turner

Certification Services Manager

An organic cotton wearing people person. I crave interaction and serving customers. Nothing should be done without a good laugh. Fun fact: Murphy the dog is happy that he gets to come to work with me!
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Elizabeth Tigan

Fiber and Textile Specialist

A colorful scarf wearing standards enforcer. I crave strong coffee and daily walks. Nothing should be done without positive motivation.
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Shana Meshbesher

Fiber & Textiles Certification Officer

A mishmash of style & color combos who craves dot or grid paper and a superb writing utensil. I believe nothing should be done without deep, centering breaths to tame my continuous state of excitement over the little things. Fun Fact: Anyone with my same surname is my relation (which is both phonetic & fun to say)!
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Naomi Najar

Quality and Accreditation Administrative Assistant

I have over 5 years of Retail management experience. Before joining Oregon Tilth, I was an employment/ payroll specialist. I strive in team settings & enjoy crossing things off my to do list. I recently got married and we had our first daughter (Ivy) in May. Even though our first babies are our dogs, Stormie a Frenchie, and Smoke an American Bully. I enjoy being outdoors with my family. I'm a foodie and not afraid to try new things. Fun Fact: I love collecting mugs from anywhere I visit or any new on the shelf from Target.
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Jordann Bartlett

Certification Operations Specialist

Meet Jordann Bartlett, Oregon Tilth's Certification Operations Specialist based in Portland, Oregon. Jordann holds a bachelor's degree in sustainability and is interested in organic food, volunteering, and travel. Jordann's hobbies are camping, paddle boarding, reading, beach combing, cycling, and yoga.
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Morgan Kelley

Technical Specialist

A firm believer in the power of compassion and Eugene native. Master of over punctuation and toddler wrangling. Takes every opportunity to high-five at work. Fun Fact: I used to tour with several bands but now quilt and go to sleep by 8:30pm.
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Camille Ackerman

Technical Specialist

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Sarah Forsythe

Technical Specialist

A firm believer in the power of community and Midwest native. Master of house plants and collector of hobbies. Takes every opportunity to be inclusive at work. Fun fact: I once grew carrots for the King and Queen of Norway.
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Matthew Molyneaux

Technical Specialist

Matthew Molyneaux, a firm believer in the power of git-r-done and Northern California native. Master of making thoughtful messes and fostering nature connections. Takes every opportunity to ’sharpen the pencil’ at work. I am much better at hiking than swimming!
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Colleen Derrico

Technical Specialist

A firm believer in the power of grit and a Chicago native. Master of wrangling small children and stopping to pet friendly dogs along the way. Takes every opportunity to snack while at work. Fun Fact: My first years after college were spent professionally training horses.

Client Services: Blue Team

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Katie Goldberg

Certification Services Supervisor

A vest wearing word smither. I crave ambient lighting and brisk walks. Nothing should be done without a camel colored cup of coffee in the office. Fun Fact: A mother of three kids, +-12 chickens, three cats and one ever-expanding garden.
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Joscelyn Strange

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of empathy and a Central Kentucky native. Master of overthinking everything and a good eye roll. Takes every opportunity to make someone smile at work. Fun Fact: I have shown cows in more states than I have vacationed in, and I am a momma to the cutest little boy and four fur balls.
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Meghan Patrick

Certification Officer

A soft-clothes wearing box-checker. I crave lists, calendars and spreadsheets, and believe nothing should be done without a sense of humor. Fun fact: I used to live in a van down by the river. (And the ocean. And the desert. And the swamp. And the mountains.)
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Megan Ogle

Certification Officer

A shrunken wool sweater wearing livestock enthusiast. I crave masala dosa and the Appalachian Foothills, and believe nothing should be done without the right tool for the job. Fun fact: one of my goats makes super hero sound effects.
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JJ Mack

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of questions and Ataraxia native. Master of esoterica and schwarmerei. Takes every opportunity to expatiate at work. Fun fact: In a previous life, JJ was a deejay and helped run a community radio station in Chicago IL. Excelsior!
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Sam Wildfong

Certification Services Officer

A knit hat wearing deep listener. I crave a chill/lo-fi playlist and co-op bulk bin snacks, and believe nothing should be done without clear eyes and a full heart. Fun fact: My family and I call Vashon Island, WA our home where we run a small salad greens farm.
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Gwen Hill

Certification Operations Administrator

Client Services: Green Team

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Meagan Collins

Certification Services Supervisor

A comfy clothes wearing peacemaker. I crave sunshine and organic kombucha and believe nothing should be done without patience and a positive attitude. Fun Fact: I am a mother of two young children, so I never sleep but I enjoy every waking moment of it!
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Jennifer Ungemach

Senior Certification Officer

A jeans wearing multi-tasking team builder. I crave sprawling desk space and early morning starts and believe nothing should be done without playfulness. Fun Fact: I make great Cuban-style pork with mojo to celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico.
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Aileen Cuellar

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of empathy and Baja California native. Master of traveling, triathlons, rock climbing and gardening. Takes every opportunity to learn something new at work along with a strong cup of coffee. fun fact: I love challenges and outdoor activities as much as fermenting processes like Sauerkraut and Sourdough.
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Arthur Bassett

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of creativity and a Yaqui watershed native. Master of patiently receiving the gifts of life and having my feet in the soil. Takes every opportunity to define applicable organic labels certified by an accredited administration at work. Fun Fact: I love to explore the world with my family.
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Alejandra Contreras

Certification Services Officer

A firm believer in the power of empathy and Tamazula de Gordiano, Jalisco native. Master of hard work and enjoying life. Takes every opportunity to learn as much as I can at work. Fun Fact: A mother of a beautiful girl since 2019
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Alejandra Zapien Ramos

Latin America Support Specialist

A firm believer in the power of a smile and Uruapan, Michoacán native. Master of positivity and honesty. Takes every opportunity to learn new things at work. Fun Fact: I am a double black belt at Tae Kwon Do.
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Kayti Lyda

Certification Operations Administrator

A firm believer in the power of knowledge and a Central Texas transplant. Master of sarcasm and dry humor. Takes every opportunity to color code at work. Fun Fact: Kayti collects fancy rocks and dog-ears every book she reads (except borrowed books).
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Ernesto Santamaria

Mexico Representative

Bio coming soon.

Client Services: Indigo Team

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Diane Hennelly

Certification Services Supervisor

A pajama wearing eagle eye. I crave sunshine and coffee. Nothing should be done without creativity in the office. Fun Fact: I live in Hawaii, love scuba diving and have a cat (Kitty) who is allergic to humans (among other things).
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Jeff Rowe

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of community and native Minnesotan. Master of walking the dog and shoveling snow. Takes every opportunity to help our clients at work. Fun Fact: I enjoy campfires and attempting to convince my dog that they are okay to sit next to.
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Liz Happ

Certification Officer

Bio coming soon.
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Gideon Dobson-Repinski

Certification Operations Administrator

A firm believer in the power of positive thinking and a driftless area native. Master of bad jokes and movie watching. Takes every opportunity to listen to others and grow at work. Fun Fact: I was born with a curved pinky.
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Edward Seeley

Certification Officer

Bio coming soon.
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Ive Sell

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of non-linear time and a Midwest native. Master of misplaced sarcasm and dark humor. Takes every opportunity to bite off more than I can chew at work. Fun Fact: I can milk a goat, but not a cow.
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Erin Lapsansky

Certification Services Officer

A fanatic for life, willing to take on any obstacle. I love biking, paddling, skiing, and recently took up pickleball. My two dogs remind me to stay present and enjoy the small things. Fun Fact: I have all of the plant’s I’ve studied tattooed on my arm.

Client Services: Orange Team

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Sean Myers

Certification Services Supervisor

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Melissa Stewart

Senior Certification Officer

A ball cap wearing multi-tasker. I crave a full-bodied coffee and a good country song and believe nothing should be done without a bit of humor. Fun fact: I have a backyard flower farm and 3 ducks (Mama Duck, Duck Norris, and Quackie Chan).
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Michelle Gregg

Certification Officer

Michelle D. Gregg, an oxford shirt wearing practical joker. I crave new experiences and to-do lists and believe nothing should be done without a sense of perspective. A firm believer in an apple a day.
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Erin Bardagjy

Senior Certification Officer

A jeans wearing animal lover. I crave a eggs and bacon. Nothing should be done without coffee. Fun Fact: I am a beekeeper.
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Rose Petros

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of sustainable agriculture and Northern California native. Master of chicken rearing and healthy food enthusiast. Takes every opportunity to learn something new at work. Fun Fact: My favorite place to visit in the summer is Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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Amelia Kendrick

Certification Services Officer

A firm believer in the power of asking questions and Lodi, California native. Master of pickled jalapeños and forgetting to bring a jacket. Takes every opportunity to show pictures of her cats at work. Fun fact: I still have a baby tooth.
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Kettie Adams

Certification Operations Administrator

A soft scarf wearing multi-tasker. I crave energy and positivity. Nothing should be done without a smile. Fun Fact: I enjoy dancing with Kevlar poi on fire.

Client Services: Red Team

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Evelyn Rosas

Certification Services Supervisor

Evelyn Rosas is the Red Team Certification Services Supervisor in Eugene, Oregon. A former farmer and agriculture educator with over a decade in organic certification and community food systems, her anthropology background and dedication to social justice shape her approach. Evelyn’s commitment to is paralleled by her personal life, where she raises artistic, nature-loving children and as an avid birdwatcher—she considers it the ultimate treasure hunt. She blends her passions for nature and discovery into both her professional and personal pursuits.
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Maria Moss

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of compassion and Ohio native. Master of collecting non-human animals and laughing awkwardly. Takes every opportunity to keep it real at work. I raise dairy goats and chickens.
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Lindsey Campbell

Senior Certification Officer

Lindsey Campbell is a Senior Certification Officer on the Red Team. She has nearly two decades of experience in food and certification compliance. Lindsey uses her business background to solve problems and provide great customer service. She loves trivia, Jeopardy, puzzles, and watching people compete while she roots for the underdog—she wants everyone to do their best and for the champion to earn it!
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Jessica Black

Senior Certification Officer

Jessica Black, a Senior Certification Officer for Oregon Tilth, is currently based in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon. Her work in the organic industry also includes roles as an organic farm manager and an organic inspector. Beyond work, you will find her enjoying hikes, gardening, travel and shopping her way through local Farmer’s Markets.
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Sam Karns

Certification Officer

Sam Karns is a Certification Officer on the Red Team. He has years of experience as a boots-on-the-ground farmer and organic inspector of all scopes, giving him in-depth appreciation and knowledge of organic farming systems and food production. His skills are rooted in always wanting to learn more, leading him to be thorough and thoughtful in his work. Outside the office Sam volunteers with his local community garden and the Minnesota Department of Ag.
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McKenzie McDermott

Certification Services Officer

McKenzie McDermott (she/her/hers) is the Certification Services Officer for Red Team, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, and experience in sustainability, advocacy, and social justice work. Outside of work she enjoys reading, crocheting, aimless walks, and a binge-worthy TV show.
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Zelda Crain

Certification Operations Administrator

A firm believer in the power of community and Southern California native. Master of all things coffee and sarcasm. Takes every opportunity to smile and laugh at work. Fun Fact: I have a menagerie of farm animals/fur babies — two of each species. Apparently I’m working on my very own ark.

Client Services: Yellow Team

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Matt Boll

Certification Services Supervisor

A firm believer in the power of kindness and San Diego, CA native. Master of the Universe and a four-year-old. Takes every opportunity to make friends at work. Fun Fact: Loves Mexican food.
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Sarah Townsend

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of music and teamwork, and 30-year citizen of Hawaii. Master of the obvious and rainy day enthusiast. Takes every opportunity to learn a new word. Fun Fact: I'm at my happiest getting muddy in a pottery.
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Gail Doesken

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of leaving things better than we find them, and a globe-trotting Colorado native. Master of sky gazing and deep listening. Takes every opportunity to take big leaps at work. Fun Fact: I am equally in love with and terrified of heights, but I just can’t stop seeking out those high places!
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Suzy Wickham

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of determination and Great Lakes States native. Master of feral kitten taming and abandoned farmhouse reclamation. Takes every opportunity to see the best in everyone at work. Many years ago I was a professional folk dancer.
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Serena Jennings-Turner

Certification Services Officer

A firm believer in the power of laughter and a San Diego native. Master of puzzles and over-communicating. Takes every opportunity to be positive at work. Fun Fact: I have lived in 25 different houses.
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Heather Toumbs

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of compassion and Central Oregon native. Master of the dual eye wink and DIY woodworking crafts. Takes every opportunity to make a weird face at work. Fun Fact: I have been in 19 weddings in my life and I’m going for 27 just for the dresses.
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Sophie Skripka

Certification Operations Administrator

A firm believer in the power of humor and Ukrainian native living in the Montana mountains. Master of campfire food and tricking my dog into a bath. Takes every opportunity to stretch and make a spreadsheet at work. Fun Fact: I once hiked Mount Fuji at night by myself. 10/10 would recommend.

Inspections

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Kurt Belser

Inspections Manager

A patched flannel-wearing systems thinker. I crave deep thought and callused hands and believe nothing should be done without intention. Fun Fact: Savory all the way. No sweet.
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Robert Albee

Inspections Supervisor

A firm believer in the power of positivity and curiosity and Oregon native. Master of ginger consumption and rising with the sun. Takes every opportunity to smile and laugh at work. Fun fact: Enthralled with all things outdoors.
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Lexi Spoor

Inspections Supervisor

Lexi Spoor is the Inspections Supervisor, based in upstate New York. With a solid science background, Lexi has hands-on experience in farming, including growing produce, raising poultry, and handling large livestock. She has over five years of experience in material review and collaborating with Organic inspectors, showcasing her expertise in agricultural practices. Lexi has a keen interest in gardening and enjoys immersing herself in National Geographic series. Her hobbies extend to hobby farming, collecting animals, and traveling to destinations with waters clear enough for snorkeling. Lexi enjoys her coffee white, tea black, and is a dedicated mother to three young children.
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Jennifer Kirby

Inspections Coordinator

A firm believer in the power of breathing deeply and Husker Nation native. Master of organization and logistics. Takes every opportunity to drink coffee at work. Fun Fact: Barack Obama answered a question I posed to him during his first campaign.
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John Caputo

Senior Inspector

A cargo pants wearer with the gift of gab. I crave a stand-up desk and laptop computer. Nothing should be done without thoughtfulness. Fun Fact: My first grandchild was born in 2017.
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Chris Elder

Senior Inspector

A North Carolina native and firm believer in the power of seeing the world through others’ eyes. Admirer of gadgets and energetic minds who feels that nothing should be done without proper socks. Loves bikes, books, beer, birds, baseball, bourbon, and bacon!
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Linden Steinmann

Senior Inspector

A nothing-but-black wearing jet setter of the inspection world. I crave variety and new experiences and believe nothing should be done without a dash of creativity. My office is known as the “Loom Room” because it is also my weaving studio.
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Anna Hanson

Senior Inspector

A firm believer in the power of empathy and Bay Area native. Master of all things underwater and above treeline. Takes every opportunity to lend a helping hand in order to get things done at work. I hiked the Camino de Santiago (500 miles in 32 days) and wanted to keep on going!
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Amy Stafford

Senior Inspector

A firm believer in the power of laughter and a rather nomadic American. Master of baking at elevation and asking the same question three ways. Takes every opportunity to dig into the details at work. Fun Fact: I chauffeured Graham Chapman, Mercury Morris, and Donald Woods in my 1970 Gran Torino convertible.
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Thomas Forrest

Senior Inspector

Bio coming soon.
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Angelica Adams

Inspector

A firm believer in the power of active listening and Coastal California native. Master of singing badly out loud and staying in the sun way too long. Takes every opportunity to be a supportive colleague at work. Fun Fact: I love machines, especially tractors and farm implements and am in my happy place when mowing the fields.
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Margaret Liddiard

Inspector

A firm believer in the power of courage and kindness and a Minnesota native. Master of knowing just one thing about a lot of things and finding the humor in most situations. Takes every opportunity to stand up while reading at work. Fun Fact: Once walked across burning coals. On purpose.
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Taylor McMillen

Inspector

Bio coming soon.
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Mike Patterson

Inspector

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Tanya Bagley

Inspector

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Beth Dominick

Inspector

An XTRATUF Boot wearing eagle eyed observer. I crave black coffee, organized files, and believe nothing should be done without fresh air. Fun Facts: I have too many fun facts! I volunteer with the International Organic Inspector Association (IOIA). I was once stalked by a jaguar. I once had to flee a volcanic eruption. I love spending time with my grand-daughter.
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Morrison Hughes

Inspector

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Jennifer White

Inspector

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Ame Longwell

Inspector

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Janae Betterton

Inspection Administrative Assistant

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Haley White

Inspection Administrative Assistant

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Brian Lepore

Inspector

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Susanna Dzejachok

Inspector

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Elizabeth Bretko (She/Her/Hers)

Inspector

Elizabeth Bretko is an Inspector based in Southern Oregon, with a rich background in food manufacturing and farming. With 23 years of experience in producing herbal teas and immune boosters, and 14 years in cultivating flowers and medicinal herbs, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. Elizabeth is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market. Her interests include growing marigolds, making medicine, and exploring Oregon. Outside of work, she is a dedicated full-time mom to a remarkable teenager.
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Kathryn Collmar

Inspector

Kathryn Collmar is an Inspector located in Noti, Oregon. Her background as a chemist, with a focus on organometallic chemistry in graduate school, has laid a strong foundation for her career. Kathryn brings over 10 years of experience in the food industry, primarily in quality roles, and has managed multiple Organic System Plans (OSP) in handling. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys reading, crafting, and spending quality time with her husband and two daughters. Kathryn's journey with the Spanish language spans over 25 years, including a minor in college and a term in Costa Rica, yet she humbly considers herself a continuous learner.
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Ashleigh Knect

Inspector

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Erin Greene

Inspector

Erin Greene is an Inspector based in Eugene, Oregon. With over 20 years in organic agriculture, Erin graduated from Emerson College in the UK, specializing in Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture. Her expertise includes producing specialty culinary varietals that enhance sensory experiences with their texture, color, aroma, and flavor. Erin's agricultural interests are diverse, encompassing pollinator habitat building, flower farming, and floral design. She also supports local food access and chain resiliency. Passionate about the outdoors, Erin enjoys hiking, camping, mushroom hunting, gardening, and cooking. A fun fact: she started her first farm business at age 8, selling cut flowers to a local florist.
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Eric Malone

Inspector

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Giavanna Accurso

Inspector

Communications and Marketing

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Edward Johnson III

Communications and Marketing Deputy Director

Edward Johnson, is the Communication and Marketing Deputy Director for Oregon Tilth, based in Palmetto, Florida. With over 20 years of nonprofit experience, Edward is an award-winning omni-channel creative strategist and thought leader. He received a Master of Project Management and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. His democratic leadership style empowers teams to achieve goals through design, branding, digital strategy, and project management. Passionate about storytelling and inspiring positive change, Edward's vision transforms marketing into an electrifying realm of possibilities, where every idea finds its voice and every vision finds wings. Beyond work, he treasures family time, gardening, cycling, and captivating TV series.
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Levi Fredrikson

Applicant Experience Specialist

A wetsuit wearing empathizer. I crave x-files re-runs and cheap phó. Nothing should be done without first passing gas. Fun Fact: At best, 10 percent of my jokes get a laugh. The other 90 percent are the funny ones.
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Franklin Smith

Client Experience Specialist

A firm believer in the power of positivity and a Eugene, OR native. Master of problem solving and finding the silver lining in clouds. Takes every opportunity to think outside the box at work. Fun Fact: I have worked on farms in 5 different continents.
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DeAngelo Scott

Digital Marketing Specialist

DeAngelo Scott, is the Digital Marketing Specialist based in Baltimore, MD with over eight years of experience in the field. He's passionate about creativity, technology, and storytelling. DeAngelo's interests range from content creation to fitness and graphic design, with hobbies in movies, sports, and art. A lover of warm weather and good sushi, he cherishes his East Coast adventures. Notably, he spent two years capturing the essence of Baltimore through his 'Faces of Baltimore Photo Project,' showcasing his deep community connection. DeAngelo believes in embracing life's adventures and the power of curiosity.

Education and Advocacy

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Ben Bowell

Deputy Director of Partnerships and Programs

Ben Bowell is the Deputy Director of Education and Advocacy, based in Portland, Oregon. He oversees education programs, advocacy activities and partnerships and has worked for Oregon Tilth for over 10 years. Ben serves on the Governing Council of the Organic Farmers Association and the Board of the Oregon Organic Coalition. Prior to Oregon Tilth, he worked for American Farmland Trust advocating for the protection and sustainability of working lands. He has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a M.S. from Tufts University’s Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program. Outside of work, he enjoys time with family, backpacking, cycling and anything else outdoors.
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Marina Oriel

Conservation Program Manager

Meet Marina Oriel, Oregon Tilth’s Conservation Program Manager based in Portland, Oregon. Marina holds a BS in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont and a MS in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Before coming to Oregon Tilth, Marina taught farm and food classes for all ages and worked for a nonprofit that supports food sovereignty and agricultural development projects with coffee farmers in Guatemala. Today, Marina works to expand the support network for organic producers and help them meet their conservation goals through programs offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Outside of work, Marina enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
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Natalie Hardwicke

Education Program Manager

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Hanna Deacon

Organic Transition Specialist

A firm believer in the power of communication and originally from Alaska. Master of tea drinking and houseplant parenting. Takes every opportunity to organize projects at work. Fun Fact: I absolutely love potatoes in all their forms (although hash browns are the best).

Finance and Administration

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Renee Kempka

Finance and Administration Director

A yoga pant wearing finance faerie. I crave spreadsheets and random jokes. Nothing should be done without a dose of creativity. Fun Fact: I won a beauty and talent pageant in high school.
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Jacob Messer

Finance and Administration Administrator

A firm believer in the power of Greyskull. Master of the Universe and dad jokes. Take every opportunity to listen and learn at work. Fun Fact: Father of three eye-rolling children.
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Cindy Harkey

Payroll and Benefits Specialist

A firm believer in the power of balance and being open minded and an Oklahoma native. Master of cooking on an open fire and enjoy all thing art related. Takes every opportunity to be here for YOU at work. Fun Fact: I have a 9ft coffee bar yielding roughly 60 coffee cups #notashamed
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Abigail Soto

Grants Financial Manager

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Brittany Klemm

Administrative Assistant

Brittany "BK" Klemm is the Administrative Assistant based in Corvallis, OR. She has an enriching background in earth sciences and anthropology with a focus in food, culture, and social justice. BK brings years of administrative experience and a passion for volunteering, sustainable living, and supporting local entities. Her hobbies include cycling, reading, backpacking, and thrifting. She enjoys hosting movie nights with her close friends and family and crafting micro-crochet jewelry and macramé wall hangings. BK embodies a blend of professional acumen and creative flair.
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Vicki Epperson

Finance Administrator

People and Culture

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Kim Nelson

People and Culture Director

A skort and sandals wearing HR geek. I crave a pristine whiteboard and lots of colored markers. Nothing should be done without thinking about the potential impact on others. Fun Fact: My family is related to both Daniel Boone and Gloria Vanderbilt.
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K'nyshau Cameron

People and Culture Generalist

A firm believer in the power of connecting passion with purpose and a Virgin Islander who resides in Florida. Master of ambition and yearning for new opportunities has enabled me to leave my birthplace, but still have the love for the sun, sand and sea. Takes every opportunity to serve all in truth, with grace, compassion, and empathy at work. HR is something that I never had planned as a career goal; I'd like to think that the industry chose me.

IT

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Heather Smith

IT Director

A jeans wearing data tabulator. I crave a fast computer and a good pen. Nothing should be done without dogs in the office. Fun Fact: I love my Georgia Bulldogs!
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Joel Borjesson

Senior Systems Administrator

A firm believer in the power of self and Oregon native. Master of kitchens and crushing it. Takes every opportunity to get a smile at work. Fun Fact: I am deficient in fun facts.
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Noah Levine

IT Operations and Project Lead

A firm believer in the power of technology and Corvallis resident. Master of over-caffeinating and eater of breakfast food. Takes every opportunity to help someone out at work. Fun fact: I’m technically a cyborg.
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Suresh Adicjithara

Data and Reporting Analyst

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