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Administration

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Kettie Adams

Administrative Assistant

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.
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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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Alejandra Ramos

Mexico Office Administrator

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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Chris Schreiner

Executive Director

A khaki wearing systems thinker. I crave diverse perspectives and good data. Nothing should be done without good data. Fun Fact: I was born in Brussels, Belgium, which has shaped my European sensibilities.
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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!

Certification

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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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Erin Bardagjy

Materials Review 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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Jordann Bartlett

Certification Operations Administrator

A down jacket wearing stat collector. I crave a fun work environment and fast internet. Nothing should be done without a smile in the office. Fun Fact: When I was a kid my favorite foods were avocado and brussels sprouts.
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Brittany Beavers

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of personal initiative and Florida native. Master of wordy emails and awkward phone interruptions. Takes every opportunity to stretch at work. Fun Fact: I am a distant cousin to the late Johnny Cash.
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Matt Boll

Senior Certification Officer

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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Steven Cabral

Certification Officer

A bolo tie-wearing jack of all trades. I crave crispy pickles and collaboration. Nothing should be done without an open mind and a solid plan. Fun Fact: My record collection weighs about 500 pounds and at this point it’s too late to turn back.
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Lindsey Campbell

Senior Certification Officer

A comfy hoodie wearing multi-tasking certification robot. I crave organization and a good scavenger hunt and believe nothing should be done without a large mug of good coffee. Fun Fact: When I was nine I was the top seller of campfire candy in the nation!
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John Caputo

Senior Certification Officer

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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Jared Clark

Technical Specialist

A firm believer in the power of coffee and Oregon native. Master of waking up too early and eating spicy food. Takes every opportunity to learn new things and improve at work. Fun Fact: I wake up extremely early in the mornings to run long distances before my wife and daughter wake up.
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Xavi Cortal

Certification Services Officer

A barretina wearing bon vivant. I crave understanding and wild mushrooms. Nothing should be done without good humor. Fun Fact: I'm a supertaster that likes to taste everything.
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Ryan Costello

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of empathy and Olympia, WA native. Master of bad jokes and rock riffs. Takes every opportunity to multi-task stretch at work. Fun Fact: I used to be good at calligraphy.
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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.
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Aileen Cuellar

Certification Operations Administrator

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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Josephine Dobson Mann

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of persistence and planet Earth native — currently residing in the Green Bay, WI area. Master of world travel adventures and philosophical child wrangling. Takes every opportunity to be kind to others at work. Fun Fact: I spent two action-packed years as a member of the Winona County Dive and Rescue Team.
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Trish Dougherty

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of optimism and Wisconsin native. Master of driving crooked roads and jigsaw puzzles. Takes every opportunity to observe and do what needs to be done at work. Fun Fact: Has about 40 house plants.
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Kitri Falxa

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of integrity and Wyoming native. Master of mucking stalls and the kitchen floor. Takes every opportunity to complete reviews at work. Fun Fact: I’m a Basco fiasco!
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Levi Fredrikson

Certification Services Officer

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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Rianne Ferris

Transaction Services Administrator

A firm believer in the power of kindness and a Portland native. Master of animal fun facts and air punches. Takes every opportunity to inspire positivity at work. Fun Fact: As a third generation farmer, Rianne’s favorite place to be is elbow deep in a tomato plant.
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Ana Friesema

Inspections Coordinator

A leg warmers wearing life doula. I crave clean drinking water and flat topography. Nothing should be done without proper medication. Fun Fact: I very nearly became and art forger and falconry professional.
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Jennifer Fulton

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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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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Jennifer Gridley

Certification Officer

A flip-flop wearing answer seeker. I crave coffee and enlightenment. Nothing should be done without intention. Fun Fact: I was a craft brewer in my previous career.
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Diane Hennelly

Senior Certification Officer

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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Dan Hermstad

Certification Services Supervisor

A warm shirt wearing versatility champion. I crave hearty grub and regular activity. Nothing should be done without simple pleasures. Fun Fact: I just keep on running.
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Morgan Higham

Senior Certification Officer

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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Diana Horan

Certification Services Officer

A firm believer in the power of REAL Chocolate and a restless resident of The Driftless Area. Master of the Pot (the indigo vat) and wet water aerobics. Takes every opportunity to live the golden rule at work.
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Ali Hudson

Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of laughter and a Pacific Northwest native. Master of Chicken Whispering and Google Searches. Takes every opportunity to inspire and encourage everyone (coworkers and clients) at work. Fun Fact: I'm often attracted to and distracted by... Oooo, shiny!
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Yocelyn Ilustre Padilla

Certification Services Officer

A firm believer in the power of nature, I feel privileged to be part of a team that continues to help us all understand the true force and impact of organic practices/management around the world. Master of traveling and gardening. Takes every opportunity to find a chill moment with a cup of Italian hot tea at work. *fun* fact about me I'm a Mexican wife/mother of one amazing baby girl and a super cute mini schnauzer called Venus.
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Darin Jones

Certification Services Supervisor

A 80s holey jeans wearing includer of all. I crave cohesion and laughing. Nothing should be done without a heat source. Fun Fact: I’ve only lost one Russian Tortoise.
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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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Callyn Kircher

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of hard work and Oregon native. Master of nothing and aware of it. Takes every opportunity to innovate at work. Fun Fact: My other favorite job was herding goats on rangeland across Idaho.
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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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Heather Kuizenga

Certification Operations Administrator

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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Shannon McCormick

Material Review Officer

A multiple layer wearing spontaneous problem solver. I crave a comfy chair and a lap cat. Nothing should be done without a trusty permanent marker. Fun Fact: I am an all-purpose animal whisperer who dislikes peanuts but loves peanut butter.
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Adam Muir

Certification Services Officer

A firm believer in the power of positivity and Corvallis native. Master of waking up early and herding cats. Takes every opportunity to lend a hand at work. Fun Fact: I am related to famed naturalist John Muir.
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Daniel Nguyen

Certification Services Supervisor

A standard, button-up shirt wearing forgettable, office type. I crave to please and paper push. Nothing should be done without a good sense of humor. Fun Fact: Has a cat whose microchip opens his feeder, and who may also be a sign of the apocalypse.
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Colleen O'Brien

Technical Specialist

A Danskos wearing certification workhorse. I crave jazz music and fresh air and believe nothing should be done without a positive attitude. Fun fact: I caught the travel bug while still young, and I have visited 47 U.S. states and 32 countries.
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Kelly O'Donnell

Inspections Manager

A t-shirt wearing logistical puppet-master. I crave post-its and white boards. Nothing should be done without laughter. Fun Fact: The palm side of my left hand and ring finger has freckles.
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Carrie-Anne Palmeri

International Programs Specialist

A firm believer in the power of compassion and Connecticut native. Master of strategic planning and curry-making. Takes every opportunity to celebrate goals achieved at work. Fun Fact: I worked in forest restoration with Honduran coffee farmers for three years.
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Lindsey Pender

Certification Officer

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Mae Rose Petrehn

Certification Officer

A cowboy boot wearing negotiator. I crave a challenges and pasture management. Nothing should be done without pliers. Fun Fact: I speak German.
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Colette Piper

Certification Services Supervisor

A firm believer in the power of patience and native of the forgotten land west of the Midwest. Master of 10 minute DIY projects and cleaning muddy dog paws. Takes every opportunity to find a zen moment each day at work. Fun Fact: Colette is on a mission to collect all korok seeds in Zelda: Breath of the Wild
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Erin Radniecki

Certification Operations Administrator

A sneaks wearing database ninja. I crave tea and ambient room temperature. Nothing should be done without a warm beverage in the office. Fun Fact: I love tea.
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Jeff Rowe

Senior Certification Officer

A firm believer in the power of community St. Paul native and proud Detroiter. 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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Ernesto Santamaria

Mexico Representative

Bio coming soon.
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Brian Scheel

Certification Services Officer

A pants wearing Humanist. I crave kind conversation and peace. Nothing should be done without intention. Fun Fact: If I could ferment a rock, I would.
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Jackie Sleeper

Deputy Director Quality and Accreditation

An overalls wearing cat herder. I crave chocolate and a window. Nothing should be done without intention. Fun Fact: I have been to four continents and 43 states.
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Dani Swenberger

Certification Services Supervisor

A giant sweater wearing problem solver. I crave clicky-pens and tea. Nothing should be done without elbow grease. Fun Fact: I make the best chocolate chip cookies.
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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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Jessie Trujillo

Certification Officer

A snow boot wearing people helper. I crave blue pens and fast internet. Nothing should be done without integrity. Fun Fact: My favorite color is red and I love hot sauce.
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Callie Uhan

Certification Officer

A puffy coat wearing travel wizard. I crave long trail runs and yoga sessions. Nothing should be done without strong organic coffee. Fun Fact: I am a Florida native turned Oregonian and run trail ultra marathons around the PNW.
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Jennifer Ungemach

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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Chelsea Wilson

Certification Operations Administrator

A sock wearing nit picker. I crave quiet and pickles. Nothing should be done without a good old fashioned double-check. Fun Fact: I love noodles but not spaghetti.

Communications and Marketing

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Alyssa Martinez Neumann

Senior Communications and Marketing Associate

A firm believer in the power of positivity and New Mexico native. Master of creativity and Halloween costumes. Takes every opportunity to bring the shine at work. Fun Fact: Solar powered and allergic to cities, Alyssa can usually be found on single track in the middle of nowhere.
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Maura Paxton

Communications and Marketing Associate

A firm believer in the power of shinrin-yoku and Hollister, CA native. Master of coziness and book binging. Takes every opportunity to put it in a spreadsheet at work. Fun Fact: For the first half of my life I thought Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" was "Chain of Food."
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Chris Roddy

Communications and Marketing Director

A soulful sneakers wearing risk-taker. I crave project management software and nonchalant cacti in the office. Nothing should be done without wonderment (and editing). Fun Fact: I was a model for acne cream in a centerfold ad in People magazine.

Education and Advocacy

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Ben Bowell

Organic Education Specialist

A firm believer in the power of the holiday spirit and Florida native. Master of hanging stockings and being a grinch. Takes every opportunity to email at work. Fun Fact: I celebrated Christmas in Thailand.
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Sarah Brown

Education and Advocacy Director

A firm believer in the power of generosity and West Coast native. Master of whipping up dinner and a relaxing cup of tea. Takes every opportunity to connect with partners at work. Fun Fact: I own and operate a certified organic farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
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Drew Katz

Transition Specialist

A firm believer in the power of listening and a Methow Valley, WA native. Master of bushwhacking and tortilla making. Takes every opportunity to drink coffee at work. Fun Fact: I prefer to sleep on the ground instead of my own bed.
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Tanya Murray

Organic Education Specialist

A firm believer in the power of nature, Southern California native and proud citizen of Portlandia. Master of list making and worst-case scenario planning. Takes every opportunity to be creative at work. Fun Fact: I love swimming in the ocean.

Finance

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Mickenzie Chase

Finance and Administration Administrator

A firm believer in the power of kindness and Independence, OR native. Master of RBF and forgetting to attach the actual attachments to emails. Takes every opportunity to learn something new at work. Fun Fact: I know all the countries of the world.
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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.

Human Resources

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Kim Nelson

Human Resources 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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David Parrish

Payroll and Benefits Specialist

An SF Giants black ski hat wearing payroll and benefits nerd. I crave strong coffee and love animals (and piles of dogs in the office). Nothing should be done without generous amounts of humor. Fun Fact: I'm mildly obsessed with Sly Stone and his entire body of work.
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