Submit Your 2020 Board Ballot

Submit Your 2020 Board Ballot

 RESPONSES ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 13

  • Certified, Sustaining, Transitioning and Business members are entitled to 1 vote each. Associate members do not vote. Nominee biographies can be found below the ballot.
  • (*)Designates current member of the board
  • Please note: Per PCO Bylaws (Article V – Voting), 4 positions are elected and 1 position is appointed

Nominee Biographies

Kristy Borrelli*
Penn State University – University Park

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.

Ted LeBow*
Kitchen Table Consultants – Bala Cynwyd, PA

Ted LeBow is a serial entrepreneur, has a BS from Cornell’s Ag School, has run 14 businesses, and owned all or part of 8. His first business venture (in 1980) was a farm in Idaho where he bought his first tractor, signed his first loan with the Production Credit Association and started waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the rain ruining his hay crop. He runs and co-founded Kitchen Table Consultants a business management consulting practice that serves sustainable food and farm related companies. Ted’s passion is financial sustainability.

Lisa de Lima
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.

Samuel Malriat
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.

Joe Miller*
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.

Current Board Members

Advisory Board

Ross Duffield
Canopy Growth
Smith Falls, Canada

Bob Eberly
Denver, PA

Tina Ellor, Vice-President
Phillips Mushroom Farms
Kennett Square, PA

Joe Miller
Newville, PA

Spencer Miller
Boyd Station, LLC
Danville, PA

Andrew Smyre
Anchor Ingredients Company
Mohrsville, PA

Managing Board

Kristy Borrelli
Penn State University
University Park, PA

Beth Gugino, Managing Board Chair
Penn State University
University Park, PA

Betty Harper
Penn State University
University Park, PA

Dave Hartman, Treasurer
Penn State Extension
Bloomsburg, PA

Ronald Hoover, Secretary
Penn State University
University Park, PA

Luke Howard, President
Homestead Farms, Inc.
Millington, MD

Ted LeBow
Kitchen Table Consultants
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Mike Spangler
Proximity Malt
Milford, DE