Committees & Chairs

Committees & Chairs

Certification Committee aids the PCO certification staff by reviewing applications with which the staff has a conflict of interest. The certification committee makes a recommendation to the PCO certification director on these matters and does not make certification decisions.

Chair: Charlie White

Committee Members:

Dee Bagshaw

Mary Barbercheck

Christy Mullen

Nancy Ostiguy

Elsa Sanchez

Christopher Warren-Smith

Mary Waddington

John Tooker


Education and Outreach Committee sponsors and supports educational activities for growers, producers and consumers that promote learning, understanding and awareness of organic agriculture. The committee also works with the PCO staff to develop and implement educational programs, develop marketing materials, and coordinate events.

Chair: Jeff Mattocks

Committee Members:

Christie Badger

Mary Barbercheck

Gwendolyn Crews

Debra Deis

Dave Hartman

Ronald Hoover

Tim Joseph

Brian Moyer


The Finance Committee’s primary responsibility is to identify and investigate sources of funds, recommend a dues schedule to the advisory board, assist in preparing an annual budget, and oversee insurance and tax matters. The Finance Committee is an advisory division of the PCO board. The committee supports the Budget Team in the development of an annual budget, reviews quarterly financial reports and makes comments and recommendations on the fiscal health of PCO.

Chair: Dave Hartman

Committee Members:

Luke Howard

Tony Ricci

Joe Fedeli

Ed Barben

Mike Roseberry

Chris Peirce



TheĀ Standards Committee works with PCO staff to develop recommendations for new and revised standards policies to be used by PCO to implement the National Organic Program regulations. The Standards Committee also develops recommendations for standards to be used by PCO for new verification programs that are not under the scope of the National Organic Program.

Chair: Cliff Hawbaker

Committee Members:

Al Johnson

Mike Badger

Susan Beal

Eric P. Burkhart

Alina Corey

Dave Eyster

Chris Firestone

Melvin Gehnan

Tim Joseph

Brian Magaro

John Menges

James Miller

Christina Mullen

Nancy Ostiguy

Chris Peirce

Elsa Sanchez

Ashley Soccio


If you are interested in participating in any of these committees please contact PCO at 814-422-0251 or