Our directors include experts from Land-Grant Universities, environmental organizations and industry, including the following members:
Dan Cooley is professor of plant pathology in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts -Amherst, where he also received his Ph.D. in plant pathology. His work focuses on the ecology of plant diseases and the impacts they and their management have on environmental and human health. His current research focuses on commercial fruit production in the northeastern US, including two major apple diseases, apple scab and sooty blotch/flyspeck complex, with a goal to reduce fungicide applied to apples by better understanding the fungi involved. Dan’s extension work centers on working with growers and others in adoption of more environmentally and economically sustainable production methods including IPM. Dan is recipient of the 2012 International IPM Award of Excellence for his visionary work with the Eco Apple Program.
Dr. Dawn H. Gouge is an Urban Entomologist at the University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center. At the MAC, Dr. Gouge is working to expand the current IPM in Schools and Child Care Facilities Program promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the urban environment. She is currently evaluating whether entomopathogenic nematodes are biocontrol agents of scorpion, cockroach, ant and subterranean termite pest species. Gouge also manages an urban IPM Web site, ag.arizona.edu/urbanipm/ and conducts regular IPM clinics.
Dr. Thomas A. Green managed an apple orchard early in his career, and became captivated by the pest management challenges faced by growers. This led to pursuit of a career in IPM, working initially in the Massachusetts Apple IPM Program. In 1980, he founded an IPM supply business subsequently purchased by GEMPLER’S, Inc., a national agricultural product supplier. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and NRCS Technical Service Provider. He has served on the US EPA Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee, chaired the International IPM Symposium Steering Committee, and currently serves as board chair of the Entomological Foundation, member of the Exam Committee of the Certified Crop Advisor Program, and member of the Stakeholder Committee for the USDA North Central IPM Center. He has been recognized with awards from US EPA, USDA and the International IPM Symposium. Dr. Green holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts.
Mr. Robert S. Kallen is President of RSK Strategies, LLC, Chicago, IL, providing expertise and capital to small growing companies in the food industry. Mr. Kallen also serves as an adjunct professor of economics at Roosevelt University, Chicago, and formerly served for nine years as Vice President of Operations and General Counsel to a 900-employee private label bakery, and a member of the 1992 Clinton/Gore transition team for economics. Mr. Kallen holds a law degree and an M.A. in Economics from Washington University.
James M. Cubie, J. D., is former chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. He has played a decisive role in the reform and development of farm-related conservation programs including 1990’s-era farm bills. He developed the concept of using risk management instruments to replace inputs used for risk management purposes as a result of his work on Federal crop insurance reform and conservation program reform. He is also founder and former director of the Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center, Inc., now a project of American Farmland Trust.
Dr. Barry Jacobsen, Professor of Plant Pathology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, and former National IPM Coordinator, USDA. Dr. Jacobsen’s research focuses on development of disease management strategies and IPM programs for crops grown in Montana with emphasis on potatoes and sugar beets.
Dr. Curtis H. Petzoldt (retired) served as Co-Director of the New York State IPM Program and as Vegetable IPM Coordinator at Cornell University. Dr. Petzoldt’s responsibilities have included managing Cornell’s IPM-labeling effort, including working with organizations such as Wegmans Food Markets and the New York State Berry Growers Association to establish their Cornell-licensed IPM labels. Dr. Petzoldt’s publications include IPM systems for onions, sweet corn, snap beans, potatoes and cabbage. Dr. Petzoldt holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California at Davis.
Dr. James P. Tette, Former Director, New York State IPM Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Tette established a pheromone research and development program for Zoecon Corporation of Palo Alto, California, before returning to Cornell to coordinate the first Integrated Pest Management Program in 1973. Jim has been twice honored by the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. Dr. Tette holds a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the State University of New York in Buffalo.
Carrie Foss, M.S., manages the WSU Urban IPM Program in western Washington which includes the WSU IPM Certification Program for Landscape and Turf Professionals, and the Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility. Ms. Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in botany from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from the University of Hawaii. Her background includes plant problem diagnosis and research on beneficial microorganisms and management strategies for turf and ornamental diseases. She is based at WSU’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center.