Our Team

Our team of thirteen currently works on more than a dozen projects to increase adoption of IPM and other best practices that improve working conditions, reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, water quality and soil health and reduce risks to health and the environment from pesticide and nutrient use in agriculture and communities.

Dr. Thomas Green
Co-Founder & Board President

Tom has been a national leader in market-based sustainability and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) initiatives for more than thirty years. He co-founded and directs the Institute, and served as a director of the Entomological Foundation from 2009 to 2015, and as a vice-president and president from 2011-2014. He was awarded the Foundation’s Medal of Honor in 2015. He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1983, and served on the Presidential Committee on Science Policy and the Presidential Committee on Awards. He served on the Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan stakeholder development committee and currently serves on the Minnesota Pollinator Health and Crop Production Task Force. Dr. Green is a Certified Crop Advisor and a USDA NRCS-certified Technical Service Provider.  He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and presented at more than 250 professional and industry events.
Rozemarijn (Rose) van den Brink
Senior Manager

Rose has extensive background and experience in corporate sustainability efforts in Europe, Australia and now the USA. She earned a M.S. in Culture, Organizations and Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and worked in strategy consultancy for years, and then for the Global Sustainability team of ING Bank. In Australia, she helped social enterprises and non-profit organizations increase their positive impact and then joined Sustainable Food Group when she moved to the USA in 2019. Outside of work, Rose enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their three young children.
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Daniel Skolnik
Senior Software Engineer: pesticiderisk.org

Daniel received a B.S. in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Information Technology, both from the University of Wisconsin. Daniel has software development experience working in industry including work at a sub-contractor for NASA and working on vision software for manufacturing and quality control applications. His present focus is primarily on the software that runs pesticiderisk.org (PRT). His interests include biking, cooking, golf and skiing.
Hannah Kasun
Team Member: Sustainable Food Group

Hannah earned her bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in Environmental Studies and Music Performance and a certificate in Food Systems. During her undergraduate career, she worked extensively with the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability, helping to create a Green Events Certification Program, a campus Food Sustainability Working Group and a sustainability-themed podcast. Hannah was also an intern with a variety of local organizations to promote food access and local food production. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys baking sourdough bread, gardening and playing music.
Kelly Adams
Interim Director

Kelly studied Art History and Art Studio with a focus on wood-working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also attended certificate classes at the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, which fueled an interest in sustainable agriculture and environmental health, particularly school and community-based projects. Her interests include permaculture, wood-working, hiking and travel.
Peter Werts
Senior Project Manager: Specialty Crops IPM Program

Peter has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Before joining the IPM Institute he worked as one of the regional interns with the Wisconsin Eco-Apple project in the Bayfield region. His interest in IPM has been a natural progression building upon his knowledge and skills from his days working on the fruit farms in Bayfield, Wisconsin while in college.
Maria Weber
Coordinator: Sustainable Food Group

Maria earned a B.S. in Plant Pathology and a certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She gained experience in IPM while developing and operating an IPM program for a 1,200-acre ornamental trees and shrubs nursery. Maria’s background in IPM and special interests in regenerative and sustainable agriculture, local food systems and food security led her to the IPM Institute. Outside of work, Maria enjoys volunteering for and checking out farmers’ markets, tabletop role-playing games and broomball.
Josie Talbert
Coordinator: Sustainable Food Group

Josie graduated from The University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWL) with a B.S. in Geography and a minor in Environmental Studies. In La Crosse, Josie built on her interest in sustainability and agriculture through internships and volunteering. She worked on projects for UWL and Western Technical College regarding food waste, sustainability marketing, single use plastic reduction and tracking CO2 emissions. Josie also planned climate strikes and managed community gardens in the area to expand on her interest in urban farming and climate justice. In her free time, Josie enjoys backpacking, gardening and music.
Natalie Nesburg
Team Member: Sustainable Food Group

Natalie earned her B.S. in Environmental Science at Northern Michigan University. Her passion for sustainable agriculture stemmed from interning at a local, non-profit farm. There, she conducted soil research, aided crop production, created educational workshops, monitored beehives and initiated a community outreach project that provided fresh produce to the community for free. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys hiking, reading and listening to podcasts.
Nick Speckman
Chief Financial Officer

Nick spent first 10+ years of his career in the financial sector/corporate world, followed by 5 years with an award-winning Landscape Architect firm that had a concentration in naturalistic harmony. In the latter, he developed a true appreciation for sustainable agriculture and environmentally conscious design. Nick studied Business & Human Resource Management and Accounting, most recently attended certificate classes at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on Servant Leadership & Cultural Civility and Respect. Outside of work, Nick enjoys hiking, traveling and being outdoors. In addition, Nick is inseparable from his poodle Mary, which she accompanies Nick to work every day. Mary is the self-proclaimed Chief Human Resource Officer of the IPM Institute of North America.
Ariel Larson
Senior Project Manager: Sustainable Food Group

Ariel received her M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2013, with a certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility. Her interest in sustainable food production and socially responsible business led to her work at IPM Institute, where she works with food companies to develop and implement supply chain sustainability programs
Leah McSherry
Community IPM Coordinator: Green Shield Certified

Leah has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Her past experience includes working for the Columbia County USDA Farm Service Agency where she headed the Organic Certification Cost-Share Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock – Honeybees. In her free time, Leah enjoys going for walks with her dog, Penny, and tending to her pesticide-free garden.

Maggie Rowe
Administrative Assistant

Maggie is a current 4th year International Relations and Nonprofit Leadership student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the UW, Maggie has developed an interest in the nonprofit sector through her sustainability and human rights centered courses and previous experience working for the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the SCOOP Foundation. Maggie enjoys hammocking, enjoying the outdoors, and relaxing in the sun.