Our Team

Dr. Thomas Green 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 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.

Kelly Adams, Co-Director of Operations: Financial and grant administration, employee services management, former School IPM Project Coordinator. 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.

Mark Adelsperger, Resource Management Specialist: Partnership for Ag Resource Management. Mark has a degree in Business Administration from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio and a background in agriculture, sales and customer service. Mark’s immersion in agriculture and enjoyment of the rural lifestyle reinforces his viewpoint that farming is an ever-evolving way of life.

Ryan Anderson, Outreach Specialist: Community IPM. Ryan leads and implements the Midwest Grows Green natural lawn care initiative and supports other community IPM projects. A 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Fellow, Ryan has extensive experience advancing science-based solutions in urban and residential communities. Ryan has a Masters of Sustainable Solutions from Arizona State University and holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Biology and Electronic Journalism from Butler University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing sports, and reading the next iconic fantasy novel series.

Josie Dillon, Coordinator: Specialty Crops IPM Program. Josie has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of North Dakota. Since graduating college, she has worked in grassland ecology, climate change research, entomology and agronomy. Before joining the IPM Institute, she worked for the University of Minnesota as a researcher studying potato and soybean pests. Her interest in IPM stemmed from working hands on with growers and learning the importance of sustainable agriculture. Outside of work, Josie enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and nature photography.

Julia Freuck, Coordinator: Partnership for Ag Resource Management. Julia received her B.S. in Environmental Science and certificates in Environmental Studies and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. Before joining the IPM Institute, Julia interned for Clean Lakes Alliance where her passion for improving environmental health and agricultural sustainability was enhanced. Her past experiences have strengthened her interest in the connection between environmental and human health. In her personal life, Julia enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking and being outdoors.

Will Fulwider, Coordinator: Sustainable Food Group. Will received his M.S. in Sustainable Development in Agriculture from the Agris Mundus program, studying at the University of Copenhagen and Montpellier SupAgro in France. His past projects have largely focused on working with smallholder farmers and include bridging urban-rural market gaps for organic rice in southern China and determining obstacles for on-farm banana value addition in Kenya. His experiences working with agricultural value chains abroad inspired a return to explore issues within the domestic food system, leading him to work with the IPM Institute. When not in the office, Will can be found hugging trees, climbing cliffs and combing through used book and record stores, on the hunt for the classics.

Sharon Haberkorn, Office Manager.  Sharon has a financial and management background working as an Operations Officer at a bank and as a Paid Audience Development Manager with a media company.  She will be managing financial/bookkeeping and human resources. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and cooking.

Mary Lannoye, Administrative Assistant. Mary received her BS in Sociology from UW-Stevens Point, 1974, her MS in Counseling & Guidance from UW-Whitewater, 1976, and Associate degree in Mainframe Computer Programming from Madison College, 1991. Her career crossed human services and the IT world as her degrees were completed. She briefly retired in the spring of 2018 but returned to the workforce, joining the IPM Institute as a part time administrative assistant in October 2018. Outside of work, Mary loves to garden, bicycle, kayak, XC-ski, and snowshoe.

Ariel Larson, M.S., 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.

Caitlin Leahy, Project Manager: Partnership for Ag Resource Management. Caitlin obtained her B.S. in environmental studies with an emphasis in policy and values at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Her past research includes tropical ecosystem resource management in different regions of Belize, and alternative energy systems using biodigesters at the Viessmann Academy in Allendorf, Germany. Caitlin has a special interest in natural resource management with a focus on agriculture, and wishes to extend her knowledge through continued education and travel. In her personal life, Caitlin enjoys daily hikes with her dog, Gracie, the theater, art museums, international travel, and primitive camping.

Colleen Milligan, Intern. Colleen graduated from Madison East High School in 2018 and is currently on summer break from Carleton College of Northfield, Minnesota. She has yet to declare a major, but is considering both Biology and Environmental Studies. Colleen is spending her 2019 summer in Madison interning at the IPM Institute and hosting at Fuegos Restaurant. During the school year she participates in club sports including ice hockey and works with several organizations on initiatives related to increased voter turnout in Midwest states and local environmental activism.

Leah Reuter, Coordinator: Potato Sustainability Initiative, pesticiderisk.org.  Leah received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Coe College in 2019. During her time in college, Leah conducted two independent research projects for her economics major. These projects focused on topics in the agricultural industry. The first looked at the economics behind food waste, and the second focused on building a mathematical model to evaluate the effectiveness of an NRCS agricultural conservation program. After her junior year in college, she was also able to spend the summer working on a Community Supported Agriculture farm in Iowa. These experiences furthered her interest in agriculture and sustainable farming, which led her to the IPM Institute. Outside of work, Leah likes running, hiking and gardening.

Gabriel Schaffner, Team Member: Sustainable Food Group. Gabriel earned his B.A. in Environmental Justice and Citizenship, with a minor in Political Science from Beloit College, where he also worked on the campus sustainability program. He has a strong interest in the interconnectedness of economic systems, environmental systems and social justice. Outside of work Gabriel enjoys live music, the outdoors, and all varieties of horror and science fiction.

Riley Sester, Intern: Midwest Grows Green. Riley supports Midwest Grows Green through work on a diverse set of projects, such as the creation of an online toolkit that advocates, managers and policymakers can turn to when making IPM/NLC policy and programmatic decisions. Riley is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago, where he studies sociology and Spanish language/culture. In the future, he hopes to attend law school and specialize in environmental law. Outside of school and work, Riley is an avid reader and enjoys playing the trumpet in both jazz and concert bands.

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.

Maria Weber, Team Member: 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.

Peter Werts, 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.

Michele Wigern, Resource Management Specialist: Partnership for Ag Resource Management. Michele earned a B.S. in Environmental Management from South Dakota State University and has worked in conservation for the past eight years in south central Minnesota. Most recently, Michele worked with agricultural producers to implement conservation practices to increase soil health, yields and profits. Outside of work Michele enjoys golfing, fishing, and keeping up with her two very active boys.

Madeline Zastrow, Coordinator: Community IPM. Madeline is responsible for the daily operations of the Green Shield Certified program and assists with the development of other Community IPM projects. She received her B.A. in Geography, Environmental Studies and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madeline solidified her passion for improving environmental and community health while working as a program evaluator for a nonprofit dedicated to farm-to-school education and community sustainability. Her interests include painting, watching Sunday night HBO and meeting up with friends at the Spanish conversation table in Madison.