The 32nd National Pesticide Forum
Advancing Sustainable Communities: People, pollinators and practices
April 11-12, 2014
Speakers in alphabetical order. List is preliminary only -please check back as we continue to update this list.
Rella Abernathy, PhD, is the Integrated Pest Management Coordinator for the City of Boulder,
Colorado. Boulder was one of the first cities to adopt an IPM policy
and neighbor notification ordinance for pesticide applications. Boulder
has nearly 100 urban parks and over 47,000 acres of open space land.
The city has reduced pesticide use substantially since the adoption of
its first IPM policy in 1993 with the goal of reduction and elimination
of pesticide use whenever possible. Rella became the IPM Coordinator
for the City of Boulder in 2009. Her background is in entomology and
she worked at the EPA's pesticide program on sustainable agriculture and
pesticide reduction policy.
Rosemary Bilchak, activist and organic farmer in Colorado, has led local opposition to the use of toxic pesticides to kill mosquitoes which threaten the livelihood of organic farmers as well as human health and the environment. Delta, Colorado had received seasonal fogging of malathion, an extremely toxic insecticide until recently when a permanent injunction was passed that prohibited farmers from fogging within a certain distance from their neighbor’s property. Ms. Bilchak is a former board member of the North Fork Merchant Herald.
Nelson Carrasquillo- Since 1992, Nelson Carrasquillo has been the executive
director of El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores (CATA-The
Committee), working with migrant farmworkers located in New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, the Delmarva Peninsula, and Puerto Rico as they
better living and working conditions, adequate housing,
dignity, and respect. In 2009, he was named an Executive Board Member of the Latino
Leadership Alliance of New Jersey and became chair of the Immigration
Committee. In 2010, Mr. Carrasquillo was named a Heninburg Civic Fellow
through Rutgers-Newark in order to address the most important legal
issues faced by immigrants in New Jersey. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Beyond Pesticides.
Caroline Cox is research director at the Center
for Environmental Health in Oakland, CA. Previously she
served as staff
scientist at the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to
Pesticides. Prior to working at NCAP, she had nearly ten years
as a senior research assistant at Oregon State University where
research on the biological control of agricultural weeds.
serves as a public interest representative to the U.S. EPA's
Program Dialogue Committee. She also serves on the Board of
of Beyond Pesticides. She writes and speaks regularly as a
on the toxicity of and alternatives to pesticides.
Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides,
is a co-founder of the organization and has served as its director
since 1981. Jay dedicated himself to finding solutions to pesticide
problems after working with farmworkers and small farmers through an EPA
grant in 1978 to the organization Rural America (1977-1981). Since that
time, Jay has helped to build Beyond Pesticides' capacity to assist
local groups and impact national pesticide policy. He has tracked
specific chemical effects, regulatory actions, and pesticide law. In
September 2009, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
appointed Jay to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) where he is Chair of the Crops Committee.
Jade Florence, PhD candidate, is interested in the use of cultural control, biocontrol, and integrated pest management. Before pursuing her graduate degree at Oregon State University through the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, she worked as a field assistant to implement IPM measures in agriculture. Currently, she is involved in field research to determine cultural management techniques to control Mummy Berry, a fungal disease that impacts blueberries.
George Kimbrell is a Senior Attorney at Center for Food Safety who is leading litigation on neonicotinoids and honeybees, as well as the deregulation of genetically engineered crops by USDA.
His legal and policy work spans a broad range of areas, including:
genetically engineered foods; transgenic plants, trees and animals; food
labeling; organic standards; factory farming; aquaculture; pesticides;
nanotechnology; and synthetic biology. Mr. Kimbrell received his law degree magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School, where he subsequently has taught sustainable food and agriculture law as an adjunct professor.
Fred Kirschenmann is a longtime national and international leader in sustainable and
organicagriculture. He sharesan appointment as Distinguished Fellow
for the Leopold Center forSustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in
Pocantico Hills, New York. He is a professor at Iowa State University's Department of Religion and Philosophy and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has held numerous appointments, including USDA's National Organic Standards Board and the Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. He also continues to manage his family's
1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota.
Stella Koutros, PhD, investigator with the National Cancer Institute and the US Department of Health and Human Services, leads several projects within the Agricultural Health Study to investigate the role of occupational, environmental, and genetic risk factors for cancer. In particular, she is involved in a project to determine impact of pesticide exposure on cancer risk. Dr. Koutros received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University and BA from Tufts with a focus on epidemiology and public health.
Lani Malmberg has
a herd of over 1,200 goats that she takes upon request to
offer environmentally friendly, chemical-free land
restoration.Ms. Malmberg got the idea to
offer a goat grazing service to provide a natural and more effective alternative to
chemical pesticides while in graduate school studying weed science. Her business, Ewe4ic Ecological Services, contracts with federal, state, county, and
city governments, homeowners associations, and private landowners
for noxious weed control, fire fuel load abatement, re-seeding,
watershed management, and land restoration. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Beyond Pesticides.
Celeste Mazzacano, PhD, is the Aquatic Conservation Program Director at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Project Coordinator of the international Migratory Dragonfly Partnership. She is the lead author on the Xerces report "Ecologically Sound Mosquito Management in Wetlands" and provides recommendations on IPM-based mosquito management practices to federal, state, and regional agencies in teh Pacific Northwest. Dr. Mazzacano earned her PhD in entomology at the University of Minnesota and has over 17 years of experience in research, conservation, and education, with an emphasis on assessing and managing invertebrates in stream and wetlands, and developing and delivering natural resource education programs and citizen science projects.
Mulysa Melco, is a landscape designer, horticulturalist and member of Sustainable Overlook, a neighborhood a program which aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting health, water and habitat for pollinators, wildlife and human inhabitants. Ms. Melco is leading the group's efforts to become the first pesticide-free Portland neighborhood, creating gardening program, bee-friendly garden tours, and classes for organic landscape design. She holds a degree from the Permaculture Institute and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Peggy Miars is the Executive Director/CEO at the Organic Material Review Institute. Ms. Miars has worked in the organic industry for more than 17 years, previously in marketing and management positions with Earthbound Farm, Whole Foods Market, Granary Market, various nonprofit organizations, and her own marketing consulting business. Previously, Ms. Miars served for six years as Executive Director/ CEO at the California Certified Organic Farmers.
Pierre Mineau, PhD, is a world renowned environmental toxicologist who co-wrote the report, The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds. Dr. Mineau is Emeritus Senior Research Scientist in the
Science and Technology Branch of Environment Canada, and an Adjunct Professor in the
Department of Biology at Carleton University and in the Department of
Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Mineau is also part of an expert working group under the European Authority for the revision of European guidance on the assessment of pesticide risk to birds and mammals.
Chip Osborne, founder and President of Osborne Organics (Marblehead, MA), has over 10 years experience in creating safe,
sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes, and 35 years
experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail
nurseryman he has first hand experience with the pesticides routinely
used in the landscape industry. Personal experience led him to believe
there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation,
study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on
experimentation led him to become one of the country's leading experts
on growing organic turf. Chip is a Beyond Pesticides board member.
John Paul, PhD, is a concerned viticulturist, founder of local winery Cameron, and co-founder of the Deep RootsCoalition, a group of winery and vineyard owners who are dedicated to growing their vineyards through organic and dynamic practices. Dr. Paul is deeply involved issues of genetic engineering as it directly impacts organic grape cultivation. He holds a PhD. in Marine Biochemistry from SCRIPPS Oceanographic Institute in San Diego, conducting his post doctorate fellowship with a Nobel Laureate.
Warren Porter, PhD, is a professor of Zoology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dr. Porter's research has shown that combinations of commonly used
agricultural chemicals in concentrations that mirror levels found in
groundwater can significantly influence immune and endocrine systems, as
well as neurological health in animals. His recent research links pesticide exposure in utero to impaired learning, changes in
brain function and altered thyroid levels. His lab has also shown lawn
chemical mixtures at low-levels increase abortion rates in lab animals.
Warren is a Beyond Pesticides board member.
State Representative Jeff Reardon (D-Portland),
was prompted to action following the death of 50,000 bees just south
of Portland this last spring, and is working on legislation in Oregon
that will better regulate what pesticides may be used in the state and
under what restrictions. Rep. Reardon serves as Vice-Chair of the Education Committee and also sits on
the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Energy & Environment committees. Rep. Reardon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Washington University. His political priorities include safe and affordable housing options, improving education for students, and investing in sustainable industry.
James R. Roberts, MD, MPH, FAAP is the lead author of a landmark policy statement, Pesticide Exposure in Children and an accompanying technical report on the effects of pesticide exposure in children. Dr. Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics,
Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina. He presently serves as a member of the EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue
Committee and the Chair of the Science Committee for the Children’s
Environmental Health Network and is a past member of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Environmental Health. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX.
Terry Shistar holds a PhD, in Systematics and Ecology from the
University of Kansas has long studied and taught seminars in risk
assessment and environmental ethics, and challenges students to find new
paradigms for environmental policies. She is a hands-on board member,
getting involved in project work, in addition to the “normal” board
activities. She is a regular contributor to Beyond Pesticides’ reports,
such as Ending Toxic Dependency (2007), and comments on
regulatory issues, such as emergency exemptions, special local needs
registrations, special review issues, and agency risk assessments. Terry
has been a member of the Beyond Pesticides board of directors since
1984; board president from 1988 to 1993; and serves as board secretary.
Pete Sorenson, attorney at law, currently devotes his practice almost entirely to civil litigation, including environmental law. A licensed lawyer in Oregon since 1982, he has extensive experience in citizen enforcement of federal environmental law. His expertise is in pesticide torts, state so-called "Right to Farm" laws, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource Conservation Recovery Act and the Endangered Species Act. Sorenson also serves as a County Commissioners for Lane County, OR, advocating for sustainable economy and protection of human health and the environment.
Michael Skinner, PhD, is a biologist specializing in epigenetics, and professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University and author of the landmark study, Ancestral dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) exposure promotes epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of obesity, which determined that exposure to the insecticide DDT impacts multiple generations, ultimately contributing
to obesity three generations down the line. He did his B.S. in chemistry at Reed College in Portland Oregon, his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Washington State University and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the C.H. Best Institute at the University of Toronto. Dr. Skinner established and was the Director of the Washington State University and University of Idaho Center for Reproductive Biology (CRB) since its inception in 1996.
Mace Vaughan, . He has been a
leader in conserving bees in agricultural landscapes for
over a decade, spearheading a team of specialists working to
bring habitat and pesticide protection to farms and gardens
across North America. He earned his masters degrees in
entomology and education from Cornell University. He has
taught a wide range of audiences across the United States
about the conservation of bees and other beneficial insects
and has wrangled insects for two PBS nature documentaries.
Evaggelos Vallianatos is the author of
five books, including Harvest of Devastation and This Land is Their Land,
as well as over 180 articles, including pieces in Alternet.org
and Truth-Out.org. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post. He worked in risk evaluation at the
EPA for twenty-five years, and now lives in Claremont,
California. He is an advocate for smaller farms, land reform, organic agriculture, and reducing pesticide use. Photo accredited to Sonja Stump.
Matt Wallach is the Project Director for the
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Health Care Facilities Project, a
partnership of the Maryland Pesticide Network and Beyond Pesticides. Mr. Wallach has a long standing commitment to public education and activism and
has a background in environmental health and safety issues.
Previously worked as Program
Coordinator for Citizens
Campaign for the Environment in New York State where he worked
state, and regional campaigns to reduce pesticide use, conserve
space, and ensure a clean water supply.
Jon Wild implements a range of options for bed bug control which reduces the use of pesticide in public housing. As property manager of the Housing Authority of Portland, now called Home Forward, he has implemented bed bug control techniques such as heat and cold probes that shock bed bugs with temperature extremes, room heating to prevent importing bed bugs on incoming furniture and personal items, and use of least toxic cedar oil product that stops bugs on contact. Mr. Wild received the Rachel Carson Award in 2011 for his commendable work.
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