Board Members

Board

Felicia Bell

Felicia Bell

Felicia Bell of RD & S Farm, LLC was born into agriculture—what most people today would call homesteading. Her family sustained themselves from the land with food.  

It was instilled in Ms. Bell that helping others is very important to your very existence as a producer but the values associated with community. Ms. Bell over many years has learned new technologies (i.e. methods and practices) for small producers that would be inexpensive or a DIY project to lessen the burden of cost but increase their viability as a farm enterprise. These experiences have warranted Ms. Bell wonderful opportunities such as sustainable agriculture project development, board member assignments, and ag specialist for National Center for Appropriate Technology. She believes that everyone deserves the option of healthy food and with the collective effort of small sustainable farmers across the country, this can become a reality.


Daniel Doyle

Daniel Doyle

Daniel Doyle has a background in both education and agriculture. After years teaching full-time, he left the classroom to co-found and manage one of Mississippi's first CSA farms, Yokna Bottoms, in Oxford, MS. Committed to sustainable, natural and ecologically responsible food production, Yokna Bottoms grew to serve over 200 families in the two years under his management. He later co-founded Mississippi Ecological Design, a permaculture design business, which developed school gardens and natural play-scapes in Lafayette County as well as several soil and water management projects in North Mississippi. During this time, he designed and directed the Mississippi Mobile Farm on Wheels. Doyle has done field work for the USDA Soil and Sedimentation Lab, worked as a fellow with the Earthwatch Institute and as a park ranger for the National Park Service. He most recently served as the executive director for the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of MS and editor of their annual journal of sustainable living The Southern Good Life. Doyle provides consultations on sustainability and sustainable agriculture, and works as an Environmental Scientist for Cardno ENTRIX, an international environmental consulting company specializing in water resource assessment, environmental liability and natural resource management. He is currently the Statewide Coordinator of the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network. 


Martha Daughdrill

Martha Daughdrill

After completing her Ph.D. in Agricultural Anthropology which focused on how growers in the U.S. were adapting to urban growth, Martha Daughdrill and her husband, Paul Benton, owned and operated Newburg Vegetable Farm for 12 years. Located in the southern Maryland area near Washington, DC, they sold their certified organic products to restaurants, local wholesalers and at numerous farmers’ markets in the region. They also ran one of the first CSAs in the area. Based on her academic research and practical farming experiences, Martha became dedicated to importance of sustainable agriculture, particularly in the United States. Upon selling their farm and moving to Mobile, Alabama in 1999, Martha began a full-time teaching career at the local community college while continuing to grow and sell part-time on their 5-acre BeanPatch. When their daughter, Grace, left for college in 2007, Martha and Paul established ViperVille Vegetable Farm in a more rural setting across Mobile Bay.  After retiring from teaching, Martha now farms full-time again raising a variety of vegetables, fruits and flowers.


Cathy Jones

Cathy Jones

Cathy Jones and husband Michael Perry own and operate Perry-winkle Farm outside of Chapel Hill, NC. They have about three and a half acres in vegetable and cut flower production, and five more acres in pasture-based poultry. They sell at three weekly farmers' markets, including the famous Carrboro Farmers' Market, and to numerous restaurants in the area. Cathy was first introduced to SSAWG in 1994 when the annual conference was held in Raleigh, NC. A few years later she became more involved by serving as a member of SSAWG's Steering Committee representing North Carolina.  Since that time she has participated in the work of SSAWG as a member of the Experienced Organic Farmer (EOF) network, as a regular conference attendee, and as a workshop presenter. She is now in her third term as a member of the SSAWG Board of Directors.


Stephan Juliusburger

Stephan Juliusburger

Stephan Juliusburger fell into a culinary wonderland as a child and hasn’t found his way out yet. The elder son of working parents, he would come home from school and pick dishes from his mother’s cookbooks, preparing them for dinner that night. Impressed, his mother started to lend him to friends for their dinner parties!

A native of London, England, he attended university in Connecticut, ostensibly towards a degree in organic chemistry. Cooking for extra money at a local bistro, he was plucked out and asked to head the kitchens at a new seafood restaurant opening in Stamford. When five months later a NY Times review gave it two stars, he knew his life would never be the same. Over the next four years he experimented, opening small restaurants for investors in Connecticut and Colorado.

It was while in Colorado that Stephan was asked to cook one night for the Grateful Dead, a chance meeting that became a six-year relationship. In the mid eighties he left his restaurant behind and went on the road, providing the band and its crew with gourmet cuisine in some very unlikely locations. From this work, he was asked to direct the hospitality for the largest events of the eighties, including The Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Concert, The Statue of Liberty Centennial Concert, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, and Bill Graham’s Biggest Party in History.

When the band stopped touring for a while in 1986, Chef Juliusburger turned to the hotel industry, desiring to continue to design complex environments. For fifteen years he held executive positions with Marriott, Westin, and Sonesta Hotels worldwide.

Stephan left the hotel industry in 2003 to write the Le Cordon Bleu Masters in Gastronomy, within the University of Adelaide. He then created Syntuitive Ltd., a company that consulted with the Bermuda government in the areas of gastro-tourism and culinary education. Most recently, he has programmed the food and beverage content for the 1,500-acre tourism development Baha Mar in Nassau and redesigned the operations of the Seven Stars Resort in Turks & Caicos.


Nikki Seibert Kelley

Nikki Seibert Kelley

Nikki Seibert Kelley is a local food systems leader passionate about empowering food-based non-profits by providing them with the tools for success. Along with 13 years of non-profit experience and a Master's degree, Nikki brings a critical mind, quick wit, and passion for connecting people and ideas to every project she is involved in. In the last five years Nikki has trained 142 aspiring farmers, launched South Carolina’s first incubator farm “Dirt Works” and coordinated 40+ farmer workshops. She is the owner of Wit Meets Grit and Co-Director of the SC Herbal Society. Mrs. Kelley is also on the Board of the SC Food Policy Council, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, The Green Hearts Project, and Unique Places to Save. Nikki was also one of Southern Living's 2016 Top 50 Innovators of the South.

 


Kavita Koppa

Kavita Koppa

Kavita Koppa manages RAFI’s Farmer Leadership Network, an initiative that helps farmers effectively serve on committees for agricultural decision-making groups. She also manages reporting and technical assistance with rural cooperative development clients in North Carolina. In 2014, she oversaw RAFI’s initiatives related to North Carolina’s farmer-veterans and conducted research to better address their specific barriers to success. Prior to joining RAFI in 2013, she managed a beginning farmer program in South Carolina. Kavita is a proud native of South Carolina and is passionate about working with historically underserved farmers in the region. She holds a BA in Geography and Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Dr. Glenn R. Mack

Dr. Glenn R. Mack

Dr. Glenn R. Mack is the Executive Director of Brightwater: The Center for the Study of Food, as well as an educator, author, cook, and researcher. He covered the Soviet Union as a journalist for seven years in Moscow and New York. He then spent a year in Central Asia studying culinary culture and history of the region. Dr. Mack trained in the culinary arts in China, Italy, Russia, Uzbekistan, and the US. Prior to working as Dean at a Singapore culinary school, Glenn served as President and Vice President of Academic Affairs for several US campuses of Le Cordon Bleu. Dr. Mack currently serves on the board of directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.


Ayanava Majumdar

Ayanava Majumdar

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is an Extension Entomologist who leads the integrated pest management (IPM) projects for vegetable and peanut crops statewide. He is also the State Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE program) and Team Leader for Commercial Horticulture Extension Programs. He has over 15 years’ experience in conventional and alternative pest management systems with over $4 million in federal grants and industry funding. He is also the editor of the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter that has 2,000 subscribers. Dr. Majumdar has received numerous awards from the Southern Region IPM Center, the National Association of County Ag Agents, and the American Society of Horticultural Science for his impactful projects.


 

Jonathon Mohr


John Patrick

John Patrick

John Patrick retired in April 2010 as a program analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General in Washington DC. He recently completed an EPA grant as principal investigator for the Cumberland River Compact that encourages sustainable farming methods in this watershed. He also has taught a graduate course, Sustainable Food Practices, at Lipscomb University's Institute of Sustainable Practices. John has completed his doctoral course work focusing on environmental corporate management and sustainable farming methods. He serves on the board of the Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group, Tennessee Organic Growers Association, and the Beaman Park to Bells Bend Conservation Corridor, and serves on the Nashville Food Policy Council.

John Patrick was raised on a poultry and cattle farm and is currently a co-owner of Foggy Hollow Farm (a small, organic vegetable, livestock, poultry, and blueberry farm) near Joelton, Tennessee. He currently has the only USDA-certified, organic laying and breeding operation in Middle Tennessee. He is implementing, with the collaboration of other farmers, a sustainable poultry network focusing on the economics of locally breeding and growing heritage breed chickens on pasture for meat and eggs in Middle Tennessee.


Devona Bell Sherwood

Devona Bell Sherwood

Devona Bell Sherwood is a Senior Program Officer at the Wallace Center, with 20 years of professional experience in project design and management with a focus on sustainable agriculture, building local/regionals food systems, natural resource management, enterprise development, and rural economic development internationally and nationally. As the Senior Program Officer with the Wallace Center, she focuses on building local sustainable agricultural models; works to increase efficiencies along entire value chains from crop production through processing and marketing; working to improve the productivity and profit margins of small-scale farmers; increasing competitiveness, service linkages and market access; as well as developing technical assistance and training programs for food hubs and organizations that focus on food and agriculture enterprise development, social enterprise, and good food value chains. Devona holds a Master's in Natural Resource Policy and Administration and is passionate about ecologically regenerative agriculture and the food/health nexus. Devona, along with her husband, two young daughters, three dogs, many chickens, guineas, and rabbits lives on a small farm in southwest Virginia.


Lydia Villanueva

Lydia Villanueva is the Director/Founder of CASA del Llano, INC., (Established since Oct. 2000) a nonprofit rural outreach center that unites the regional education and training interests of other groups with the goals of a community-based, grassroots organization. The organization works toward identifying Latino farm owners in the Texas Panhandle (Hereford, TX) and also works to build leaders who are empowered to take ownership of their own communities. CASA also runs a Summer Youth Program that encourages children (ages 6-12) to continue reading, as well as engages them in activities such as arts and crafts, gardening, cooking classes, and hiking. Lydia served as the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Policy Education Coordinator from 2005 to January 2014. 


Michael Wall

Michael Wall

Michael Wall, a seventh generation Georgian, serves as the director of programs at Georgia Organics where he supervises the non-profits’ Farmers Services, Farm to School, Advocacy, and Communications programs.

In 2008, Wall joined the team at Georgia Organics, whose mission is to connect organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.

Prior to his work at Georgia Organics, Michael worked as the environmental reporter for newspapers in Atlanta, rural Georgia, and the Virgin Islands. He has won a business reporting award from the Society for Professional Journalists, and was a co-winner of the American City Business Journals Eagle Award.

He currently serves on the boards of the Atlanta Audubon Society Southern SAWG, and on several committees, including the National Resources Conservation Service’s state technical committee, the Georgia Dept. of Public Health Specialty Block Grant Review Committee, and Food Well Alliance’s Community Garden Grant Review Committee

His family currently has farms in Dooly and Terrell counties in Georgia. Wall lives in Atlanta with his wife, Environment Georgia Director Jennette Gayer, and their young son, Flint Wall.


Liz Young

Liz Young

Liz Young is the Director of the Arkansas Women’s Business Center in El Dorado, Ark. She is responsible for helping women-owned small businesses start, grow, and compete in markets by providing quality training, counseling, and access to capital and other resources. Liz managed the horticulture programs and was an Americorps supervisor with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute for four years before moving to North Carolina to help start up a small-scale organic vegetable farm that she managed three years. Her experience includes a wide range of skills including small business startup, volunteer management, training and supervision, instructing, sustainable agriculture, and farming. Liz serves on the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Board of Directors. She received her B.S. in horticulture from the University of Arkansas.