Staff

 

160415_TCAF_Day+1-1163Kendra Kimbirauskas, Chief Executive Officer
Kendra is an Oregon-based farmer and the Chief Executive Officer of SRAP. She leads the national nonprofit in its grassroots advocacy, organizing, and informational campaigns to hold factory farms accountable for the pollution, public health threats, and environmental destruction they create in rural communities across the nation. Kendra grew up on a Midwestern dairy farm, graduated from Michigan State University and became a community organizer for the Sierra Club. Her anti-factory farm work took her to rural communities in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota until she moved to Oregon in 2003. There Kendra worked on political campaigns for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters until co-founding the community group Friends of Family Farmers in 2005 to oppose the harmful impacts of Threemile Canyon Farms, a 55,000-head dairy CAFO near the town of Boardman and promote alternatives to the factory farm model of production. In 2006, she started a small farm and in 2007 began working for SRAP to continue to help communities threatened by industrial factory farms. Kendra and her husband currently farm 70 acres near Scio, Oregon where they raise heritage breeds of pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys. Email Kendra


DSC_0953 Danielle Diamond, Executive Director
Danielle is an attorney, community organizer, and environmental policy advocate who has more than a decade of experience working to address the critical problems arising from industrial livestock production in rural communities. Her work on these issues began in Illinois, ultimately leading to consulting and managing community advocacy campaigns nationwide. Danielle has written extensively about industrial livestock production, publishing “Illinois’ Failure to Regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Accordance with the Federal Clean Water Act” in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law in 2006, and co-authoring “Where’s the Farmer? Limiting Liability in Midwestern Industrial Hog Production” in Rural Sociology in 2013. Danielle is also the primary author of the pending “U.S. EPA Citizens’ Petition for Withdrawal of the Clean Water Act NPDES Program Delegation from the State of Illinois,” which is based on the state’s failure to appropriately regulate industrial livestock facilities. Danielle continues her work in environmental policy as a Research Associate with the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University (NIU), a position she has held since 2007. Previously, Danielle worked in private practice, specializing in land use, zoning, and municipal law with the firm Diamond & LeSueur, PC. Danielle holds a Master of Arts in applied environmental anthropology with high honors from NIU and a Juris Doctor from the NIU College of Law. Email Danielle


DSC_0355Ashlen Busick, Regional Representative
As the granddaughter of Terry Spence and neighbor of a massive hog operation, Ashlen has been immersed in the issues of factory farming from the age of five. She joins the SRAP team now, 20 years later, to lend her passion to the sustainable agriculture movement. Ashlen graduated with a BSBA from the University of Central Missouri and has worked as the Director of Fundraising and Development for the Central Missouri Christian Campus House. While in Warrensburg, she served alongside local nonprofits as the secretary for Johnson County Cares and helped organize various community events for people in poverty and for environmental sustainability. Her husband’s hire as a high school choir director brought her back to North Missouri and provided an avenue for her to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps advocating for small farmers. Email Ashlen


DSC_0068_2Barbara Sha Cox, Indiana Volunteer Extraordinaire
Barbara is a retired nurse and the founder of Indiana CAFO Watch, a grassroots citizens group that searches for and reports any abuse of laws by factory farms. Barbara first became an activist when her fourth-generation family farm was threatened by a large-scale mega dairy. Barbara’s fight to keep a factory farm away from her 240-acre family farm has resulted in Barbara traveling the state helping other rural Indiana people in similar situations. Email Barbara


Aloma-Dew1-556x385Aloma Dew, Contract Event Organizer
Aloma and her husband, Lee, hail from the great state of Kentucky. Before retiring, Aloma spent many years working with the Sierra Club as a community organizer where she worked directly with citizens in communities impacted by factory farms. As part of her work for the Sierra Club, Aloma organized the Healthy Food, Local Farms conference for over 15 years in Louisville, Kentucky. We are thrilled to have Aloma join our team to help with the 2016 Factory Farm Summit. Email Aloma


IMG_6407Mary Dougherty, Consultant
Mary lives in Bayfield, Wisconsin with her husband Ted, and their five children. Mary is a chef, writer, and photographer and in 2013 she became a community organizer when an industrial hog operation threatened her community. Living on the shores of Lake Superior, Mary worked with community members and First Nation members to lead the opposition against the corporate hog farm. She co-founded the group Farms Not Factories, which is a citizen network that believes environmental stewardship, civic engagement, natural resource conservation, local control, and sustainable agriculture are inherently connected and vital to building strong, prosperous rural communities. Email Mary


Dye-headshot-2016Scott Dye, Regional Representative
Scott owns a 130-year-old family farm along Willow Branch in northern Missouri, where he was raised. In 1994, Scott was confronted with the environmental, economic, and social impacts of animal factories when an 80,000-head hog factory, now owned by WH Group Limited, moved in next door. WH Group Limited, an international China-based meat conglomerate, now controls 25% of all U.S. pork production. Scott is a founding captain of Missouri Stream Team #714, a volunteer water quality monitoring group composed of local family farmers. The group has garnered multiple state awards for leadership, stewardship, public education, and outstanding service. Email Scott


Tpic12016Tina Empey, Consultant
Tina grew up in Utah and though she is not a farmer herself, she comes from a long line of farmers and is an animal lover at heart. While earning her degree from Weber State University, she became involved with Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW), where she conducted water monitoring training with people living in rural communities near CAFOs. Her experiences on the ground led her to focus much of her undergraduate work and research on CAFOs as a public health problem. She later joined SRAP, where she completed her internship on health departments and their involvement with the public health impacts of CAFOs. Outside of work, Tina is a huge fan of trail running and loves any activity that involves spending time outdoors and in the mountains. Email Tina


IMG_5417Katie Engelman, Operations Manager
Katie grew up in a small rural Illinois town. She attended college in Northern Wisconsin where she majored in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Community Development. She has spent many hours volunteering and learning on small-scale family farms throughout the Midwest. In 2013, Katie became an AmeriCorps VISTA service member, which brought her to Oregon to work with a regional food bank. There she helped operate a small urban farm with local teens. Email Katie


LynnWebLynn Henning, Regional Representative
Lynn emerged as a leading voice calling on state and federal authorities to hold livestock factory farms accountable to water and air quality laws. With her husband, she farms 300-acres of corn and soybeans in Lenawee County, Michigan within 10 miles of 12 CAFOs. As a result of her work to stop pollution from factory farms and to hold state and federal agencies accountable to enforcing laws, Lynn won the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize – the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize. When Lynn isn’t testing water downstream of factory farms, she enjoys spending quality time with her grandchildren. Read more about Lynn Henning’s Goldman Prize. Email Lynn


IMG_7887Karen Hudson, Regional Representative
Karen lives on a fifth-generation family farm in west central Illinois. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She is a Founder and past President of Families Against Rural Messes (FARM), a grassroots group that organized when industrial livestock factories targeted Illinois for expansion. She is also Co-Founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water. Karen was appointed by an Illinois House Representative to be a member of the Illinois House/Senate Joint Livestock Advisory Committee in 1997. She was also on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance from 1997 to 2004 and was named “Conservationist of the Year” by the Heart of Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. In addition to being an activist, Karen is a mother and grandmother. She enjoys spending her free time with her grandkids. Email Karen


Laura Krebsbach, Regional Representative
Laura was raised on a family farm in south central Nebraska. Laura has been interested in agriculture all of her life. After high school, she earned a Paralegal degree and went to work for the Nebraska Farmers Union, where she spent several years. Laura then joined the staff at the Sierra Club as a community organizer, working with citizens impacted by factory farms. Currently, Laura splits her time between South Dakota and Arizona. Laura shares her home with two feisty pooches, McKenzie and Daffy. Email Laura


Steve Photo-2Steve Masar, Media Consultant
Steve is a communications consultant, providing public relations work and issue management counsel for public meetings and local and national media efforts. He also works with community groups across the nation, developing communications that support local anti-industrial agriculture efforts. With more than 15 years in nonprofit and international public affairs agency work, Steve’s experience covers the communications gamut from national media campaigns and crisis work to opinion writing, product launches, and organization rebranding. A former communications director for the Center for Food Safety, Steve directed media and PR for the group on food policy issues and litigation efforts. Steve is also a former vice president at Edelman Public Relations and Ogilvy PR Washington DC where his clients included government agencies, national trade associations, international businesses, and public interest groups. An honors degree graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Steve lives in Pasadena, CA with his partner Tena and their dog, Maizee. Email Steve


FARM TO CITYMaria Payan, Consultant
In addition to her consulting work with SRAP, Maria is Executive Director and a founding member of Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens Group. She has worked for years to educate people about and advocate for socially responsible agriculture through forums, films, community events, and even after-school programs for children. Maria has been instrumental in working with communities to fight the expansion of industrial animal facilities throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New York. She is committed to keeping independent farmers viable, while striving to preserve our natural resources and rural heritage for future generations. Email Maria


IMG_5422Chris Petersen, Regional Representative
Chris has been involved in production agriculture for 40 years. He maintains a 30-sow Berkshire herd on his farm near Clear Lake, Iowa. When Chris began farming, he grew corn and soybeans on 400 acres. But the farm depression of the 1980s forced changes in his family’s approach to farming and kindled his desire to become an advocate for family farmers. Chris is the past immediate President of the Iowa Farmers Union and is currently on the Farmers Union Board. He is also a board member of the Organization for Competitive Markets, Vice President of the Iowa Citizens Action Network, and a Producer Board Member of the Iowa Center of Agricultural Health and Safety. Chris also sits on the University of Minnesota’s Animal Husbandry Committee and has been appointed to the Obama Administration’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. Chris and his wife, Kristi, have two grown children and two grandchildren. Email Chris


GenellforwebGenell Pridgen, Regional Representative
Genell organizes and works with citizen groups nationwide that are facing problems caused by industrial livestock production. She also proactively supports groups and citizens who are trying to reclaim agriculture by producing and marketing sustainably produced farm products. Her areas of expertise include pasture-based livestock systems, USDA meat processing regulations, and the impacts of poultry and hog factories on local environments and communities. She is also a director and organizer for Coastal Carolina River Watch and a ninth-generation family farmer in North Carolina. Genell successfully transitioned her family’s business from a poultry CAFO to a free-range poultry farm. Genell received her B.S. in Biology from Barton College in 1996 and is certified by the USDA in HACCP. Email Genell


Diane-Rosenberg---webphotoDiane Rosenberg, Consultant
Diane has a long and diverse career in writing, event promotion, and community organizing, working with nonprofits and educational institutions for over 25 years. She grew up in a suburban community where her father was a “fruit man” selling fresh produce from his truck, and a respect for farming was instilled at a young age. Diane became immersed in the CAFO issue after she founded a weekly newspaper in Iowa in 2003. She used her publication to educate about the injustice of factory farms that were threatening her community. In 2007, Diane joined the Board of Directors of Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc., and was hired as Executive Director two years later, a position she still holds today. Diane received the Sierra Club Leopold Group Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013 for her community organizing and education efforts. She joined the SRAP team in 2013, where she brings her community organizing and advocacy experience to a wider range of communities. Email Diane


Julie Sanchez, Executive Assistant & Media Coordinator
Julie is a Colorado native and serves as an Executive Assistant to Executive Director Danielle Diamond and Media Coordinator for the team. Julie has a background in international studies, graduating with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. Julie has experience working in the legal field, serving as a Judicial Assistant for a district court judge. Julie also has experience living and working abroad, having served as an intern for the State Department in Brussels, Belgium, and having worked as an English teacher in Shanghai, China. From December 2016-March 2017, Julie lived and worked as a Ranch volunteer at an intentional community in Northern California. Today, Julie lives back in Colorado where she enjoys yoga, hiking, and writing. Email Julie


IMG_2694Terry Spence, Consultant
Terry owns and operates a second-generation family farm in northeast Missouri, where he was born and raised. He has been active in factory farming issues since 1993, when the Missouri legislature exempted three counties in northeast Missouri from complying with the state’s anti-corporate farming law and allowed the raising of hogs by Smithfield Pork. With this exemption came 1.7 million hogs, and 80,000 of them were located near his farm. Terry is President of both Citizens Legal Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) and Family Farms for the Future (FFFF). He is also a certified level III volunteer water quality monitor for Missouri Stream Team #714. Over the last 10 years, he has actively organized and worked with groups throughout Missouri and other states facing the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) problem. Terry has presented testimony to the U.S. House Subcommittee on CAFOs and numerous Missouri Clean Water Commission Hearings and Missouri Air Conservation Commission Hearings. He has also worked with various environmental organizations on both state and national levels. Terry was selected as one of the Thirty Heroes representing each of the 30 years of the Federal Clean Water Act, and he received the 2010 Justice Award from the Missouri Attorney General for dedication and commitment to environmental protection. Terry has been featured in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Audubon Magazine, multiple books, and a variety of other state and local press. Email Terry


craig_watts-300x300Craig Watts, Consultant
Craig is a former contract chicken grower for poultry giant Perdue. He made headlines when he teamed up with Compassion in World Farming USA to expose animal issues rampant throughout the company’s operations. Craig has been outspoken about the power of giant meat companies, giving testimony on Capitol Hill and sharing his story on the Farm Aid stage with musicians Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson. Craig’s story also appeared in the New York Times and on Tonight with John Oliver. Craig was named Whistleblower Insider’s “2015 Whistleblower of the Year.” Email Craig