OUR TEAM

Dr. Tom Green

Dr. Tom Green

Director

Dr. Tom Green has been both a student and teacher of sustainability since 1972 with more than 100 publications addressing the soup to nuts of sustainability.  He is an entomologist, certified crop advisor, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service technical service provider, husband, father and sailor.  In 1998 Dr. Green founded the IPM Institute, the home for the Sustainable Food Group.

Kelly Adams

Kelly Adams

Co-Director

Kelly Adams helps both the IPM Institute and Sustainable Food Group with financial and grant administration and employee services management. Kelly has a communications/research background as an art history major. She also attended certificate classes in environmental studies, which fueled an interest in sustainable agriculture and environmental health issues, particularly school and community-based projects.

Richard Mansheim

Richard Mansheim

Senior Manager

Richard Mansheim comes to IPM Institute with extensive management experience, having ran his own flower farm in Wisconsin for over a decade, taught a beginning farmer class at UW and has food processing supply chain experience. Most recently Richard worked as a manager for a trucking/logistics company where he has had multiple roles including managing terminals and piloting a troubleshooting team approach working to improve operational efficiencies. Richard has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Outside of work, Richard enjoys hiking, kayaking and nature photography.

Peter Werts

Peter Werts

Project Manager

Peter has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.  He provides technical assistance to help commercial orchards implement IPM and conservation practices and manages several eco labels for tree-fruit production. Peter has coordinated many projects at the IPM Institute since he joined in 2009. 

Ariel Larson

Ariel Larson

Project Manager

Ariel Larson earned a B.S. in Botany and Environmental Studies and M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from UW-Madison, along with a Business, Environment and Social Responsibility certificate. Her interest in engaging business to improve sustainability brought her to IPM Institute's Sustainable Food Group. Ariel manages new project and service development, development of the Sustainability Standard, projects with clients including General Mills, SCS Global Services, Equitable Food Initiative and others, and partnerships with metrics development organizations. Outside of the office she can be found biking around Madison or scouting farmer's markets for great produce with her toddler in tow.

Dan Skolnik

Dan Skolnik

Senior Software Engineer

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 as a subcontractor for NASA and on vision software for manufacturing and quality control applications. His present focus is on the software that runs the Pesticide Risk Tool. His interests include biking, cooking, golf and skiing.

Josie Dillon

Josie Dillon

Coordinator

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.

Will Fulwider

Will Fulwider

Project Manager

Will earned a 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.

Gabriel Schaffner

Gabriel Schaffner

Team Member

Gabriel earned his B.A. in Environmental Justice and Citizenship, with a minor in Political Science from Beloit College, where he 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, gaming and horror movies.

Maria Weber

Maria Weber

Team Member

Maria Weber 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.