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Maria Weber

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.

Will Fulwider

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 ...

Josie Dillon

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.

Gabriel Schaffner

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, gaming and horror fiction.

Sharon Haberkorn

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 manages financials, bookkeeping and human resources. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and cooking.

Dan Skolnik

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

Peter Werts

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.  Most recently he began serving a two-year term on the North Central IPM Center Stakeholder Panel, a USDA-funded center which supports IPM programing in the Midwest.  When the work is done for the day, he can be found regularly performing traditional string-band music for contra dances around the Midwest, teaching and ...

Ariel Larson

Ariel Larson earned a B.S. in botany and environmental studies and M.S. in conservation biology & sustainable development from UW-Madison, along with a business, environment & social responsibility certificate. Her interest in using business to improve sustainability brought her to IPM Institute's Sustainable Food Group. Ariel manages new project and service development, work with General Mills to support integrated pest management strategies in their supply chain, partnerships with various clients using the Pesticide Risk Tool to achieve, document and communicate risk reductions, and the development of IPM Elements for iPiPE. Outside of the ...

Dr. Tom Green

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 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.