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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. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys live music, hiking, and petting dogs.

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.

Cole Schmitt

Cole received a B.S. in Community and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation he began coaching wrestling and completed the Software Development course at devCodeCamp. His work includes development on pesticiderisk.org. When not at work or coaching, he enjoys hiking, reading, and art.

Natalie Eisner

Natalie received her M.S. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she designed and built a mechanized dispenser for a bio-alternative to insecticides as part of her thesis. Prior to graduate school, Natalie assumed many roles within the agricultural value chain. Her background includes working on a family-run goat farm in France, vineyard management in Sonoma, California and agricultural consulting in Tel Aviv, Israel. Outside of work she enjoys tennis, gardening and learning new languages.

Matt Lichty

Matt received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Computer Science from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where he learned the importance of sustainable agriculture and social justice. Since graduating, he has worked in data analysis, farming and restoration ecology. Outside of work Matt enjoys camping, hiking, practicing yoga and gardening.

Ida Yu

Ida received her B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology, with a minor in Global Sustainability, from the University of Virginia. Following graduation, she moved into sustainable food, working at a small diversified vegetable farm and with food/sustainability-focused nonprofits. In her free time, she can be found baking layer cakes, playing board games, running, and canning.

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.

Astrid De la Cruz

Astrid received her B.S. in Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her past experiences in landscape ecology research have taught her that separate components of biological systems are deeply interconnected, something that she has realized also applies to agriculture and the food system. She believes that changing the way consumers view and interact with food can significantly impact how other sectors of the food system operate. Her other interests include cooking, gardening, painting, yoga and brewing Kombucha.

Ali Loker

Ali received her B.S. in Community and Environmental Sociology and a certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in sustainable agriculture began after an internship on an organic vegetable farm during college. Since then, she has continued to work in food systems with an emphasis on social justice and community engagement. Outside of work, Ali enjoys trail running, experimenting with fermentation and trivia.