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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.

Paige Wettach

Paige received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Luther College and M.A. in Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership from Edgewood College. Before joining the IPM Institute, she spent two years serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Northeast Iowa working in schools and rural communities to further sustainability efforts through education, gardening, and local food procurement. In addition to gardening, she is also interested in social and economic sustainability and their importance in larger systems. Outside of work her interests include baking, gardening, podcasts, and any outdoor activity.

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.

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 ...