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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.

Frank Laufenberg

Frank received his B.S. in Environmental Sciences as well as Community and Environmental Sociology from UW-Madison. In short, Frank enjoys anything that involves ecology and humans. Working as Urban Ag Director for a student organization Frank realized the power that sustainable agriculture and food has to connect physical and social science. Outside of work Frank is an avid musician and gardener.

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.

Thomas Bernard

Thomas received his B.S. in Environmental Studies with a directed study in sustainable horticulture from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. After graduation he guided sea kayakers on Lake Superior, built mountain bike trails in the Chequamegon region, and found his way to a well-known orchard in Bayfield, WI. While serving on the orchard’s management team for two seasons, he developed a keen interest in the complexity of tree fruit production and found a source of understanding through the application of IPM technology. He and his partner Anna currently reside in the backwaters of Trempealeau County.

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 ...

Erika Nickels

Erika received her B.S. in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Growing up her parents owned a local restaurant which is where she developed an interest in sustainable food systems. In her free time, you can find Erika hiking, camping or eating sweet potatoes.

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. Ariel manages IPM Institute's work with the Whole Foods Market Responsibly Grown program including program development and verification, and the development of IPM Elements for iPiPE. Outside of the office, she’s likely to be found biking around Madison, playing frisbee in the park or stocking up on fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market.

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.