Thomas GreenBoard President
Dr. Thomas Green has been a national leader in market-based sustainability and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) initiatives for more than thirty years. He co-founded and directs the Institute, and served as a director of the Entomological Foundation from 2009 to 2015, and as vice-president and president from 2011-2014. He was awarded the Foundation’s Medal of Honor in 2015. He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1983, and served on the Presidential Committee on Science Policy and the Presidential Committee on Awards. He served on the Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan stakeholder development committee and currently serves on the Minnesota Pollinator Health and Crop Production Task Force. Dr. Green is a Certified Crop Advisor and a USDA NRCS-certified Technical Service Provider. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and presented at more than 250 professional and industry events.
Kelly AdamsCo-Director of Operations
Kelly studied Art History and Art Studio with a focus on wood-working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also attended certificate classes at the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, which fueled an interest in sustainable agriculture and environmental health, particularly school and community-based projects. Her interests include permaculture, wood-working, hiking and travel.
Rozemarijn (Rose) van den BrinkSenior Manager
Rozemarijn (Rose) has a background in corporate sustainability and has worked for a variety of organizations in Europe, Australia and now the USA. She earned a M.S. in Culture, Organizations and Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2008 and worked in strategy consultancy for several years. She joined the Global Sustainability team of ING Bank in 2011, where she worked on strategy development, implementing global sustainability programs and stakeholder engagement. Rose left ING - and her hometown Amsterdam - in 2016 to move to Australia with her family, where she worked as a sustainability and social impact consultant, helping social enterprises and non-profit organizations increase their positive impact. She joined Sustainable Food Group after moving to the USA in 2019. Outside of work, Rose enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their three (very) young children.
Peter WertsProject Manager
Peter has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Before joining the IPM Institute he worked as one of the regional interns with the Wisconsin Eco-Apple project in the Bayfield region. His interest in IPM has been a natural progression building upon his knowledge and skills from his days working on the fruit farms in Bayfield, Wisconsin while in college.
Ariel LarsonProject Manager
Ariel received her M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2013, with a certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility. Her interest in sustainable food production and socially responsible business led to her work at IPM Institute, where she works with food companies to develop and implement supply chain sustainability programs.
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.
Leah received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Coe College in 2019. During her time in college, Leah conducted two independent research projects for her economics major. These projects focused on topics in the agricultural industry. The first looked at the economics behind food waste, and the second focused on building a mathematical model to evaluate the effectiveness of an NRCS agricultural conservation program. After her junior year in college, she was also able to spend the summer working on a Community Supported Agriculture farm in Iowa. These experiences furthered her interest in agriculture and sustainable farming, which led her to the IPM Institute. Outside of work, Leah likes running, hiking and gardening.
Maria 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.
Shruti earned her M.S. in Environmental Conservation from UW-Madison and MTech in Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India. Her past projects were focused on the implementation of scientific research for forest conservation and sustainable agriculture. She has worked on environmental research projects in India, China, Japan and Canada and is a published science writer. Her experience in working with farmers in India on the certification of sustainable forest commodities and her work experience with the Rainforest Alliance inspired her to work with the IPM institute. Outside of work, Shruti enjoys cooking spicy food, playing table tennis and scrabble.
Gabriel SchaffnerTeam Member
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, horror and science fiction.
Josie TalbertTeam Member
Josie graduated from The University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWL) with a B.S. in Geography and a minor in Environmental Studies. In La Crosse, Josie built on her interest in sustainability and agriculture through internships and volunteering. She worked on projects for UWL and Western Technical College regarding food waste, sustainability marketing, single use plastic reduction and tracking CO2 emissions. Josie also planned climate strikes and managed community gardens in the area to expand on her interest in urban farming and climate justice. In her free time, Josie enjoys backpacking, gardening and music.