Our Staff


Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director

Coach’s professional experience has been dedicated to environmental sustainability, efficiency and conservation. Since joining Rodale Institute in December 2010, he has brought heritage livestock back to Rodale Institute’s 333-acre farm, expanded and enhanced Rodale Institute’s research efforts, as well as launched “Your 2 Cents,” a national campaign to support and promote new organic farmers.

Prior to joining Rodale Institute, Coach served as the Mid-Atlantic Green Mission Specialist and Local Forager at Whole Foods, where he was a 2010 National Award Winner for “Best Whole Foods Market Spokesperson.” While at Whole Foods, Coach initiated a composting and recycling program throughout the Mid-Atlantic region – an effort that resulted in an 80% diversion of waste from landfills. In recognition for his sustainability efforts, Coach was chosen as a messenger for Al Gore’s Climate Project presenting to over 15,000 people on the effects of Global Warming. Last, but certainly not least, as a long-time organic farmer and biodynamic gardener, Coach has raised chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, and driven a team of oxen. Given his array of experiences, Coach is uniquely suited to lead Rodale Institute.


Jeff Moyer, Farm Director

Jeff Moyer is an expert in organic crop production systems including weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. He has helped countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic or sustainable methods.

Jeff has brought a farmer’s perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, which assists the USDA Secretary of Agriculture in developing standards for materials to be used in organic production as well as advising on other aspects of implementing the National Organic Program. He is also a member of the Leonardo Academy’s committee on sustainability, board member of Organic Farming Research Foundation, and a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

 

Dr. Gladis Zinati, Interim Director of Research

Gladis Zinati is an Interim Research Director at Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA. She conducts basic and applied research in compost formulations, carbon sequestration, soil fertility and pest management to improve organic crop production and quality. She has a set of undergraduate degrees in General Agriculture and Agriculture Engineering and MSc. degree in Horticulture from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. Her Ph.D. is in Soil Fertility from Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI. She formerly worked as an Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops for Rutgers University in NJ.

Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist

Ross Duffield, Farm Manager

Cynthia James, ASC Program Manager
Manages all aspects of the Agriculture Supported Communities program at the Rodale Institute including production, marketing and farmer education/training.

Don Jantzi, Field Operations Foreman

Dr. Hubert Karreman, Veterinarian
Developing an Organic Livestock program, including animal-oriented educational programming in the shape of organic veterinary animal health workshops for commercial organic farmers.

Bill Lenhard, Groundskeeper

Sam Moll, Food Production Specialist


Heather Gurk, Store and Event Manager

Heather oversees Rodale Institute’s Bookstore and Garden Shed, copyedits for the newsletter and web site, and coordinates several annual events, including the Cold Crop Plant Sale, Spring Open House, Organic Apple Festival, and Winter Holiday Open House. Formerly the editor of a nutrition publication for registered dietitians, Heather enjoys learning about the benefits of living sustainably and organically and communicating healthful messages to the public.


Eileen Weinsteiger, Shumei Natural Agriculture & Demonstration Garden Manager

Eileen Weinsteiger is the master gardener who designs, cultivates and maintains our gorgeous display gardens at the Rodale Institute. She has been creator and caretaker of the Organic Demonstration Garden since she started at the Institute in 1973 and was instrumental in developing our Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden. She continues to manage the maintenance and expansion of the demonstration gardens at the Institute.

Valerie Garcia, Shumei Natural Agriculture Technician


Megan Kintzer, Director of Development and Communications

Megan manages the Development and Communication efforts at Rodale Institute. She has worked in development for more than 10 years and has experience with annual giving, grant writing, major gifts and sponsorship. Megan holds a B.A. in English from Lafayette College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Annie Brown, Business Membership Coordinator

Amanda Kimble-Evans, Website and Publications Editor

Aaron Kinsman, Media Relations Specialist

Tokiko Jinta, Graphic Designer

Maria Pop, Education and Outreach Manager

Molly Sweitzer,  Marketing and Sales Specialist/SST Support


Elaine Macbeth, Director of Finance and HR

Elaine manages the Institute’s budget, all aspects of the organization’s finances, internal controls and human resources for the organization. She has more than seventeen years of experience in finance and significant expertise in nonprofit accounting. Elaine has professional experience in auditing, federal and non-federal grants administration, budgeting, financial management, federal regulations and human resources. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Mathematics.

Linda Carlson, Accountant

Stacy Glackin, Grants Manager


Kim Schroeder, Director of Facilities

Kim manages the repairs, improvements and grounds-keeping at the Institute. She also administratively supports our executive director, farm director and accounting department and ensures behind-the-scenes mechanics are running smoothly for our on-farm events and field days. Kim has worn many hats at the Rodale Institute, starting as a temporary receptionist after leaving the banking industry and multi-tasking her way into a permanent place as a full-time member of the staff. She instantly fell in love with the farm, and continues to feel she is doing her part in making the world a better and healthier place to live by forwarding the mission of the Institute.

Jay Belanger, Part-time IT Administrator

Louise DeVall, Program Support Assistant

Mike Johnson, Custodian

Dave Matz, Facilities Coordinator

Richard McCleaf, Custodian

Chris Weibel, Facilities Manager