Our Staff


Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director

Coach has been dedicated to promoting organic agriculture, environmental stewardship, efficiency and conservation for more than 30 years. He is a long-time organic farmer and biodynamic gardener, raising chickens, goats, sheep and pigs, and driving his own team of oxen.

As Executive Director of Rodale Institute, Coach has focused his efforts on training a new generation of organic farmers. In partnership with Delaware Valley College, the Institute hosts a one-year organic farming certification program designed for military veterans. In addition, Coach began the Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) program at Rodale Institute which brings fresh, high-quality organic food to underserved communities and provides an intensive training program for new and established farmers.

Coach has expanded research efforts at Rodale Institute to explore the connection between soil, food and health. He brought heritage livestock back to Rodale Institute’s 333-acre farm, created a Honeybee Conservancy to train and steward backyard bee keepers, and 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 Market, and was the first Environmental Coordinator at MOM’s Organic Market. As his name suggests, Coach was also a public school educator and basketball coach.


KrisNicholsDr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist

Kris Nichols comes to Rodale Institute after working as a Soil Microbiologist with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL) in Mandan, ND for over seven years.

Dr. Nichols received Bachelor of Science degrees in Plant Biology and in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota in 1995, a Masters degree in Enivironmental Microbiology from West Virginia University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland in 2003.

Since 1993, Dr. Nichols has studied arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi – a plant-root symbiont. Her most recent work involves the investigation of glomalin – a substance produced by AM fungi. Glomalin contributes to nutrient cycling by protecting AM hyphae transporting nutrients from the soil to the plant and to soil structure and plant health by helping to form and stabilize soil aggregates. Dr. Nichols has been examining the impacts of management such as crop rotation, tillage practices, organic production, cover crops, and livestock grazing on soil aggregation, water relationships, and glomalin.

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, Associate Research Scientist

Gladis Zinati is an Associate Research Scientist 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

Lauren Cichocki, Animal Husbandry Coordinator

Ross Duffield, Farm Manager

Kate Harms, SST

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

Don Jantzi, Field Operations Foreman

Dr. Hubert Karreman, Veterinarian
Dr. Karreman is 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

Rae Moore, Research Technician

Lynn Trizna, Rodale Institute St. Luke’s Organic Farm project manager


Gary Millspaugh, Senior Director of Development

Gary Millspaugh works closely with major donors to secure funding for the farm’s research initiatives. In coming years, he will play a critical role in advancing plans to expand Rodale Institute’s vision and presence, both nationally and internationally.

In his previous role as Executive Director of the Allentown Rescue Mission, Gary helped transform the organization from a basic men’s shelter to one providing a continuum of professional services to end homelessness.

Gary has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Kutztown University, a BA from Elmira College in New York, and attended Kent School in Kent, Connecticut.


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.


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

Aaron Kinsman, Media Relations Specialist

Tokiko Jinta, Graphic Designer

Maria Pop, Education and Outreach Manager

Molly Sweitzer,  Marketing and Sales Specialist/SST Support

Julie Kelly, Communications Team Member


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

Michael Schmaeling, Facilities Team Member