Our Staff

Jeff Moyer, Executive Director

Jeff Moyer is a world renowned authority in organic agriculture. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. Jeff is perhaps most well-known for conceptualizing and popularizing the No Till Roller Crimper for use in organic agriculture. In 2011, he wrote Organic No-Till Farming, a publication that has become a resource for farmers throughout the world.

Jeff brings a farmer’s perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, the Chairman of the Board of Director of The Seed Farm, part of the Green America Non-GMO Working Group, a Project Member of The Noble Foundation’s Soil Renaissance project, and a Board Member of PA Farm Link.

In September 2015 Jeff was appointed as Executive Director of Rodale Institute after spending the last four decades at the Institute, helping countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods.

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.


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.

Dr. Zinati 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.

Dr. Emmanuel Omondi, Research Director for Farming Systems Trial

Andrew Smith, Research Director for Vegetable Systems Trial

Justin Barclay, Veteran Farming Program Coordinator

Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist

Ross Duffield, Farm Manager

Kate Harms, Research Technician

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

Daniel Kemper, Strategic Support Team member

Bill Lenhard, Strategic Support Team member

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist

Michael Schmaeling, Resident Beekeeper and Facilities Team Member

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

Marisa Wagner, Research Technician

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.

Development and Communications

Jesse Barrett, Organic Allentown Program Manager

Annie Brown, Director of Development

Diana Martin, Director of Communications

Maria Pop, Education and Outreach Manager

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-Lockwood, 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

Mark Fabian, Facilities Team Member

Michael Schmaeling, Facilities Team Member