The National Organic Standards Board will have six new faces when it next convenes.
Valerie Frances, former certification director and marketing coordinator for the Maryland Department of Agriculture, will be the board's first-ever executive director. Jim Riddle, immediate past chair of the NOSB, will step down when his term expires later this month.
Six other members whose terms expire will be replaced. Joining the NOSB for five-year terms, beginning in January, are: certifier member Joseph Smillie; consumer/public interest members Daniel Giacomini, Jennifer Hall and Katrina Heinze; and producer members Kevin Engelbert and Jeffrey Moyer.
Smillie is a certifier with Quality Assurance International, an accredited certifying agent for the National Organic Program. Giacomini is an independent dairy nutrition consultant. Hall is an advocate for anti-hunger policies and consults for restaurants in the Seattle area that seek to maintain organic integrity. Heinze is manager of global regulatory affairs for General Mills. Engelbert is a fifth-generation crop and dairy farmer in upstate New York. Moyer is the farm manager at the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania, an organization that promotes organic farming.
The NOSB comprises 15 members representing organic producers and consumers. In its nomination search, the NOP contacted more than 11,000 certified organic producers and handlers, and solicited nominations from numerous trade associations.