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Listing of PASA's board of directors.
Scott Case

Scott Case

Chair

  • Centre County

Scott operates Patchwork Farm and Greenhouse in Aaronsburg, PA. Scott and his wife, Eda, have been running the farm for 22 years and are the second generation of Eda’s family to do so. One hundred percent of their income comes from their farming operations.

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Brooks Miller

Brooks Miller

Vice Chair

  • Perry County

After growing up in Berks County, PA and working in residential construction and landscaping, Brooks graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. He worked briefly in the aerospace industry, but soon longed for a return to the outdoors and working with his hands.

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William (Bill) Kitsch

William (Bill) Kitsch

Treasurer, At-Large Director

  • Berks County

Bill was recently named the Senior Vice President, Market Leader for Centric Bank's new Lancaster County Loan Production Office. Bill is responsible for bringing “food and farm Centric” banking services and agribusiness relationships to Lancaster County’s farmers, food producers and processors, and agricultural support industries.

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Lisa Diefenbach

Lisa Diefenbach

Secretary

Lisa is PASA's Administrative Director and also serves on the Board Executive Committee as Board Secretary.

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Roy Brubaker

Roy Brubaker

Board Development Officer

  • Juniata County

Roy is co-owner and operator of Blue Rooster Farm, a grass based livestock farm in southern Juniata County. Together with his wife and daughters, Roy raises and direct markets beef, lamb, and pork.

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Claire Orner

Claire Orner

Program Committee Chair

  • Jefferson County

Claire Orner stewards Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, a 30-acre nonprofit educational center committed to teaching sustainability for the past 19 years, along with husband Rusty, and sons Walker and Ashton.

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Barbara Gerlach

Barbara Gerlach

Cultivation Committee Chair

  • Bradford County

Barbara, along with her husband Charlie, own and operate Berry Fields Farm in New Albany, PA. The farm is a diversified, organic operation with vegetables, livestock, and maple syrup.

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Mike Brownback

Mike Brownback

  • Perry County

Mike and his wife, Terra, own and operate Spiral Path Farm in Perry County with support from their sons, Will and Lucas. Mike began farming in 1974 and moved to his current location in 1978. For 15 years, the Brownbacks operated a farrow-to-finish hog operation and grew hay and grain crops.

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Melanie Dietrich Cochran

Melanie Dietrich Cochran

  • Cumberland County

Melanie grew up milking Jersey cows on her parents' farm. She returned to the farm after graduating from Va Tech, and helped to milk while working off-farm. Her first PASA conference introduced her to cheesemaking and in 2001, she began making cheese and farming full-time.

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Susan Miller

Susan Miller

  • Chester County

Sue is a first generation dairy farmer milking 80 cows with her family at Birchrun Hills Farm. Sue makes raw milk cheeses from her dairy herd and direct markets the cheese through farmers’ markets, restaurants and specialty cheese shops. Sue is committed to working with farmers to promote educational opportunities in sustainability, marketing and adding value to their agricultural products.

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Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore

  • Allegheny County

In Nov. 2000, Jamie Moore began his career with Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, a company that has 76 restaurants, 46 healthcare accounts and 44 college and business dining accounts throughout PA, WV, OH, MD, MI and NY. As the manager of purchasing for their on-site brands division he emphasized the need to develop and maintain innovative programs that would separate Eat’n Park Hospitality Group from their competitors.

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Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore

  • Philadelphia County

Jessica Moore is an entrepreneur and has found her business home in working with farmers, food businesses and technologists working on important issues with our national food system.

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Dave Mortensen

Dave Mortensen

  • Centre County

Dave is an active member of PASA participating actively through presentations, workshops and facilitated discussions at recent annual meetings and summer ecologically-based pest management workshops. Dave has been on the faculty at Penn State since 2001 and before that held a similar position at the University of Nebraska.

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Heidi Secord

Heidi Secord

  • Monroe County

Heidi Secord, along with her husband, owns and operates the 48-acre Josie Porter Farm. Using biodynamic growing methods the farm supports a 100-member CSA on land leased from a local municipality.

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Lloyd Traven

Lloyd Traven

  • Bucks County

Lloyd Traven established Peace Tree Farm of Kintnersville in 1983. The business specializes in unique ornamentals,herb and vegetable plants. Certified organic in 2008, the farm now produces over one million starter plants annually for growers across North America. Lloyd attended Delaware Valley College and graduate school at Cornell University, focusing on Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture.

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