Board of Directors
TONY BRAND, IDAHO (PRESIDENT)
Tony is owner of Brandtastic Soil, LLC and manufactures and distributes potting soil and soil amendments to retailers in Southern Idaho and Utah. He has served with the board of the Twin Falls, Idaho Area Chamber of Commerce, Twin Falls Optimist Club and the Idaho Chapter of the March of Dimes. He is a founding board member of the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District where he has worked for prevention and a strong Integrated Pest Management policy. Tony is also a Master Gardener. Board member since 12/31/12.
BRISE TENCER, CALIFORNIA (VICE PRESIDENT)
Brise Tencer is the Executive Director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) in Santa Cruz, CA. OFRF’s mission is to foster the widespread adoption and improvement of organic farming systems. Her work has focused on alternatives, primarily advocating for public policy to support sustainable and organic agriculture, including federal research in organic production, support for farmers wanting to transition their conventional farms to organic, and otherwise leveling the playing field in terms of access to federal programs (conservation, crop insurance, data, certification). Brise previously worked as Legislative Coordinator for OFRF, as lead lobbyist on food and agriculture issues for the Union of Concerned Scientists Policy Director and at California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Board member since 4/8/11.
SAHALE LITTLE, WASHINGTON (TREASURER)
Sahale is a financial analyst with Coinstar, Inc., a multi-national company that provides coin-to-cash services in thousands of retail locations. Previously, she was an associate with the equity firm, The Sienna Group, LLC, managing long-term investments for West Coast companies. Board member since 5/2/12.
SARA NIENABER, OREGON (SECRETARY)
Sara is the Application Coordinator with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). OMRI’s mission is to support organic integrity by providing organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. She holds a B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, with concentrations in Environmental Health and Public Policy. As an undergraduate student, Sara completed several independent research projects on the potential physiological effects of common pesticides. As a graduate student, she taught a self-designed, interdisciplinary course on Pollution and Health. Sara is passionate about environmental health and social justice. Board member since 5/11/10.
BETTY MCARDLE, OREGON
Betty McArdle serves as Program Director of Community Media Assistance Project (CMAP). She grew up in the radio community and has assisted radio engineers in their work with community radio. She has 15 years of professional experience with community outreach and public involvement. She has worked with many citizens groups as a volunteer over the past 40 years. Before CMAP Betty served as a contract events coordinator teaching Naturescaping, or chemical free landscaping, using native plants and environmentally friendly gardening practices. Betty has served as a staff member with Oregon Environmental Council and as a board member with other environmental groups before joining NCAP’s board. Board member since 5/21/05.
Deirdre Bump, OREGON
Deirdre grew up in the Northeast and has lived in Eugene for 12 years. She has studied Education and Plant Biology at Lane Community College and Rutgers University. Deirdre became involved with environmental causes at an early age and has worked as a Campus Organizer and Assistant Office Director for NJPIRG/ Clean Water Watch. Currently Deirdre is involved with Urban Farming and has revamped her West Eugene property into a thriving organic urban homestead. She is an avid chef and enjoys canning and fermenting foods. Deirdre is the mother of four children and is dedicated to furthering the organics movement through lifestyle and activism. Board member since 3/28/13.
LYNN Youngbar, Oregon
Lynn served as the executive director of Rural Development Initiatives, Portland Sun, and has been an advisor/consultant to many non-profits, primarily in the environmental and community development arena. She has served as interim executive director of five non-profits in Portland over the last 10 years. Lynn is an advisor for Specialty Crops and she is a member of Oregon Tilth. She also served on the Oregon Board of Agriculture, Portland Farmers Market, Rosemarie Cordello University of Washington Policy Center Leadership Council, University of Oregon Public Policy and Planning Member Advisory Committee, and the American Leadership Forum. Board member since 1/1/14.
Jon Wild, OREGON
Jon is Section 8 Housing Inspector with Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA) and previously worked with the Housing Authority of Portland and in building management with a strong interest in integrated pest management. He continues to work for the reduction/elimination of toxic exposure of chemicals hazardous to humans, animals and plant life. Before moving to Eugene, Jon served on the Board of Lift Urban Portland, an organization providing assistance to vulnerable people in greater Northwest Portland. His work with Home Forward in Portland was instrumental to the success of a pest control program using the least invasive and toxic procedures possible. Jon also served on the Multnomah County Bed Bug Force. Board member since 2/1/14.
Joel Miller, ORegon
Joel is the Park Services Division Director with Willamalane Park and Recreation District. He has worked in the public sector at a botanical garden, zoological garden and in parks and recreation. His involvement with pesticides is a result of many years of use beginning in the greenhouse and nursery production. Joel has written and helped implement Integrated Pest Management plans for different public organizations. He worked with NCAP and other park professionals to create the Sustainable Places Information Network (SPIN) to increase the sharing of alternative approaches among public parks, landscape professionals and others. Board member since 4/21/14.
Eli Holmes, OREGON
Eli is owner and lead attorney at Blue River Law, P.C. specializing in small nonprofits and communities affected by factory farm pollution. She worked as a staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety for two years. She grew up in Michigan in the 1970’s, when much of the state’s population was poisoned with contaminated milk from our state’s dairy cows. The cows had been mistakenly and repeatedly consumed feed laced with flame retardant. Eli volunteers with the Center for Food Safety, Grower’s Market in Eugene, and the North American Butterfly Association. Board member since 7/8/2014.