Micaela Colley, Executive Director
In addition to being the Executive Director, Micaela Colley manages participatory plant breeding, research and education projects with farmers, university researchers and other seed professionals. She has authored several educational publications covering topics on organic seed production, on-farm crop improvement and variety trialing and teaches workshops on seed related topics. Micaela has eleven years of experience in the organic seed field including past experience in the organic seed industry.
Jared Zystro, Research & Education Assistant DirectorContact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jared Zystro is OSA's research and education assistant director. He has a master’s degree in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Jared has worked in the organic seed industry for over 10 years, managing seed production at two farms and conducting research and education projects with OSA. In his work at OSA, he manages OSA's regional development in California, conducts participatory breeding projects and variety trials, and teaches farmers about seed production and plant breeding at workshops, conferences and field days. Jared lives in the coastal town of Arcata, CA with his wife Lisa.
Zystro, J., N. de Leon, and W. Tracy. 2012. Analysis of Traits Related to Weed Competitiveness in Sweet Corn (Zea mays L.). Sustainability, 4:543-560.
Zyskowski, J.P. 2009. Genetics of Traits Relating to Weed Competitiveness in Sweet Corn (Zea mays L.). M.S. Thesis, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
Kristina Hubbard, Advocacy & Communications Director
Kristina Hubbard is the director of advocacy and communications for OSA. She's worked for more than a decade as a researcher, writer, and organizer on projects involving agricultural biotechnology and antitrust issues in the seed industry. Hubbard leads OSA's efforts to promote policies that support the ongoing growth and success of organic seed systems. She's a contributing author to OSA's State of Organic Seed report (2011) and author of the National Family Farm Coalition's Out of Hand: Farmers Face the Consequences of a Consolidated Seed Industry (2009). Hubbard lives in Montana and serves on the board of directors for the Montana Department of Agriculture's Organic Commodity Advisory Council.
Hubbard, K. and N. Hassanein. 2013. Confronting coexistence in the United States: organic agriculture, genetic engineering, and the case of Roundup Ready alfalfa. Agriculture and Human Values, 30(3): 325-336.
Cathleen McCluskey, Communications & Outreach AssociateContact: email@example.com
Cathleen McCluskey is the communications and outreach associate for OSA. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where she studied Agricultural Systems Analysis, coordinated food sovereignty campaigns, and organized for federal-level public engagement regarding issues of market concentration in the agriculture sector. Cathleen supports all OSA communications, leads the organization’s design work, and organizes the biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference. She lives in the San Juan Islands where she helps run the Orcas Island Seed Library and plays a mean clarinet with the community band.
Laurie McKenzie, Research & Education Associate, Northwest Region
Laurie McKenzie is the research and education assistant for OSA. She holds a master’s degree in plant breeding and genetics from Oregon State University, where her research focused on breeding for organic systems. Laurie has over 10 years of experience in the organic farming and seed world, having spent considerable time doing both production and direct marketing. At OSA Laurie is involved in coordinating field work for breeding and variety trial projects, writing educational guides and materials, and co-teaching on-farm workshops. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington, where she can often be found rowing out on the bay and frolicking on the beach with her dog.
Mary Black, Operations Manager
Mary Black is the Operations Manager for OSA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. She spent over ten years working as a litigation paralegal in Seattle before attending law school at Seattle University. Most recently, Mary worked as a compliance manager at a tech startup and helped the company expand into new markets. She spends as much time as possible playing outside at her home in the Olympic Peninsula, where she most enjoys sharing her love of nature with her young children. She runs a small organic heirloom seed company with her husband and loves working with wool in just about any capacity: knitting, spinning, dyeing, and felting.
Jennifer Turney, Financial Manager
Jennifer Turney brings years of financial management experience to the OSA team. She has created and maintained systems for a diversity of non-profit and for-profit businesses including creating tools for budgeting, financial tracking, grant management, and state and federal compliance. She also brings a wealth of personal experience in farming and the arts including fiber arts, landscaping, and food preservation. She resides in Port Townsend, Washington with her two lamas, three sheep,and apple orchard on a historic homestead.
“We know system diversity is one of the foundation stones to successful organic production and we have seen a demonstrated commitment from OSA to build that component of diversity relating to seed. I want to ensure my dollars to on-the-ground projects, a place where an emphasis to make an enduring difference is part of the mandate and where my dollars can be leveraged to build a stronger, healthier food system around the world.”