2017 Advisory Board

  • Dr. Michael Braverman

    Rutgers University Manager Biopesticide and Organic Support Program IR-4 Project

    Dr.  Braverman earned his  A.S.  in Ornamental Horticulture , Valencia Community College  Orlando, FL;   B.S.  Agronomy(Soils) Murray State University  Murray, KY:    M.S. in    Agronomy  (Weed Science)  University of Arkansas,  Fayetteville  and his Ph.D.  in   Vegetable crops at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is a former faculty member of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where he conducted rice research. He was also an Extension Vegetable Specialist with, Texas A & M University, in Weslaco, Texas. In addition he is a former Fulbright Scholar to Thailand where he conducted research as part of the opium substituted crops project. He is currently a Senior Scientist at Rutgers University as Manager of the  Biopesiticide Program. He manages a research grant program of about 40 projects nationwide and prepares scientific dossiers for review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that focuses on microbial, natural product and biotechnology methods.

  • Dr. Richard Broglie

    Research Director Global R&D Strategy Pioneer DuPont

    Richard Broglie is a Research Director in Trait Discovery and Optimization at DuPont Pioneer.  He received his PhD in microbiology and was a postdoctoral fellow and Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology at The Rockefeller University.  He has led trait discovery programs for modified fatty acid profiles in soybean and canola oils and for pest resistance in corn, soybean, wheat, rice and sugarcane.  He served as Vice President of Research and member of the Board of Directors of InterMountain Canola, a joint venture between DuPont and DNA Plant Technology.  Rich has broad experience in international agriculture markets, and has worked in a wide range of economically important crops.  His most recent research involves the discovery and development of microbials that control soil borne pests and improve crop performance and yield.

  • Robert Kennedy, PhD.

    Chief Scientific Officer Vestaron

    With over 25 years of research management experience, Bob leads Vestaron’s molecular biology and chemistry development teams. Management positions in Fortune 500 companies (Pfizer), academic appointments (Columbia, Michigan) and start-ups add to the leadership and technical experience he brings to Vestaron’s Research and Development success.

  • Dr. Sara Olson

    Senior Analyst Lux Research Inc.

    Sara Olson is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research in the Life Sciences, leading the Agro Innovation and Food and Nutrition teams.  In this role she monitors and evaluates opportunities coming from technology areas like advanced crop protection, functional foods and ingredients, precision agriculture, and food processing technologies. Sara’s responsibilities include helping clients with questions regarding the diverse regulatory pressures affecting the agri-food industries and developing strategies to drive innovation across the agriculture and food value chains.

    Sara has a decade of experience in crop genetics and biochemistry. She has led research teams focusing on quantitative functional genomics of crop plants with implications for advancing nitrogen use efficiency, drought tolerance, and biomass generation in both food and fuel-generation applications. She has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences, and has authored multiple primary publications in major journals on topics including genomics, phenomics, and crop protection. Sara holds a B.S. with honors in Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

  • Dr. Paul Reibach

    Technical Director Chemistry Smithers Viscient

    Dr. Reibach is currently the Technical Director for Chemistry at Smithers Viscient in Wareham MA where he is responsible for developing new technologies for conducting a broad range of regulated analytical chemistry studies and identifying new business opportunities to leverage Smithers current capabilities. He received a BA in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University. Prior positions have included Rohm and Haas Research Laboratories, Cerexagri Inc., the Ag Division of Arkema Chemical Company, and JRF America. At Smithers Viscient the chemistry department conducts analytical chemistry research in support of global pharmaceutical, pesticide, and specialty chemical registrations. Prior areas of expertise include plant metabolism, animal metabolism, soil metabolism and environmental fate studies such as degradation in aquatic systems, aqueous photolysis, and soil photolysis. He has developed numerous residue analytical methods which have been utilized for trace level analysis of soils, crops, and animal tissues. He has conducted pesticide field dissipation studies, groundwater monitoring studies, and the field and analytical component of crop magnitude of residue trials. Dr. Reibach has issued over 200 technical reports and publications that have been submitted to various regulatory agencies worldwide. He has a passion for STEM education and has been involved in teacher training and development for the past 25 years. 

  • Sarah Reiter

    Country Manager Stockton USA

    Sarah Reiter is the Head of Stockton USA, the recently-launch American branch of Stockton Group.   She received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and her MBA from Villanova University.  She has been active in the crop protection industry for over 20 years in a career that has focused on both conventional and biological products -  developing and registering,  launching and marketing fungicides and insecticides in Europe, Brazil, China, and the USA for companies including Syngenta, AgraQuest and Bayer.