Executive LEVEL 


Co-Director Feed

Amanda Bushell

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition’s mission as a board member?

I have been involved since the earliest stages of the coalition to realize the opportunity of this inclusive and effective group. For a full year I have been meeting with countless experts from legal, policy, industry and research to determine how best to represent all interests and find effective strategies to lift this fledgling industry into a disruptive one. I have already put in over 75 hours toward meeting the members and facilitating the kick off meeting in Detroit where over 50 members convened to express their interests and concerns. I have also brought in pro-bono legal and policy experts and people willing to donate their time toward upfront costs like incorporation and lobbying strategy.

I will continue to devote my time, resources and contacts to finding opportunities for the feed industry to be represented and supported. As a current MBA student, I have access to both academic and industry resources that I am happy to contribute. I understand that the strategy for the feed industry will in some ways align and in other way diverge from the strategy for food. I am fully prepared to collaborate with the co-director for food to ensure that our coalition responds to the divergent as well as the cooperative needs of our feed and food members.

I am not affiliated with any company and have an interest in this coalition for the environmental benefits that can be brought from a strong successful insect-based feed industry. As such, I will be able to stay objective in my leadership and identify strategies that truly benefit the entire industry. I will be equally happy to support the feed industry widely as the co-director of feed or the industry representative for feed.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

Between my academic and my professional experience, I am uniquely positioned to respond to the strategic and financial challenges facing the coalition and the industry.

Before returning to graduate school, I worked as a partnership communications expert in a 150 member public-private coalition hosted by the World Bank focused on shared solutions that respond to ocean health and “blue economy” challenges. The difficulties we faced as a partnership are certain to arise in our coalition and my experience will be invaluable as we attempt to build an entity that is simultaneously speedy and effective while being inclusive and fair.

As a dual degree MBA and Masters of Environmental Management student at Duke, I have devoted my studies to understanding industry levers that can be pulled to encourage technology development and adoption. Insects as both food and feed need to be treated as a new technology and as we coordinate with the farmers who will be customers for our products, my experience will be helpful. The market and the financing strategies are equally integral to success.

Lastly, my previous role in Global Food Sourcing at Walmart makes me an asset for the food and feed industry. I understand how big retailers think about new products and how their contracts can be used as investment in small, medium and large companies such as the ones in our coalition.

 

Glen Courtright

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

I will foster a collaborative leadership environment within the NAEIC.  I believe I can pull the strengths of industry, academia, and the non-profit sector to legitimize and grow our evolving industry.  

The operating philosophy I established for EnviroFlight: SAFETY, CAPACITY, CONSISTENCY are of utmost importance to the NAEIC.  This addresses every element of the NAEIC’s mission including regulatory approvals, consumer acceptance, and research and development.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I am a pioneer in the insect for feed industry.  I founded EnviroFlight in 2009 and evolved a concept into a fully commercial business that is producing dried larvae, insect meal, specialty oils, and fertilizer.  Our customers include the specialty pet feed sector, natural fertilizer blenders, zoos, and researchers. The following is a list of my qualifications:

- Led EnviroFlight’s technology development from proof-of-concept systems to high-volume, high-density indoor production systems spanning breeding, bioconversion, and processing.  

- Professional and personal relationships with global policy and research institutions

- Featured on the cover of the UN FAO Edible Insects report in 2013

- Awarded a US Patent for a flying insect breeding system

- Manage day-to-day activities of a staff of 20 biologists, engineers, management, and production personnel

- Became a de-facto public face for the evolving industry of insect-based nutrient recovery. EnviroFlight was featured in Scientific American, Inc Magazine, National Public Radio, CNN, Quest TV (Public Broadcasting System), and numerous other on-line and print media outlets

- Gave a TEDx Talk in February 2016

- Awarded the DSM Award for Technology Innovation for the Aquaculture Industry in 2016

- Led EnviroFlight’s regulatory initiatives resulting in numerous US State registrations and pending AAFCO Ingredient definitions

- Over 30 years executive experience in the technology sector

- Led the evolution of EnviroFlight from a small start-up to globally recognized company culminating in sale of EnviroFlight to Intrexon Corporation in 2016 and the formation of a joint venture between Intrexon Corporation and Darling Ingredients

- US Military Veteran

- President and board member of 501(C)(3) organizations


Co-Director Food

Mark Drapeau

I'm honored to be considered as a NAEIC Board Member and understand the commitment involved in launching a sustainable organization. If elected, I will put the needs of the organization above those of my own. With so many organizations and special interests in Washington, DC and beyond, it's critical to create a necessary, unique, and long-lasting organization, which begins with a strong mission and leadership.

I spent roughly 12 years of my professional life working with insects. I most easily could be characterized as a Drosophila geneticist, but I also hunted down wild parasitoid wasps in bluebird nests, and worked on the Honeybee Genome Project. I have a great appreciation for these under-appreciated marvels of nature.

A professor told me early on that, "You have to eat your organism." I don't know how far that extends up the tree of life, but for insects this was eminently doable. I've eaten wasps and flies. (No honeybees yet.) When I relate this anecdote to friends from time to time, people are generally grossed out, which makes me try to convince them otherwise, typically to no avail.

But we are spoiled people in a modern country. There is so much need for creative thinking and better cultural exchange in looking to solve some of the world's toughest problems having to do with poverty, hunger, and the environment. I think that NAEIC can play a crucial role in this process, and I'd love to be a part of making that happen.

Since leaving the laboratory proper, I've spent about a decade in Washington, DC serving in a number of positions tied to science and technology and public affairs. My time here started at a Department of Defense think tank, where our Life Sciences Office thought about biological science issues important to national security -- these included topics such as camouflage, bio-engineering, and climate change. These three years gave me a great appreciation for how to communicate about and advocate for technical topics of interest to key decision makers in a policy setting.

I've since worked with recognizable organizations such as Microsoft, GE, Atlantic Media, and POLITICO, and built up not only a broad skill set in what might be called "strategic communications," but also a huge number of important personal connections across science, technology, major industry, government, and the media, which could be brought to bear on the interests of NAEIC, whether those be drawing attention to the organization, hiring staff, or connecting messages with key people.

I hope to be elected to the NAEIC Board as Co-Director for Food and work with the rest of the group to execute on the organization's important mission!

 

Jarrod Goldin

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

I will contribute to the furtherance of the coalition’s mission as a board member in a myriad of different ways. Bringing a keen sense of passion for both human wellness and environmental wellness, I am individually committed to see insects and entomophagy play a pivotal, disruptive and solutions based role in both nutrition and food/feed sustainability practices. As President of Entomo Farms, I have interacted with and collaborated with many stakeholders in the emerging business of entomophagy. Being involved in educational outreaches, University research and studies, and having an appreciation of all the elements and individuals involved, I feel fostering an atmosphere of collaboration, strength in numbers, partnerships (evidenced by by the mission statement)is the exact natural position I am already in and have shown success with.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

Having started and run many businesses over the last 20 years, in executive management, I feel I have a great deal of experience on the executive side of growing ideas into actionable companies, projects and platforms. Almost all my business experience is in health care and health related products. Coupled with a great deal of passion for the environment, for example, protesting 23 years ago in Clayoquot Sound against the clear cutting of our ancient forests, and my life’s work as a Chiropractor and Chiropractic educator, as well as my business and entrepreneurial nature, and success, all stand as evidence for why I am qualified. Our company Entomo Farms has taken a leadership position within the entomophagy space in North America and we have proudly advanced and set high standards around education, farming, processing and general communication for all involved. We have demonstrated a spirit of collaboration and believe the success of the industry hinges on our strength together and willingness to continue to foster this type of collaborative atmosphere.


Secretary

Alexander Klonick (Unopposed)

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition’s mission as a board member?

Along with Robert Nathan Allen, Amanda Bushell, And Marianne Shockley, I have been a leading co-founder of this coalition. I will carry this passion and drive forward to ensure growth is seen across all segments of the organization because I truly believe that a rising tide raises all ships.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I am an impartial member that is seeking the scaling up of the industry and related fields as a whole. My interest in this lies in the belief that the growth of this industry will lead to improvements in other environmental ecosystems. I am currently in my final year of graduate school and Duke Universities Nicholas School of the Environment. I am pursuing my Masters of Environmental Management and have a masters project about the North American policies related to insects as feed and food. My background as an engineer and entrepreneurial experience has developed a skill set that is necessary to see the coalition's mission through. Thank you.


Treasurer

Marianne Shockley (Unopposed)