FEED Administrator Level

Feed Industry Administrator

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.


Ikju Park

Mr. Park is a chief entomologist at Bitwater Farms leading R&D using crickets as poultry and fish feeds. He is finishing his Ph.D. program in Entomology at the University of Idaho. As a candidate for Feed Industry Administrator, he is familiar with grant writing, FDA regulations, R&D, USDA Permits and intellectual properties. For example, he possesses two patents for innovation in mass-rearing of insects from Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service. He has nine years experience in maintaining various insect colonies at USDA Biosafety Level 2 Quarantine Laboratories.      

He can participate to receive the approval from Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). With other members of the council, he can organize a consortium to sharing innovative ideas for fish and poultry industry. For instance, he has excellent stakeholder managements including private cooperators, California Department of Fish and Game, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, USDA APHIS and CABI in Switzerland.

Mr. Park also possesses excellent communication skills. For example, he served as a moderator and an organizer for four scientific symposiums and mixers at national and regional Entomological Society of America (ESA) meetings and International Congress of Entomology (ICE) 2016. He also received and accepted 16 invitations to make presentations at scientific meetings including ESA and ICE 2016.

In summary, he will be an ideal candidate for the Feed Industry Administrator in NAEIC.

Feed Outreach Administrator

Robert Nathan Allen

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

Using my knowledge of the industry and experience working in educational outreach for insects as food and feed, I will lead, contribute to and promote the outreach efforts of the NAEIC. I will work with coalition members and the Board of Directors to identify, build and execute outreach campaigns to further the mission and goals of the organization. I will draw on my personal experience and network to build a broader base for the NAEIC to connect with the public and key individuals on topics that further the growth of the industry as a whole. I will also help cement our NAEIC brand image and grow the public's perception of the NAEIC as the paramount industry organization for insects as food and feed.


What qualifies you for this position?

I am the Founder and Director of the educational nonprofit Little Herds, which has been a reliable and influential resource on insects as food and feed to the public, the industry, educators, regulators and policy makers. I have secured media exposure and public awareness of both the industry as a whole, and the stakeholders leading the industry; from researchers to educators to students, from farms to processors to product makers. My position in the industry as a nonprofit and experience from Little Herds allows me a unique perspective on how the NAEIC can successfully engage the public in its outreach efforts.


Travis Dorsey

It is an honor to be nominated for the Feed Outreach Administrator for the Board of Directors of the North American Edible Insect Coalition. I understand the responsibilities and commitments that come with the election to this position and I will represent the interests of the members of my segment of the coalition solely on my own.

From my agricultural background, I can offer insight and real-world experience to build a bridge of communication between the coalition and the agricultural world. Often times the scientific world, especially the entomological community, faces difficulty when trying to convey new ideas with the general public and even more so with the agricultural community. My farming and entomological experience gives me a unique voice to effectively connect with the individuals and groups who will ultimately become the backbone of the coalition. This digital age we live in has created efficient means to reach out to more people and I plan to utilize this to help the edible insect industry flourish. Being on the forefront of a new industry allows for more creativity to better interact with the public. This is a new industry with great potential I believe I have the skills to amplify the coalition’s mission through effective outreach programs.

I have managed the mosquito control program for Glynn County, Georgia where I created and implemented the public outreach program to provide education on topics related to mosquito control and public health. During college, I studied entomology as an undergraduate and plant protection and pest management during graduate school where I also focused on integrated pest management, earning both degrees at the University of Georgia. Throughout my life I have had experience with cooperative extension services where I learned the value of public outreach. Currently, I serve as the Facility Manager for an insect farm in Western North Carolina that produces insects for use as animal feed.

Again, I am truly honored to be a nominee for the Board of Directors for the NAEIC and if elected, I promise to use my skills and experience to help advance the mission for the coalition. This organization will play a vital part in creating a new, sustainable food and feed resource not only for the agricultural industry, but for the entire world. To be a part of a movement that could change the world is more than a dream, it is a duty as a human being. Thank you for your consideration.

Feed Policy Administrator

Cheryl Preyer

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

I will lead policy and legal direction to craft and tell a compelling story and shared industry vision in an effort to build the Insects in Feed segment. Key components of this message will be Safety, Consistency and Capacity, which address potential concerns of regulatory bodies and end consumers. Working in partnership with the board to deliver factual substantiation of the story we tell will be of utmost importance.

While some in-roads are being made in the regulatory arena for Insects in Feed, there remains a large gap and opportunity to broaden approved uses.  In this role, I would set a goal to broaden regulatory approvals beyond the limited initial accepted scope. In addition to influencing national regulatory and policy discussions, I would recommend tracking and influencing at the state level.


What qualifies you for this position?

·      Lead Marketing Communication and Business Development at EnviroFlight, LLC

·      Passion for reducing food waste and recovering nutrients to sustainably increase global food supply

·      Marketing and Communications experience with well-established brands (Wendy’s and McDonald’s), Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (Colorado State Chamber of Commerce)

·      Thorough understanding of regulatory needs related to the insect industry

·      Experience leading and influencing members of franchise systems, establishing common objectives, tracking achievements and accountabilities

·      Communicated and ensured consistent system-wide vision for Wendy’s brand throughout North America as Field Marketing Director

·      Strategic Planning and Analysis skills

·      CRM Management

·      Social Media experience

·      Resources and knowledge available via EnviroFlight


Reingard Rieger

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

If I were to be chosen for the Feed Policy Administrator role with NAEIC, I will contribute my skills and natural talent in cross-team collaborations, leading without immediate authority, and 'getting to yes' even when stakeholders interests don't align initially.


What qualifies you for this position?

To the role of Feed Policy Administrator, I will bring a unique mix of skills and experiences. I was raised in Europe and hold a PhD in Biology from Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria.

After moving to the United States in 1995, I joined the Windows International Product team at Microsoft Inc. where I led increasingly large and complex projects to completion while working with diverse teams and organizations spread around the globe. In a more recent position, I primarily focused on creating workflows and processes, cross-team and global collaborations, as well as establishing workflows and standards.

I have been a passionate gardener all my life. I raise chickens and grow vegetables, berries and tree fruits as an urban homesteader in the city of Seattle. I am a Seattle Tilth Master Composter and Soil Builder and a volunteer with Seattle’s City Fruit orchard program. I grow vegetable starts for the local food banks and am passionate about talking to gardeners and farmers about often overlooked beneficial uses of insects such as soil improvement and poultry feed.

As the Operations and Technical Director, I am closely working with a range of regulatory offices including state Departments of Agriculture as well as certification bodies for Organic products as we are building Beta Hatch’s line of fertilizer and feed products to be fully certified for the organic consumer market and distributors in all 50 US states and beyond.


Catherine Smith

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

As a board member, I will contribute by working with existing federal guidelines for the production on animal feed while understanding the need to come up with specific and meaningful guidelines for large-scale insect-based feed production.


What qualifies you for this position?

I have experience in human food production and quality control in the private sector as well as a strong background in agricultural research and development through the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.  I believe that I can offer a balanced approach to research, market development, and regulatory awareness.

Feed Research Administrator

John C. Schneider

I have a strong commitment to promote the use of insects in fish, poultry, and livestock feeds; and I feel that I am well qualified to fulfill the duties of the NAEIC Feed Research Coordinator.

I understand that the Board of Directors consists of Executive and Administrative Levels and that coordinators within the Administrative Level serve as points of contact for their respective areas of responsibility.  I also understand that the Board of Directors will immediately need to devote its attention to several important duties including developing bylaws and a 12-month plan of operation.  I would expect that these initial duties might push the time commitment toward or beyond the high end of the stated 10-30 hours per month expected.

As a career academic close to retirement and with no current or recent ties to commercial entities,  I am willing to devote time to NAEIC for the personal satisfaction that the Coalition’s success will provide.

If elected Coordinator for Feed Research, I would assess and synthesize published research on an ongoing basis in order to provide the Board with information needed to set priorities for promoting research in critical areas.  I also envision setting up a forum for the sharing of unpublished studies and observations in rearing insects for feed and in using insects as feed.  An NAEIC member who makes a novel contribution to the forum would  have access to the accumulating body of contributions for a certain period of time.  Additional contributions would earn additional periods of access.

My qualifications for Coordinator of Feed Research include the following:

·         I am currently a Professor of Entomology at Mississippi State University and have had an approximately 70% research appointment over my 37-year career.  For the past 20 years, my research has focused primarily on the effects of environments on insects in culture.  I have reared the following species: fall cankerworm (Alsophila pometaria), tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens), corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), sweetpotato weevil (Cylas formicarius), house cricket (Acheta domesticus),  tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris), and black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens).

·         I have had some experience doing research for industry: a major cricket producer (2005) and an aquaculture firm developing insects as feed (2007-2008).

·         For the past 16 years, I have served as an instructor for MSU’s International Insect Rearing Workshop entitled Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects, which has trained a total of 459 students from 32 countries over the 19 times it’s been held.  I served as editor of the book also entitled Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects, which consists of 11 chapters contributed by the workshop instructors (Mississippi State University 2009).

·         I attended the international conference Insects to Feed the World held 2014 in The Netherlands to meet others interested in insects as feed and to give an invited presentation: Black soldier fly farming: The entomology link in kiloton/month (and above) production chains.  I also attended the conference Eating Insects Detroit 2016and participated in the brainstorming session to form NAEIC.

·         I have served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Insects for Food and Feed since its founding in 2014.


Jeff Tomberlin

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

I can envision several different outputs from my involvement; 1) development of a white paper outlining key questions needing to be addressed through research in order to safely and efficiently develop insects as feed, 2) increase communication between researchers in the field (nationally and internationally) and in turn create dialog with producers of insects as feed, 3) communicate with state, federal, and international government representatives that are interested in developing this industry as a means to address major concerns with food production and associated food waste, and 4) meet with state, federal, and international funding agencies to encourage new opportunities for research in this area.


What qualifies you for this position?

I have 18 years of experience conducting research with the black soldier fly and its use as a means to reduce waste and produce protein. Through these efforts, I have secured state and federal funding to support my research which has resulted in 11 MS and 8 PhD students completing their education under my mentorship. I have been able to develop a reputation built on solid science and non-biased assessments of the industry to date (a trusted voice I hope). And, I have been able to develop an international network with researchers and producers of insects as feed globally.


Ron Tribelhorn

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

I am a person that values promotion and collaboration among interest groups to address industry wide issues, concerns, and technology.  It would be my objective to organize the feed research area of NAEIC to be a clearinghouse for members and nonmembers to use in furthering insect technologies.  Safety, capacity, and consistency of products and operations would be initial areas to build data and capability for the organization.

I believe industrial growth and profitability is the result of information sharing and exchange of needs.  I would promote sharing and exchange of the Coalition Membership knowledge with key influencers, regulators and users of Insect products. The Coalition could leverage outcomes from the interactions to further expand its industry influence and service.


What qualifies you for this position?

I have experience in implementing technologies locally and internationally that are suitable for small scale operations to full scale automated systems.  I have significant background in Pet Food and Rendering Research and Development.  The challenges of the Pet Food and Rendering Industries align well with challenges of Insect Technologies and led me to my current position at EnviroFlight.   Specific qualifications include:

·      Current EnviroFlight manager of R&D responsible for improving safety, capability, and consistency of each functional element of the insect business.  

·      Leadership of programs to enhance understanding of insect growth, use and control

·      Leading implementation of Quality and FSMA regulations within EnvioFlight.

·      Participating and leading engineering related research for insect growing technologies at Enviroflight.

·      Disciplined and organized in execution of Research.  Skill to identify and focus on short and long term research.

·      Ingredient and finished Pet Food product development experience.  Possess skills to develop products from concept through full scale implementation.

·      Experience in collaborating with nutritionists, engineers, analytical chemists, marketing, sales, and quality functions.   

·      Led numerous rendering projects to enable higher quality rendered products at lower costs.  Helped identify and establish standards for specific rendered products.

·      Experience working as a customer and supplier of ingredients.  Skilled on how to build and secure relationships between the two businesses.