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Officers and Staff

Liz Charles, President
Liz Charles is a consultant working with international policy organizations and social entrepreneurs. A graduate of Duke's MBA program, she has been heavily involved in Duke's USAID funded development lab - the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Duke (SEAD). Liz is also a registered nurse, having received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and International Development from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She is a mother of four, avid gardener, writer and proponent of stewardship and health.

Megan Hoybjerg, Vice President and Director of Community Programs
Megan Hoybjerg is a successful entrepreneur living and working with her family in Sacramento, California. Megan received her Bachelor's of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and her Registered Nursing Degree from Excelsior College. Megan has worked with community based programs and entrepreneurs in Sacramento, California; Dallas, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah. Megan is the mother of four, a dancer, marathon runner and expert party planner.

J. Christopher Gooch, Attorney and Legal Consultant
J. Christopher Gooch is a practicing attorney and partner at the Fennemore Craig law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Claremont University in Pomona California where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona.

Advisory Board

Perry Gooch, Ph.D.,
Ph.D in Environmental AgroEcology and co-founder of GreenPlanet.Org

Dr Gooch has acquired over 25 years of experience in the field of environmental agriculture. Dr. Gooch has authored several sustainable agriculture publications, developed a series of organic and sustainable agriculture training manuals, and presented to audiences all over the world. He is currently a member of the Soil Science Society of America, National Association of Environmental Professionals, American Society of Agronomy, Arizona Riparian Council and the Master Gardeners Association. As an international agriculture consultant, Dr. Gooch has conducted numerous agriculture training seminars, provided on-site technical support, and advised leading executives. Current and past clients include: Global Organics, American Agritech, Bioflora Ag, Huma Gro, The Toro Company, Green Planet Group, as well as many international distributors of organic and sustainable agriculture products.

Dr. Thomas Yamashita
CEO of Sunburst Plant Disease Clinic in Turlock, California and Fusion 360, a natural fertilizer manufacture in California

Dr. Yamashita has a PhD in Plant Pathology and a PhD in Nutrition. Prior to starting his own clinic and consulting practice, he was a professor at Fresno State University.

Dr. Mitan Arya
CEO of Applied Biotech Industries in Belguim, Wisconsin

Dr.Arya has a PhD in Microbiology and a PhD in Mycology. Prior to starting his own microbiology manufacturing facility, he was director of research at Semico Industries in Wisconsin. He has been a professor of microbiology at universities in India, Spain and most recently at the University of Wisconsin.


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