Board of Directors
Ton Baars is a Dutch scientist with degrees in biology, ecology, social science, and grassland science. Since 2011 he has been a senior scientist for milk quality and animal welfare at the Swiss Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FIBL). He currently spends much of his time in Poland at Juchow Farm, a 4,700-acre model farm for biodynamic agriculture, where he heads a research unit. Previously, he held the first professorship for biodynamic agriculture at Kassel University in Germany, worked for 25 years at the Louis Bolk Institute (most recently as head of the department of grassland and animal production), and taught raw milk gouda at Warmonderhof in the Netherlands.
Anna Catharina (Cat) Berge is Swedish veterinarian and epidemiologist with expertise in food animal production from farm to fork. Her experience includes working directly in animal husbandry, large animal practice, veterinary animal and public health legislation, public health and scientific research. Dr. Berge has worked in veterinary policy and legislation in Sweden and at the European Commission covering areas ranging from animal disease control in trade, BSE, residue and drug control to Salmonella control and product traceability. She spent 10 years in the United States performing research in dairy production on zoonotic bacteria such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli and antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Berge’s mission is to improve animal welfare and health, while protecting public health. She is a big believer in raw milk and used raw milk to fuel herself in the world’s hardest race, the Race Across America, a 3000 mile bicycle race from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic city.
Elaina has taught massage therapy and worked with many local doctors and patients for muscle-skeletal issues. She also heads Culture Club 101, a private culinary club and culinary learning center specializing in cultured foods and other traditional food preparations.
Ram graduated from Caltech with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He has more than two decades of experience in information organization and management, and clear and impactful communications. His passion for the Raw Milk Institute’s mission stems from a deep understanding that the health of both our bodies and our society is deeply dependent upon the food choices we are able to make.
Mark is the founder and CEO of McAfee Farms and Organic Pastures Dairy Company. He is pre-med trained, a retired Paramedic and a Health Department medical educator. Mark has lectured on Raw Milk production, food safety, and nutrition at Stanford Medical School, Rutgers University, 30 different states and internationally. He is certified in HACCP management from Chapman University and has developed and implemented award winning Food Safety Plans including Raw Milk Risk Analysis & Management Plans (“RAMP”) and the 1997 Odwalla Apple Juice “Field HACCP”.
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Maegan has an extensive background in the Agriculture Industry. As the daughter of an entrepreneur and farmer, she knows the importance of community within the Central Valley. She has over eight years of experience in the raw milk industry. Maegan has a Bachelor of Science in Business backed with experience in Agriculture Business and Accounting.
Marcy graduated from California State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an emphasis in Marketing. The granddaughter of a farmer, and the daughter of a doctor, Marcy knows the importance of good farming and good health. Marcy has an extensive background in raw milk and is happy to serve the members of the Raw Milk Institute.
Executive Advisory Council
The Executive Advisory Council members provide public outreach and academic support to the Board of Directors of the Raw Milk Institute.
Raw Milk Artisan and Farmstead Cheese Maker
Dr. Ted Beals, MD
Board Member, Farm-to-Consumer Foundation and former Chief of Pathology
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D. holds postgraduate degrees in neurology and human nutrition. She is the creator of the term GAPS, or Gut and Psychology Syndrome, and Gut and Physiology Syndrome, which establishes a connection between functioning of the digestive system and functioning of the rest of the body.
Filmmaker, director/producer of the documentary Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms
Owner/Cheesemaker/Affineur, Love Tree Farmstead Cheese
Dr. David Getoff
Naturopath and board-certified Clinical Nutritionist
Journalist, author, and blogger for www.thecompletepatient.com
Dr. Joseph Heckman
Rutgers University, Professor of Soil Science
Biologist, author of www.raw-milk-facts.com
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Family medicine physician, journalist, founder of www.mercola.com
Raw milk consumer and architect with the Vernal Group
Farmer and Canadian raw milk activist
Dr. Ron Schmid
Author of The Untold Story of Milk
Organic farmer and raw milk dairyman, founder of The Family Cow
Owner of Champoeg Creamery in St. Paul, Oregon, certified Nutrition Wellness Educator, and raw milk dairy farmer and educator
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The beliefs, opinions, and positions of any individual council member may not be endorsed or shared by the Raw Milk Institute; however, all members of the Executive Advisory Council support the mission of Raw Milk Institute.