Sherri DuggerExecutive Director
With nearly two decades of experience editing magazines and books, Sherri Dugger now puts her media and public relations experience to work in the agriculture field. Prior to joining SRAP, Sherri served in executive director roles at Women, Food and Agriculture Network and Indiana Farmers Union. She also has served as a policy and communications consultant for American Grassfed Association, as a Midwest outreach consultant for Earthjustice, and as a rural affairs consultant for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Read More
Chris HuntDeputy Director
Chris Hunt serves as SRAP’s deputy director, providing oversight and strategic guidance on programs, communications, partnerships, and organizational development. Previously, Chris served as communications director and senior advisor for ReFED, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing food waste in the U.S., and spent more than a decade in the philanthropic sector, focusing on sustainable agriculture advocacy and food system reform. Read More
Ashlen BusickSenior Regional Representative
Ashlen Busick grew up on a family farm in Northern Missouri next to one of the state’s largest corporate hog operations. Her family’s ongoing battle for justice and advocacy for family farms led her to the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, where she assists communities across the Midwest in navigating factory farm regulation and opportunities for public engagement. Read More
Danielle DiamondSenior Director of Research & Resources
Danielle is an attorney, community organizer, and environmental policy advocate who has more than a decade of experience working to address the critical problems arising from industrial livestock production in rural communities. Her work on these issues began in Illinois, ultimately leading to consulting and managing community advocacy campaigns nationwide. Read More
Karen "Susie" CrutchfieldRegional Representative, Contract Grower Transition Program
Susie and her husband Mitchell were contract growers for Tyson for 25 years, until the demands of the poultry integrator pushed them out of business in 2012. As part of SRAP’s Contract Grower Transition Program, Susie educates farmers about the harms of the integrated model by providing personal stories of oppression, debt, and her fight to save her family from the clutches of big corporate integrators. Read More
Michael DiazRegional Representative, Contract Grower Transition Program
Michael is a former contract grower for big poultry integrators Pilgrim’s Pride and Amicks. Personal experience gives Michael insight into how corporations make profits by financially trapping contract farmers. As part of SRAP’s Contract Grower Transition Program, Michael educates farmers and communities about the harms of corporate farming. Read More
Scott DyeResearch & Reports Specialist
Scott owns a 130-year-old family farm along Willow Branch in northern Missouri, where he was raised. In 1994, Scott was confronted with the environmental, economic, and social impacts of animal factories when an 80,000-head hog factory, now owned by WH Group, moved in next door. WH Group, an international meat conglomerate, now controls 25 percent of all U.S. pork production. Read More
Maegan EichingerCommunications Associate
Maegan Eichinger first discovered her love of storytelling after being introduced to dance at an early age. As she grew up, this passion translated into a love for creative writing and graphic design. She honed these skills at Appalachian State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising with a Creative Emphasis. With over five years of professional experience in strategic communications, she is thrilled to join SRAP to promote social justice, and share stories of resilience. Read More
Tina EmpeySpecial Projects & Client Relations Manager
Tina grew up in Utah and though she is not a farmer herself, she comes from a long line of farmers and is an animal lover at heart. While earning her degree from Weber State University, she became involved with Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW), where she conducted water monitoring training with people living in rural communities near CAFOs. Her experiences on the ground led her to focus much of her undergraduate work and research on CAFOs as a public health problem. Read More
Katie EngelmanOperations & HR Director
Katie grew up in a small rural Illinois town. She attended college in Northern Wisconsin where she majored in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Community Development. She has spent many hours volunteering and learning on small-scale family farms throughout the Midwest. In 2013, Katie became an AmeriCorps VISTA service member, which brought her to Oregon to work with a regional food bank. There she helped operate a small urban farm with local teens.
Lynn HenningField Operations Team Director
Lynn emerged as a leading voice calling on state and federal authorities to hold livestock factory farms accountable to water and air quality laws. With her husband, she farms 300 acres of corn and soybeans in Lenawee County, Michigan, within 10 miles of 12 CAFOs. As a result of her work to stop pollution from factory farms and to hold state and federal agencies accountable to enforcing laws, Lynn won the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize—the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Read More
Elisabeth HolmesSenior Counsel
Elisabeth (“Eli”) Holmes has practiced environmental, public health, and civil litigation for 20 years. She is familiar with federal, state, and local legal issues facing communities on the front lines of the factory farm fight, and has represented communities across the U.S. in landmark pollution, human health, and animal welfare enforcement cases, including through federal court trials and appeals. Eli attended Mount Holyoke College (B.A.), Boston University School of Law (J.D.), and University of Oregon (LL.M.) where natural resource extraction, colonization and oppression, and environmental and food sovereignty were constant themes in her academic work. Read More
Eli grew up in the Midwest. Now based in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Eli is experimenting with growing approximately 20 different fruits and berries, and regularly visits the Oregon Coast to clam, crab, fish, and harvest mussels.
As a lawyer, she stands out like a sore thumb amongst a family of large animal veterinarians, botanists, ornithologists, foresters, astronomers, and nurses.
Eli is excited to help SRAP support communities upholding their rights to transparency, public participation, and enforcement of environmental and public health laws.
Karen HudsonSenior Regional Representative
Karen lives on a fifth-generation family farm in west central Illinois. She is a Founder and past President of Families Against Rural Messes (FARM), a grassroots group that organized when industrial livestock factories targeted Illinois for expansion. She is also Co-Founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water. Karen was appointed by an Illinois House Representative to be a member of the Illinois House/Senate Joint Livestock Advisory Committee in 1997. Read More
Donald HutchinsonGIS, Research & Resources Specialist
Donald Hutchinson grew up in rural southwest Virginia. For more than 20 years, he has been involved with environmental, animal welfare, and racial justice groups in various capacities, from organizing fundraising events to leading outreach efforts around racial justice issues. Donald has a BA in Geography and geographic information systems (GIS). In his current studies, he is exploring new ways to utilize GIS for social and environmental justice. Read More
Maria PayanSenior Regional Representative
Maria has been instrumental in empowering communities to fight the expansion of industrial animal operations across the Eastern United States. She dedicated her life to bringing people together to learn about, and advocate for, socially responsible agriculture through forums, films, and community events. Maria strives to keep independent farmers viable and preserving our natural resources and rural heritage for future generations. Read More
Chris PetersenSenior Regional Representative
Chris has been involved in production agriculture for 40 years. He maintains a 30-sow Berkshire herd on his farm near Clear Lake, Iowa. When Chris began farming, he grew corn and soybeans on 400 acres. But the farm depression of the 1980s forced changes in his family's approach to farming and kindled his desire to become an advocate for family farmers. Read More
Mercedes Taylor-PuckettOperations Assistant
One of Mercedes’ earliest memories is helping her grandfather chop sweet corn from the garden before feeding them to cattle on his farm outside Goddard, Kansas. Mercedes was a market farmer in the 1990s before she became manager at the farmers' market in downtown Lawrence, Kansas. As the Local Food Project Director for Kansas Rural Center, Mercedes introduced SNAP access at farmers' markets—she even launched a statewide program called “Our Local Food.” Read More
Mercedes’ most recent career focus includes grant writing and communications for Kansas Farmers Union where she helped lead the organization’s “Amazing Grazing” project and food safety program before returning to college to study accounting.
Mercedes is a fourth generation Kansan, and a third generation Jayhawk. She was born in Cape May, New Jersey, and lived in six U.S. states before landing in Lawrence for college. She and her husband live in a circa 1902 farmhouse in southeastern Jefferson County. Mercedes enjoys volunteering on issues of local, sustainable agriculture and visiting farmers' markets in her home state, as well as nationwide.
Craig WattsField Operations Team Director
Craig is a former contract chicken grower for poultry giant Perdue. He made headlines when he teamed up with Compassion in World Farming USA to expose animal issues rampant throughout the company's operations. Craig's story has been featured in the New York Times and on Tonight with John Oliver. Read More
Julie SanchezDevelopment Coordinator
Julie is a Colorado native and SRAP's Development Coordinator. She has a background in international studies, graduating with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. Julie has experience working in the legal field, serving as a Judicial Assistant for a district court judge. Read More
Julie WilsonCommunications Manager
Having grown up in central Iowa, Julie has witnessed firsthand the impacts of industrial agriculture. After graduating from Texas State University with a B.S. in Geography, she relocated to Austin, Texas and has spent the better part of a decade conducting research, writing articles, managing social media and providing other communications-type work on topics related to organic agriculture, soil health, animal welfare and healthy living. Read More
Board of Directors
Monica Richardson BrooksCofounder, Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs
Monica Richardson Brooks is a community leader who organizes against the expansion of mega-poultry complexes on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Monica cofounded the citizens group Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs, which stopped the siting of what would have been the largest-ever poultry complex in Maryland. Personally, she is a pastor’s wife, mother, business owner, and Spanish teacher. While she leads a full life, she will never be too busy to fight for environmental and social justice. Read More
Mike CallicrateFarmer-rancher, Business Entrepreneur, and Family Farm Advocate
Mike Callicrate is a farmer-rancher, business entrepreneur and family farm advocate. A native of Evergreen, Colorado, he began his career by earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University in 1975. After college, he started farming and ranching at St. Francis, Kansas. In 2000, he formed Ranch Foods Direct, a branded beef company and retail and online food store located in Colorado Springs. His fabrication plant processes high quality meats, and his retail store sells those products along with many other seasonal and handcrafted items from the surrounding area. Read More
Jessica CulpepperFood Project Director, Public Justice
Jessica Culpepper is Director of Public Justice’s Food Project, which uses the courts to transform industrial farm animal production into a food system that is just, transparent, and accountable to people, not profit. Before joining Public Justice, Jessica was a Barker Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Humane Society of the United States in the Farm Animal Welfare Division. She is a graduate of Georgetown Law, where she focused her studies on the intersection between environmental law and critical race theory. Read More
Before her career as an attorney, Jessica worked on vegetable farms, at urban farm nonprofits, and farmers markets in food deserts. She obtained her undergraduate from Warren Wilson College, a sustainable agriculture work college in the Swannanoa Valley of North Carolina, where she worked in the farm that grew food for the college. She continues her advocacy outside of her work, serving on the founding board of the nature justice organization Butterfly Highway, on the board of her alma mater Warren Wilson College, and is delighted to now serve on the board of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. Jessica lives in Davidson, NC, with her husband, three kids, and rescue dog and cat.
Kim FerraroSenior Staff Attorney, Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)
Kim Ferraro is the Senior Staff Attorney with Indiana-based Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC). In that role, Kim has achieved several legal victories that have helped communities impacted by industrial pollution, factory farms, reckless development, and coal ash contamination. She recently argued before the Indiana Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the State’s unjust “Right to Farm” law, which lower courts have held bar any relief for families whose lives have been devastated by factory farms. Read More
Austin FrerickDeputy Director, Thurman Arnold Project, Yale University
Austin is the Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University, an initiative that brings together faculty, students, and scholars to collaborate on research related to competition policy and antitrust enforcement. He is also a Fellow at The Harkin Institute at Drake University and a Senior Fellow at Data for Progress. Austin is a 7th generation Iowan from Cedar Rapids. His passion for agriculture comes from spending weekends working with his Grandpa Frerick. Read More
Recent publications include an article in Vox profiling one of the country’s most powerful hog barons and an article in The American Conservative arguing that the country’s food and agriculture policy has caused the offshoring of the American food system.
Robert S. LawrenceCenter for a Livable Future Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Robert S. Lawrence, MD is the Center for a Livable Future Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the founding director of the Center for a Livable Future (1996-2015), which supports research and develops policies related to the public health impacts of industrial food animal production, improving food security, fulfilling the right to food, and adopting healthier diets. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Read More
Following his three years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, CDC, he joined the faculty of UNC Chapel Hill as clinical director of a community health services project funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity. From 1974 – 1991 he directed the Division of Primary Care at Harvard Medical School where he led the development of primary care and community health training programs throughout the Harvard system. From 1991– 1995 he served as Director of Health Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing grants to improve health in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. From 1995-2006 he served as Associate Dean for Professional Education at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Don StullProfessor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Kansas
Don Stull is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Kansas, where he taught from 1975 to 2015. Don holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. For the past three decades his research and writing have focused on the meat and poultry industry in North America; rural industrialization and rapid-growth communities; industrial agriculture’s impact on farmers, processing workers, and rural communities; and food. Read More