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
Reva BayletsOperations Associate
Reva Baylets supports a wide range of administration initiatives including events and special projects as a member of our Operations Team. Prior to joining SRAP, Reva served in a number of operations roles, most notably for eight years at PCO, an accredited organic certification agency. With her keen eye for sustainable program development and project management, she improved annual certification processes for farmers, inspectors, and staff alike. Read More
Ashlen BusickFood & Farm Network Manager
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
Rachel CasteelRegional Representative
Rachel grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the ever-looming industry kindled her passion for community organizing, environmental and social justice, and advocacy. She is a graduate from Thiel College with a degree in environmental science and minors in food and agricultural biology, and wildlife biology. 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
Chris CulbrethCommunity Support Team Associate
Chris Culbreth joined SRAP in April 2023. She brings with her a passion for social justice and an extensive background in non-profit work, in particular, the provision of legal services to the most vulnerable of populations. This includes victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, incarcerated persons, and people facing foreclosure, eviction, and bankruptcy. Her volunteer work has been for organizations focused on political prisoners, racial justice, worker’s rights, animal welfare, and tenant’s rights. Read More
Chris grew up in North Carolina, one of the top pork-producing states, and remembers the toxic stench of the hog farms and imagined how horrible it would be to live near one. She currently resides in New York and loves to travel internationally, work on her sister's plot of land in North Carolina, and collect piles of books that she’ll never have time to finish.
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
Cole DickersonWater Rangers Coordinator
Cole’s passion for environmentally and socially responsible food systems grew out of his love for carrots and snack peppers. While studying environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, he started working for a student-run organization that offered CSA shares for students. The carrots and snack peppers were so good he stuck around and found a passion for working with local producers and local communities as a whole. Read More
Cole is focused on working with communities to advocate for environmental and social conditions that promote our health and well-being. He is driven by the understanding that we all benefit from a healthy environment and systems that are socially just.
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 EmpeyCommunity Support Program Director
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 HenningWater Rangers Program 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.
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
Teresa Mitchell ClausenRegional Representative
Teresa is a native Oregonian, although she hails from generations of farmers centered in the Midwest. Teresa has memories of visiting relatives as she was growing up and experiencing large CAFOs in Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. So when she met a land scout for a large company and discovered one was being built right next door to her home, it became not only personal, but all-encompassing since she was so familiar with the demographics and biodiversity of the Santiam Canyon. Read More
Teresa grew up working in agriculture. Centering her work life in feeding people, she spent over 25 years in hospitality management. This created an awareness of food sources and suppliers worldwide. She transitioned as a civil servant for the State of Oregon Judicial Department, working in a variety of roles. Teresa is a genealogist, researcher, and family historian. Teresa also serves as an executive director for a nonprofit called Dal Riata—History through Cinema. A member of the Scholastic Literacy Partnership, they create documentaries, sagas, and shorts for television, encompassing the disciplines of social sciences. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science with a concentration in history, and a minor in anthropology from Western Oregon University. She is a mother of three and a grandmother of three. Teresa currently resides in Aumsville, Oregon, with her husband, two goats (Ricky and Lucy), and a German Shepard named Thor.
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
Michael PayanRegional Representative
Michael’s idyllic rural childhood in southern Pennsylvania changed dramatically when industrial agriculture set up shop in his rural township. After years of lax enforcement and declining health, his family fled their home and moved to Delaware. Michael graduated from the University of Delaware and is thrilled to pursue his passion lifting up and standing beside those whose voice and political power have been suppressed. Read More
Eric StackDevelopment Manager
Eric is a lifelong Pennsylvanian—after spending his first 18 years in rural northeast Pennsylvania, he relocated to Philadelphia for college and loved it so much he never left. He developed a passion for fresh food early on, working at a local grocery store in high school and then in an independent produce market through college. He continued efforts to bring local, fresh food to Philadelphians after college by working at the Reading Terminal Market, Philly Fair Trade Coffee Company, and at farmers' markets operated by The Food Trust. Read More
He joins SRAP from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked in operations for Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government, and completed a program evaluation for The Food Trust on the organization's Fresh Food Financing Initiative. Eric is passionate about climate and economic justice, and believes building community-driven, sustainable food systems is the only way to save our planet and cultivate an equitable society. He resides in Philadelphia with his partner, their cat and dog, and enjoys hiking, running, live music, and sports of all kinds.
Mercedes Taylor-PuckettFinance Specialist
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 WattsContract Grower Transition Program 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