TONY BRAND, IDAHO (PRESIDENT)
Tony Brand is owner of Brandtastic Soil, LLC and manufactures and distributes potting soil and soil amendments to retailers in Southern Idaho and Utah. He has served with the board of the Twin Falls, Idaho Area Chamber of Commerce, Twin Falls Optimist Club and the Idaho Chapter of the March of Dimes. He is a founding board member of the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District where he has worked for prevention and a strong Integrated Pest Management policy. Tony is also a Master Gardener. Board member since 12/31/2012.
SARA NIENABER, OREGON (VICE PRESIDENT)
Sara Nienaber is the Application Coordinator with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). OMRI’s mission is to support organic integrity by providing organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. She holds a B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, with concentrations in Environmental Health and Public Policy. As an undergraduate student, Sara completed several independent research projects on the potential physiological effects of common pesticides. As a graduate student, she taught a self-designed, interdisciplinary course on Pollution and Health. Sara is passionate about environmental health and social justice. Board member since 5/11/2010.
MARIANNE OBER, OREGON
Marianne Ober is a law clerk for the Appellate Commissioner of the Oregon Court of Appeals. She earned her law degree from the University of Oregon. She has worked and volunteered with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Seattle Tilth, the Oregon Clean Water Action Project, and SOAR Immigration Legal Services. While at Seattle Tilth she taught organic gardening and composting to elementary school children. Marianne is passionate about the health and wellness of individuals, communities and the environment. She has been a massage therapist for more than 15 years, and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the National AIDS Fund. Board member since 8/1/2016.
JESSICA ROJAS, OREGON
Jessica Rojas is a coordinator for the City of Portland’s Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP), a partnership between the Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland State University. Prior to CWSP, Jessica interned with the Metro Council office in Portland as a Council Policy Assistant where she had the opportunity to be exposed to the daily operations of coordinating regional policy. She earned a BS in Environmental Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon and interned with NCAP while pursuing her degree (2008-10). Jessica is an advocate for the intersectional nature of environmental and social justice. Board member since 10/25/2015.