Jaime Adams joined the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist in 2011 as the Senior Advisor for International Affairs. In this capacity, Ms. Adams manages the international portfolio for the USDA Chief Scientist and engages in cross-functional international agricultural science and technology collaboration with government and non-governmental organizations. Ms. Adams’ portfolio includes management and negotiation of numerous international bilateral and multilateral agricultural science and technology relationships, including management of the U.S. Government’s participation in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. Ms. Adams has worked on international agricultural issues for over 10 years and has supported high-level USG leadership with members of Congress, U.S. Ambassadors, and U.S. Cabinet officials. She holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Behtash Bahador is a Master of Science in Health Communication candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. As a Program Manager at the nonprofit organization CISCRP, he leads global implementation of a program aligning best practices in patient education and health communication with regulatory and industry guidelines to communicate clinical trial results in easy-to-understand language.
Kelvin Beachum, Jr.
Kelvin Beachum is a professional football player, currently with the New York Jets. Prior to joining the Jets, he played with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers following an outstanding career as an offensive left tackle at Southern Methodist University. At SMU, he served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, the SMU Board of Trustees, the President’s Substance Abuse Task Force, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and as SMU football team captain. A passionate food and nutrition security advocate, Mr. Beachum is an ambassador for Bread for the World, a former Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassador, and a member of Feeding America’s Entertainment Council. He is also a support agent for domestic and international disaster and humanitarian relief efforts sponsored by World Vision, as well as a strong proponent for STEM education and career development for minority students.
Laura Belazis graduated from the University of Virginia and pursued a Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her master’s degree focused on social determinants of health and evaluation methodology to address community health issues. Prior to joining The Campus Kitchens Project, Ms. Belazis gained experience working with several nonprofits in addition to teaching biology as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, reading, cooking and eating delicious things.
Dr. Brady J. Deaton currently serves as the Chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). Previously, he served as Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Missouri from 2004 until 2013. Prior to coming to the University of Missouri in 1989, Dr. Deaton spent 12 years at Virginia Tech, the last four as associate director of the Office for International Development. He holds leadership roles in many university, community, and national organizations. Dr. Deaton served as chair of the Academic Affairs Council of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and has also participated in numerous advisory roles. He has authored more than 100 articles, presentations, and book chapters in his career in addition to co-authoring three books. In 2009 Dr. Deaton received an honorary degree from Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand.
Montague (Tag) W. Demment is Vice President for International Programs at APLU, former Director of the Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program, and Professor Emeritus of ecology at the University of California, Davis. In his position at APLU, he has been involved in advocacy for higher education support to developing countries, been instrumental in the creation of APLU’s Africa-US Higher Education Initiative and organized the process by which the research community provided input to the USAID’s Feed the Future research strategy. Dr. Demment has conducted research on nutritional ecology of herbivores and nutrition of children in developing countries. He is past president of AIARD (Association for Agriculture and Rural Development), chaired then NASULGC’s International Agriculture Coordinating Committee that advocates for international issues in agriculture, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.
Ambassador Tony Hall
Ambassador Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights in the world. He was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ambassador Hall serves as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger and meets regularly with Members of Congress to encourage them to become more actively engaged on hunger issues. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to his diplomatic service, Ambassador Hall represented the Third District of Ohio (Dayton) in the U.S. Congress for twenty-four years, their longest serving representative in history. A founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger, the Congressman served as its chairman from 1989 to 1993. Further, he founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization committed to ending hunger through training and educational programs for emerging leaders.
Richard Jusseaume became president of Walsh University in 2001and holds the distinction of being the second longest-serving president of a four-year private university in Ohio. His commitment to providing an authentic Catholic education while strengthening Walsh’s mission of developing leaders in service to others has resulted in an era of unprecedented growth in almost every facet of the university’s operations including enrollment, academic programming, faculty and staff, financial resources and physical facilities. In addition to his contributions as an academic leader, President Jusseaume has generously given of his time serving on numerous community and volunteer boards throughout Stark County. In 2005, he was honored by the North Canton Chamber of Commerce as its “Community Leader of the Year,” and in 2009 he was named a “Stark County Mover & Shaker” by About Magazine’s Advisory Board.
President Jesseaume is a 1967 graduate of Walsh. Prior to his tenure as president, he spent nearly two decades in corporate leadership at Graphic Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. André Laperrière joined the Global Open Data Initiative on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) as its first Executive Director, in September 2015. During his career, Mr. Laperriere has led/managed numerous projects on behalf of large Private Corporations and subsequently, within the United Nations and the World Bank. He has extensive work experience in the Americas, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in particular in developing countries and in conflict/post conflict environments. Before joining GODAN, Mr. Laperriere was Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Washington DC. Prior to his career in the UN, Mr. Laperriere was Director in the International Services of Price Waterhouse. In this position, he led multiple large-scale business evaluations, privatizations, mergers and structural reform projects in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Caribbean.
Danielle (Dani) Lee is a public health registered dietitian nutritionist working to improve Americans’ access to nutritious and sustainable food. She received her MPH from UC Berkeley, her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from UC Davis, and completed her dietetic internship in Los Angeles. With over seven years’ experience creating and managing sustainable foodservice projects and institutional food policies, Ms. Lee knows how to leverage systems to create healthier food environments. She spends her free time exploring nature, gardening, learning about how diet influences gut ecology and psychology, and eating good food.
Sam Lubow is a professional sustainability coordinator specialized in food sourcing, waste management, and marketing. As the Environment Initiatives Coordinator for Cal Dining at UC Berkeley, Ms. Lubow manages sustainable food procurement and zero waste for four dining halls, four dining retail locations, and seven campus restaurants, with the goal of serving food at the intersection of delicious, nutritious, and sustainable. In addition to focusing on plant-forward cooking, Ms. Lubow works with chefs to prioritize using ingredients that are locally grown, humanely treated, and environmentally and socially responsible. Before working for Cal Dining, she was a Sustainability Coordinator for UC Davis Dining Services in partnership with Sodexo, heavily involved with the management and operations of the Davis Farmers Market, and privately contracted to manage zero waste events.
Tyson Monagle is the Marketing Coordinator with UC Irvine’s Department of Hospitality and Dining Services and Aramark. He coordinates marketing and sustainability programs for dining at UC Irvine. Mr. Monagle has worked on a variety of projects, including achieving zero waste in residential and retail dining locations, developing educational sustainability toolkits, and organizing programs such as an annual Sustainable Food Fair. He also co-chairs the UC Sustainable Foodservice Working Group and the UC Global Food Initiative Zero Waste Dining subcommittee. Mr. Tyson earned his B.A. in English from the UC Irvine in 2011.
Dr. Douglas Palmer joined Walsh University in fall 2005 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, as well as Dean of the University. Prior to this, Dr. Palmer was the Assistant Dean of Academic Innovation and an Associate Professor of History. In 2004-2005, he was a Research Fellow at the Emory University School of Law. He holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, an MA from the University of Oregon, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. In 2001-2002, Dr. Palmer was a Fulbright Scholar in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Dr. Palmer teaches classes in European history and his research focuses on European cultural and political history, in particular the history of Great Britain. In 2011, he published “The Brewers’ Lament: Porter and Politics in Late Seventeenth-Century England” in the journal The Historian. He is currently working on a project examining issues of food security in the British Empire.
Vimlendra Sharan is the Director of the Liaison Office for North America for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Washington, DC. A national of India, he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, India and an MBA in Public Service from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Mr. Sharan started his career in 1994 within the Government of the State of Maharashtra, India, holding positions of increasing responsibility such as Sub-divisional Magistrate from 1995 to 1996; Chief Executive Officer and District Development Authority from 1996 to 1997; Deputy Secretary to Governor of Maharashtra from 1998 to 2000; Municipal Commissioner, Nasik Municipal Corporation from 2003 to 2004. He joined the Federal Government of India in 2004 as Director of the International Cultural Relation Division within the Ministry of Culture. From 2006 to 2012, he served as Private Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture and from 2012 to 2013, he was Joint Secretary (Trade) in the Ministry of Agriculture. From 2013 to September 2016, he was Minister of Agriculture and Alternate Permanent Representative of India to the Rome-based UN Agencies in the Embassy of India in Rome.