The Biological Products Industry Alliance Board of Directors
Regulatory Manager, Lallemand Plant Care
Amy Roberts is Regulatory Manager for Lallemand Plant Care. She has over 27 years of experience and expertise in successfully leading biopesticide registration efforts for products in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Roberts is recognized as an expert in biopesticide registration and in the distinctive issues related to this class of products.
Ms. Roberts has extensive knowledge and insight into the workings and procedures of the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s division that regulates biopesticides as well as strong working relationships with U.S., Canadian, international regulators, allied organizations, and trade groups. She currently serves as co-chair of the Regulatory Committee.
Vice Chair, BPIA
Senior Regulatory Scientist, Gowan Corporation
Nina Wilson is a Senior Regulatory Scientist with Gowan Company, where her primary focus is global registrations of biocontrols. In her tenure at Gowan, Nina has managed marketing and sales of the company’s turf and ornamental business as well as serving as product manager for key products in the Gowan portfolio. Prior to Gowan, Nina worked for more than 15 years in FMC’s chemical business in sales and marketing and also served as Regional Director of FMC’s international defense systems business based in Brussels, Belgium.
Bill Foster, CEO of BioWorks, is a founding member of BPIA. With more than 20 years of commercialization experience, he focuses on the adoption and acceptance of biocontrols in the high value specialty agriculture markets, including Turf and Ornamentals, in North America. He is based in Victor, NY.
Senior Manager of Government Affairs, BASF
Jeff Blackwood is a Senior Manager of Government Affairs for BASF in the Washington, DC office with advocacy responsibilities on legislation and policy related to BASF’s Crop Protection and Bioscience Research businesses. Jeff has been working on public policy in Washington DC for over 16 years, with a specific focus on agriculture policy.
Prior to joining BASF, Jeff was the director of government relations at The Fertilizer Institute in Washington, DC where he monitored and advocated legislative and regulatory matters regarding agriculture policy, chemical security, and water quality. Previously, Jeff worked for four years as Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), advising the Senator on legislation related to agriculture policy. In this position he managed bills and amendments including several considered as part of the 2008 Farm Bill and the annual agriculture appropriations process. Prior to his work with Sen. Dorgan, Jeff was the Senior Grassroots Advocacy Advisor with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and spent four years as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Brad Carson (D-OK).
CEO, Bee Vectoring Technology
Ashish Malik was previously the VP of Global Marketing for Biologics at Bayer CropScience. At Bayer he was responsible for managing the portfolio of biological assets for the company and advancing the strategy to develop integrated crop solutions that include biological products together with traditional chemical products, seeds, traits, seed treatments and services. Mr. Malik joined Bayer CropScience through the company’s acquisition of AgraQuest in 2012. At AgraQuest Mr. Malik was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing where he was responsible for the company’s strategic and tactical marketing activities in addition to the regulatory affairs and field product development functions. Mr. Malik came to AgraQuest in April 2008 from Syngenta, where he served as the Head of Commercial Operations for the Home Care Division. During that time he was responsible for the overall leadership of the newly developed division, where he defined growth strategies, developed go-to-market approaches and identified opportunities for brand value building. Prior to his five-years with Syngenta, he worked for Imerys, where he was a Business Unit Director, and for BFGoodrich, where he served as a Market Manager. Mr. Malik holds an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College.
President & COO, Meister Media Worldwide
Joe Monahan is the Corporate Director, Business Media at Meister Media Worldwide where he has worked since 1990. Most recently Joe was the Group Publisher of Meister Media’s Horticulture Group with business responsibilities across the fruit, citrus and vegetable grower markets in the U.S. and Mexico. Current responsibilities are across all of the agriculture markets that Meister Media serves which include the U.S. fruit, citrus, vegetable, greenhouse, garden center, cotton, crop protection and fertilizer distribution markets and the international markets through Productores de Hortalizas and Farm Chemicals International. Joe is a past President of the Florida and Ohio chapters on the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) and a past Board Member of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA).
Chief Sustainability Officer, Marrone Bio Innovations
Keith Pitts is a senior-level public policy director with a track record of success in key roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with the U.S. Congress, and in the nonprofit arena. He has significant substantive expertise in all aspects of agriculture, food, and biotechnology policy, with a vast and diverse network of professional contacts in these fields. Keith is adept at bringing together stakeholders with diverging interests and negotiating compromises among them. He has strong skills in policy development and implementation, stakeholder outreach, and crisis management.
Managing Partner, DunhamTrimmer LLC
Mark Trimmer is Managing Partner of DunhamTrimmer LLC, a business management, strategic marketing, market research and intelligence company with a singular emphasis on the global biological markets for agriculture. Founded in 2011, DunhamTrimmer focuses exclusively on biological products including biopesticides, biocontrol, and biostimulants.
Mark Trimmer has more than 30 years of experience in research, product development, registration, technical service, and technology licensing in the crop protection industry. Mark previously worked in International Product Development for American Cyanamid, Technology Acquisition & Licensing for BASF, and Vice President R&D for NutraPark prior to founding his own company. Over his career, Mark has worked both domestically and Internationally to develop and register crop protection products across a wide range of crops and uses. Mark received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University in Agronomy.
Manager of Agronomy, McCain Foods
Dr. Waxman is the Manager of Agronomy at McCain Foods. Previously, she was Global Director of Research and Development for the 1,4 Group. Dr. Waxman was also an environmental science instructor at the University of Phoenix and prior to that position, she was a food scientist at J. R. Simplot Company. Currently, she co-chairs the Meeting Planning Committee of the BPIA and is also a member of the Potato Association of American and was elected Director for 2019 to 2022 years. Dr. Waxman earned a B.S. in biology, minor in chemistry, and an emphasis in microbiology and a M.S. in food science at Virginia Tech. Her thesis and published work was entitled “The Inhibition of Pseudomonas through the use of Genetically Modified Lactic Acid Bacteria”. Dr. Waxman completed her PhD in 2017 in Plant Science with her dissertation entitled “The effect of harvest timing of potatoes on end product quality of French fries”.