Liz graduated in 2016 from Auburn University with her degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management, a far cry from the produce industry. Six months later she moved to Monterey, CA where she worked with CA State Parks and later, Camp SEA Lab. Surrounded by agriculture and opportunity, Liz decided to get her feet wet in the world of produce. New to the industry, she hopes to absorb as much knowledge as possible about all things ag and produce. As the Sustainability Assistant, she helps local farmers schedule audits with the USDA, makes welcome kits for Hospitality Partners, runs GFT’s social media, and more and is always there to lend a hand when her team needs her. In her free time, she enjoys adventuring with her dog, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Michael Jantschke joined PRO*ACT in 2007 with more than 20 years of food safety, sanitation, and quality experience. Prior to PRO*ACT, Michael provided training and education, auditing, and technical assistance to a number of companies through his own food consulting business. His long tenure with the Grocery Manufacturers/Food Products Association (formerly known as the National Food Processors Association), culminated with a position as a senior-level scientist leading a group that provided FPA member companies with expert advice in food safety, microbiology, and regulatory compliance. Prior experience also includes positions with Dole Packaged Foods and Dole Thailand Ltd.
Anne Nichols started with PRO*ACT in 2015 after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a degree in Environmental Science. As PRO*ACT’s Sustainability Manager, she oversees both daily operations and the long-term strategic direction of Greener Fields Together. She enjoys working with different stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to solve tough sustainability issues plaguing the fresh produce supply chain. In her free time, Anne enjoys going to the beach, visiting the weekly farmer’s market, and playing with her dog, Jelly Bean.
Hannah Ricci grew up in Winter Park, Florida and graduated from Rollins College in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, concentrating primarily in Sustainable Development. Hannah worked in Central Florida for two years creating urban agriculture through community gardens, food forests, and transforming residential yards to productive mini farms. This work in the Central Florida foods movement helped increase accessibility to organic produce while cutting down on the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Since then, Hannah has relocated to PRO*ACT’s headquarters in Monterey, CA to continue working on sustainable agriculture through Greener Fields Together. She enjoys exploring the Central Coasts oceans and mountains, frequently hiking and kayaking around the bay.
Since having earned a degree in Food Science, Jordan has been dedicated to strengthening the food system through sustainable initiatives. Jordan has cultivated a well-rounded perspective of the produce supply chain by fulfilling roles that have allowed her to work directly with farmers, distributors, and food service providers. She resides in Denver, Colorado where she is involved in the local food scene as a Master Composter and operator of a small scale farmer’s co-op. In her free time, Jordan enjoys exploring the Western landscape and throwing herself into any type of outdoor activity.
Danika Trierweiler grew up on a horse ranch just outside Austin, TX, and has long been focused on sustainable food systems and agriculture. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 as a Registered Dietitian with a focus on sustainability across the food supply chain. Danika has spent the past several years working closely with farmers, large and small food service institutions, local procurement, and community stakeholders, and is thrilled to continue this work with PRO*ACT.
Tori is a sustainability coordinator who works with growers, distributors, and foodservice partners in the Northeast to increase sustainability, safety, and traceability in the US produce industry. After nearly a decade of work in sustainability, Tori has seen the true power of the market in creating change and is inspired by GFT’s mission to provide differentiation across the entire value chain. Tori holds a M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tuft’s Friedman School of Nutrition, Science, and Policy and works remotely out of a food innovation hub in Boston, MA.