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FTCLDF and FTCF Board of Directors

FTCLDF and FTCF Board of Directors and Staff
Back Row Left to Right, Judy Bemis, Steve Bemis (FTCLDF), Ted Beals (FTCF), Marc Stimpert, Pete Kennedy (FTCLDF/FTCF) holding son Ryan, Pat Stevens (FTCLDF/FTCF), Taaron Meikle (FTCLDF/FTCF),Tim Wightman (FTCLDF/FTCF). Front row: Peg Beals (FTCF), Cathy Raymond, Babette Lamarre, Gary Cox (FTCLDF/FTCF), Sharon Jeffers (FTCF) and Judith McGeary (FTCLDF).

 
Pete Kennedy Peter Kennedy, Esq. - President
Pete Kennedy is an attorney in Sarasota, Florida who works on dairy issues for the Weston A. Price Foundation, particularly, the right of farmers to distribute raw milk and raw milk products direct to consumers. He has represented or assisted in the representation of dairy farmers facing possible state enforcement action in Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. He has helped farmers get started in the business of distributing raw milk and raw milk products in many other states. He has written articles for Wise Traditions Magazine on the interstate ban on raw milk products for human consumption and on the legality of selling raw milk interstate for animal consumption. He compiled the state raw milk laws and state raw milk summaries posted at www.realmilk.com. He is currently working with others to challenge the federal ban on the interstate shipment of raw milk for human consumption.
 
     
   
Elizabeth Gamsky Rich, Esq. Elizabeth Gamsky Rich, Esq. - Vice President
Elizabeth Rich is a Wisconsin attorney who has practiced in the areas of environmental, land use and regulatory law for 25 years.  She works for clients who challenge the government.  She and her husband have lived on their 40-acre farm since 1995.  They raise goats for dairy products and chickens for meat and eggs.  They have a small herd of beef cows and over the years have kept dairy cows, pigs, ducks, turkeys, guineas, rabbits and geese.  They have a large garden and are working on fruit production, including apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, grapes, gooseberries, currants, mulberries, honeyberries, strawberries, blueberries, elderberries and more.  Elizabeth’s goal is to produce as much of her own food as possible, as her 25 years of experience with the governmental agencies charged with protection of our food supply has led her to the conclusion that she is not protected.
 
     
   
Sally Fallon Sally Fallon Morell - Secretary
Sally Fallon Morell, MA, is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), a well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods with a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. She joined forces with Enig again to write Eat Fat, Lose Fat, and has authored numerous articles on the subject of diet and health. The President of the Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, Sally is also a journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, homemaker, and community activist. Her four healthy children were raised on whole foods including butter, cream, eggs and meat.
 
     
  Betty Moore - Treasurer
Betty Moore is the Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader for Suffolk County, Long Island, New York since 2005.  She has been financial controller for an agricultural business for the last 26 years. In addition to raising her two sons, she is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2004, she has gone on to open a private practice counseling clients according to WAPF principals. In addition to private practice she gives cooking classes, lectures, and runs adult ed workshops.
 

   
Steve Bemis Steve Bemis, Esq.
Steve Bemis worked in corporate law for 35 years and for the last several years with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund advocating for greater access to local foods, especially raw milk.  Shown here with his favorite John Deere diesel, Steve bales round and square hay for local farmers.
 
     
Kaayla Daniel Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN
Kaayla Daniel earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Anti-Aging Therapies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, is board certified as a clinical nutritionist (CCN) by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists in Dallas and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Weston A. Price Foundation. As a clinical nutritionist, she specializes in digestive disorders, women's reproductive health issues, infertility, and recovery from vegetarian and soy-based diets. Dr. Daniel is the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food (New Trends, March 2005), which has been endorsed by leading health professionals, including Kilmer McCully, MD, Doris J. Rapp, MD, Jonathan V. Wright, MD, Russell Blaylock, MD, Larrian Gillespie, MD, Joseph Mercola, OD, Debra Lynn Dadd and others. Larry Dossey, MD, called it "science writing at its best" and William Campbell Douglass, II,MD called it "the most important nutritional book of the decade." Dr. Daniel has been extensively quoted in major newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Toronto Globe & Mail, Glamour, Oxygen and Alternative Medicine, and has appeared as a guest on NPR's People's Pharmacy, the Discovery Channel's Medical Hotseat and ABC's View from the Bay. Online her book has been featured prominently on www.mercola.com, the world's leading natural health and dietary website. She has also appeared as an expert witness before the California Public Safety Committee and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.
 
     
Judith McGeary Judith McGeary, Esq.
Judith McGeary is the WAPF chapterleader for Austin, Texas. She is also an attorney, a farmer, and the Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. The Alliance is a non-profit organization founded to protect the rights of independent farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders, and to help ensure the success of independent agriculture. Ms. McGeary has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University, and a J.D. with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin. In her legal career, she has practiced administrative law, litigation, and appeals. She and her husband run a small farm with heritage poultry, sheep, cows, and horses.
 
     

Taaron Meikle Taaron Meikle
Taaron Hohman Meikle is a perfect fit with the vision of FTCLDF. Taaron is the fifth generation of a Colorado Ranching and Farming family, whose love for the land and its ample bounty are a heritage. A long time student of nutrition, Taaron follows the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price. She recalls: "As a toddler, my parents grew increasingly concerned about my lack of speech. At three years of age, during a meal-time prayer, I spoke my first words, "Oh, I see a cow!" The cow, in my grandparent's pasture, was doing what all cows should be doing - eating grass. and providing unaltered, healthy milk. My wish is to make sure that our farmers are free to provide these same benefits to our consumers nationwide." As a homeschooling advocate, Taaron has been educating her four sons for over twelve years. It is her fervent hope that the FTCLDF will positively impact the food practices of the nation in her children's future. It is her joy and challenge to help the FTCLDF move forward.
 
     
   
Winton Pitcoff Winton Pitcoff
Winton Pitcoff is Coordinator of the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network. The Network works with the 25 raw milk dairies in Massachusetts, as well as with consumers and the general public, to strengthen raw milk markets and advocate for farmers’ and consumers’ rights. He also works for a raw milk dairy, is Coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, and is Assistant Director of the New England Farmers Union. He has previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor and as a communications consultant to nonprofit advocacy groups, and has extensive advocacy experience at the national and local levels, primarily in the fields of affordable housing and community development. Winton lives with his wife and son on their small family farm in Plainfield, Massachusetts. He chairs his town’s Agricultural Commission.
 
     
Tim Wightman Tim Wightman
Tim Wightman is the President, of the Fund's sister organization, the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, author of the Raw Milk Production Handbook, creator of Chore Time DVD and instructor in Cow-Share College & Goat Share University. He has pioneered CSAs, organic cooperatives, farmers' markets, the Cow-share program, Farm-share program, Milk Direct raw milk testing program while living in Northern Wisconsin.
 
     
Gary Cox Gary Cox, Esq. (General Counsel)
Gary Cox practices environmental and agricultural law and is Of Counsel to the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Lane, Alton and Horst LLC. Gary formerly served in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office for 14 years and prosecuted such Fortune 500 firms as General Motors, BP Chemical, Philips Electronics, Sun Oil Company and AK Steel for violations of state and federal environmental laws. Since entering private practice, Gary’s clients have included organic farmers, raw milk producers, and other clients manufacturing organic products.  Gary has been involved in raw milk issues in New York, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and numerous other states throughout the country, and has brought a national class action lawsuit against the nation's largest alleged organic dairy producer. Gary is currently General Counsel to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation and in that capacity represents farmers throughout the United States and is lead counsel in the only lawsuit challenging the legality of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Gary lives in Columbus, Ohio with his teenage son and daughter, is an avid gardener, a former organic vegetable farmer, a supporter of local farmers, and consumes raw milk daily.