CCOF Leadership

CCOF has an active membership and we want to hear from you.

Our management staff is available to speak with clients and members regarding organic standards, CCOF service, and policy and program suggestions. Management staff contact information is provided below.

Damewood

Kelly Damewood
CEO
CCOF
kdamewood@ccof.org
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Damewood has spent over a decade working towards a single goal: helping organic farmers thrive. After her own experience running a small farm, Damewood went to law school determined to help farmers who farm in a better way. In her previous role as CCOF’s policy director, Damewood spearheaded key initiatives such as passage of state legislation to improve an outdated regulatory program for organic farmers and creating a groundbreaking project to drive organic production and consumption in California. Damewood holds a Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School and a Master of Laws degree in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Petri

Armand "Pete" Petri
Chief Operations Officer
CCOF
pete@ccof.org

Armand "Pete" Petri is a lifelong learner of businesses and how they operate, with experience in multiple industries, including health, financial, and publishing, and degrees in Accounting and Mathematics. Being an advocate for healthy diet and food distribution, working for CCOF as chief operating officer has proven to not only fulfill a passion, but be a mutually beneficial, natural fit.

Petri also enjoys the great outdoors, and especially the Sierra Nevada mountains, where heaven is experienced as a week with a friend, a backpack, and a camera.

Crittenden

April Crittenden
Chief Certification Officer
CCOF Certification Services, LLC
april@ccof.org

 

As CCOF's Chief Certification Officer, April Crittenden has a wealth of knowledge on the National Organic Program and environmental stewardship in farming systems.

Crittenden began her career with CCOF over 10 years ago and has contributed to the organization's mission in a variety of roles over the years. In 2016, Crittenden worked with SC Labs to develop and implement the Envirocann Certification Program, which offers certification services to cannabis producers.

Crittenden graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with Bachelor of Arts degrees in environmental studies and anthropology. She also holds certificates from the National Organic Program, the Accredited Certifier Association, and the International Organic Inspectors Association.

Beckett Parr

Jessy Beckett Parr
Foundation Director
CCOF Foundation
jparr@ccof.org
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Jessy Beckett Parr is the director of the CCOF Foundation. In this capacity she oversees the education and grant making programs of the CCOF Foundation.

Prior to joining CCOF in 2013, Parr spent five years traveling the world producing the award-winning documentary film Symphony of the Soil. She holds a Master of Science degree in community development from the University of California, Davis College of Agriculture; a certificate in ecological horticulture from the University of California, Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and environmental studies from Sarah Lawrence College.

Outside of the office, she enjoys sharing time and food with her husband and daughter and foraging on their peri-urban homestead.

Biergiel ColcloughJody Biergiel Colclough 
Director of Certification Operations
CCOF Certification Services, LLC
jody@ccof.org


Jody Biergiel Colclough is intrigued by food as a practical way to address many problems, from humus health to human health. She explored this interest at Tufts University where she earned a Master of Science degree in food policy.

Colclough joined CCOF in 2006, bringing her eye for detail and a practical approach to certification processes to the CCOF leadership team as she rose through its ranks. Colclough started as a handler/processor inspection report reviewer, and was most recently certification operations director. She has helped design and implement improvements that supported the growth of CCOF, including Organic System Plan forms, management of CCOF’s internal database eCert, updates to online member certification management tool MyCCOF, and materials lists.

After a workday full of databases and compliance processes, she gets into the great outdoors in Northern California. She is a proud parent and published author.

Brauner

Naomi Brauner
Development Director
CCOF Foundation
nbrauner@ccof.org

Naomi Brauner is development director for the CCOF Foundation. She guides the fundraising activities of the Foundation, including the sponsorship program and grant proposals.

She holds a Master of Public Administration degree and has worked in fundraising, grants, and public relations for the past 25 years, including with the Homeless Garden Project, Community Bridges, First 5 Santa Cruz County, and Congressman Sam Farr.

Feder

Sean Feder
Director of Inspection Operations
CCOF Certification Services, LLC
sean@ccof.org

Sean Feder grew up near San Francisco, and his family always had plenty to eat. He began to wonder: Where does all this food come from?

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Farm and Garden apprenticeship, Feder completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from UCSC, with an emphasis on botany and agroecology. He worked on a CCOF-certified organic farm, then enrolled at the University of California, Davis (UCD) for an Master of Science degree in plant protection and pest management.

In 1991, Feder started doing organic inspections for CCOF and served for two years on the CCOF Board of Directors. He was later hired as the first director of inspection operations. He is glad to have work that contributes in a small way to the vision of a world where food will be widely available for a long time.

Lenssen

Barbara Lenssen
Human Resources Director
CCOF
blenssen@ccof.org

Barbara Lenssen brings a wealth of Human Resources experience to CCOF. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in world languages and cultures, and subsequently a Master of Arts degree in international policy Studies, Lenssen embraced all facets of people and diversity and followed the natural path of pursuing a career in human resources. Although her career has spanned high tech and advertising, Lenssen's true passion lies within the health and wellness arena. When she's not at work, you can find her rock climbing in Yosemite, lamenting the latest misfortunes of the Oakland Raiders and Oakland A's, and dreaming about one day owning a Shiba Inu.

Mathias

Laura Mathias
Director of Marketing and Sales
CCOF
lmathias@ccof.org
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Laura Mathias is the marketing director for CCOF. As marketing director, she directs the marketing of CCOF's programs and services to the organic and agricultural community and consumers at large.

Mathias has spent her marketing career in various fields, including education, events, and business-to-business. She has managed numerous websites and has a keen understanding of how digital marketing enhances a brand. Additionally, she enjoys bringing together event promotion, sales analysis, and process-driven systems to maximize the impact of an organization.

Mathias has a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Valdosta State University and is a long-term transplant to the California's Central Coast. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling with her family.

Reed

Sarah Reed
Handler Certification Director
CCOF Certification Services, LLC
sarah@ccof.org

Sarah Reed has always loved the natural world and followed this passion to study ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduating, she worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries for several years before moving to CCOF as a handler certification specialist in 2008. The position played to Reed's strengths in organization, process development, and critical thinking.

Reed's enthusiasm for organic food and her hard science background has continued to serve her well in her current role as handler certification director. She is an expert in organic processing materials and standards, especially winemaking and the growing area of retail and restaurant certification.

Reed is a lifelong environmentalist who bikes to work, always carries a reusable water bottle and to-go container, and strives to create zero waste. Reed has been a vegetarian since the age of 11 and enjoys hosting and attending dinner parties, kickboxing, local wine and beer tasting, walking everywhere, and playing with her cat.

Valencia

Ryan Valencia
Interim Director of Technology
CCOF
rvalencia@ccof.org

Ryan Valencia is the interim director of technology for CCOF. As director, he architects networks, servers, remote services, database connections, and cloud security to protect CCOF. With technology experience across multiple industries, including school districts, construction firms, aerospace, and most recently agriculture, he has the expertise to create a basis of growth and security as CCOF moves forward.

Valencia comes from a background of Mexican farmers, fruit pickers, and packagers. Originally from Southern California, he moved to Santa Cruz to support further education for his family. Living in Santa Cruz for five years, has come to appreciate the care and attention organic processes bring to food, farms, and future sustainability.

Beyond the office, he enjoys time with his wife and son on beach treks and drives up the northern coast, and aspires to succeed at mountain bike trail rides.