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David Beyer, PhD
David works with the mushroom community here in North America and Europe. His grower education extension program develops and conducts workshops and farm visits to provide assistance on many different aspects of mushroom cultivation. The focus of his research is looking at cultural factors influencing disease development to help minimize the impact of mushroom diseases and screening existing and potential new fungicides to maintain and improve the efficiency of the few pesticides the industry have left in their arsenal.
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David Beyer
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Carolee Bull, PhD

Originally a Pennsylvania native, Dr. Bull graduated with a degree in Botany at Ohio University in 1985. Work with a mycologist and courses in mycology and microbiology transformed her interest in botany to a passion for plant pathology. She received an MS in Plant Pathology from Washington State University in 1987, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from Oregon State University in 1992. Her work on biological control of plant pathogens and phytobacteriology continued as a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Switzerland. For the past 20 years she worked for the USDA?ARS in California to develop alternatives to chemical pesticides for vegetable and small fruit production. Dr. Bull served on the Administrative Council for the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and was key to the development of organic research programs at the USDA/ARS. For outstanding mentorship women and Latino student research interns, she received the Secretary's Honor Award (the highest award service to the nation in agriculture) from the USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack. 

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Carolee Bull
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Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch
Ms. Gorgo-Gourovitch is the Food Safety, IPM and Water Quality Extension Educator for Chester and Berks counties. Maria conducts educational programs in the areas of vegetable, small fruit and mushrooms production; green industry; IPM solutions, FSMA, GAP and farm food safety; beginning farming and pesticide safety for various agricultural industries in Pennsylvania. Maria is also adapting new, culturally appropriate trainings and outreach materials and assessing the needs of the Latino Community. She recently worked for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist assisting farm owners in the planning, application and maintenance of a variety of agronomic and engineering practices. She also previously worked for Penn State Extension until January 2015 where she served as outreach coordinator, educator and trainer for the PA IPM, Farm Safety and Food Safety Programs.
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Nina Jenkins, PhD
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Nina Jenkins
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Steven Loerch, PhD
Steve Loerch obtained his B.S. degree in Animal Industries from Penn State in 1977 and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ruminant Nutrition at the University of Illinois in 1978 and 1981, respectively.  In 1981, he joined the Animal Sciences faculty at The Ohio State University with primary responsibilities in beef cattle research and teaching.  Steve left Ohio State in 2014 to become Head of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. In August 2017 he and his wife Karen returned home to Penn State where Steve serves in his current role as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences. His favorite food is a Philly cheesesteak piled high with grilled Pennsylvania mushrooms!
 
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Rebecca Miller
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John Pecchia, PhD
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Geoff Price
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Consuela Gondres Medrano
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Chad Fazio
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Mark Spear
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Mike Wolfin
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Tom Baker
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John Gbolagade
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Andrew Wilson
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Heather Harter
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Rachel Roberts
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Juan Almanza
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John D'Amico
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Javier Lopez
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Fabricio Vieira
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Steven Haynes
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Felisa Preciado Higgens
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Bill Barber
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Tom Chapman
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David Bodine
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Sabrina Giorgio
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Cheng-Hao Lee
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Mike Fidanza
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Harold Brosius
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Tom Brosius
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Kim Paley
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Alex Beam-Ward
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Jeff Cratty
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Daeun Choi
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Long He
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