Press Release: NPSEC Announces Board of Directors Executive Committee

For Immediate Release 
Aaron Weibe
Communications & Engagement Manager 


July 24th, 2018 (Detroit, MI) – The National Pesticide Safety and Education Center (NPSEC) Board of Directors voted to established its 2018-2019 Executive Committee: 

  • Candace Bartholomew, Connecticut Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator (Chair) 
  • Don Renchie, Texas Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator (Vice-Chair) 
  • Katie Moore, South Carolina Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator (Secretary) 
  • Mike Wierda, Utah Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator (Treasurer) 

In addition to the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors includes: 

  • Tira Adelman, eXtension Foundation 
  • Faye Golden, American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE) 
  • Dean Herzfeld, Minnesota Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education Program  
  • Rachel Maccini, New Hampshire Pesticide Safety Education Program  
  • Carroll Moseley, Syngenta 
  • Jane Stautz, Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
  • Thia Walker, Colorado Pesticide Safety Education Program 

There are vacancies on the Board of Directors representing the American Association of Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO), Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), and a Pesticide Safety Educator from the north central region.  

 “I am honored to have the privilege to serve as the Chair of the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) Executive Committee,” state Candace Bartholomew, newly elected Board Chair. “As we continue to support Extension pesticide safety education programs, I look forward to the good work and collaborations that this organization will accomplish to strengthen the national system of these programs, and improve the quality, consistency, accessibility, and outcomes of pesticide safety education throughout the country.” 

 Executive Director, Tom Smith, noted that “the transition to a formal Board of Directors and the election of the Executive Officers is a major milestone for the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC). The Board of Directors includes PSEPs and industry partners that were part of the SWAT Team vision of creating NPSEC, as well as new PSEPs that bring a fresh perspective to the NPSEC mission of serving and supporting extension Pesticide Safety Education Programs.  This provides excellent leadership for NPSEC as we seek to provide tools and educational resources to state PSEPs to better meet the needs of each state’s learners while increasing state PSEPs sustainability, move our PSEP collaboration goals forward, and become a self-sustaining center. On behalf of the NPSEC staff, we are excited about working with this dedicated leadership team.” 

 The NPSEC Board held the election during its quarterly Board meeting on July 18th, 2018.  

 About NPSEC 

 The National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) supports and serves Extension Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) to be the premier national source of high quality research-based pesticide safety education. Additional information about NPSEC can be found at