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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 has lived on a 40-acre farm since 1995 and raises goats for dairy products and chickens for meat and eggs.  Over the years she's kept dairy cows, pigs, ducks, turkeys, guineas, rabbits and geese in addition to a large garden and fruit production.  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.
 
   
Carol Chaffin Albrecht Carol Chaffin Albrecht - Recording Secretary
Carol Albrecht and her husband Kurt, own and manage Chaffin Family Orchards.  Carol is the third generation of her family to farm the land in Coal Canyon north of Oroville California.  The Albrecht’s grow Citrus, Stone Fruits, Pastured Poultry, Olives, Beef Cattle, Meat Goats and Fiber Sheep on 2000 organic and sustainably farmed acres.  Carol and Kurt have 6 children ranging in age from 29 to 10.  Kurt and Carol’s purpose is to raise healthful food and fiber in a way that gives back to the land, the eater, and the families of the ranch. Carol is the Co-Chapter leader for the Chico-Butte Valley Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation with a membership of over 600. This Chapter strives to create a strong local food economy by encouraging the consumption of nutrient dense diets with locally grown foods as their centerpiece.  A popular speaker, Carol is frequently called upon as a resource for farmers who desire to direct market their products.  Carol was a Weston A. Price Foundation’s Activist of the Year award winner in 2011. 
 
     
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
Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, is The Naughty Nutritionist™ because of her ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths. Her most recent blogs at www.westonaprice.org are "Not Taking the EWG Pledge" and "Lose Your Veganity." A popular guest on radio and television, she has appeared on "The Dr Oz Show", ABC's "View from the Bay", NPR's "People's Pharmacy" and numerous other shows. Kaayla is the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food, a popular speaker at Wise Traditions and other conferences.

Dr. 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. As a clinical nutritionist, she specializes in digestive disorders, women's reproductive health issues, infertility, and recovery from vegetarian and soy-based diets. In 2005 she was awarded the Integrity in Science Award by the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF). Kaayla now serves on the WAPF Board of Directors as Vice President. Her website is www.naughtynutritionist.com and she can be reached at Kaayla@DrKaaylaDaniel.com.

 
     
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.
 
     
Gary Cox Gary Cox, Esq. (General Counsel)
Along with Taaron Meikle and Sally Fallon Morell, Gary Cox is one of the co-founders of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and is its first and only General Counsel. As lead attorney for the Fund, Gary represents farmers throughout the United States in their efforts to distribute their products directly to consumers free from governmental interference and harassment. Gary has sued the USDA, the FDA, and several States on behalf of Fund members.

Gary served 14 years as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office and prosecuted such Fortune 500 firms as General Motors, BP Chemical, Philips Electronics and Sun Oil Company for violations of state and federal environmental laws. Since entering private practice, Gary has been involved in raw milk issues throughout the country, has represented over 40 members of the Fund in all sorts of judicial and administrative proceedings, has provided testimony in support of food sovereignty legislation and has spoken at several conferences on sustainable farming issues. Gary lives in Columbus, Ohio, has a son and daughter in college, is an avid gardener and bicyclist, a former organic vegetable farmer, a supporter of local farmers, and consumes raw milk daily.