Northwest Horticultural Council
Mr. Powers accepted employment with the NHC in 1999. He is a graduate of Grinnell College (Iowa) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Environmental Studies and a Master of International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Arizona).
|Boards and committees: Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables; Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports (Chairman); National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) (Executive Committee); Tree-Fruit Technical Advisory Council (secretary); United Fresh Produce Association’s Government Relations Council; U.S. Apple Association’s Government Affairs Committee; and Washington State Department of Agriculture’s International Marketing Advisory Committee|
Senior Vice President
In January 2015, Kate Tynan started work for the Northwest Horticultural Council. Mrs. Tynan graduated from American University (Washington, D.C.) in 2005 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and print journalism.
|Boards and committees: Alliance for Food and Farming (Board of Directors); Alliance for Food and Farming Communications Committee; Crop Protection Coalition (treasurer); The North American Trade Committee of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association; United States Apple Association’s Food Safety Committee and Crisis Communications Subcommittee; and Washington Council on International Trade (Advisory Board)|
Vice President for Scientific Affairs
Dr. Epstein joined the NHC on July 15, 2019. His MSc is from Washington State University and his Ph.D. in entomology is from Michigan State University.
|Boards and committees: Minor Crop Farmer Alliance; USDA/SCRI Stakeholder Advisory Boards for Coordinated Agricultural Projects (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Spotted-Winged Drosophila); Western IPM Center Advisory Board|
Vice President for Export Programs
Fred Scarlett joined the Northwest Horticultural Council in July 2018. He is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
|Boards and committees: Apple Maggot Working Group, Australia Export Program (secretary/treasurer); Washington State Department of Agriculture Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Board|
Technical Issues Specialist
William Samson joined the NHC in November 2019. Mr. Samson received his Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences and his Minor in Spanish from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.
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Export Programs Specialist
Paul McCarthy joined the Northwest Horticultural Council in July 2018. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. His Doctorate Degree in Plant Science with an emphasis in plant virology is from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
Regulatory Information Specialist
Marisol Oviedo joined the Northwest Horticultural Council in September 2016. Ms. Oviedo is a graduate of Heritage University, possessing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry.
|Boards and committees: Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Advisory Board|
Roberta Lucas joined the Northwest Horticultural Council in January 2014 and provides administrative and secretarial support to the staff. Mrs. Lucas is a graduate of Central Washington University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science.
Assistant Office Manager
Stacey Powell joined the Northwest Horticultural Council in July of 2018. Mrs. Powell was previously employed by the Northwest Fruit Exporters and has over twenty years experience in accounting services.