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    Jerry Kay - Host

    Jerry Kay is a veteran broadcaster with over 30 years experience and strong roots in the environmental news space. Jerry serves as General Manager for the Environmental News Network and has produced web, audio, and video content focused in the environmental and non- profit sectors. He has a wide background in media, entertainment, science content programming, and the arts. Jerry has been an on-camera host for many organizations and companies including: U.S. Geological Survey, The National Audubon Society, The National Park Service, JC Penney, Hewlett Packard and the State of California's Calfed program.

    Michael Straus - Executive Produer

    In 1999, Michael launched the Beyond Organic Show in an old converted hay barn in Point Reyes Station, on KWMR 90.5 FM community radio as one of 100+ volunteer programmers. His goal then, as now, was to connect listeners with the pioneers in the environmental movement, in a dialogue that gets to the heart of what it means to be part of a vibrant and interconnected community.

    Michael also runs Straus Communications,working with a vast network of businesses, community-based organizations, non-profits, foundations and other groups that work together to advance the cause of sustainability in food and agriculture. Along the way, he has earned a reputation as a credible and knowledgeable industry expert, gaining him access to major editors in the food, environmental consumer, and trade press.

    In addition, he has consulted on organic and sustainable agricultural marketing internationally, including the Republic of Armenia, Russia, and Ukraine where his Russian language skills come in very handy. He has served as a Board member for the Marin Conservation League, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and serves on the Capital Campaign Committee of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. His professional affiliations include the San Francisco Professional Food Society. Michael attended UC Santa Cruz, graduating with honors in Russian Studies.

    Prior to starting Straus Communications and Beyond Organic, Michael guided his family's Straus Family Creamery to become one of the most well-respected and successful organic dairies in the nation.

    Haven Bourque - Senior Producer

    Haven, who grew up on her parents' organic farm in South Carolina, has served as Director of Marketing and Communications for TransFair USA, the certification and marketing agency for Fair Trade food products in the United States. There she worked with leading companies, including Starbucks, Procter & Gamble, and Dunkiní Donuts to drive consumer awareness of the Fair Trade Certified label to an all-time high.

    Haven has utilized her effective communication strategies to help revitalize the San Francisco Symphony by reaching new audiences for contemporary classical music. At 3Com Corporation, she was instrumental in bringing cutting-edge technologies to the global market. And in her early professional life, she guided several start-up companies from initial launch to category leadership.

    She also has a long history of involvement with sustainable food and socially responsible purchasing and has lived and worked in Japan, Israel and Guatemala.

    Haven holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku of Osaka, Japan, and is a member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society, SLOW Food, and the marketing committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

    Nathan Beers - Producer

    As producer for the Beyond Organic radio show, Nathan is involved in all aspects of show content. His background experience includes newspaper, magazine and online journalism as well as environmental work. He is the primary contact for publicists, authors and PR professionals pitching show topics.

    Andrea Blum - Journalist

    Andrea is a journalist from San Francisco who is passionate about food, farming and environmental issues. Originally from an arts background, Andrea made the leap from paintbrush to pen after getting a Master of Science from Columbiaís school of journalism. There, she worked on award winning stories involving social justice and international issues. Soon after graduation, she worked at the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina, the oldest English language daily in South America. Well traveled and full of life experiences, she follows her heart and combines photojournalism and writing for her stories. She spent five years in Europe studying art and fresco restoration while living on a Tuscan farm. That was after learning the trade from Diego Riveraís assistants. She holds a BA in Art History from UC Santa Barbara.

    Jonathan Bendiner - Webmaster

    Jonathan is our resident renaissance man, having worked as a hypnotist, paramedic, massage therapist, health educator and web community builder. All reasons enough to have him around. But itís his long-held passion for organics and environmental awareness that brought him to Straus where he designs and manages the Beyond Organic website.

    Jada White - Engineer

    Patrick Forden - Web Engineer

    Diana Nankin - Graphic Designer



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