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Seed Programs International

Peter Marks

Peter Marks

President and CEO
Tel: +1-828-707-1640
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Prior to joining Seed Programs International in 2012, Peter Marks had a 15-year history as a non-profit professional in fields of sustainable agriculture, microenterprise, and literacy, as well as experience in the seed trade. He has special interest in global private-sector partnerships that allow seed to reach everybody who needs it, and has helped partners in ten countries to find appropriate vegetable seed locally or regionally. Peter loves to test-grow SPI seed in his own garden and to cook delicious meals with the harvest. Peter holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. 

 

Rosanna KingstonRosanna Kingston

Programs Coordinator
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Rosanna's love affair with the nonprofit world began in 2003 when she started a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering backpacks full of school supplies to children in need around the globe. She has eleven years of nonprofit administration experience, having built partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, coordinated logistics, fundraised, and cultivated corporate relationships. Rosanna has an undergraduate business administration degree from the University of South Florida, and a Masters in Development Practice from the University of Florida.

 

Greg BoninGreg Bonin

Operations & Communications Director
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Greg has been working with nonprofits in the Asheville area for about nine years with a focus on organizational and community development. He advocates for translating abstract concepts into personal actions within systems that can contribute to global parity. Greg has a background in database and website management, and holds a B.A. in History.

 

Katie SinnKatie Sinn

Programs Assistant
Tel: +1-828-515-4573
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Katie received her B.S in funeral science from Southern Illinois University. It was through funeral directing and assisting families through emotional hardship that she decided to focus her life's work on helping people. An amateur farmer in her own right, Katie believes in the mission of SPI and hopes her efforts will bring empowerment and knowledge to disadvantaged individuals and communities. Katie has 8 years of client service and project management experience.

 

Naima DidoNaima Dido

Partnerships Ambassador
Tel: +1-828-458-5288
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Naima was born in Nairobi, Kenya, shortly after her parents fled there from Ethiopia as political refugees. In 1989, she was resettled in the U.S. along with her parents and 4 younger siblings. Naima describes herself as an activist for human rights and women's empowerment. Her work, volunteerism, and life experience inform her passion for self-sufficiency and human dignity. She believes that poverty is usually, at its root, about imbalances of power and the lack of access to resources, that change is possible, and that solutions require good ideas, courage, and persistence. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with underprivileged refugee communities in the US and Africa, and holds a B.S. in International Business.

Naima continues to generously provide programs advice as a volunteer.

 

Dave BenderDave Bender

Horticulturalist
7913 Vicksburg Ave., Lubbock, Texas 79424 USA
Tel: +1-806-790-4839
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Dave grew up in western Pennsylvania on a small farm with several large gardens. After majoring in biology at Goshen College, he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture from Virginia Tech.For 19 years Dave headed the vegetable research program at the Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, Texas. This program focused on production practices, plant physiology, integrated pest management, cultivar adaptation evaluations, and sustainable systems.

Dave has been active in professional societies, serving as chair of several working groups and committees, a professional horticulture journal reviewer, and an active member of commodity research groups. He has published numerous research journal articles, grower publications, and book chapters.

Dave is retired and continues to generously provide Horticultural advice as a volunteer.

 

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.