Leadership Team

Seed Programs International

Dane Erickson

President and CEO

Dane is SPI’s President and CEO. As a mission-driven executive with 20 years experience across 65 countries, his career has been split between developing innovative programs around the world and working in high level policy circles, including stints as a foreign policy advisor on President Obama's presidential campaign and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Most recently, he was chief executive of Eastern Congo Initiative, a development and advocacy organization with operations and outreach efforts in central Africa, DC, and LA. When not chasing after his 2 children, in his freetime Dane daydreams about a second career as a singer-songwriter, if only his talent matched his ambitions.

 

Rosanna Kingston

Rosanna Kingston

Programs and Partnerships Director
Tel: +1-828-337-8632
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As Director of Programs and Partnerships, Rosanna designs and develops innovative partnerships with organizations all over the world. A first generation American who spent much of her childhood in Ecuador, Rosanna is bilingual and passionate about helping others -- at home and abroad. She has twelve years of nonprofit leadership experience, having built partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, fundraised, and cultivated corporate relationships in diverse contexts. Rosanna has a Masters in Development Practice from the University of Florida. She and her husband are new gardeners and enjoy long hikes through the beautiful Applachians.

 

Greg Bonin

Greg Bonin

Operations and Communications Director

Greg is SPI’s Director of Operations and Communications. He tends equally to the organization's framework and culture — each is essential for fulfilling SPI's mission and vision. He enjoys developing system solutions that integrate crucial processes, ongoing ideation, and organizational growth. Having transformed SPI's systems and processes, he has positioned SPI to grow more fully into its potential for addressing global hunger and poverty. In all his work, he advocates for translating abstract concepts into personal and collective actions that contribute to greater parity. He believes everyone should move their bodies as a way to understand the world and themselves. (Also, he likes cats.)

 

Brian Love

Brian Love

Senior Agricultural Advisor

Brian is Senior Agricultural Advisor at SPI. He has over 20 years of experience in academia, philanthropy, and the private sector including previous stints at Land O’Lakes, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and CIMMYT. With a McGill Anthropology degree and a University of Alberta doctorate in Plant Sciences, Brian’s interests focus on the need for combining technical and social solutions to seed sector challenges. He discovered his passion for seeds and working with smallholder farmers while learning from highland farmers in Mexico and Panama. When not strategizing on how farmers can best improve their livelihoods, Brian plays pick up soccer and spends quality time with his spouse and two kids.

 

Katie Sinn

Katie Sinn

Programs Assistant
Tel: +1-828-515-4573
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With nearly 10 years of client service and project management experience, Katie is SPI’s Program Coordinator. She keeps the trains moving on seed management and germ testing, and also focuses on developing relationships with critical donors of the organization. Katie’s career started in funeral directing and assisting families through emotional hardship, which has helped her meet SPI friends and partners where they are, no matter the community or country from which they hail. An amateur farmer in her own right, Katie believes deeply in the mission of SPI and hopes her efforts can bring empowerment and knowledge to disadvantaged individuals and communities.

 

Peter Marks

Peter Marks

Senior Enterprise Advisor 
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Peter served as SPI’s CEO from 2012 to 2020, coordinating the growth of the organization to enhance support of local partners while building private sector engagement and developing local supply chains for quality seed. Peter’s prior work in sustainable agriculture, microenterprise, and the seed trade informs his passion for enterprise planning and resource access from the smallest scale on up. Peter loves to test-grow SPI seed in his own garden and to cook delicious meals with the harvest.

 

Sharon Tenty

Bookkeeper

Drawing on her expertise with both for-profit and non-profit organizations, Sharon is SPI's Bookkeeper. Her career began in Information Technology where she worked with companies to design and implement support systems that satisfied unique operating and accounting requirements. Using her knowledge of accounting and her proficiency with systems, she managed the implementation of SPI's in-house accounting systems. Pairing analytical and accounting skills, Sharon holds the organization accountable to a level of everyday excellence that facilitates financial transparency and makes the annual audit an easy affair.

 

Contact Us

Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815
+1-828-337-8632

 

Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON
613-406-6100

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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.