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Peter Marks

President and CEO
PO Box 9163, Asheville, NC 28815 USA
Tel: +1-828-707-1640
Email Peter Marks

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. While growing up in Maine, Peter gardened and preserved food with his family, and as a teenager worked for a local agricultural extension office providing services to Maine blueberry farmers. Peter holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University and has spent time in East Africa and Mexico.



Program Director
PO Box 9163, Asheville, NC 28815 USA
Tel: +1-828-458-5288
Email Naima Dido

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.



Horticulturalist / Independent Contractor
7913 Vicksburg Ave., Lubbock, Texas 79424 USA
Tel: +1-806-790-4839
Email Dave Bender

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.



Operations & Communications Director
PO Box 9163, Asheville, NC 28815 USA
Email Greg Bonin

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.