The Mushroom Council® Announces Newly Elected Officers
REDWOOD CITY, CA - We recently received word that the Mushroom® Council has finalized its appointment of new officers for 2021. At the Council’s virtual meeting on February 18, Sonya Beltran was appointed as Chairperson; Curtis Jurgensmeyer was appointed as Vice Chairperson; Emily Bettencourt was appointed as Secretary; and Mark Moran was appointed as Treasurer.
Beltran currently serves as the Director of Operations at Masda Mushrooms/First Generation Farms based in Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania. Jurgensmeyer is the CEO of J-M Farms, which operates out of Miami, Oklahoma. Bettencourt works as the Director of Quality Assurance and Safety at Global Mushrooms in Gilroy, California. Moran is the Operations Manager at Kaolin Mushrooms/South Mill Champs based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
The nine-member Council is comprised of eight domestic growers and one importer representing four regions. The program's purpose is to maintain and expand existing mushroom markets and uses, as noted in a press release.
Members and their regions are as follows:
Region 1 (Includes all states except for California and Pennsylvania)
- Curtis Jurgensmeyer
- Edward M. Wuensch III, Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farm
- M. Fletcher Street, Ostrom Mushrooms
Region 2 (Includes Pennsylvania)
- Joe Caldwell, Giorgi Mushroom Company
- Sonya Beltran
- Meghan Klotzbach, C.P. Yeatman & Sons/Mother Earth
- Mark Moran
Region 3 (Includes California)
- Emily Bettencourt
Region 4 (Includes importers)
- Jane Rhyno, Highline Mushrooms
A call for nominations for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2022, is now open. Completed nomination forms must be emailed or postmarked no later than May 1, 2021. Region 2 has two open positions and Region 3 has one open position.
Cheers to all of the new appointees!