Get to know our team.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research staff brings passion and experience to growing and nurturing this fledgling organization. In close collaboration with our Board of Directors and Advisory Councils, we are working to build partnerships and fund innovative and actionable science that will help feed our future world.


Sally Rockey, Ph.D.

Executive Director
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Julie Reynes

Chief Operating Officer
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Cordelia Hiers

Administrative Associate



Renée Bullion

Director of Development

Maile Hartsook

Development Associate


Grants Management


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Patrick Koroma-Tommy

Director of Grants Management


Marina Middleton

Grants Management Associate


Scientific Programs


Timothy Kurt, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Scientific Program Director

Lucyna Kurtyka, M.S.

Senior Scientific Program Director

LaKisha Odom, Ph.D.

Scientific Program Director

John Reich, Ph.D.

Scientific Program Director

Jeff Rosichan, Ph.D.

Director, Crops of the Future Collaborative

Hannah Wilkinson

Scientific Program Officer