OUR GLOBAL TEAM

With staff based all over the world including the U.S., The Netherlands, and Germany. The Sustainability Consortium brings a truly global perspective to creating more sustainable consumer products.

Since its full inception in 2009, TSC expanded our unique group of global stakeholders, partners and members to create an unparalleled opportunity for collaboration. TSC is comprised of the top academic institutions, leading civil society organizations, corporations, and life-cycle experts from all over the world. This innovative group of people dedicated to sustainability is committed to developing science-based measurement and reporting methods. TSC is able to develop solutions and a uniform approach to measure sustainability across supply chains through this team.

LEADERSHIP

Christy Slay

Christy Slay

Interim CEO & VP, Science and Impact

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Christy Slay

Interim CEO & VP, Science and Impact

Dr. Christy Slay was appointed TSC’s interim CEO in 2021 and also directs TSC’s science and research application activities, working to develop a global, transparent, scientifically based measurement and reporting system for product sustainability. Slay has been with TSC since its inception in 2009 and has held key leadership roles during her tenure. She currently leads the way in our strategic planning for THESIS, directs the research and development team in THESIS content creation, leads the development of TSC’s Commodity Mapping program, leads many of TSC’s highprofile partnerships, and is the Principal Investigator on several of TSC’s largest grants. She publishes in notable scientific journals, most recently in Nature Climate Change on global forest carbon fluxes and Science on the drivers of global forest loss. She has also coauthored reports on sustainable agricultural metrics and climate change resilience in supply chains featured on HSBC’s Centre of Sustainable Finance. Christy was recently featured on CNBC as an expert on supply chains and climate change. Christy has 23 years of experience as an educator in both collegiate and environmental education settings. In addition to her adjunct faculty role at the University of Arkansas instructing a graduate sustainability course at the Walton College Graduate School of Business, she holds an adjunct faculty position at ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. She received her doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Arkansas. Prior to her graduate research, she led curriculum development and strategic planning with the National Audubon Society where she also authored articles for Audubon Magazine. She received her B.A. in biology from Hendrix College attending courses at Birkbeck College at the University of London. She serves on the board of the Ozark Natural Science Center, a residential nature education center for school children. In her spare time Slay coleads cave ecology research for the HICAVES Project on the island of Hawaii discovering new species and featured in a documentary on Nature PBS. Christy is based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is an avid birdwatcher, and loves spending time exploring the Ozark mountain trails and rivers with her biologist husband Mike and rescue dog Roxie.

Caroyln Baltz

Caroyln Baltz

VP, Development

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Carolyn Baltz 

VP, Development

Carolyn Baltz joined The Sustainability Consortium on June 29, 2015. Prior to joining TSC, Carolyn dedicated 11 years to strengthening the membership efforts of the Arkansas Alumni Association at the University of Arkansas. Carolyn was instrumental in growing stewardship programs for members, engagement measurement practices and membership acquisition strategy. In addition to her expertise in relationship management, Carolyn led efforts to create and market a new brand identity for the Association. Carolyn received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She currently volunteers for multiple non-profit organizations in the Northwest Arkansas area.

Koen Boone

Koen Boone

Managing Director, Europe

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Koen Boone

Managing Director, Europe

Koen Boone is Director Europe of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and employed by Wageningen University and Research (WUR). Before joining TSC, Koen led a research center focusing on monitoring sustainability of Dutch food chains. Koen has more than fifteen years of experience on measuring sustainability on all kinds of levels (product, company, sector). He worked together with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on the development of GRI guidelines for sustainability reporting for the Food Processing Industry.

Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley

Chief Scientist

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Kevin Dooley

Chief Scientist

Dr. Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and a Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, developing science and tools to improve the sustainability of consumer goods. Dr. Dooley is a world-known expert in the application of complexity science to help organizations improve. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book, “Organizational Change and Innovation Processes”. He is on several journal editorial boards including Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Business Logistics. He has been awarded two patents on Centering Resonance Analysis, a novel form of network text analysis, and is co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics of Business at Arizona State University.

Erika Ferrin

Erika Ferrin

VP, Marketing, Communication and Operations

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Erika Ferrin

VP, Marketing, Communication and Operations

Erika Ferrin is the VP of Marketing, Communication and Operations at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Ferrin’s main role is to set the marketing and communication strategy for TSC as well as create communication platforms to support our researchers, members and partners. Along with 15 years of non-profit and higher education marketing experience, Ferrin brings with her a passion for conservation and working with scientists and researchers to help tell their stories. Prior to joining TSC, Ferrin was the Brand Marketing Manager in the Smithsonian’s Office of Public Affairs where she led Smithsonian’s pan-Institutional marketing plan and national marketing campaign. Before the Smithsonian, Ferrin was the Director of Marketing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country (UMBC). Her branding campaign for UMBC won the national 2011 CASE gold award for Advertising. Prior to her time at UMBC, Erika was the Associate Director for Advertising and Promotion at PBS, where she worked in brand management for PBS, PBS KIDS and launched premieres and promotional campaigns for over 50 different television series. Erika received her M.A. in Professional Studies and Art History from Towson University and her B.A. in Media Communication and Design from James Madison University.

Erin Killeen

Erin Killeen

Director, Science and Impact

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Erin Killeen

Director, Science and Impact

Erin Killeen is the Technical Development Coordinator at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) where she supports the planning, coordination, and implementation of research and technical projects related to supply chain sustainability. Erin has also contributed to TSC as a Research Associate for TSC’s Food Beverage, and Agriculture sector, developing content for TSC Toolkits. Prior to her role with The Consortium, Erin was a Project Manager for Entegrity, a sustainability and energy services company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects. Furthermore, she holds expert knowledge regarding the topic of food waste across the supply chain. Erin holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics degree from the University of Arkansas, USA and a Master of Science in International Rural Development degree from the University of Gent, Belgium. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Anthropology and Environmental Soil and Water Science.

Rosemary Lapka

Rosemary Lapka

Director, Impact Services

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Rosemary Lapka

Director, Impact Services

Rosemary holds an MBA/MS in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan and a BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked with TSC as a project manager since 2020 and has engaged with TSC since 2011 both as a Trained Technical Service Provider and graduate intern. Her career has focused on driving and managing projects and programs within sustainable design, supply chains, sourcing, and policy management, primarily within the food/agriculture and grocery retail industries. She has worked with Fortune 500s, large and small private companies, non-profits, and academia across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and SE Asia. 

Dan "Sunny" Schlesinger

Dan "Sunny" Schlesinger

Director, Finance

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Dan “Sunny” Schlesinger

Director, Finance

Dan “Sunny” Schlesinger joins TSC as our Director, Finance, from a background in finance related to manufacturing and consulting. Schlesinger served as the Sr Finance Manager at the Health and Happiness Group, and before that as a financial analyst at the Competitor Group, Inc and Leaf & Cole, LLP. Schlesinger received his Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Accounting from Case Western Reserve University. His expertise lies in problem solving, budgeting and forecasting, and communicating with executive teams. He is passionate about combating climate change and the outdoors. He recently spent 18 months in an RV traveling the country with his wife and Australian shepherd named Arya. 

STAFF

Cristian Becerra

Cristian Becerra

Manager, Data Strategy

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Cristian Becerra

Manager, Data Strategy

Cristian Becerra holds a BA in Business with a concentration in Sustainability and a certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics from Arizona State University (ASU) where he is currently pursuing a MS in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics. As the Manager of Data Strategy, he is responsible for successful use of THESIS data by TSC, retailers, members, and other stakeholders to ensure continued impact, global growth, and a sustained revenue model. Prior to joining TSC in 2018, Cristian was a Sustainability Analyst for the ASU Dell Inc. Mentoring Program where he created tools and process for collecting and analyzing global supplier spend data with CDP emissions data.

Jenn Benoit

Jenn Benoit

Manager, Development

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Jenn Benoit

Manager, Development

Jenn joined The Sustainability Consortium in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant in the University of Arkansas office.  Jenn received her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University.  Before joining TSC, Jenn worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist at Tallgrass Family Services in Oklahoma.  Prior to her work at the foster care agency, she was a Program Director at the Regional Prevention Center in Kansas.

Nathan Bolivar

Nathan Bolivar

Manager, Digital Marketing

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Nathan Bolivar

Manager, Digital Marketing

Nathan Bolivar is the Manager, Digital Marketing at the Sustainability Consortium. Prior to joining he came from Arizona State University’s Technology Office where he worked as part of their development team in apps and design. Along with his passion for web, he has been involved with several lean startups at multiple stages. His expertise is in multimedia design, marketing strategy, and UI/UX for web and mobile. Nathan graduated with a BA in business administration and marketing from Adams State University in 2015, where he also competed as a track and field athlete. He is also a licensed real estate agent in Arizona.

Forrest Follett

Forrest Follett

Manager, Data Science

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Forrest Follett

Manager, Data Science

Forrest Follett began working for TSC in September of 2018 as the Manager of Data Science. His work supports the Commodities Mapping Program, analyzing global sustainability risks as they relate to various commodities and modeling their spatial distributions. Forrest’s background is in Archaeology, where he has several years of experience in the Cultural Resource Management sector and got his BA in 2012. He moved to Fayetteville to pursue his MA and is currently finishing his thesis, titled “An Investigation of the Affordances of Virtual Environments for Archaeological Data Presentation” which uses video games to make more interesting archaeological site reports. The common thread between his work in archaeology and his work for the consortium is his passion for making complex geospatial data into maps and visualizations that are easy to understand and make exploring a dataset simple and engaging.

Teresa Garcia-Moore

Teresa Garcia-Moore

Manager, Science and Impact

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Teresa Garcia-Moore

Manager, Science and Impact

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the State University of Londrina, Brazil, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy, specializing in agriculture policy. Prior to joining The Sustainability Consortium, she worked for 5 years as a research assistant at the University of Arkansas conducting research in food and agriculture policy. She also worked as a legal consultant in Fayetteville for Kramer Detergents, Inc., where she was responsible for advising the company on legal issues related to the chemical industry regulations and on the implementation of the corporate social responsibility.

Emil Georgiev

Emil Georgiev

Manager, Science and Impact

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Emil Georgiev

Manager, Science and Impact

Emil is a Research Associate at the European office of The Sustainability Consortium for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Working Group. Emil studied MSc Environment and Resource Management at VU University Amsterdam, with specialization in Environmental Studies. Prior to joining TSC, Emil worked as a researcher at Wageningen UR, where he worked on various topics, such as bio-based economy, price transparency, and competition in agri-food chains. In addition, Emil has conducted an LCA for an IKEA product during his study.

Fatima Hafsa

Fatima Hafsa

Graduate Research Assistant

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Fatima Hafsa

Graduate Research Assistant

Fatima Hafsa is a doctoral student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She has a Bachelor’s in polymer engineering from Pakistan and a Master’s in materials engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Between her bachelors and masters degrees, Fatima worked at WWF-Pakistan, where she got her initial exposure to sustainability challenges. Fatima is interested in understanding how a circular economy of plastics can be made more sustainable. In particular, she is interested in modular organisational networks that can influence circularity, decisions to adopt sustainability, and the social aspects of sustainability. Fatima is also a Fulbright scholar.

Debra Harmon

Debra Harmon

Manager, Operations

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Debra Harmon

Manager, Operations

Debra Harmon is the assistant to Euan Murray, CEO, at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Debbie has been with TSC since its launch in 2009, supporting administration and operations Scottsdale, Arizona office. Before joining TSC, Debra supported the Strategic Initiatives Officer for the Global Institute of Sustainability at the ASU Foundation.

Roel Helmes

Roel Helmes

Research Associate

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Roel Helmes

Research Associate

Roel is a Research Associate at the European office of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Sector Working Group. As a researcher in sustainability assessment at Wageningen University and Research Center, Roel shares his time between TSC and other international and national research projects on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) application and sustainability assessment methodology. Previously, he worked for AkzoNobel as a specialist in sustainability focusing on LCA of chemicals and on environmental management. Roel holds a master degree in Chemistry and in Environmental Sciences from the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Among other subjects, he studied the behavior of eutrophying emissions in the framework of LCA at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a fanatic amateur cook and enjoys cyclocross and road biking at home and abroad.

Jessica Kosak

Jessica Kosak

Manager, Science and Impact

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Jessica Kosak

Manager, Science and Impact

Jessica Kosak joined The Sustainability Consortium in 2018 as Manager, Technical Development. She is a principle researcher, and responsible for the Sustainability Measurements and Reporting system for the Clothing, Footwear, and Textiles sector. Previously, she worked in the fashion industry as an apparel and textiles designer focusing on knitwear and zero waste design. As an independent designer, her work has been shown in print and online in publications including Vogue, i-D, Nylon, 1Granary, and Vogue Italia. Jessica received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design and Society from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York, where she focused on zero waste design and recycled textiles. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion design with a focus on sustainability from Parsons.

Caitlin Laney

Caitlin Laney

Data Analyst

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Caitlin Laney

Data Analyst

Caitlin Laney is a part-time data analyst on the THESIS Impact Team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of Arkansas and is currently a graduate student in an Applied Business Analytics program at the UofA. She has a passion for integrating supply chain and sustainability and driving more social responsibility in business. She has lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas her entire life and enjoys exploring all the natural beauty the state has to offer. She is also an avid concert-goer, dog lover, San Francisco 49ers fan and Star Wars enthusiast!

Jessica Leonard

Jessica Leonard

Grants and Development Manager

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Jessica Leonard

Grants and Development Manager

Jessica Leonard is the Grants and Development Manager at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), where she writes, develops and maintains TSC’s grants through large, multidisciplinary and collaborative proposal efforts to a wide range of global funding entities. Jessica’s background includes over 9 years of higher education and tourism marketing experience. Prior to joining TSC, Jessica managed social media content and strategy for the University of Arkansas as well as adjunct taught public relations classes. Before joining the university system, she was the Director of Communications for the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau and was named a 30 Under 30 honoree in the travel and tourism industry by Destination Marketing Association International. Jessica received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Marketing from the University of Arkansas.

Jennifer Park

Jennifer Park

Manager, Collective Action

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Jennifer Park

Manager, Collective Action

Jennifer Park joined TSC in February 2019 as an Innovation Program Assistant. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in geography and minors in sustainability and history. She then completed a year of service with the AmeriCorps VISTA program managing a large-scale “giving garden” in Frederick, CO. Jennifer has extensive volunteer experience working to support local food systems through organic gardening both in the US and abroad. She is interested in the intersection of environmentalism and social justice and hopes to continue her work supporting TSC innovation programs while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas.

Andrea Partain

Andrea Partain

Manager, Finance

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Andrea Partain

Manager, Finance

Andrea Partain is an Administrative Coordinator for The Sustainability Consortium’s U of A office in Fayetteville. She studied Finance at the University of Central Arkansas before completing a bachelors degree in Corporate Finance from Arkansas State University. Before joining TSC, Andrea worked in the corporate office for Marvins IGA in Fayetteville. She also managed accounts for PMP, LLC., a home based accident reconstruction business, while spending time at home raising her two daughters.

Chris Randle

Chris Randle

Data Analyst

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Chris Randle

Data Analyst

Chris is a GIS Analyst supporting the Commodity Mapping Program, which uses models and client supply chain data in the production of comprehensible data visualizations highlighting sustainability risks such as deforestation, water, and child labor. His work includes data analytics, along with spatial analysis and cartographic, process, and technical solution design.

Prior to joining TSC, Chris was a helpdesk manager for TerraVia–a biotechnology company that supplied a variety of sustainable algae-based food and nutrition products.

Chris has a Professional Science Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Applied Spatial Analytics from Antioch University in Keene, NH. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology.

Frank de Ruijter

Frank de Ruijter

Senior Research Associate

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Frank de Ruijter

Senior Research Associate

Frank is an experienced researcher on farming systems and sustainable agricultural production. He obtained his Pd.D. in 1998 on the topic “Potato crop growth as affected by potato cyst nematodes”, and has worked on nutrient cycling and nutrient use efficiencies in dairy farming and arable farming (agriculture, horticulture, and flower bulb production), both with farmers’ groups and for policy makers.

His latest research topics are on quantification of sustainable agricultural practices at global scale, and on efficient recycling of nutrients derived from anaerobic digestion of plant material and manures.

Birgit de Vos

Birgit de Vos

Senior Research Associate

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                   Birgit de Vos

Senior Research Associate

Birgit de Vos received her doctorate in environmental policy from Wageningen University (the Netherlands), and a MA in anthropology from the University of Nijmegen. Birgit joined TSC in 2013 , and has been working mainly on the development of social sustainability KPIs for FBA.

Birgit also works for Wageningen Economic research. She has fourteen years of experience in research and eight years in project leadership. At present she is a WUR liaison officer for the EU-Agrinatura network, which sets out value chain analyses in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition she coordinates an impact evaluation for UTZ certified on the impact of certification and services on the livelihoods of smallholders in Ivory Coast. Birgit also has extensive experience on aquaculture (animal welfare) and sustainable fisheries.

Willem Ruster

Willem Ruster

Business Development Manager

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Willem Ruster

Business Development Manager

Willem Ruster is business development manager at Wageningen Research of the area “Sustainability Management in Agri & Food”. He has 12 years’ experience in running societal impact assessments in the private sector. In these years, he ran several complex, informal project structures and guided consultants and researchers in projects with among others ECPA, Crop Life International, EuropaBio, Copa-Cogeca, Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, Heineken, The Coca-Cola Company, IFC (part of The World Bank Group), Johnson & Johnson and Cargill. Between 2007-2017, he worked at Steward Redqueen, an international consultancy on sustainability strategy and impact measurement. Between 2015-2017, he acted as manager of Steward Redqueen’s agrifood and biotech cluster. Market experience: Europe (>10 countries & EU level), Africa (e.g. DRC, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt; Africa-level), South-East Asia (e.g. Vietnam, Indonesia, The Philippines). Willem hold a MSc in Economics with specialization in Development & Environmental economics.

John Sutton

John Sutton

Manager, Design and UX/UI

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John Sutton

Manager, Design and UX/UI

John Thomas Sutton works diligently to help clients tell their story profoundly and effectively through any print, digital, or online medium. As a designer, one of my favorite feelings is knowing a client is proud to use my work.

 John graduated the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications in May 2011. John then graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Visual Communication Design in 2015. He then worked for ASU Project Humanities as their graphic design as well as at Catapult Strategic Design while working on his Masters degree. His next step was to join ASU EdPlus from 2015-2019. John now works with The Sustainability Consortium, a partnership between ASU, the University of Arkansas, and Wageningenur to research and promote a more sustainable future.