Board & Committees

To help guide our work and serve the organic community, CCOF has three governing boards, including the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors, the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee, and the CCOF Foundation Trustees, plus several committees.

CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors

CCOF’s governing board of directors is elected by certified members for three-year terms. Board members include chapter representatives that are nominated by chapter members. Browse the CCOF Calendar for upcoming board meetings. CCOF, Inc. also has several committees in place to address a variety of topics such as finance, marketing, personnel, and government affairs (advisory). Chapter affiliation is indicated by the two-letter code in parentheses. Learn more about the CCOF Chapter System or about participating in board or committee meetings.


Phil LaRocca (NV), Chair, LaRocca Vineyards
Malcolm Ricci (KE), Vice Chair, Bolthouse Farms
Vernon Peterson (FT), Treasurer, Abundant Harvest Organics
Thaddeus Barsotti (YO), Secretary, Capay Organic and Farm Fresh to You


Genevieve Albers (NC), Traditional Medicinals
Karen Archipley (PS), Archi’s Acres
Grant Brians (CC), Heirloom Organic Gardens
Rich Ferreira (SG), Side Hill Citrus
Esteban Macias (MX), Grupo U
Brad Samuelson (BV), Corigin
Renee Thresher (PR), Lundberg Family Farms
Jutta Thoerner (SL), Manzanita Manor Organics 
Ted Vivatson (HT-ME), Eel River Brewing 
Steve Zaritsky (SC), SZ Ranch

CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee

The LLC Management Committee is the governing body for CCOF Certification Services, LLC. Management Committee members are appointed by the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors for three-year terms. Communication to the management committee should be sent through CCOF President, Jake Lewin.

Brad Samuelson, Chair, Corigin
Cathy Calfo, CCOF, Inc., Executive Director/CEO
Charles Fowler, Fowler Ranch
Tom Willey, T&D Willey Farms
Jenneke de Jong, Bonanza View Dairy

CCOF Foundation Board of Trustees

The CCOF Foundation Board of Trustees is the governing body for the CCOF Foundation. Trustees are appointed by the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors for three-year terms. Learn more about the CCOF Foundation.

Allen Harthorn, Chairman, Harpos Organics
Lee Altier, Ph.D., Trustee, California State University, Chico
Karen Archipley, Trustee, Archi’s Acres
Phil LaRocca, Trustee, LaRocca Vineyards
Malcolm Ricci, Trustee, Bolthouse Farms

Participating in CCOF, Inc. Board of Director and Committee Meetings

CCOF is a member-based organization and we are proud of our grassroots founding and history. One of our core values is to maintain openness and transparency, and embrace the democratic process. Discussion during CCOF’s board of directors and committee meetings is limited to staff and members of the board and committees. However, we appreciate there may be times when CCOF members or members of the public wish to address the board of directors or a committee. To aid our members or the public in engaging in board or committee meetings, CCOF has developed a policy to provide information on how to access CCOF’s board of directors and committees including how to request time on the agenda, and what to expect at the meetings. We strongly encourage engagement from our members, so please read our participation policy.