Board & Committees

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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
Thaddeus Barsotti (YO), Treasurer, Capay Organic and Farm Fresh to You
Ted Vivatson (HT-ME), Secretary, Eel River Brewing


Genevieve Albers (NC), Traditional Medicinals
Karen Archipley (PS), Archi’s Acres
Nadine Lew Basile (AL), Soter Vineyards
Grant Brians (CC), Heirloom Organic Gardens
Steven Cardoza (FT), Cardoza and Cardoza Farms
Chad Crivelli (BV), Crivelli Ranch
Rich Ferreira (SG), Side Hill Citrus
Nickie Hughes (PR), Lundberg Family Farms
Esteban Macias (MX), Grupo U
Jutta Thoerner (SL), Manzanita Manor Organics 
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. 

Kelly Damewood, Chair, CCOF, Inc.
Charles Fowler, Fowler Ranch
Jenneke DeJong, Bonanza View Dairy
Brad Samuelson, Corigin
Tom Willey, T&D Willey Farms

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.

Kelly Damewood, Chair, CCOF, Inc.
Phil LaRocca, Vice Chair, LaRocca Vineyards
Lee Altier, Ph.D., Trustee, California State University, Chico
Karen Archipley, Trustee, Archi’s Acres
Allen Harthorn, Trustee, Harpos Organics
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.