Board of Directors

The Excellence Through Stewardship Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction of the organization’s programs and its business operations, and is governed by the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws in its work.

The Excellence Through Stewardship Board of Directors, approved by the ETS membership, is composed of representatives from diverse member organizations. The Board of Directors includes members from large, mid-size and emerging organizations, as well as from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and CropLife International (CLI).

Diane Parks Mesa (BASF Plant Science), Excellence Through Stewardship Chair, has over 30 years’ experience working in the seed industry and is currently employed as Manager Global Audit at BASF Plant Science where she audits field, lab, and greenhouse sites globally. Previous employment has been at Syngenta as a Quality Manager, ISO 9001 Management Representative, and QA Seed Lab Manager for physiological and genetic testing. She also has experience as an Assistant Manager at a corn breeding research site. Education includes an MBA degree from University of Iowa and an MS degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. Diane has achieved American Society of Quality lead auditor certifications in quality auditing ISO 9001, ISO 17025, and HACCP and is a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg).  Seed industry committee work has included participation in American Society of Agronomy, American Seed Trade, Society of Commercial Seed Technologists, and ETS where she reviewed the audit checklists on the Audit Operations Committee and is the current vice-chair of that committee.

Rebecca Thompson (Bayer), Excellence Through Stewardship Vice Chair, is an established leader with over 20 years’ experience working in the agricultural industry and is currently the Head of Stewardship, Compliance, and Quality for Bayer Crop Science and previously held a similar role in Monsanto.   In this role, she provides global leadership for the establishment of stewardship polices and sets strategic direction for the responsible development, launch, and use of products through partnerships with all business functions to ensure the safety and integrity of products and License to Operate.   She has prior experience in many other aspects of plant biotechnology such as discovery, early product development, and Regulatory.  She leverages her diverse technical background to be an impactful leader that creates highly engaged teams to address complex challenges, drive change initiatives, and develop individuals to maximize their potential.   She also serves on the CropLife International Stewardship Committee.  She received B.S and M.S. degrees in Biology from Southern Illinois University.

Karin Dörgeloh (BASF Plant Science), Excellence Through Stewardship Treasurer, was involved in the initial formation of Excellence Through Stewardship and currently heads the Seeds Stewardship function at Bayer. She joined a predecessor company in 1988 and held various positions in Development, Regulatory, and Public and Government Affairs. She managed the Regulatory Affairs and Development group in South Africa for both crop protection and biotech products and played a leading role in the CropLife International industry initiative to establish a harmonized pesticide regulation system for eastern and southern African countries and to set up AfricaBio, the biotech industry organization in South Africa. In 2002, she transferred to North Carolina to manage the Public, Government Affairs and Communication functions for Bayer in the United States. Ms. Dörgeloh has chaired the CropLife International Plant Biotech Strategy Council and the BIO Production Agriculture Policy Committee. She holds a Master of Science degree in Entomology and an MBA certificate.

Brian Sabus, MBA (Corteva), is Quality & Compliance Assurance Manager and is responsible for all aspects of DuPont Pioneer’s Research Quality Management Systems as well as managing and coordinating internal and external quality auditing functions. He joined Pioneer in 1991 and is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the American Society for Quality and the Project Management Institute. He holds certifications as a Lead Auditor, Quality Manager and Project Management Professional. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University and an MBA from Upper Iowa University.

Anja Matzk, Ph.D. (KWS SAAT SE) is the Head Regulatory Affairs Biotechnology and responsible for all global regulatory activities of KWS with GMO in Research and Product Development, covering contained use, field trials and market introduction.  She has more than 20 years experience in the seed business. Prior to joining KWS she worked for a Federal Authority in Germany in the field of biosafety assessment of GMO and authorizations under the national and European gene technology legislation. Dr. Matzk chairs the Biotechnology and Gene technology section of the German Plant Breeders Association BDP and is active in the European Seed Association ESA. Dr. Matzk is a deputy member of the German Central Biosafety Committee ZKBS, which advises the German Government. Dr. Matzk studied Plant breeding at the University of Halle and holds her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Braunschweig.

Craig Rickard (CLI), Rickard is the Executive Director for Plant Biotechnology at CropLife International. Craig joined CropLife in 2007 and has coordinated the regulatory affairs, emerging markets, and advocacy programs for CropLife’s plant biotechnology network. His mission is to enable innovation for plant biotechnology highlighting the benefits it can bring across the agriculture value chain. Craig has worked as a Commercial Agriculture Lender and in Government Relations prior to joining CropLife. Craig obtained a Commerce Degree in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.

Shiping Zhang, Ph.D. (Dabeinong Biotech), is the Chief Scientist and the Head of Biotech R&D for Beijing Dabeinong Biotechnology Co., Ltd., in Beijing, China.  He was previously the Head of Regulatory Affairs for Syngenta China. He had worked for over 15 years in the United States at Dow AgroSciences LLC, Syngenta's Torrey Mesa Research Institute, and The Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Zhang has a wealth of experience and knowledge in industrial agricultural biotech R&D, especially with respect to plant transformation. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in crop physiology from the University of Philippines and the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. He has a Master's Degree in Plant Genetics and Breeding from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vegetable Science from Beijing Agricultural University (now known as China Agricultural University).


Patrick Doyle (Syngenta), is Head, R&D Quality Management for Syngenta Seeds with responsibility to Define global standards and implement end-to-end management system to enable governance of high priority business risks and continuous improvement strategies across the Seeds value chain, including third party collaborators and contractors.  He has over 30 years’ experience working within the Agricultural Chemistry & Seed Industry.  He holds certification as Project Management Professional (PMP).  He has degrees as B.Sc. & M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan & a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph.  


Anne Peronnet (Limagrain), is Quality Projects Manager at Limagrain Corporate, and is responsible to steer the implementation of ETS program for all relevant Limagrain Business Units. She has more than 15 years’ experience in quality and seed business (GM and conventional), starting with the implementation of stewardship for GM field crops for pharmaceuticals production. Then she entered Limagrain group in 2003, first within Limagrain Cooperative in the seed production department as agronomic and technical referent for growers. Then she moved to Limagrain Europe subsidiary to lead different projects supporting agronomic productions. She joined Limagrain Corporate since 2013 for her current position. She holds a double Master of Science Degree in Agronomy & Crop Productions and in Genetics & Plants Improvement from VetAgroSup School of Clermont-Ferrand and University of Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Dan Jenkins M.S., J.D. (BIO), has 20 years’ experience working in the food and agriculture industry and is currently employed by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) as Sr Director and Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President.  Before working at BIO, Dan was employed by Genus PLC, the world’s largest animal genetics company, as the Director of Regulatory Affairs with a focus on their gene-editing projects.  Dan worked for Monsanto for nearly a decade as a Regulatory Affairs Manager before eventually becoming the lead of Monsanto’s regulatory team in Washington D.C., and was responsible for all domestic biotech and chemistry product approvals.  Prior to this, Dan worked in pesticide commercial sales and R&D for Dow AgroSciences for nearly ten years.  Dan earned a Masters of Science degree in Entomology from the University of Delaware and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.


Peter McHugh (BIO)


Andrew Ward (CLI)

David Whalen (Forage Genetics)


Heather Spray (AgReliant Genetics)



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