Current Board of Directors

President: Frank Dennis, Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Co.
Jerome Belinson, MD, POI, Inc; Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Daniel C. Cox, Coffee Enterprises – Co-Founder
Vice President: Miriam Cremer, MD, MPH, Basic Health International; Magee Women’s Hospital
Mike Dupee
Maria Farahani, Fara Coffee and Fara Foundation
Robert Fulmer, Royal Coffee, Inc.
Tracy Ging, S&D Coffee
Kerri Goodman-Small, CoffeeTalk Media
Adam Pesce, Reunion Island Coffee
Linda Smithers, Daterra Coffee

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Frank Dennis

Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Co.
Grounds for Health President of the Board

Frank is President and CEO of Swiss Water Decaffeinated, and has over 20 years experience leading the development of consumer food brands in North America and internationally. Previously, Frank worked with Tetra Pak Australia, Braun Canada, and Kraft Canada in various sales and marketing roles. The majority of his career has been focused in the mainstream and specialty coffee industry driving the growth and profitability of brands such as Maxwell House, The Nabob Coffee Co., Second Cup and, for the past 10 years, as CEO of Swiss Water, a premium green coffee decaffeination process and consumer brand.

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Jerome Belinson, MD

Preventive Oncology International, Inc.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Jerry brings internationally recognized medical expertise to the Grounds for Health Board of Directors, and has dedicated his career to advancing the screening and treatment of gynecologic cancers. He serves as Professor of Surgery with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University, and is the Ex-officio Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He received the Bruce Hubbard Stewart award for humanitarianism in medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, and is consistently listed among the “Best Doctors in America”. Jerry is the founding director of Preventive Oncology International Inc.™, a research organization that blends humanitarian work with investigative science. He has worked for more than a decade in rural China researching HPV and alternative approaches to cervical cancer control. His ground-breaking study in China, known as SPOCCS I, provided the true sensitivity and specificity of multiple screening technologies. In addition to multiple scientific contributions resulting from this study, nearly 20,000 women who participated received screening for cervical cancer, often for the only time in their lives.

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Daniel C. Cox

Coffee Enterprises
Grounds for Health Founder

Dan co-founded grounds for Health in 1996. He began his career 30 years ago in a small coffee roasting start-up company. In 1992 he founded Coffee Enterprises and later created its affiliates, Coffee Analysts, Coffee Extracts & Ingredients and Coffee Ed. He is the owner and President of these separate companies in Burlington, Vermont. Dan served as President of the Speciality Coffee Association of America, Chairman Coffee Development Group, Chairman of Coffee Quality Institute, Chairman, Board of Advisors of Coffee Kids. He was awarded “ Man of the Year” Distinguished Service Award from the SCAA in 1992, is a published author, and been a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences in the US, Europe, Africa and Japan.

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Miriam Cremer, MD, MPH

Basic Health International; Magee Women’s Hospital

Dr. Miriam Cremer is the President and Founder of Basic Health International, a non-profit that is working to eradicate cervical cancer in El Salvador and Latin America.  In addition to her dedication to Basic Health, Dr. Cremer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Magee Women’s Hospital. She is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist who completed her fellowship in family planning at the University of Southern California in 2005. She has received multiple grants and awards for public health projects both nationally and internationally, including First Prize for Original Research from the Federation of Latin American Obstetrics and Gynecology (FLASOG) in 1999, and Woman of the Year from the Western Center for Law and Poverty in 2005. Her specific research interests include cervical cancer screening, adolescent comprehension of emergency contraception and improving contraceptive services worldwide. Miriam received her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and her Master of Public Health from John Hopkins University. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor to her Alma Mater, Hampshire College, where she teaches an annual undergraduate course on international women’s public health.

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Mike Dupee

Mike Dupee served as Vice President for Innovation at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, where he lead efforts to embed sustainability into the company’s product innovation and design processes. In his previous role as Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Mike developed the company’s award-winning, internationally-recognized corporate sustainability program. In addition to Grounds for Health, Mike serves on the board of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Vermonters and Vermont communities develop their capacity to create a prosperous and sustainable future through coordination, collaboration, and the effective use of public and private resources. Mike is also a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow for the Sustainability Leaders Network, a group dedicated deepening the capacity of sustainability champions who are versed in an approach that integrates vision, systems thinking, reflective conversation, and creative expression.

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Maria Farahani

Fara Coffee and Fara Foundation

Maria Cisne Farahani is an advocate for women’s health issues and educational opportunities for youth in the U.S. and Central America. Born in Nicaragua to a third-generation coffee-growing family, she is co-founder of Fara Coffee and founder and vice president of its philanthropic arm, Fara Foundation, which owns and operates a health clinic in her home town of Matagalpa. A frequent flyer between Austin and Nicaragua, Maria helps oversee operations of Fara Clinic, whose primary focus is the education, prevention, early detection and treatment of cervical cancer, a leading killer of Nicaraguan women over 30. Maria received her bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In May of 2012, she served as the Distinguished Alumni speaker at LLILAS’s graduate commencement ceremonies. Maria is on the Board of Trustees at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN; and the Board of  Trustees of KIPP-Austin public schools. She is Vice President of Fara Foundation. Maria is the mother of two children and speaks four languages.

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Robert Fulmer

Royal Coffee Inc.

Robert founded Royal Coffee in 1978, well before specialty coffee became mainstream. Fulmer brings indispensable expertise of the coffee industry, and an unrelenting passion for Grounds for Health’s mission.

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Tracy Ging

S&D Coffee

Tracy is Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for S&D Coffee.  In specialty coffee more than a decade, Tracy has experience on both the consuming and producing sides and is forever motivated by opportunities to connect the two.  Her past work at the Coffee Quality Institute allowed her to travel to and work in Central and South America as well as Eastern Africa on training and development projects.  Prior to that, at Da Vinci Gourmet, she developed various channels in the US and helped to build key markets in northern Europe and Japan.  She possesses a deep knowledge of the global coffee market and trends driving it as well as an understanding of opportunities to make it an even better industry.

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Kerri Goodman-Small

CoffeeTalk Media

Kerri is the founder of CoffeeTalk magazine and the Daily Dose. She brings a wealth of experience in marketing, communications and development within the coffee business.

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Adam Pesce

Reunion Island Coffee

Adam is the Director of Coffee at Reunion Island Coffee, a B Corp-certified specialty roaster and wholesaler, based in Oakville, Ontario. He is a long-standing member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Sustainability Council, and along with Grounds for Health, he is also on the boards of the Coffee Association of Canada, Klink Coffee and the Central Canadian Barista Competition.

Adam has traveled around the world as a speaker on sustainability in coffee and extensively as a buyer in coffee-producing countries – developing direct trade relationships in Tanzania, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Honduras, Costa Rica, Columbia and Brazil, as well as growing Reunion Island’s use of certified coffees to over 60% of all purchases. He is also a contributor to Huffington Past’s blog on the topic of coffee and sustainable agriculture.

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Linda Smithers

Daterra Coffee

Linda currently is head of North American Marketing for Daterra Coffee, based in Petroccino, Brazil. She also serves on the Board of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and was the founder of Susan’s Coffee & Tea, in Akron Ohio.