Board of Directors

Frank Dennis

Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Co.
Grounds for Health Chairman 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.

Daniel C. Cox

Coffee Enterprises
Grounds for Health Co-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.

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.

Sally Cowal

American Cancer Society

Ambassador Sally Cowal is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Health at the American Cancer Society. Before assuming this role, she was the Chief Liaison Office at Population Services International (PSI), where she headed the $600 million annual fundraising effort and directed communications. She has also managed PSI’s Maternal and Child Health with a focus on safe drinking water, and Latin American and Caribbean programs.

Ambassador Cowal was the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) from 1995-1999, calling attention to the growing crisis of HIV in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to her career in public health, Sally was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer serving in India, Colombia, Israel, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Mexico and as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America and the Caribbean from 1989-1991. She’s a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of DePauw University and hold a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University.

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.

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.

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.

Samantha Keane

Balzac Brothers & Company

Samantha Keane is a coffee trader at Balzac Brothers & Company, Inc. She received her BA in Art History, Criticism and Conservation at College of Charleston, before beginning her career in coffee in 2011 as a fourth generation Balzac at her family business, Balzac Brothers & Company, Inc. Bringing a new level of organization to the business, Samantha pioneered, and is in charge of, the CQI certified cupping lab at Balzac. Staying true to her family’s heritage she is also a member of the Green Coffee sales and sourcing team, working alongside her two brothers to further the Balzac family Coffee legacy. Samantha completed her Q-grader certification in 2014. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.

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.

Harshad Sanghvi, MD

Jhpiego (an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University)

Harshad Sanghvi is currently the Vice President and Medical Director for Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. He has extensive experience assisting more than 25 low-resource countries to adopt evidence-based guidelines, design training systems, develop health trainers and leaders, scale up training programs, and seek innovative solutions to improve the performance of health services for women. He is the main contributor to “Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Manual for Doctors and Midwives” and a contributing author in Managing Newborn Problems of the Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC) series of manuals published by WHO which is now available in 18 languages. He has more than 200 publications in international journals covering family planning, maternal health and cervical cancer. Dr. Sanghvi has also participated on expert and technical committees at WHO, UNICEF, the National Institutes of Medicine and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is a senior professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before joining Jhpiego, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi.

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.

Brett Struwe

Caribou Coffee, Inc

Brett is the Senior Director of Coffee Sourcing and Operations at Caribou Coffee, which is the second largest company-operated premium coffeehouse in the United States. Struwe is the primary point of contact with the green coffee supply chain and provides strategic analysis for cost forecasting and commodity market reporting, in addition to managing all aspects of green coffee inventory. On the roasting side, Brett also manages Caribou’s roastery, cupping, quality, and manufacturing. He started a legacy career at Caribou Coffee in 1994 as a barista in the company’s inaugural store and has followed his passion for coffee ever since.