Board of Directors

Daniel C. Cox

Coffee Enterprises
Grounds for Health Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board

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.

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.

Frank Dennis

Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Co.

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.

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.

Kerri Goodman

CoffeeTalk Media

Kerri has more than 25 years in the coffee industry, is deeply involved in the non-profit world of coffee, and specializes in helping make significant and profitable connections between professionals in all facets of the industry from farmers and roasters to retailers and suppliers and everything in between. She is or has been, on the boards of Grounds for Health, Cup for Education, The International Women’s Coffee Alliance, The Songbird Foundation and The CoffeeTalk Foundation since 1996. She was also an integral part of the planning and implementing the IWCA El Salvador International Conference in 2011, the IWCA Promoting Possibilities African Women’s Conference in 2009 and the IWCA First International Women’s Conference in Costa Rica in 2008. Kerri completed CQI’s Women’s Leadership Program in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Japan in 2005 and 2006.

In 2009 Kerri was honored by the SCAA with the Distinguished Publisher/Author Award, and in 2012 with both the SCAA Best New Product Award and the Coffee Fest Best New Product Award (New York) and finally Infusionsoft’s Industry Innovator Award in March 2012 for innovative marketing practices (this was a joint project with Ashley Prentice). Kerri started in coffee in 1993 as a co-author of Java U Business Basics, a 280-page guide to opening a coffee house operation.

Alan E. Guttmacher, MD

Alan E. Guttmacher is a pediatrician and medical geneticist who is Senior Advisor at the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children.  From 2009-2015, he served as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the focal point at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research in pediatric, maternal, and reproductive health, among other areas.  Dr. Guttmacher was previously at the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute, working in a number of roles including Deputy Director and Acting Director, overseeing efforts to advance genome research, integrate that research into health care, and explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genomics. 

Among Dr. Guttmacher’s areas of expertise is the development of new approaches for translating genomics into better ways of diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, he trained in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics at Harvard and Children’s Hospital of Boston.  He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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.

Groesbeck P. Parham, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Zambia, Lusaka

Groesbeck P. Parham has devoted his professional life to improving the lives of the world’s poor through efforts to reduce inequalities in health care by increasing opportunities for training, access to service, and through implementation research. He earned his B.S. from Oberlin College and M.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Parham founded the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Zambia, where he has lived for the past decade. As a leader in combating women’s cancers in resource-constrained global environments, he developed an innovative system for cervical cancer screening in which trained nurses use simple household vinegar and a digital camera. This program has served more than 350,000 Zambian women, has been adopted by health care providers from South Africa to China, and is being leveraged to facilitiate solutions to the breast cancer crisis in Africa. His work has been supported by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a public-private partnership to prevent cervical and breast cancer in Africa and Latin America, co-founded by the George W. Bush Institute. His many honors include awards from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Congressional Black Caucus, the United Nations and honorary doctorate degrees from Oberlin College and Southern Methodist University.

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.

Howard Weiss

Texpak Inc.

Howard is currently the General Manager of Texpak Inc., which exclusively represents Scolari Engineering S.p.A. in North America. For more than 20 years now, Howard has been visiting coffee companies across the U.S. and Canada, successfully selling Scolari coffee roasters, grinders, and ancillary equipment to several of the premier coffee companies in the industry.  Before his involvement with Scolari, Howard sold materials to the coffee and tea industry and before that he provided packaging engineering to Scott Paper, General Foods, and Tetley Inc.  For several years, Howard has helped to enable Grounds For Health to participate in the many of the coffee trade shows in held in the U.S., to further “spread the word” to the coffee community. He is a holder of both a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering.