IOIA Committees


Please contact respective chairs or board liaisons to join that committee using their contact info below.


Accreditation: Chair: Pam Sullivan. Board Liaison: Kate Newkirk. Purpose: To oversee the inspector accreditation program including to review, adjudicate and propose policy and criteria used to accredit inspectors. To formulate accreditation standards and procedures.

Asia Pacific Committee: Chair: Mutsumi Sakuyoshi. Board Liaison: Chuck Mitchell. Purpose: Give voice to Asia members concerns.

Bylaws: Chair: Al Johnson. Board Liaison: Kate Newkirk. Purpose: Ongoing response to bylaws issues.

Canadian: Chair: Bill Barkley. Board Liaison: Janine Gibson.
Purpose: Give voice to Canadian members concerns.

Ethics: Chair: Allen Benjamin. Board Liaison: Janine Gibson.  Criteria for membership is past board or alternate service. Purpose: To deal with complaints received by the IOIA office based on the Codes of Ethics and Conduct.

Finance: Chair/Board Liaison: Allan Benjamin. Purpose: Advise board on fiscal matters, combined with fundraising committee.

Fundraising: Chair: Janine Gibson. Board Liaison: Beth Dominick

Latin American: Philippe Descamps. Board Liaison: Chuck Mitchell. Purpose: Give voice to Latin American members concerns.

Membership:  Chair: Eric Feutz. Board Liaison: Beth Dominick.
Purpose: Develop membership services and numbers.

Nominations: Chair:  Eric Feutz. Board Liaison: Beth Dominick.  Purpose: Prepare annual ballot for Board of Directors.

Policy Comment Committee: Acting Chair: Rachel Cherry Myers, 716.472.4331. Board Liaison: T Layhew. Purpose: Use IOIA Comment Policy and Decision Tree to determine whether IOIA will submit comments on local, state, national or international issues in the organic industry that would impact inspectors and/or the inspection process; or issues outside of the organic industry which impact independent contractors. Draft and/or review comments as needed.

Scholarship: Co-Chairs: Arthur Bassett and JJ Mack. Board Liaison: Brian Baker. Purpose: Ongoing review and selection of scholarship applications.

Training Advisory: New Committee. Chair and Board Liaison: Pending.