Seed Programs International


Jack Bernens, Chair
JTB Ventures, Inc.
Retired, Head, Enogen Business at Syngenta

Debra Kiliru, Vice-Chair
Executive Director, Light A Path (interim)

Jason Nickerson, Treasurer
Director, Context Global Development

Sharon Hanson, Secretary
Manager, Seed Quality and Technical Support Services
Retired, Registered Seed Technologist

Karl Fiander, President of SPI Canada
Retired, Pickseed Canada

June Lavelle
Owner and Chief Consultant, Lavelle & Associates, Inc.

Antonius Van Der Velden
Retired, President and CEO, Enza Zaden USA Inc.

Pete Perez
Retired, EVP Human Resources, ConAgra Foods

Jim Schweigert, Executive At-Large
President, Gro Alliance, LLC

Thomas Tolman
Retired, President, Condor Seed Production

Tim Batcha
CFO, Standard Holding Corporation


Gary Kushner
Hogan Lovells US LLP. Legal Counsel, American Seed Trade Association.


John A. Batcha+
Founder, Seed Programs International
Board Chair Emeritus

+ Deceased


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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.