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Executive Management

Stanley P. Rhodes, Ph.D.
President and CEO
SRhodes@SCSglobalServices.com

Since founding SCS Global Services in 1984, Dr. Stan Rhodes has provided the strategic vision and scientific insight driving SCS to become one of the world's most prestigious providers of third party certification and assessment services in the environmental, sustainability, and food quality fields.

Stan has a Ph.D. in chemistry, earned under the tutelage of Nobel Prize winner Herbert C. Brown at Purdue University. After graduating, Stan initiated his career in Rochester, New York as an analytical chemist conducting advanced research, both at Eastman Kodak Co. and at Delta Labs. Following his passion for safe, healthy foods, he then launched and ran several businesses focused on food production, distribution and retailing, and began conducting laboratory analysis to verify claims on food products. This was the genesis of his decision to form SCS.

Stan has spearheaded the development of each of SCS's major divisions – Environmental Certification Services, Natural Resources, and Food and Agriculture – and continues to provide hands-on leadership in the management of strategic company projects, initiatives, and partnerships. He has played a central role in international efforts to put an end to greenwashing, to define sustainability, to advance the science of life-cycle assessment, and to develop up-to-date climate accounting metrics. In addition to his work in standards development in the U.S., he has served as a U.S. expert delegate to the ISO TC-207, which developed the 14000 standards, actively contributing to the work of the Life-Cycle Assessment, Environmental Labeling, and Climate subcommittees.

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

B.S., Chemistry; University of California, Berkeley, CA

Robert J. Hrubes, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Emeritus

Dr. Robert Hrubes has served in an executive capacity at SCS since joining the company, and is a member of the SCS Board of Directors. Robert is a registered professional forester and resource economist with over 35 years of professional experience in both the private and public sectors, and is an internationally recognized expert in natural resources management and environmental certification. Prior to joining SCS, he worked for the USDA Forest Service, then became managing principal of Natural Resource Associates, a Northern California-based forestry and resource economics consulting firm. Here he specialized in wildland management planning, sustainable forestry analysis, resource economics analysis, operations research analysis and forest management.

SCS first engaged Robert in 1991 to guide the design and implementation of its ground-breaking Forest Conservation Program. In addition, he participated as a founding member in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), serving for four years on the FSC Board of Directors, and was the founding chair of the Board of Directors of the Forest Stewards Guild, a U.S.-based professional forestry society. Maintaining his role as a hands-on certification practitioner, he has acted as team leader on evaluations of forest management operations worldwide, and audited countless chain-of-custody operations. He also served on the Working Group of the Climate Action Reserve Forest Project Protocol.

SCS first engaged Dr. Hrubes' consulting services in 1991 to guide the design and implement its ground-breaking forest certification program. In addition to being principal architect of the SCS Forest Conservation Program, he participated as a founding member in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), helping to design that certification program. He served for four years on the FSC Board of Directors and was the founding chair of the Board of Directors of the Forest Stewards Guild, a U.S.-based professional forestry society. Maintaining his role as a hands-on certification practitioner, he has served as team leader on evaluations of forest management operations worldwide, and has served as auditor on numerous chain-of-custody certification evaluations. He also served on the Working Group of the Climate Action Reserve Forest Project Protocol.

  • Ph.D., Wildland Resource Sciences; University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • M.A., Economics; University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • M.S., Resource Systems Management; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • B.S., Forest Management and Outdoor Recreation Management; Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Linda G. Brown
Senior Vice President

Linda Brown is co-founder and Senior Vice President of SCS. Linda has actively participated in the development and implementation of the company's strategic initiatives and certification programs, serving in a multitude of capacities as well as on the company Board of Directors. Linda is a strong advocate for environmental literacy and transparency in ecolabeling.

Before joining SCS, Linda worked as a grants writer for municipalities across the United States, and a publications editor. Active in social justice and environmental issues, she obtained her Master's degree in Journalism. Shortly afterward, she met and joined Dr. Rhodes in launching the business. Since then, Linda has held many positions, including Director of SCS' Environmental Claims Certification Program, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, and Director of Communications. She has also served as chief technical editor on many major company reports. She has spearheaded or participated in numerous food quality, environmental and sustainability standards development activities on a company, national and international basis.

Linda has participated in the international ISO 14000 standards setting process, focused on Environmental Labeling, Life-Cycle Assessment and Environmental Aspects in Product Standards, and has worked on national sustainable agriculture standards (ANSI/LEO-4000) and update life cycle assessment metrics (LEO-SCS-002). She has authored numerous articles on environmental certification, life-cycle assessment and food safety issues, and has presented details of SCS programs and methods to diverse audiences around the globe.

  • M.A., Journalism; Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • B.A., English and Political Science; Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Stanley MathuramStanley P. Mathuram
Vice President, ECS Operations and Corporate Sales

616.299.1073
SMathuram@SCSglobalservices.com

Stanley Mathuram oversees SCS corporate sales, as well as operations in the company’s extensive Environmental Certification Services division. A member of the company executive team, he plays a key role in driving business strategy, organizational development, and critical project management.

Prior to SCS, Stanley worked for companies such as Michigan Steel, Inc., AECOM, The Mannik & Smith group, Inc., and DLZ Corporation. As a consultant, he prepared furniture manufacturers for certification to BIFMA level®, and helped guide businesses in the development of Triple Bottom Line and corporate social responsibility strategies, principles of lean manufacturing, renewable energy contract development, environmental compliance, and remedial design. Since joining the SCS team, he has been instrumental in educating industry leaders about the value of third-party certification. His focus on creating a culture of transparency, teamwork, and communication has helped drive the growth and performance of SCS’ services, while reinforcing client satisfaction.

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the major U.S. furniture manufacturing hubs, Stanley travels extensively to represent SCS at industry conferences and events.

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, MI
  • P.E. Licensed Professional Engineer
Jim KnutzonJim Knutzon
Vice President, Special Projects

719.588.0380
JKnutzon@SCSglobalservices.com

James (Jim) Knutzon has rejoined the senior staff of SCS as its Vice President for Special Projects. In this capacity, he is involved in pivotal business expansion decisions related to SCS’s international certification, auditing, and testing services. In addition, he remains Chairman of the SCS Board of Directors, a position he has held for more than a decade.

Jim brings decades of agricultural, supply chain, and certification expertise to the position, including pioneering work in sustainable and organic production, product development, food safety, and standards development. Mr. Knutzon recently retired as the first President and CEO of Farm Fresh Direct, LLC, where he has been working since 2000. Under his leadership, Farm Fresh Direct, a coalition of family farms, grew to become one of the most respected potato providers in the U.S. During his tenure at Farm Fresh, Knutzon spearheaded many “firsts”, including development of the ready-to-eat baked potato, identification of the most antioxidant-rich purple potatoes, and much more.

Mr. Knutzon started his career in the agricultural chemical business, then transitioned into vegetable farming. In 1979, he co-founded Valley Fresh Distributing, the first major organic vegetable grower/shipper in the United States. In 1988, his organic carrots caught the attention of SCS and Raley’s Supermarket in California, when they were tested and shown to contain exceptional levels of beta-carotene. Mr. Knutzon later joined SCS, and served as Chief Operating Officer for a decade, managing programs in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and life cycle assessment before leaving to take the reins at Farm Fresh Direct.

  • BBA Marketing – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Scott Romito
Chief Financial Officer

Scott Romito serves in the role of company CFO, and has headed up SCS’ accounting and finance functions since 2010. He is also a member of the SCS Board of Directors.

Scott is an experienced certified public accountant and attorney. Prior to joining SCS, Scott served as CFO and General Counsel for a Southern California-based startup. He spent five years with "Big Four" public accounting firms as an auditor and tax consultant. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Advisors of a technology and certification company he helped develop.

  • J.D., UC Davis School of Law, Davis, CA
  • B.A., Economics; UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Margaret Kolk
Managing Director, Food and Agriculture

Margaret Kolk is a food professional with subject matter expertise and diverse experience in product development, food safety training, auditing and consulting. She is Managing Director of SCS’s Food and Agriculture division, overseeing a wide range of services from food safety assessment and training to organic and sustainable agriculture certification, food quality analysis, and more.

Margaret began her career began in the R&D center for the Dole Company as a food technologist, then returned to graduate school, and was hired by SCS as its first Director of Perishable Food Safety Programs. In this role, Margaret developed and managed one of the first food safety auditing programs in the U.S. for the retail food sector for several years. During a subsequent hiatus from the San Francisco Bay Area and SCS, Margaret worked as an auditor, trainer, and consultant for Atlanta-based TFiS and Michigan-based NSF International. She became a subject matter expertise in Codex HACCP and related food safety programs, including ISO and GFSI standards, international and U.S. federal and state regulations. Her scope of work included designing, developing and assisting with the implementation of food safety and quality programs, both domestically and internationally, for small to mega-sized food companies. She returned to SCS in 2015.

An accomplished professional trainer, Margaret has designed, developed and delivered numerous nationally accredited courses to thousands worldwide. She is a NEHA Certified Food Safety Professional and a Certified Adult Learning Designer, a Training Center Director for both the Safe Quality Food International (SQFI) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), and member of the National Registry for Food Safety Professionals – Retail Food Safety Regulatory Committee. She frequently speaks on food safety and related topics at industry conferences and events, and is an active presenter with the International Food Safety and Quality Network.

  • B.S. Nutrition and Food Science — San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • B.A. English — Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA
Nicole MuñozNicole Muñoz
Managing Director, Environmental Certification Services Division

510.452.8031
NMunoz@SCSglobalservices.com

Nicole Muñoz is the Managing Director of SCS’s Environmental Certification Services division. In this role, she supervises environmental and sustainability performance spanning a broad range of industries, from green building and apparel to mining and jewelry.

Before joining the company, Nicole conducted environmental testing as an analytical chemist, and served as an environmental health regulator for the Monterey County Public Health Department in California. During her tenure at SCS, Nicole has been promoted into roles of increasing technical responsibility, including auditing, standards development and program development. She has extensive international and domestic auditing experience, and has been instrumental in developing sustainability metrics for material use, energy and atmosphere impacts, human and ecosystem health, and corporate social responsibility.

Nicole is a regular participant in technical working groups for the maintenance and development of product sustainability standards and indoor air quality standards, such as Sustainable Apparel Coalition Higg Index, Textile Exchange Global Recycle Standard, ANSI/BIFMA e.3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, NSF/ULe 440 Health Based Indoor Air Quality Standard and ANSI/BIFMA M7.1/X7.1-2011 Furniture Emissions Standard and Health Product Declaration Open Standard.

  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Environmental Toxicology – University of California, Riverside
Sarah HarrisSarah Harris
Managing Director, Natural Resources

1.510.452.8012
sharris@scsglobalservices.com

Sarah Harris is Managing Director of SCS’ Natural Resources division, providing oversight for SCS’ forest management, forest chain of custody, greenhouse gas verification, and sustainable seafood chain of custody services. She serves on the SCS executive committee.

Prior to joining SCS, Sarah held a series of forestry related positions, conducting field research organizing ecology-related activities, conducting seminars, and developing best practice guidance. This culminated in a position with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) at its International Center in Bonn, Germany from 2004-2007, drafting policies and standards and facilitating multi-stakeholder working groups.

Since becoming part of the SCS team in 2007, Sarah has worked in positions of increasing responsibility, rising from program associate to quality and compliance manager, then director of international quality control. In her most recent assignment, she directed the company’s largest program, managing more than 3,000 forestry related chain of custody certificates issued to clients all over the globe.

  • BSc, Biological Science – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Company Directors and Managers

Name Title Telephone Email
Beam, Stowe Senior Director, Corporate Development 704.604.2668 SBeam@SCSglobalServices.com
Caputo, Jessica Client Services Manager, Food Safety 510.452.8021 JCaputo@SCSglobalServices.com
Connelly, Tom Art Director 510.452.8056 TConnelly@SCSglobalServices.com
Crochett, Kara Director, Human Resources 510.452.8051 KCrochett@SCSglobalServices.com
Daume, Sabine, Ph.D. Regional Director, Sustainable Seafood, Australia 61 (0) 497943304 SDaume@SCSglobalServices.com
Edge, Josh Technical Manager, Food Safety 510.452.9083 Jedge@SCSglobalServices.com
Eldridge, Julian Operations Manager, Forest and Chain of Custody Certification 510.452.6380 JEldridge@SCSglobalServices.com
Ellis, Vanessa Technical Manager, Chain of Custody 510.452.6381 VEllis@SCSglobalServices.com
Gamber, Teresa Account Manager, Material Content, ECS 510.452.6817 tgamber@SCSglobalServices.com
Goldstein, Bernadette Director of Sales and Marketing, Food and Agriculture 510.452.6825 BGoldstein@SCSglobalServices.com
Grady, Brendan Director, Forest Management Certification 510.452.8034 BGrady@SCSglobalServices.com
Hakian, Jeremie Environmental Product Declarations Manager, ECS 510.452.6388 jhakian@SCSglobalServices.com
Hanba, Erik Operations Manage, ECS 510.421.1540 ehanba@SCSglobalServices.com
Halaby, Ned Sales and Marketing Manager, Organic and Non-GMO 510.452.6822 nhalaby@SCSglobalServices.com
Harris, Eric Director of Sustainability, Food and Agriculture 510.452.6818 EHarris@SCSglobalServices.com
Holman, Bonnie Program Manager, Sustainability 510.452.8048 BHolman@SCSglobalServices.com
Killpack, Keith Manager, Life Cycle Assessment 510.452.8047 KKillpack@SCSglobalServices.com
Kirsanova Phillips, Diana Director, Quality Assurance 510.452.9089 DKirsanovaPhillips@SCSglobalServices.com
Kolk, Margaret Director of Agriculture, Food Safety and Training Programs 510.452.9082 MKolk@SCSglobalServices.com
Kooy, Steven Director of Sales and Marketing, ECS and NR 616.443.5053 SKooy@SCSglobalServices.com
Maizlish, Aaron Director, Business Services, NR 510.452.8005 AMaizlish@SCSglobalServices.com
Mendenhall, Neil Director of Service Development, Environmental Certification Services 510.452.8018 NMendenhall@SCSglobalServices.com
de Monasterio, Jaime Regional Director, SCS Argentina SA +54 911.5035.6094 deMonasterio@SCSglobalServices.com
Morgan, Siân Sustainable Seafood Scientist 510.452.6392 SMorgan@SCSglobalServices.com
Nauman, Brandon Associate Managing Director, Food and Agriculture 510.452.8052 BNauman@scsglobalservices.com
Patel, Heena Technical Director, Supply Chain Food Safety Audit Services 510.452.8024 HPatel@SCSglobalServices.com
Pollet-Young, Christie Director, Greenhouse Gas Verification 510.452.9093 CPollet-Young@SCSglobalServices.com
Pravda, Marcy Client Services Manager, ECS 231.578.0014 mpravda@SCSglobalServices.com
Ramirez, Jorge Sustainability Manager 510.280.4028 JRamirez@scsglobalservices.com
Schultz, Tobias Manager, Profiling Services 510.452.6389 TSchultz@scsglobalservices.com
Silla, Josephine Manager, Marketing 914.433.1143 jsilla@scsglobalservices.com
Swecker, Jason Program Manager, MSC Chain of Custody 510.452.8043 JSwecker@SCSglobalServices.com
Sykes, Lesley Manager, Sustainable Agriculture 510.452.6823 Lsykes@SCSglobalServices.com
Troxel, Blake Manager, Greenhouse Gas Verification 510.452.9091 BTroxel@SCSglobalServices.com
Watters, Jennifer Client Services Manager, Sustainability 510.452.8054 JWatters@SCSglobalServices.com
Wong, Dexter Operations Manager, Food Safety 510.452.8032 Dwong@SCSglobalServices.com
Wood, Libby Client Marketing Manager, Environmental Certification Services 510.452.8032 LWood@SCSglobalServices.com
Beam, Stowe
Senior Director, Corporate Development
704.604.2668
Caputo, Jessica
Client Services Manager, Food Safety
510.452.8021
Connelly, Tom
Art Director
510.452.8056
Crochett, Kara
Director, Human Resources
510.452.8051
Daume, Sabine, Ph.D.
Regional Director, Sustainable Seafood, Australia
61 (0) 497943304
de Monasterio, Jaime
Regional Director, SCS Argentina SA
+54 911.5035.6094
Edge, Josh
Technical Manager, Food Safety
510.452.9083
Eldridge, Julian
Operations Manager, FM and Chain of Custody
510.452.6380
Ellis, Vanessa
Technical Manager, Chain of Custody
510.452.6381
Gamber, Teresa
Account Manager, Material Content, ECS
510.452.6817
Goldstein, Bernadette
Director of Sales and Marketing, Food and Agriculture
510.452.6825
Grady, Brendan
Director, Forest Management Certification
510.452.8034
Hakian, Jeremie
Environmental Product Declarations Manager, ECS
510.452.6388
Hanba, Erik
Operations Manage, ECS
510.421.1540
Halaby, Ned
Sales and Marketing Manager, Organic and Non-GMO
510.452.6822
Harris, Eric
Director of Sustainability, Food and Agriculture
510.452.6818
Holman, Bonnie
Program Manager, Sustainability
510.452.8048
Killpack, Keith
Manager, Life Cycle Assessment
510.452.8047
Kirsanova Phillips, Diana
Director, Quality Assurance
510.452.9089
Kolk, Margaret
Director of Agriculture, Food Safety and Training Programs
510.452.9082
Kooy, Steven
Director of Sales and Marketing, ECS and NR
616.443.5053
Maizlish, Aaron
Director, Business Services, NR
510.452.8005
Mendenhall, Neil
Director of Service Development, Environmental Certification Services
510.452.8018
Morgan, Siân
Sustainable Seafood Scientist
510.452.6392
Nauman, Brandon
Associate Managing Director, Food and Agriculture
510.452.8052
Patel, Heena
Technical Director, Supply Chain Food Safety Audit Services
510.452.8024
Pollet-Young, Christie
Director, Greenhouse Gas Verification
510.452.9093
Pravda, Marcy
Client Services Manager, ECS
231.578.0014
Schultz, Tobias
Manager, Profiling Services
510.452.6389
Silla, Josephine
Manager, Marketing
914.433.1143
Swecker, Jason
Program Manager, MSC Chain of Custody
510.452.8043
Sykes, Lesley
Manager, Sustainable Agriculture
510.452.6823
Troxel, Blake
Manager, Greenhouse Gas Verification
510.452.9091
Watters, Jennifer
Client Services Manager, Sustainability
510.452.8054
Wood, Libby
Client Marketing Manager, Environmental Certification Services
510.452.8032
Wong, Dexter
Operations Manager, Food Safety
510.452.8023