NARBA Officers and Board of Directors

NARBA’s Board of Directors is called the “Executive Council”, and is made up of eight Regional Representatives, two At-large Representatives, and the officers (who may or may not also be Regional Representatives). Executive Council members serve three-year terms and are elected by the membership. Shown are the officers and board for 2020. 


President – Jim Jedele, Berry Hill Farm, Dexter, MI

Vice PresidentTom O’Brien, O’Brien Family Farms, Coats, NC

Treasurer – Ben Butler, Butler’s Orchards, Germantown, MD  

Executive Secretary – Debby WechslerPittsboro, NC 

Regional Representatives

Region 1: (Canada and Europe) 
David Mutz, Berryhaven Farm Ltd, Abbotsford, BC Canada

Region 2 (CT, NH, NY, MA, ME, RI, VT)  
Courtney Weber, Cornell AgriTech, NYSAES, Geneva, NY

Region 3  (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV)
Ben Butler, Butler’s Orchard, Germantown, MD

Region 4 (IN, KY, MI, OH, WI)
Jim Jedele, Berry Hill Farm, Dexter, MI

Region 5 (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Tom O’Brien, O’Brien Family Farms, Coats, NC

Region 6 (AR, IA, IL, KS, MO, MN, ND, NE, OK)
Amanda McWhirt, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR  

Region 7 (AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, HA, MT, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY)  
Darrin Sinn,  Berry Fresh/ORBC, Silverton, OR

Region 8 (Mexico and Central & South America)
Juan Pablo Molina Baranzini, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico

At-Large Representatives

Karen Blaedow, NC State University Extension, Hendersonville, NC

Ken Hopps, Sun Belle, Schiller Park, IL

Past PresidentPierson GeyerAgriBerry Farm & CSA, Hanover, VA 

North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation (NABGRF)

The NARBA Executive Committee also serves as the Board of Trustees for the NABG Research Foundation.

President: Courtney Weber

Vice President: Darren Sinn

Secretary-Treasurer: Debby Wechsler

Research Committee Co-Coordinators: Patrick Byers, University of Missouri, Springfield, MO,  and Jeff Chandler, Mt. Hort. Crops Research & Extension Center, Fletcher, NC

NARBA Office: 197 Spring Creek Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Phone: 919-542-4037. Fax: 866-511-6660