Our Leadership

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens

can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

--Margaret Mead

Our Board of Directors

Patrick Barron, ND, MD (do), President/Treasurer

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." -Hippocrates 

Dr. Patrick Barron studied chemistry at Ohio University. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Rehabilitation and Counseling Psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. From 1969 thru 1979 he owned and successfully operated an 85-acre organic vegetable farm in Southern Ohio. During this time he studied Appalachian Herbal Medicine with traditional herbalists including Clarence “Catfish” Gray of Glenwood, West Virginia. Dr. Barron continued his studies in botanical medicine, ethnobotany, and pharmacognosy with Drs. John Bastyr, Silena Heron, William Mitchell, and Edward Madison.  He was originally introduced to Functional Medicine by Drs. Jeffery Bland, Alan Gaby, Joseph Pizzorno, and Jonathan Wright.  His Medical Degrees were earned at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and UCE (do).  He completed three years Post-Doctoral training at the University of Washington, and has been in private practice specializing in Rehabilitation Medicine since 1984. He holds a medical license in the state of Washington. For 8 years, he was the Medical Director for Med-X West and Pain Rehabilitation Network Inc., both national medical management and training groups. He founded the Central Florida School of Health Sciences in Orlando, and is currently the director of Physicians Educational Services Inc., a medical - educational consulting group. He is co-founder of Pine Island Publishing, Inc., and the author of numerous health-related textbooks and published articles. Since 2010 Dr. Barron has taught General Biology, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Pharmacology, and Research Methods at the graduate level in Sarasota.  He resides on Pine Island, off the Southwest coast of Florida, and is currently working on several food-related literary projects. Over the past three decades, Dr. Barron has been at the forefront of integrative physicians who believe that healthcare reform is about effectively changing the way we live, eat, and practice medicine in our society.

Lynne Irvine, MA, Vice President / Executive Director

"Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm.  

It is about doing more good." -Jochen Zeltz

Organic Farming Institute's co-founder, Lynne Irvine, is a Naples-based sustainability catalyst who helps organizations build connections -- to our land, our food, our shelter, and each other.  Lynne believes that communities can be crafted with well-being as our guiding principle.  Over the past three decades she has collaborated with leading architects, engineers, landscape architects, builders, developers, fundraisers, farmers, and Green entrepreneurs who share her mission to "promote well-being for people and the planet." Lynne's portfolio includes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), Living Building Challenge® and WELL Building® projects. Her development experience includes fundraising in both the public and private sectors for sustainable projects, including: sustainable agriculture (organic, aquaponic, and native plants), energy efficiency and renewable energy (solar, wind, biogas, and waste-to-energy), water efficiency and irrigation, and nonprofit development.  Lynne graduated from Goddard College with a masters degree in Leadership and Organizational Development where she conducted a national study tour of Green buildings and communities for her thesis project, drawing inspiration and technical knowledge to accelerate our transition to a post-carbon economy. Lynne is founder of Eco-Asis, LLC, where she is currently working to develop an organic farm-to-table community that will be served by the Organic Farming Institute.  

Michelle Stauffer, Secretary

"The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces,

or at least not try to defy them." -Paul Hawken

Michelle Stauffer is a Sarasota-based cultivar of sustainability who has instituted programs which qualified two local businesses as "Green" as well as "Sustainable Floridian" through the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) program. She is committed to volunteering for programs that share her philosophy in sound environmental practices, including: the Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Great American and International Coastal Cleanup, IFAS Green Business, as well as a few others. Raised in Olympia Washington, Michelle graduated from The Evergreen State College with a bachelor of arts in education where innovation of sustainability integration was woven throughout every course.

Our Advisory Board

Arlene Gilbert

Attorney & Administrative Judge - Retired

Saint James City, Florida

J.D. Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Arlene is a retired Administrative Law Judge with the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.  Prior to entering law school at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, she studied Urban Planning at Queens College in Queens, New York, and Hunter College in New York, New York.  In her retirement on Pine Island, Florida, Arlene remains politically active on the community, state, and national level.

Susanne Quattro

Forensic Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - Retired

Saint James City, Florida

B.S. Accounting & Finance, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Suzanne Quatro is a Forensic Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has retired from a distinguished career that included: working for Coopers and Lybrand (1978-1983) where she managed audits for corporations, including:  J.J. Heinz, Gulf Oil, Quaker State Oil, and ServiStar Corporation.  She worked for ServiStar Corporation as Corporate Controller (1983-1991) and as Operating Officer (1991-1995), and for The Meridian Group as an Investment Banker (1995-2002).  Always a leader, Susanne was named a Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ early in her career.  In her retirement, her interests include kayaking, nature, gardening, golf, human and animal rights, and political positioning. 

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A 501(C)3 Nonprofit Corporation

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