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"We hired SureHarvest because, 'They get it.'"
- Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission
Meet the Team
At SureHarvest, we know sustainability from the ground up.
Our expertise lies in the business, scientific and practical knowledge of production agriculture, combined with experience in designing and implementing management information systems for the agrifood supply chain.
Dr. Jeff Dlott
President and CEO
Jeff is the President and CEO. Jeff is an inventor, entrepreneur, strategist, and program designer. Under his leadership, SureHarvest has architected and released farm management and sustainability technology tools to further enable customer value creation in the Food and Ag sectors. Jeff serves as a strategic advisor to clients in the design, implementation, and communications of sustainability performance management (SPM) initiatives including the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program, California Almond Sustainability Program, and other initiative in fruits, nuts, vegetables, and mushrooms. He focuses on delivering client value through enhanced brand equity, boosting growth, improving operational efficiencies, and reducing reputational, brand, and operational risks. Jeff is the lead inventor on five US patents. He is an appointed member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in the Department Entomological Sciences.
Franklin is the Product Manager. He designs, implements and supports clients across a wide range of SureHarvest product offerings, crops, companies, and people. He has worked with many businesses to streamline and reform their collection and use of data to help them make better decisions. Franklin has designed and deployed Sustainability Management Information Systems in specialty crops, including nuts, wine, tree-fruit, flowers, leafy greens, and mushrooms and corn. Diverse software innovations completed under his direction include: strip-trial support, nitrogen budgeting for almonds, and assessor parcel mapping to name a few. Franklin received his M.Sc. in Botany from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Biology and Linguistics, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dr. Cliff Ohmart
Cliff is a Senior Scientist. He works with clients to design, develop, and implement sustainability performance management initiatives including the California Cherry Sustainability Program, California Almond Sustainability Program, BloomCheck™ certification for cut flower production, and initiatives in many other crops. All focused on adding value for grower participants. He was Principle Research Scientist for CSIRO Division of Forest Research for 14 years researching forest pest management problems, an IPM consultant for 7 years in orchard crops, and Sustainable Winegrowing Director at Lodi Winegrape Commission for 14 years developing a globally recognized sustainable winegrowing program. Cliff received a B.Sc. degree in forest biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California Berkeley.
Dr. Heather Putnam
Client Engagement Manager
Heather is the Client Engagement Manager. She supports project design and execution within the context of SureHarvest’s team-centered approach to client engagement. Heather seeks out opportunities for SureHarvest products and solutions in the marketplace with a focus on strategic planning and facilitation, research and analysis, and information management to drive sustainability performance in the supply chain. Prior to joining SureHarvest, she directed a technology industry consortium and accelerator in Santa Cruz, CA. Heather previously served as Associate Director at the Community Agroecology Network where she directed its international farmer-led research programs. Her expertise spans agri-food systems, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), geospatial analysis, and sustainable sourcing initiatives across different commodity value chains. Heather received a PhD and MA in Geography from the University of Kansas, and holds a BA in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lidia is a Sustainability Analyst. She drives research and data analysis related to SureHarvest sustainability solutions, leveraging industry tools and best practices. Lidia also provides technical support to inform sales and marketing efforts, and implements Sustainability Management Information Systems in support of client programs. Lidia specializes in environmental sustainability, with an emphasis on renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change mitigation. Lidia received her M.Sc. degree in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London and a BA degree from Bard College.
Senior Vice President Client Solutions
Nathan is the Senior Vice President of Client Solutions. He leads the company's business development process and guides new clients through the design and implementation planning phases of a project life cycle. Nathan identifies opportunities for greater collaboration with industry groups, trade associations, and partner organizations. His industry engagement has focused on sustainable sourcing, with an emphasis on raw material sourcing initiatives designed to promote continuous improvement with production practices and traceability in the food and agriculture value chain. Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. Practices and Ferrero Farming Values are key programs he launched and managed. He has also partnered with non-profit standard owners, Fair Trade USA and Equitable Food Initiative, in the development of and implementation of their agricultural production third-party certification programs. Other notable work includes supporting the The Nature Conservancy’s 4R Certification program from a pilot to implementation stage. Nathan received a MA degree in Latin American Studies, with concentrations in Geography and Environmental Studies, from the University of Arizona and holds a BA degree from the University of Washington.
Christopher Van Coops
Vice President Farming MIS Engineering
Chris is the Vice President of Farming MIS Engineering. His role includes managing the design, development, support, integration, staffing and technology partnerships for the company's Farming MIS software suite as well as managing the company's internal IT needs and initiatives, and providing support and technical expertise for other products and projects. He has been managing, designing, implementing, deploying and supporting IT, software, web and database systems for over 20 years. Prior to joining SureHarvest, he served as a software engineering manager at Kronos where he oversaw the full software development life-cycle and engineering staff for time-and-attendance software products. Mr. Van Coops joined SureHarvest in 2002 to lead the design and development of the Farming MIS software suite. Chris earned his BS in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jane is the Office Manager. She manages the day-to-day office management tasks, month-end grant accounting, and administrative support for various projects. Jane has fostered excellent working relationships with clients and industry partners. Her work focuses on management of Protected Harvest, a non-profit standards-setting organization. In this capacity, she administers the third-party certification process for several performance-based sustainability eco-labels held by Protected Harvest. She created a streamlined application process for growers also handles Protected Harvest's fiscal management. Jane received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.
Product Support Specialist
Kavya is the Product Support Specialist. She ensures quality in the software development cycle continually improving the implementation process and draws on her interdisciplinary background to problem solve. Aside from her ongoing support of Sustainability MIS software, she also contributes to professional services engagements deploying her expertise in data collection, GHG mitigation strategies, and life cycle analysis. Her recent experience includes an internship with the Cleantech Group and work with PG&E on an energy efficiency project as a Product Manager for their proprietary eco products web database. She was awarded the Dow Sustainability Fellowship during her graduate studies and focused her fellowship on GHG and carbon credits modeling for desilting irrigation ponds. She is also the cofounder of “Cheruvu: Big Data for Small Farmers”, a venture based in India aimed at improving crop yields for farmers in developing countries, which was recently recognized with the People’s Choice Award in the National Geographic Chasing Genius challenge. She received a M.Sc. in Sustainable Systems from University of Michigan and a BS in Computer Science Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, India.