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SEPC Names Incoming Southern Roots Committee Members


The SEPC has named its new members and committee assignments for the Southern Roots platform.

The new committee members are Desiree Forsythe of National Produce FB; Melissa Pine of Bolthouse Farms; and Kim St George of Renaissance Food Group.

These women, part of corporate membership companies, have shown interest and participation and will continue their commitment to drive creative and innovative value for the ladies of Southern Roots.

Southern Roots was established to make connections among women working in the produce industry through events, education and mentoring. By sharing values, contributions and experiences, participants will have an opportunity to improve leadership skills individually and collectively.

SEPC welcomes these new members:

  • Co-Chairman Sabrina Pokomandy of Highline Mushrooms;
  • Co-Chairman Kim Andreason of Jason’s Deli;
  • Mary-Scott DeMarchis of Fresh2O Growers;
  • Nicole Hulstein of Food Lion;
  • Teri Miller of The Fresh Market;
  • Erin Waters of Shuman Farms; and
  • Stephanie Williams of Scott Farms.

“Southern Roots is a magnificent community of women that offers a strong circle of support, fresh educational offerings and impactful value no matter the season of one’s career,” said Raina Nelson, SEPC board chairman and president and CEO of Westfalia Fruit Marketing.

“The ladies of the Southern Roots Committee work very hard to provide unique tools to enhance leadership skills and magnify the collective influence of women in the produce industry. I welcome the new committee members and look forward to our exciting Southern Innovations event in September that will feature Megan Zweig and Dan’l Mackey Almy of DMA Solutions and the Self Smarter Podcast.”

Southern Roots is held at both Southern Exposure and Southern Innovations. Women in produce are encouraged to add the reception to their sessions when registering to attend Southern Innovations, Sept. 22-24 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Southeast Produce Council is a member-driven, non-profit association of more than 3,000 leaders from all areas of the produce industry. It was formed more than 20 years ago to promote the value of fresh fruits and vegetables through networking, innovation, community and education.

For more information, visit seproducecouncil.com.

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