USDA appoints new NMB board members
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue has appointed seven members to serve the National Mango Board. The appointees include four new members and three returning members. Appointees will serve three-year terms running Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2023, with the exception of one domestic producer appointee whose term will begin immediately and will end Dec. 31, 2021.
The newly appointed board members include:
- Alyssa Salome Hind, McAllen, TX – importer
- Christopher A. Ciruli, Tubac, AZ – importer
- Rod Chamberlain, Mecca, CA – domestic producer (three-year term)
- Daniel J. Lyons, Homestad, FL – domestic producer (one-year term)
The newly re-appointed board members include:
- Thomas Hall, Pico Rivera, CA – importer
- Carlos Ramon Palafox Arenas, Michoacán, Mexico – foreign producer
- Cesar Morocho Marchan, Piura, Peru – foreign producer
The NMB thanked those members who are completing their term on the board.: Jerry Garcia Sr., Encino, TX; JoJo Shiba, Hidalgo, TX; and Stuart Johnson, Hilo, HI.
“On behalf of the entire NMB, it is my pleasure to welcome these board members who will begin their appointments in 2021,” said Manuel Michel, executive director of the NMB. “This group will join a well-established board that has been very successful at guiding research and promotion programs that increase mango demand. I also want to thank our members completing their terms and for their service and commitment to the board. They have done an outstanding job representing the mango industry.”
The National Mango Board currently has 21 members, including eight importers, two domestic producers, one first handler, seven foreign producers, two importers of frozen mangos and one foreign processor of frozen mangos.