Public Policy Board

The Public Policy Board (PPB), authorized by Council in 1991, provides scientific input to public policy-making processes. It provides advice directly or through the APS president, to different societies, organizations and persons drafting legislative bills. The Board provides drafts of APS comments to APS officers to evaluate and transmit to agencies on issues such as proposed rules and regulations of transgenic plants, safer or alternative pesticides, research funding and administration thereof; and develops position papers in policy areas of relevance to plant pathology. The Board arranges meetings with government agency personnel to become better acquainted with the personalities behind the issues and provide feedback to APS officers.

Full NameOrganizationPositionTerm StartTerm EndMember Type
Rick BennettUniversity of KentuckyChair8/15/20208/10/2022M025140
Michael J. BoehmInst of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesMember8/15/20208/12/2023M025377
Amy O. CharkowskiColorado State UniversityMember8/8/20198/10/2022M038976
Julia M. CraneValent BioSciencesMember8/7/20218/1/2024M199687
Niklaus GrunwaldUSDA ARSMember8/7/20218/1/2024M071895
Joyce E. LoperOregon State UniversityMember8/15/20208/12/2023M031008
Neil McRobertsUniversity of California-DavisMember8/4/20187/31/2024M153245
Virginia O. StockwellUSDA ARS Horticultural Crops Research UnitMember2/10/20178/10/2022M034833
Gail S. TomimatsuretiredMember8/10/20178/12/2023E201793
Paul VincelliUniversity of KentuckyMember8/4/20187/31/2024M036180
Ron R. WalcottUniversity of GeorgiaMember8/15/20208/12/2023M080743
Erica A. FealkoUniversity of KentuckyIntern7/20/20218/12/2023ST230542
Hannah RivedalUSDA-ARSIntern8/15/20208/10/2022PD229832
Melissa MolhoThomas Jefferson UniversityEx-Officio (non-voting)8/7/20218/10/2022ST262350
Kevin OngTexas A&M UniversityEx-Officio (non-voting)8/7/20218/1/2024M103065
Carol EricsonAPSStaff Liaison6/1/20198/1/2025Z264221
Amy L. HopeAPSStaff Liaison4/1/20138/1/2025M060656