Marianne Smith Edge

Marianne has over 30 years of experience providing strategic nutrition consulting and communication strategy for the food and healthcare industry, ranging from biotechnology and food sustainability to food safety and consumer health issues.

  • Former Senior VP, Nutrition & Food Safety Communications, International Food Information Council, Washington, DC
  • Nationally recognized speaker in consumer insights and food systems issues.
  • Marianne a past president of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and served two terms on the USDA National Research, Extension, Education, & Economics Advisory Board, the advisory board to the Secretary of Agriculture.

Jeev Singh

Jeev has a decade of experience in consulting, strategy, and corporate development. He has worked in technology, finance, and consumer products industries. His geographic experience includes living and working in North America, Western Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Terri Zaczyk

Terri is a certified Project Management Professional with more than fifteen years of experience managing global operations and technology programs inside cross-functional matrix organizations. Her work experience spans projects with clients in nuclear, aerospace, automotive, and life science industries, among others. Terri’s career experience also includes leadership roles with acquisition and integration projects.

Education & Certification

  • BS in Business Management and Organizational Development – University of Mount Olive
  • PMP from The Project Management Institute

Nancy Himmelfarb

Nancy Himmelfarb shows businesses how to leverage sustainability to build trust, competitive advantage and impact. She has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies, industry associations and smaller organizations develop impactful sustainability strategies, positioning, and corporate communications. She brings particular expertise in stakeholder engagement, governance matters and reporting, with 15 years’ experience as corporate attorney, C-Suite executive and board advisor for public and private companies. Nancy is on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council, frequently writes for sustainability-related publications, and speaks at industry conferences and company meetings. She holds a B.A. with Distinction from Stanford University, a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and a graduate certificate in sustainability management from University of Chicago.

Her expertise includes:

    • Sustainability positioning & strategy
    • Materiality
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Board work & overall sustainability governance
    • Sustainability reporting, including alignment with ESG criteria, SDGs, GRI, SASB & other reporting frameworks
    • Other sustainability communications

Clay Moyer

Clay graduated from The University of Tulsa in May 2020 and joined Context in June 2020. At TU, he was Founder and President of Aspiring Management and Marketing Professionals, a student in the Global Scholars Program, and served as a Student Representative on TU’s University Council. His agriculture background consists of working on his family’s cattle ranch, interning at the Southern Plains Range Research Station, and working for a biopesticide startup in Panama called Advanced Biocontrollers.

Sarah Aubrey

Sarah Beth Aubrey’s mission is to enhance success and profitability in agriculture and rural communities by building capacity in people.

She believes everyone has a unique definition of success and strives to foster that potential whether through one-on-one executive coaching, by facilitating peer groups, or by leading boards through change-based planning initiatives.

An entrepreneur since 2003, in 2015 she founded A.C.T., Aubrey Coaching & Training, a performance-based leadership training and executive coaching firm. In January 2018 she launched Elevate Ag, a farmer and agribusiness CEO peer group network program.

Sarah began her career with Novartis moving next into business development and training with ABG, Inc. Entrepreneurial at heart, at 26 she launched a retail meat business and at 30 a grant writing firm. Both businesses have been sold to investors. As the former CEO of Prosperity Ag, LLC, She wrote over 300 successful grants, in 39 states, yielding nearly $60 million.

A partial list of clients includes: Nutrien/Crop Production Services, Valent USA, American Feed Industry Association, the National Sorghum Association, Indiana Farm Bureau, the State of Indiana, Brock Grain Handling, Purdue University, Wabash Valley Power Company, Farm Journal Media, Vectren, Virginia’s Ag Region 2000, NTCA The Rural Broadband Association, and Beck Ag, CornProTrailers, and Bayer Crop Science.

Education & Certification
•BS, Agricultural Communications – University of Illinois
•MS, Strategic Communication – Purdue University

Jeffrey Verpaalen

Jeffrey Verpaalen has joined The Context Network as Associate Principal following more than 25 years of business experience in the chemical, food, pharma, and seed industry. Strong and broad international experience with prior leadership roles in Europe, South America and the United States. Based in Europe Jeffrey will work directly with Context Principals, clients and project teams to deliver management consulting and strategy solutions in support of our mission for advancing agriculture globally.

Kayla Hedrick

Kayla Hedrick is a proven strategic marketing professional with more than 15-years of experience dedicated to the agriculture industry. Her background spans the supply chain from seed research through end-use product, including special focuses in row crow production, ag lending, renewable fuels, precision agriculture, grower organizations and soy processing/end uses. She’s led planning and execution for established brands and startups, introducing new thinking to existing thought processes. She lives in rural Illinois with her husband. She brings the following skills to the team:

  • B2B customer insights and message development
  • Cross-industry collaboration and joint initiatives
  • Integrated, multi-channel marketing campaigns from market research to go-to-market strategies.
  • Digital, print, broadcast content strategy and development
  • Event planning and facilitation
  • Lead generation through public relations, internal communications and advertising channels
  • Training development and execution

Education & Certification

  • B.S. Agriculture Communications and Education, University of Illinois

Virgil Sparks

Virgil is a successful senior manager with experience as a Leader in Agriculture Research & Development and Seeds Supply Chain. Expertise in directing a team of geographically dispersed applied scientists responsible for field experiments resulting in the delivery of high performing crop varieties, hybrids and crop protection products. Strengths in product evaluation, product development, seed production and product marketing of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, grain sorghum and cotton. Management skills extend to the international markets of Brazil, Argentina and Chile for Product Development and Seed Production. His expertise includes:

  • Head North America Soybean Product Evaluation, Syngenta Crop Protection
  • Head of North America Corn and Soybean Development, Syngenta Seeds
  • Director of Soybean Product Development, GarstSeed Company
  • Director of Operations, GarstSeed Company
Education & Certification
BS, Agribusiness, Southeast Missouri State University

Tiffany Agard

Tiffany Agard joined The Context Network in 2017 from an agricultural consulting background focused in value chain research of row crops such as wheat, soy, and corn and tropical commodities such as coffee and cocoa. Her key focus is value chain research and engaging in private-public partnerships to enhance agricultural productivity and profitability. Within Context, Tiffany has conducted M&E analysis and field evaluations for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project on improving productivity in drought tolerant crops in West Africa. Additionally, she has helped develop curriculum and provide business advisory support to seed system value chain players as they work to incorporate new multiplication technology.

Before joining Context, Tiffany worked as a political and public affairs assistant to the US Embassy in The Gambia, where she led efforts with the FAO to identify regions at-risk for famine and assess agricultural rice policies and initiatives. Tiffany has also studied cocoa value chains and production in Ecuador, leading a team to engage in improved post-harvest techniques for cocoa and supporting consumer awareness campaigns for chocolate retail companies in the U.S.

Education & Certification
•BA, Harvard University in Government, minor in Anthropology

Tiffany has lived and worked in established and emerging markets, most notably, Latin America, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa.