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					DEX CONAWAY                                                                  dexorganix@gmail.com

PROFILE

Highly motivated Organic Food/Farming Professional and Permaculture Designer with 12 years of
experience in the organic and sustainable food(s) industry. Recognized as demonstrating strong
leadership qualities, efficient organizational skills, and a passion for the production and quality
management of sustainable foods and locally based food systems. Enthusiastic, flexible, and forward
thinking pioneer with solid communication skills and a strong desire to work collectively on key issues
vital to the success of the organization.

Areas of strength:

Organic Farming             Organic Certification              Community Supported Agriculture
Systems Design              Organic Foods Education            Local Food Systems
Permaculture Design         USDA National Organic Rule         Quality Management

WORK EXPERIENCE

Indiana Certified Organic, LLC                    Clayton, IN           2009-2010
Program Director:
Responsible for overseeing the organic certification program for all classifications of organic foods
production and handling. Managed certified client services and outreach and handled all National
Organic Program compliance issues for over 400 certified producers and handlers of organic products.
    Make determinations on new and continued certification requests for crop, wild crop, greenhouse,
       livestock and handling operations.
    Provide technical and regulatory interpretation services for all 400+ clients with respect to the
       language in CFR 205 National Organic Final Rule, EC 834/2007 European Union Organic
       Regulation and Canadian/US equivalency trade agreement.
    Draft policy, workplace procedural guidelines and specific guidance documents to certified clients
       as directed from the USDA National Organic Program.

HEB Grocery Company, Inc.          San Antonio, TX              2007-2008
Quality Assurance Technologist—Central Market Own Brand:
Manage the quality and safety of Central Market “All Natural” and “Organic” products to ensure 100%
satisfaction and attainment of HEB business goals. Drafted procedures and guidelines for suppliers to
meet Central Market All Natural Food Standards.
     Act as organic foods quality consultant to outside and company-owned manufacturers.
     Conducted educational seminars and workshops for retail store managers and regional food safety
        and quality department heads on organic production and handling practices.
     Developed product knowledge for all product categories in the Central Market Brand to include
        manufacture and industry, and manufacturing systems used to produce products.

Certification Reviewer: 2002-present
Responsible for ensuring client compliance with USDA National Organic Rule after annual on-site audit.
    Analyzed inspector audits for clarity and consistency.
    Drafted reports determining certification eligibility.
    Calculated and determined organic status of multi-ingredient products.
    Conducted materials reviews for products intended for use in organic operations.
Organic Inspector:         2006-present
Responsible for conducting annual on-site audit/inspection for new and existing certified producer and
handler operations under the National Organic Standard (CFR 205).
    Inspected produce, field crops, livestock, multi-ingredient handlers and retail operations for
      compliance with USDA Organic Regulation.
    Ensured the existence and maintenance of an adequate organic system plan.
    Conducted 120+ annual audits over two year period (2006-2007).

Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana       Indianapolis, IN           2002
Field Organizer:
Responsible for canvassing targeted neighborhoods in an effort to raise funds and deliver current socio-
ecological concerns of the organization to the general public.
     Educated general public on comprehensive CAC renewable energy policy for the state of Indiana
       while gathering widespread support through door-to-door communications and fund raising.
     Canvassed over $1,000 dollars for three weeks within a 3 month period in urban and rural
       districts in central Indiana.

Hoosier Environmental Council                     Indianapolis, IN           2001
Field Organizer:
Responsible for canvassing targeted neighborhoods in an effort to raise funds and deliver current socio-
ecological concerns of the organization to the general public.
    Discussed the impact of harmful polluting provisions made in the current Indiana Groundwater
       Rule through door-to-door member and non-member communications.
    Successfully raised over 275 dollars in one canvass outing, and accomplished departmental
       fundraising quota over 85% of the time during employment.
    Worked closely with Hoosier Environmental Council Policy Team in order to bring a clear and
       concise campaign message to the general public.

Center Valley Organic Farm and CSA      Clayton, IN           2000-2003
CSA Farm Manager
Responsible for the day-to-day farm management and member operations.
    Performed numerous tasks including but not limited to plantings, cultivation, harvesting, post-
       harvest handling and marketing of certified organic crops.
    Coordinated CSA member deliveries and on-site pickups.
    Conducted community outreach through CSA educational and promotional services.
    Communicated with 45+ CSA members throughout the growing season in order to best
       accommodate their nutritional needs and requests.

EDUCATION
BA   Indiana University (IUPUI) Anthropology

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS
2009 ACA Annual Training—All Things Organic Conference; Chicago, IL
2009 Canada Organic Regulations
2008 SQF Practitioner Certification—HEB University; San Antonio, TX
2008 HACCP Certification—Texas A&M & Southwest Meat Association
2006 Permaculture Design Certificate--Shagbark Collective; Lazy Black Bear—Paoli, Indiana
2006 Organic Prairie Beef and Hog Production Workshop—Lebanon, Indiana
2003 Organic University Presentation and Workshop--Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference—
     LaCrosse, Wisconsin
2002 EU and JAS Compliance Workshop— Hosted by QAI--All Things Organic—Austin, Texas

AWARDS
2007        Who’s Who Among Students Award—Indiana University
2004-2007   Sam Masarachia Scholarship Award
2004-2007   Deans List—School of Liberal Arts

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
2011-present   Founding Member—South Central Indiana Ecovillage Project—Center for
               Community Empowerment
               http://www.indianacommunity.org/ecovillage.html
2010-present   Council of Elder/Advisor---Bloomington Cooperative Plots
               http://directory.ic.org/22483/Bloomington_Cooperative_Plots_Eco_Village
2010           Co-Speaker—Transition Cities and Permaculture—Bioneers Conference
               http://www.bluegrassbioneers.org/schedules/bioneersprogramfinal.pdf
2009-2010      Transition Initiating Group—Transition Bloomington, IN
               http://transitionbloomington.org/Sponsors/sponsors.htm
2008-present   Technical Advisory Board—The Non GMO Project
               http://www.nongmoproject.org/about/governance/technical-advisory-board/
2002-present   Director-- Hoosier Organic Marketing & Education (HOME)

				
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