CTIC Staff

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Dr. Dave Gustafson
Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Director

Dr. Dave Gustafson serves as Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Director for CTIC. His academic training was in chemical engineering (Stanford, B.S., 1980; University of Washington, Ph.D., 1983). He worked 30 years in private industry (Shell, Rhône-Poulenc, Monsanto), and then served at the ILSI Research Foundation as Director of the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) through 2016. Now an independent scientist, he leads multiple efforts helping food systems meet nutrition needs in more sustainable ways, including this current role at CTIC, which began in May 2018.

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Crystal Hatfield
Operations Director

Crystal is responsible for the overall administration, accounting, payroll, and human resource functions. Crystal also handles memberships, sponsorships, and tour registrations. Crystal assists the executive director with all other day to day operations. Crystal joined CTIC in the fall of 2014.

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Sue Tull
Project Manager

Sue joined CTIC in 2013. She works with multiple projects and partners and also assists CTIC staff with events, communications and administration. Sue spent most of her career in Plant Breeding Research, as a soybean technician and plant pathology lab manager. She has also worked with two Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Indiana, as a district technician and urban conservationist.

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Mike Smith
Project Director

Mike coordinates CTIC’s work on the ground. He was raised on a family farm in northern Indiana and witnessed the kind of challenges that have seen so many landowners transition from farmer to landlord. Before joining CTIC in 2015, worked for Indiana’s Dubois Co. SWCD, where he managed a soil health demonstration farm and first recognized conservation ag as a practical and enormous opportunity. Today, he focuses on CTIC’s efforts to put every acre of land to its best use.