Meet the Editors
Meet the Editors
Mark Pavletich is a veteran entrepreneur in the green industry . Has started and run 5 companies in the nursery , grounds maintenance, organic landcare and design build landscaping businesses. Mark has written the book “Greening America to Save the World” and the magazine “Organixx Today” as well as trade publications. His company ORGANIXX LLC. founded in 2011. pioneered organic land care in the Philadelphia market utilizing the products and practices on such prestigious properties as “Chanticleer Garden” a 36 acre botanical garden. His company ORGANIXX llc. developed an organic horticultural product line currently being distributed nationwide. Mark lives in Downingtown PA and has 2 children. He attended West Chester University and Villanova University.
Michael D. Parrish
Michael D. Parrish – Mr. Parrish has over 30 years of senior leadership experience in growing and acquiring various technology related businesses globally. Most recently, Mr. Parrish has been Chairman & CEO of several publicly traded companies and was founder and CEO for an environmental services business which was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine’s HOT 100 highlighting the top 100 start ups in America for 2004 as well as by INC magazine as the 7th fastest growing private environmental company on its INC500 list for 2006 and 2007. Previously, Mr. Parrish held various executive leadership positions with several General Electric Companies where he served in roles such as General Manager for global logistics and services for GE’s Water business. Earlier, as Managing Director for GE Capital specializing in ecommerce, six sigma, and productivity, he helped lead the effort to convert brick and mortar businesses to internet based operations. Prior to GE, Mr. Parrish served for 14 years on active duty in the U.S. Army where he held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility as an Army Aviator culminating as a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. Mr. Parrish has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as well as a Master’s in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the past President of the West Point Society of Philadelphia and served on the advisory boards of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resources Center, USO of Southeast Pennsylvania/New Jersey and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Dr. Elaine Ingham
Dr. Ingham has accumulated an extensive database about fungal biomass, bacterial biomass, protozoa, nematodes, microarthropods and mycorrhizal fungal colonization of root systems over the last few decades. These observations have come from all stages of succession, from agricultural systems as well as natural systems, and from every continent. This accumulated knowledge suggests a strong interaction between the food web of microorganisms present in the soil and the plants in each stage of succession (1985 – 2014).
You can check out Elaine’s biographical skech here.
Owner, BCWC Organics
Omar Thomas is a military combat veteran turned Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and entreprenuer. He is the owner of Bucks County Worm Casting Company and BCWC Organics. What started in 2010 primarily as an earthworm casting distribution and compost tea supply company has grown into a respected resource for eco-friendly, chemical-free landscaping and nutrient dense organic gardening products. BCWC Organics is a wholesale supplier to a growing number of forward thinking landscaping companies, nurseries, and farms that are on an organic mission. Omar attended William Paterson University and is a graduate of the Academy of Health and Science of the Armed Forces and The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.
Organic Turf Consultant
James Sottilo is nationally known as a pioneer in natural and organic tree, plant and turf care. His work spans from estates in Martha’s Vineyard, businesses and universities in Boston and Cambridge, museums and parks throughout New York City, farms and estates in Greenwich, Westchester and Long Island, corporate headquarters in New Jersey, Universities in Philadelphia and beyond.
Trained as an arborist combined with his knowledge of plant biology and plant management – he ventured into the world of soil biology. After close to 15 years of combining many years of success and failures, he was able to marry the two disciplines into a successful protocol at any phase of landscape development.
Harold "Skip" Wade
Skip Wade is 35+ year Organic enthusiast and was one of the first to specialize in Organic Lawn Care service. He participated in the Horticultural program at the State University of Farmingdale and has continued his passion for Organic Agriculture in both his professional and personal life ever since. Throughout his career, Skip has held the title of Superintendent at a number of golf courses on Long Island, including Gull Haven, Garden City Golf Club, Douglaston Golf Course, Cherry Valley Country Club, and more recently Cantiague Park Golf Course. In addition to working on the golf courses, Skip founded his own “Truly Organic” company, which specializes in Organic consulting for athletic fields, personal property, and golf courses. Since 2009 Skip was an active Partner (and Farmer) for Kaos Farms, which was the largest certified organic farm in Nassau County. Thanks to his professional expertise, Skip was named back to back Steward Award winner from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and has been asked to be a Guest Speaker at a number of conferences/events throughout the United States, most recently at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY.
Freelance Writer & Editor
Therese Ciesinski, healthylawns.co’s Freelance Writer, is a writer, editor, and public speaker on all things organic. An editor at Organic Gardening magazine for 13 years, her writing received a Gold and six Silver Media Awards from the Garden Writers Association. Therese has also written for Houzz.com, Coastal Home and Green Scene magazines, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She received her Master Gardener certification from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. Therese lives in Macungie, Pennsylvania.