Hans Kok, Ph.D., CCA
Dr. Hans Kok is an independent agricultural conservation consultant based out of Indianapolis. Hans was one of the founding members of the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems initiative, and helped launch the Soil Health Partnership. Dr. Kok received Bachelors in Environmental Science and Masters in Agricultural Engineering degrees from the Agricultural University in The Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Idaho. He has written numerous soil and water conservation extension publications, educational materials, and refereed journal articles.
Dave Gustafson is an independent scientist overseeing the OpTIS program for CTIC, drawing upon his experience in predictive modeling and data analysis. The former chairman of the board and interim executive director of CTIC, Dave brings his agribusiness experience with Monsanto, Rhone-Poulenc and Shell and work on the ILSI Research Foundation and National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee to the challenge. Educated as a chemical engineer, Dave holds a BS from Stanford and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Werblow has worked with CTIC since the early ‘90s, helping promote conservation practices across the country. A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Steve is a two-time American Agricultural Editors Association Writer of the Year, award-winning photographer, and self-described "soil hugger.” He is based in Ashland, Oregon, and has covered agricultural stories on six continents for a wide range of farm magazines.
CTIC Executive Director
Mike Komp is CTIC's Executive Director. In his previous work for the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and GeoSpatial Services in Winona, Minnesota, Mike developed his expertise in program development, agricultural technology, and geospatial science. An active outdoorsman and community volunteer, Mike holds master's degrees in geographic information science and business administration from St. Mary's University in Minnesota, and a BS from the University of Wisconsin. He joined CTIC in 2019.