TFA Advisory Board 

John Gray

Chairman & CEO, Katalina Holding Co., Inc.

Maria Marco

Professor, UC Davis

David Ehreth

President and Managing Partner Alexander Valley Gourmet, LLC, Home of Sonoma Brinery™

Drew Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Kitchen

Courtlandt Jennings

Founder, President, COO, Pickled Planet

Fred Breidt

Microbiologist, USDA-ARS

Alex Lewin

Author, Real Food Fermentation and Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond

Jeffrey Wilson

Meticulous LLC

Matt Hately

Principal, Spark Insights

Jared Schwartz (and Montana)

Operations Manager, Whitethorne LLC Home of Hawthorne Valley Ferments & Poor Devil Pepper Co.

Benjamin E. Wolfe

Associate Professor, Tufts University

Alex Corsini

Founder, A Sourdough Story

Kheedim Oh

Chief Minister of Kimchi, Mama O's Premium Kimchi

Robert Danhi

Chef, Curator of Cultures, Flavor360

Kirsten K. Shockey

Author and Fermentation Educator

Mark McTavish

CEO, McTavish Brands

About Us

The Fermentation Association (TFA) was established in 2017 to bring together and support food, beverage, and supplement producers who work with fermentation, with the mission of getting more people to enjoy more of those products. 

Meet the Team

Neal Vitale

Executive Director

Neal Vitale is a veteran of the events and information industries, and most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of 1105 Media, Inc., an integrated business-to-business event, information, and media company predominantly targeting specialized technology-oriented markets. Previously, Mr. Vitale was President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Marketing Group, America’s largest privately-held firm providing integrated marketing and promotional services; President and Chief Operating Officer of Petersen Publishing, a special-interest consumer publisher; and held a variety of management positions and was a member of the Executive Committee at Cahners Publishing Company (later Reed Business Information), a division of Reed Elsevier. Mr. Vitale has been involved in several industry associations; he is a former Chair of American Business Media (now part of SIIA) and Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO). He also is on or has served on several private company and not-for-profit Boards of Directors. Mr. Vitale received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married with one daughter (and three dogs), resides in Studio City, California, and is a dedicated food and wine enthusiast (as well as a lifelong Boston sports fan).

Amelia Nielson-Stowell


A former newspaper reporter, Amelia is an accomplished freelance writer with a diverse writing portfolio. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and social channels. A big foodie, Amelia loves researching and writing about the fermentation industry for TFA

Abraham Mo Langer

Marketing Director

Mo has over 20 years of experience helping organizations develop niche online and offline communities. He has handled audience development and marketing for numerous media and event organizations. Mo enjoys handling all marketing and technology functions for TFA.

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