Learn about the people who make TAI work:
|Philip A. Blalock, President|
Philip A. "Phil" Blalock is the founder and President of Triangle Associates Inc. Phil also serves as the Executive Director for the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs.
From 1999 until 2001, Phil served in the Clinton Administration as the Deputy Executive Director for State Operations for the Farm Service Agency (EDSO). The EDSO office is responsible for oversight of all field operations and delivery of programs through the county office system of the FSA. The office also directly supervises the State Offices and the State Committees.
From 1991 through 1998, Phil served as a marketing specialist with the State Farmers Markets for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture under Commissioner James A. Graham. While at this post Phil acted as the Administrator for the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, which operate in 36 markets and 34 counties across the state.
Phil also has experience in the private sector where he founded, owns and serves on the boards of Triangle Feed and Supply Inc. as well as Triangle Farm and Home Inc., a full service farm store operation and garden center in Durham, North Carolina. He also oversees the family hay production operation.
Phil is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Animal Science and remains an active member of the N.C. State alumni association and the Wolfpack Club.
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|Dawn R. Riley|
Dawn R. Riley has dedicated over ten years experience to working in the government and public service arena. Beginning her public service in Kentucky, Ms. Riley has worked with event planning, worked in the office of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, served as office manager for a private company and a trade association, worked as a campaign manager, and served on a presidential inaugural committee. Riley rounded out her extensive experience working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in many capacities including Acting Deputy Undersecretary, Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary.
Beginning in 2001 through 2004, Ms. Riley worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her first responsibility was as Acting Deputy Undersecretary for the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services mission area, as well as the Acting Deputy Undersecretary for the Research, Education and Economics mission area. She served as a representative of the Secretary and USDA to members of Congress, Congressional Committees, and other agencies concerning USDA policies. Riley helped develop policies for both long and short-term programs, correlated and presented policy and program recommendations to the Secretary and policy groups, directed necessary studies and analyses of those studies, and advised the Secretary on recommendations for policy changes.
From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Riley worked as the Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, for the Research, Education and Economics mission area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She directed the legislative staff, and continued to serve as liaison to the Secretary's Office, agencies within the USDA, other Cabinet Departments, members of Congress, and Congressional Committees. Riley was responsible for developing and implementing activities to enhance and support the Research, Education and Economics Mission Area while advising the Under Secretary and other appropriate staff on activities, in particular, those related to Homeland Security issues.
In 2004, Ms. Riley served in the public arena as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary, continuing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Serving as Chief of Staff, she coordinated the daily schedules for the Secretary/Deputy Secretary, Office of the Secretary (OSEC), administrative functions and the policy review process. Riley scheduled the Deputy's travel and staffed him on major trips, also serving as a surrogate representative when schedules prevented the Deputy's attendance. Riley served as an advisor in every aspect of Departmental operations including but not limited to homeland security, budget, hiring, congressional relations, foreign assistance, food and nutrition issues, research and education, food safety, natural resources and environment, farm programs, and inspection of animals and plants.
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|Paul B. Darby|
Mr. Darby was born and raised in a small town in North Central Kansas. After attending Kansas State University, Mr. Darby edited publications for a Midwest regional grain marketing cooperative. In 1976, he was named to the staff of Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland. Mr. Darby worked for ten years with the trade association representing the Farm Credit System, prior to establishing his consulting firm in 1994.
Mr. Darby's consulting firm represents a diverse group of clients, primarily involved in food and agriculture issues. These include agricultural cooperatives, limited liability companies, and state commissioners of agriculture. He also serves as an advisor to an international firm engaged in fire and accident investigations.
In 1999, Mr. Darby facilitated the establishment of the Southern States Cooperative Foundation, a non-profit organization providing technical assistance to farmers to help establish value-added agricultural businesses, primarily cooperatives. He also serves as the foundation's executive director.
In December 2002, Mr. Darby established the Coats for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that every child who needs a winter coat receives a new one.
Mr. Darby attended Kansas State University from 1967-71, majoring in political science/pre-law.
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|C. Douglas Richardson|
C. Douglas "Doug" Richardson worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA) [formerly the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service] for more than 34 years prior to his retirement in August 1999. Doug worked in three different county FSA offices in NC, the NC State FSA Office, and in the Tobacco and Peanuts Division in USDA's national office. While working in the county FSA offices he worked with all farm programs administered by the FSA at the local level. In the NC State FSA office he was responsible for the tobacco and peanut programs and farm reconstitutions. In 1983, Doug began work in USDA's national office working with the tobacco program in various capacities until he retired in 1999 as the Deputy Director, Tobacco and Peanuts Division.
In 2000-2001, Doug was the Executive Director of the President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting Public Health (Tobacco Commission). The Tobacco Commission issued its Final Report on May 14, 2001, recommending a buyout of tobacco quota owners and growers, replacing the old quota system with production permits, providing diversification assistance to tobacco farmers and their communities, and regulating manufactured tobacco products to improve the public health.
Doug has performed consulting work for various groups including J.P. Morgan Chase, Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and several law firms regarding tobacco related issues.
Doug was raised on a small tobacco farm in Piedmont, NC, attended NC State University and graduated from Draughon Business College.
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Jennifer Hayes graduated from East Central University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and in 1999 from Oklahoma State University with a Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication. While attending college, Jennifer began working for the Chickasaw Nation in Ada, OK, with their nutrition programs. She has over 10 years experience in working with the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs.
Jennifer and her husband, Jeff, live with their and two children, Blakelee and Clayton, in Ada, OK.
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|Jenny C.J. Chang, Special Assistant to Mr. Blalock|
Jenny C.J. Chang graduated from NC State University in 2000 with a Batchelor's of Science degree in Biohemistry. While at NC State she was elected Student Body President, Senior Class President, and served on the Board of Trustees. She was also awarded a Harry S. Truman scholarship for post-graduate study and dedication for a career in public service.
Upon graduation, Jenny did an internship with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights section where she did legal research on the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Then she joined the staff of David Price for Congress as an assistant fundraiser, database manager, and compliance officer.
In March of 2001 she joined the personal office of Congressman David Price as a Special Assistant where she managed the Washington, DC front office. After 2 1/2 years, she joined the staff of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney as a Legislative Correspondent. Last year, after 4 years working on Capitol Hill, Jenny joined Triangle Associates as a Special Assistant and Consultant.
Jenny passed away April 29, 2006, after a 4-year battle against breast cancer. A memorial has been established online at www.changgang.org.
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