Protect The Harvest Advisory Committee
Nancy E. Halpern is a partner, registered patent attorney,founder and chair of the Animal Law Practice Group at Fox Rothschild LLP, and former chair of the Animal Law Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law where she teaches Animal Law. Previously working as a licensed veterinarian in New Jersey, she has served as director of the Division of Animal Health for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and New Jersey's state veterinarian, and served on the State Board of Veterinary Medicine Examiners (SBVME) for nearly a decade. In these posts, she was responsible for the state’s emergency response regarding animal care concerns in the event of natural or man-made disasters; supervision of the sole animal health diagnostic laboratory in New Jersey; and implementation of regulatory and statutory provisions governing animal care, well-being and safety, as well as animal disease surveillance and control.
Dallas Hockman has a long history in agricultural business, both domestic and internationally. He has an extensive background in the area of sales, marketing, product development, brand management, business management, and public relations. Dallas is the Vice President of Industry Relations for the National Pork Producers Council. In his current role he is responsible for enhancing relationships with retailers, foodservice, and food manufactures with the pork supply chain. He serves as spokesman for Industry Issues to the food chain and leads the Crisis Management and Response for the food chain.
Previous to NPPC, Dallas was Vice President of Demand Enhancement for the National Pork Board, responsible for the National Pork Board’s product marketing programs worldwide. Prior to joining National Pork Board, Dallas held marketing and management positions for Cargill and Purina Mills. Dallas has served on several agriculture association boards, advisory panels, and task forces. He currently serves on the Executive Committee Board of Directors of the Animal Ag Alliance. A native of Missouri, Mr. Hockman earned bachelors and master’s degrees in animal science from the University of Missouri.
Tad Whitten has been the owner and operator of Motorsports Management, Inc. for the past 30 years. He was born and raised on his family's farm which was homesteaded in the 1800's. His youth years were spent on the family dairy farm and during the summers he would work on his uncle's cow calf ranch in Iowa. Tad and his wife were both in 4-H and were also FFA officers in high school. His son has also followed in his footsteps in the same organizations. His family history in American agriculture can be traced back 6 generations and were involved in many agriculture organizations, agriculture education programs, and agriculture companies.
Michelle Pardo is a partner in the Washington, DC office of the national law firm Duane Morris LLP where she heads the Animal Law practice and co-chairs the Fashion, Retail and Consumer Branded Products industry group.
Michelle has dedicated her legal practice to representing businesses and institutions that feature or utilize animals or animal products and has obtained a national profile in the areas of animal law and defending against animal rights litigation. She has been involved in judicial, administrative (including the USDA, FWS and FTC) and legislative disputes with most of the major animal rights organizations for nearly 20 years.
Michelle also handles media relations and crisis communications for her clients. Her media work includes interviews with “The Today Show,” MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Fox News and print interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, The National Law Journal, and the Associated Press. She regularly contributes to Duane Morris’ Animal Law Developments blog and the podcast Zoo Logic.
Ms. Aurelia Skipwith is a scientist-attorney with expertise in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, and wildlife.
She was confirmed by the United States Senate as the 22nd Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was responsible for the federal management of fish, wildlife, plants, and their natural habitats. She managed over 8,500 employees and 850 million acres of land and water.
Her career spans multiple industry sectors, including government, privately-held and Fortune 500 companies. She worked in the divisions of regulatory sciences, corporate affairs, product development for soil health and new crops, and block-chain technology for supply chains. As a businesswoman, biologist, and lawyer, she is a strong advocate for the use of science in the development of natural resources and preserving landowner rights, all while maintaining the integrity of the environment.
Skipwith was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and graduated from the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities in Muncie, IN, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Howard University, a Master’s Degree in Molecular Genetics from Purdue University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.