Project Management Committee and Administrative Advisors

The Project Management Committee (PMC) serves as the board of directors for the IR-4 Project and is made up of regional directors and administrative advisors (AA) from each of IR-4’s regions and USDA-ARS, as well as leadership from the IR-4 Commodity Liaison Committee and representatives from USDA-NIFA.

The PMC meets three times a year in Spring (March), Summer (July) and Fall (October), to develop policies and procedures, set operational budgets within funding limitation, review the status of ongoing programs, and ensure the program’s overall goals are being met. To register for a PMC Meeting, please send a request to register to:

Upcoming meetings:

Fall 2023 PMC Meeting  |  October 23-25 (details coming soon)

View past PMC meeting minutes here.

Jerry J. Baron *
Executive Director – IR-4 Project Headquarters
NC State University
1730 Varsity Drive
Suite 210
Raleigh, NC, 27606
Phone: 919-515-3166
Cell: 908-627-4213

Douglas Buhler
Administrative Advisor – North Central Region
Michigan State University Agricultural Experiment Station
109 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI, 48824-1039
Phone: 517-355-0123 x 107

John Mark Davis
Administrative Advisor – Southern Region
University of Florida/IFAS
Food Agricultural Experiment Station
G040 McCarty Hall D, PO Box 110200
Gainesville, FL, 32611-0200
Phone: 352-392-1784

Liwei Gu *
Director – Southern Region
University of Florida
Food Science & Human Nutrition
P.O. Box 110370
Gainesville, FL, 32611
Phone: 352-392-1991

Mary Hausbeck *
Director – North Central Region
Michigan State University
Plant Biology Laboratories
612 Wilson Road
Room 140
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-355-4534

Matt Hengel (PMC Chair)*
Director – Western Region
University of California Davis
Department of Environmental Toxicology
4218 Meyer Hall
450 Bioletti Way
Davis, CA, 95616
Phone: 530-752-2402

Marcel Holyoak
Administrative Advisor – Western Region
University of California
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA, 95616-8588
Cell: 530-867-3391

Moses T. Kairo
Administrative Advisor – Northeast Region
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences
Suite 3055, Richard A. Hazel Hall
Princess Anne, MD, 21853
Phone: 410-651-6072

Steven Lommel (ex officio HQ)
NC State University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Patterson Hall 201B, Box 7643
Raleigh, NC, 27695
Phone: 919-515-2717

Joseph Munyaneza
Administrative Advisor – USDA-ARS
5601 Sunnyside Ave., GWCC Room 4-2214
Beltsville, MD, 20705-5139
Phone: 301-504-4562

Michelle Samuel-Foo
USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-985-5191

Todd Scholz (CLC Chair) *
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
2780 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, ID, 83843-4024
Phone: 208-882-3023
Cell: 208-596-5025

Alvin Simmons *
U.S. Vegetable Laboratory
2700 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC, 29414
Phone: 843-402-5307

Simon Zebelo *
Director – Northeastern Region
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Department of Agriculture Food and Resource Sciences
Department of Natural Sciences
1117 Trigg Hall
Princess Anne, MD, 21853
Phone: 410-651-6163

* Voting Member