Kevin Comcowich is chair of Arcadia’s board of directors and has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. Comcowich brings extensive business and financial leadership experience and a proven track record of success in investment management and global capital market strategies. He most recently served as the chief executive officer and portfolio manager of HTX Energy Fund in Houston, Texas. He was previously the president and chief investment officer (CIO) of Sound Energy Partners and served as CIO and research analyst for Southport Energy Plus Partners fund. Mr. Comcowich received his MBA from the University of Indiana and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. joined the board of directors in May 2018. He is the CEO of Landec Corporation, a company that designs, develops, manufactures and sells health and wellness products for food and biomaterials markets. Before joining Landec, Dr. Bolles served as the executive vice president, chief technology and operations officer of ConAgra Foods, where he directed the development and execution of multiple product innovations. Prior to ConAgra, he was the vice president of worldwide research and development for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods and the research and development director for Gerber Foods. Dr. Bolles is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in food science and a bachelors’ degree in microbiology. He holds several patents and has won numerous awards for his contributions to food science, the industry and academics.
Debbie Carosella joined the Arcadia board of directors in February 2021. She is the former CEO of Madhava Natural Sweeteners. A recognized leader in the natural and organic food industry, Ms. Carosella previously served as the senior vice president of innovation for Dean Foods/ WhiteWave Foods where she led the development of value-added brands across the company. Prior to that, she was on the executive leadership team at ConAgra Foods where she was both a general manager and innovator for numerous brands in a multitude of food categories. Ms. Carosella is a graduate of the University of Missouri. She currently advises multiple natural and organic companies on a broad range of business initiatives and serves on numerous corporate and non-profit boards.
Matt Plavan joined the board of directors in September 2019 after being appointed president and chief executive officer. Most recently, he served as president of Arcadia Specialty Genomics, a strategic business unit delivering innovations in hemp, after having joined the company as chief financial officer in 2016. Prior to joining Arcadia, Mr. Plavan served as CEO and board member of Cesca Therapeutics, Inc., and COO of ThermoGenesis Corp. He also led the finances, as CFO, of two high-tech private equity backed companies, positioning each for successful exits, following executive and senior management tenures at both McKesson and Ernst & Young, LLC. Mr. Plavan is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Lilian Shackelford Murray joined the board of directors in June 2018 and previously served as an observer to the Arcadia board from March 2007 until May 2015. Ms. Murray is the founder and manager of Dovedale Investments and a healthcare partner with Ponte Partners. Previously, she was a managing member of Saints Capital, a managing director and senior healthcare banker at Prudential Volpe Technology Group and its predecessor, Volpe, Brown Whelan, and she held senior positions with Wheat First Securities and Dean Witter Reynolds. Ms. Murray received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. Her prior board experience includes service as a director of eMedicine.com, Inc., Extended Care Information Network, Inc. and LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc.
Gregory D. Waller joined Arcadia’s board of directors in June 2017. He is the former chief financial officer (CFO) of Ulthera Corporation, a privately-held company providing ultrasound technology for aesthetic and medical applications, which was acquired by Merz North America in 2014. Previously, Mr. Waller was CFO of Universal Building Products and Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc., and vice president and treasurer of Kerr, Ormco Corporation, and Metrex. Mr. Waller has an MBA with a concentration in accounting from California State University, Fullerton. He has extensive experience serving on the boards of public companies and currently serves as a director for CHF Solutions.
Amy Yoder joined the Arcadia board in August 2017. She is president and CEO of Anuvia Plant Nutrients, a company that creates enhanced plant nutrition products from recycled organic waste sources. Ms. Yoder is the former president of Arysta LifeScience and has held a variety of sales, marketing and executive positions with companies throughout the agricultural and related industries, including Spectrum Brands, BioLab and United Agri Products. Ms. Yoder received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural technology and systems management from Michigan State University. She has served on boards of various agricultural associations and universities and currently serves as a director for Compass Minerals International.