Coffee Quality Institute has a staff that supports a large network of coffee communities around the world.
As CEO of CQI, Tina focuses on strategic growth and impact, as well as worldwide advocacy. She joined the staff in 2019, attracted to CQI’s solid mission, passionate staff and volunteers, and global reach. Tina brings her breadth of experience in a wide range of nonprofit settings—including education, research, environmental conservation, and third-party certification in the water industry—to help shape the Institute’s market impact, accelerate public and private business development, and increase operational efficiency. Tina has a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, as well as executive training in strategy and finance from Harvard Business School.
In her role as Senior Director– Partnerships, Lisa leads CQI’s efforts to amplify impact through working with other entities. That includes international NGOs, but also local coffee boards and associations, and state and national organizations.
Lisa is also one of CQI’s longest serving employees, and as such is uniquely qualified to ensure that strategic decisions are implemented across all departments.
Her experience includes management for both for-profit and non-profit organizations, with a background in small-scale organic farming in New England, sales and marketing development for a west coast produce distribution company, and youth and community development organizations. Lisa holds a BA Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic (Maine, USA).
Michael graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting in 1991. He spent the next five years as controller of a small service-industry corporation in Hermosa Beach. In 1996, after passing the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam, he began work at a public accounting firm in Newport Beach. There he spent the next four years gaining experience in many different industries, including not-for-profit entities and organizations reporting to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Defense. He was licensed as a CPA in 1999. In 2000, Michael started his own accounting firm, Michael J. Pomerleau, C.P.A., Inc. and began consulting work with CQI and the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) in 2002. Michael became Director of Finance for CQI in 2004.
Emma joined CQI in 2018 and has worked to support many areas within the organization, including managing public projects, the Post-Harvest Processing program, research projects, and developing education content. As Director, Education Resources, she oversees the growth, distribution, and success of the CQI Education and Products divisions. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Botany, a B.A. in Ecology, and received a post-graduate certificate from the Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program. Before coming to the coffee industry, she worked with a variety of laboratory and field research projects in plant physiology, biology, ecology, enology, and climate change science.
An experienced member of the nonprofit community, Kristin joined CQI in 2019 to help raise awareness and identify new opportunities in coffee's global marketplace. Kristin oversees all marketing and communications activities.
Kristin works across the organization to help staff and in-country partners maximize the impact of their work through education and recognition. She ensures that CQI is properly and effectively represented in print, public events and electronic media.
Prior to joining CQI Kristin worked in diverse nonprofit organizations, from Girl Scouts to wetland conservation, always believing in the power of a well-executed mission to positively impact people and their environments. She holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University.
Yimara joined CQI in 2022. As manager of the Post-Harvest Processing program, she is a valued member of the education team, responsible for vision and implementation of the program. She grew up in Colombia, the daughter of smallholder coffee farmers, and developed an appreciation for coffee education at a young age. Yimara is a skilled quality analyst as well as an experienced post-harvest processing professional, and her experience as an educator has taken her around the world, informing her understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by coffee producers.
Todd joined CQI staff in 2020 as the Q Program Manager. With 25 years of experience in the coffee industry and his role as a Q Instructor he is uniquely qualified to serve in this position. He has conducted training and consulting projects in consuming and producing countries worldwide. Todd is also an Authorized SCA Trainer AST and member of the Education Advisory Council for the Specialty Coffee Association SCA.
Dylan joined CQI in 2022 as Program Manager. In this role he is responsible for the planning, implementation, and reporting of CQI’s grant-funded coffee program activities and events, including but not limited to training in quality evaluation, quality improvement and post-harvest processing, market linkage activities and trade events, as well as customized solutions to support partnerships’ objectives and needs.
Dylan holds a B.A. in International Service from American University. Prior to joining CQI, Dylan supported the implementation of public- and private-sector funded programs for several for-profit and non-profit international development organizations and has nearly 10 years of experience as a barista
Kim's work as the Manager - Education Services at CQI centers around both Q Grader and Q Processing program. Working closely with Emma Sage, Kim adds value to the programs through her exceptional customer service skills and fresh perspectives.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of California, Irvine. Her interests include: cats, music, museums, Hello Kitty, coffee, food, and reading, and she has a passion for community.
Before joining the CQI team, she worked for the Specialty Coffee Association and was mainly responsible for the growth and management of the Campus Program, training of new instructors, Campus inspectors and inspections, and teaching basic courses on coffee brewing.
Josh joined CQI as Education Production Coordinator in 2022, working to support CQI’s educational programming by designing multi-media content and formatting materials to be clear, consistent, visually interesting, and engaging.
Josh graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Communication. Before coming to CQI, Josh taught ESL to adult English learners at several colleges in the Chicago area. After that, he worked in the study abroad office of his alma mater, designing posters, creating videos and helping to manage application systems.
In his free time, Josh enjoys going on bike rides, playing and recording music, and learning about cities and urban design.
As the Database and Account Administrator, Carrie is the main administrative contact for the Q Programs and also oversees the online database.
She has experience with a focus in administrative and customer service support in various settings, including the financial field and her most recent positions in Accounting and Education with Specialty Coffee Association.
In her free-time she enjoys hiking the sunny trails of Southern California, camping, and cats.
Brittany (Brit) is the Marketing Coordinator at CQI, providing marketing and communications support to all CQI areas of focus. Her background in specialty coffee sales as a trader has allowed her to interact with all individuals in the coffee world – from producers to roasters. She loves interacting with people and presents this through her customer service efforts and communication skills.
Brit holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Management and Marketing) from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She loves dogs, coffee, yoga, plants and anything pertaining to Halloween.
Before joining CQI, Brit worked as a trader for a specialty coffee importer where she sold green coffee to roasters throughout the U.S. She also purchased green coffee from several origins and evaluated green/roasted coffee daily. She teaches yoga on the weekends!
As an Education Program Coordinator, Laura supports and manages CQI Educators, course/class processes, and day-to-day tasks such as data entry, customer service, and course/class organization, while also coordinating larger Education team projects that improve and update CQI's processes.
Laura has managed a coffee roasting company and café which included a location in the Bay Islands of Honduras and the roasting company funded the education of Miskito children in Nicaragua. Laura has also visited coffee farms in Siguatepeque, Honduras. She holds a B.S. Degree in Interior Design and has experience in database management and building online shopping platforms for companies.
In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, creating watercolors, and baking, and she has two spoiled Siberian Huskies.