Staff & Bios
Staff and BiosMatt Seeley | Tonya Antle | Dana Davis | Jill Tebbe | Shane Gillard
Co-Founder and CEO
A dedicated 30-year veteran of the organic fresh produce industry, Matt Seeley is the co-founder and CEO of the Organic Produce Network (OPN), which launched in January 2017. OPN grew out of the success of the first Organic Produce Summit in 2016 – a first-year sell out event -- which Matt founded with the help of a group of equally passionate volunteers.
Coming back to media and events is a career full-circle for Matt. His career started in the fresh produce industry on the media side: in 1983 he joined the staff of The Packer, one of the leading sources for produce-related news, and in 1985, he became editor of the Fresh Produce Council Digest, the official publication of the Fresh Produce and Floral Council.
In 1987, Matt joined The Nunes Company as marketing manager, where he spearheaded the Foxy Brand’s entry into the growing market for organic produce. His success earned him the role of vice president for marketing and brand management at the company, which now offers more than 30 organic products.
“There is tremendous growth potential for organics in fresh produce and also in connection with other food categories such as juices and the beverage industry at large, as well as nutraceuticals, the snacking category and exports,” he said.
Seeley has served on the California Leafy Greens Marketing Association Board of Directors and the Ag against Hunger Board of Directors. He was born in upstate New York and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Journalism. He is married with two daughters and lives in Salinas, CA.
Co-Founder and EVP
A driving force in farming and produce for more than 30 years, Tonya Antle is the Co-founder and EVP of the Organic Produce Network (OPN), which launched in January 2017. She is among the true advocates and trailblazers in organic produce, helping to propel it from the fringe to mainstream grocery retailers.
For more than 13 years, Tonya led the organic charge from her role as vice president of organic sales at Earthbound Farm, the country’s leading brand of organic vegetables and salads. She was instrumental in helping to build the brand to its half billion-dollar sales level. Tonya has also consulted for leading U.S. venture capital firms about investments in the organic category.
Tonya’s achievements have been recognized with an abundance of industry awards. She is the 2016 co-recipient, along with her husband, Rick, of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2003 recipient of the Women in Produce achievement award; and the 2017 Ag Against Hunger Agricultural Woman of the Year Award.
In 2010, she joined the Ag Business Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as an adjunct professor in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Marketing. She also guest lectures at Hartnell Junior College’s Ag Business Department and at California State University Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) School of Business. She currently is a member of the Women’s Fund Leadership Council which is a field of interest fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, where she recently completed a $1.5 million endowment campaign for this fund. Tonya also serves on the Panetta Institute Foundation Board.
Tonya grew up on her family’s table grape and citrus farm in Delano, California.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from the University of California at Irvine. Her time is well-balanced among her entrepreneurial role in the organic produce industry, community volunteerism, and family.
Dana Davis is President of her own sales and marketing firm, Tyger Sales and Marketing, LLC, where she works on behalf of many produce industry associations and publications. Prior to establishing Tyger Sales and Marketing, she worked for the Produce Marketing Association for more than nine years, Rodale Press and ALDI, Inc. In 2007, Dana was recognized as one of the produce industry’s 40 Under 40 by Produce Business. She received her BS degree in Marketing at Penn State University and is a life-member of the Penn State Alumni Association. Dana lives in Nottingham, PA with her husband, Jack, and their son, Ty.
Marketing & Administrative Assistant
Jill Tebbe’s joined the Organic Produce Network team in 2017, bringing with her five years of marketing experience earned in roles at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Moxxy Marketing, the American Quarterhorse Association, and the The Big Fresno Fair. Jill’s expertise is in helping brand tell their stories by developing compelling content for social media, public relations, and strategic advertising.
A Salinas local, Jill is a graduate of Leadership Salinas Valley Class 42 and has spent time volunteering for a variety of organizations including Women’s Education and Leadership Hartnell College and the California Rodeo Salinas. She graduated from California State University, Fresno in 2011
Marketing & Administrative Coordinator
Shane Gillard joined Organic Produce Network in 2017. He is a recent Agribusiness graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he studied agricultural marketing and public policy. In addition to leading all marketing efforts for the Agribusiness Management Club, he led his team to victory in the 2017 National Agri-Marketing Association’s student marketing competition.
Before joining OPN, Shane gained valuable internship experience in economic analysis and public policy while working for the California State Assembly and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Originally hailing from Atwater, CA located in the heart of the California Central Valley, Shane grew up surrounded by agriculture. On occasion, he enjoys going back home to help his family with their small show pig operation and trucking business.