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Maclaine Sorden

Maclaine was born and raised in a small town in Southwest Iowa and received his M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. He has a wide variety of experiences including living in rural Nicaragua for two years as an Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer, facilitating environmental leadership programs across Latin America, and managing the Juvenile Justice Program in Denver, Colorado.  Maclaine has been an organic inspector for two years and worked as an organic compliance specialist before joining the QCS team. In his free time, he enjoys camping and hiking with his girlfriend and dogs, exploring new recipes in the kitchen, and hitting Coors Field for Rockies games.

Odalys Alvarez

Odalys moved to Gainesville from Miami with her boyfriend (now fiancé) to support him in his career. She comes from a loving Cuban family and has 3 fur babies. Odalys majored in Hospitality Management at FIU, but after some years in the field she realized it was not her calling. Now being a member at QCS in the Food Safety Dept., she feels like she is doing something much more meaningful in her work life. It is important to her to spread awareness towards living a healthy life, preserving Mother Nature and the use of Cruelty Free cosmetics & fashion. Away from work, she enjoys outdoor activities, the arts (especially Ballet) and traveling with family.

Janet Mullins

Janet supports QCS behind the scenes by tackling projects as they arise. They believe in the importance of nourishing people’s bodies and minds through sustainable agriculture, spending time in nature, and sharing fun facts. Prior to QCS, Janet spent 10 years as a customer service and bakery manager at the first certified organic grocery store in the USA. They have a BA in Psychology and are currently pursuing an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Janet loves working at QCS because of the amazingly talented people they get to work with, the passionate farmers they get to support, and QCS’s commitment to always improving and growing.

Ricardo Areingdale

Ricardo was born in Venezuela, and grew up in Tampa, Florida. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of South Florida. After graduating, Ricardo worked as a nursery plant inspector for Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for four years before joining QCS. He has always enjoyed spending time outdoors, and in his free time, he likes to hike trails, swim, and cook.

Elizabeth Swofford

Originally from Texas, Elizabeth became fascinated with sustainable agriculture while traveling in the Amazonas region of Brazil. She returned home and earned a Master’s in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from Tarleton State University. She then spent a year at the ECHO Global Farm and Seedbank in Florida where she learned tropical agriculture and community development practices. From there she worked in ECHO’s Thailand office to coordinate and promote their 2019 regional conference, interacting with farmers across SE Asia. She enjoys supporting organic operations as they impact ecosystems and businesses for the better. Outside of work, she loves to cook and go on adventures with her husband.

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