In April 2009, the National Academies of Science, at the request of the Florida Department of Citrus, formed the National Research Committee on Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing the Citrus Greening Disease (Huanglongbing). At the same time, the forward-looking citrus industry in Florida initiated the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. When the National Research Council’s report was published in March, 2010 it included a recommendation that one organization be identified and empowered to have oversight responsibility over HLB research and development efforts.

The Citrus Research and Development Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under Florida State laws as a Direct Service Organization of the University of Florida.

The Mission of the Foundation is to “Advance disease and production research and product development activities to insure the survival and competitiveness of Florida’s citrus growers through innovation”.

The organization is headed by a 13-member Board of Directors that includes individuals from industry, academia and government. The COO handles the day-to-day management of business affairs, and Program Managers oversee the research and commercial product delivery project portfolios.

2017 Board of Directors:

Walter T. (Tom) Jerkins, President

Ricke A. Kress, Vice President

Hugh W. Thompson III, Treasurer

Jerome H. (Jerry) Newlin, Secretary

Robert H. (Bobby) Barben

N. Larry Black, Jr.

Dr. Jacqueline K. Burns

Dr. Greg Hodges

Joe L. Davis, Jr.

Jonathan Ned Hancock

Dr. Jeanna Mastrodicasa

William B. (Ben) McLean III

Wayne H. Simmons






From left: Tom Jerkins, Larry Black, Ricke Kress, 
Jackie Burns, Ned Hancock, Hugh Thompson III, 
Bobby Barben, Wayne Simmons, Jeanna Mastrodicasa, 
Joe Davis Jr., Ben McLean, Jerry Newlin.  
Missing from photo: Greg Hodges


Dr. Harold W. Browning, Ph.D., COO     [email protected]
Brandi Rae Goller, Business Manager     [email protected]
Audrey Nowicki, Office Manager              [email protected]
Brandy Brown, Program Assistant           [email protected]


Lisa M. Weaver, Ph.D. – Senior Program Manager   [email protected]
James Syvertsen, Ph.D. – Horticultural Practices     [email protected]
Stephanie Slinski, Ph.D. – Bactericides                       [email protected]
Catherine N. Hatcher, Ph.D. – HLB Resistance         [email protected]

CRDF 2014-15 Annual Report