Our Team

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Michael Lynch, MBA

CEO and Co-Founder of CHONEX

Michael is a successful entrepreneur and has worked most of his career developing solutions for rural communities focusing on education, healthcare, and leadership development.

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Lori Moshman, MS Entomology

CHONEX’s Chief Entomologist

Lori ran the US’s largest black soldier fly operation at White Oaks Pasture, the largest organic farm in the Southeast.

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Frankie Darsey, BBA in Management

CHONEX’s Facilities Development Manager

Frankie is experienced in developing Community Supported Agriculture sales models as well as wholesale and retail accounts for larger operations.

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Bill Marion, MS Microbiology

CHONEX's Microbiology Director

Bill comes from a bio-technology startup company that specializes in biological process automation and was responsible for the development of a highly customized and repeatable biological process for the FDA.

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Brad Dunn, BS Mechanical Engineering

Advisor to CHONEX, Former Chair of MOUAT Co.

Brad has 50 years of experience designing materials handling plants for some of the largest companies in the US.

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Frank Franklin, MD, MPH, PhD

CHONEX’s Scientific Advisor, Professor Emeritus at UAB

Frank is a pediatric and public health practitioner, teacher, and researcher, helping CHONEX with strategic planning of processes, scaling-up, biological testing, and research design.

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Corey Tyree, PhD

Consultant for CHONEX, Senior Director at Southern Research

Corey is helping CHONEX with grant writing and with research of technology, processes, and competitors.

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Upendra Singh, PhD

Consultant for CHONEX, Chief Soil Scientist for the International Fertilizer

Development Center. Upendra is helping CHONEX develop a high-quality soil amendment.

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Harley Martin

Co-Founder of CHONEX, Farmer & CAFO Operator

Harley is a successful, 7th generation farmer who grew up on one of the largest family farms in the U.S.

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Larry Newton, PhD

CHONEX’s Chief Scientist

Larry spent his 40-year career as a waste engineer researching the how the black soldier fly and bio-converting animal manures.

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Bill Mebane, MS Biology

CHONEX’s Research and Design Director

Bill worked on multi-year BSF project to develop an industrial scale system to grow BSFs and recycle food waste and is experienced in engineering, fabrication, installation, modification, service and repair of sophisticated life support systems, primarily for aquatic and marine organisms used in biomedical research

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Chris Hornsby, BA Environmental Arts and Humanities

Chris Hornsby graduated with a BA in Environmental Arts and Humanities from the University of the South (Sewanee) and has four years of experience in organic farming and small scale BSF farming.