National Star Team


STAR is a national, non-profit organization established to develop and expand the STAR framework for conservation practice evaluation, implementation, and valuation. Designed and led by producers, the STAR tool utilizes science and experience to target local solutions for local natural resource concerns, and to support farmers and ranchers on their conservation journey – wherever they are.

Caroline Wade

Executive Director

Caroline Wade began leading the national expansion of STAR in June of 2023 as the first Executive Director of the newly developing national STAR organization. She has been building partnerships and developing programs in conservation agriculture for more than 15 years, working to bring together knowledge and insights from environmental science, economics, and agriculture to focus on practical yet innovative solutions for the many interconnected business and natural resources issues facing the agriculture industry. In 2019 she founded Symbiose Strategies to serve a variety of conservation agriculture partners, offering collaborative leadership across teams and partnerships, innovative strategic support for creating impactful and efficient programs, and previously served in leadership roles for the Illinois Corn Growers Association, The Nature Conservancy, and Ecosystem Services Market Consortium. Caroline graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Environmental Health and Environmental Science and an M.S. in Agriculture.

Amanda Raster

Science & Research Director

In her role as Science & Research Director for national STAR, Amanda Raster brings over 15 years of experience working on collaborative, science-based approaches to sustainable agriculture. Prior to joining STAR, she served as Research Director at Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, where she led technical working group activities and provided strategic direction to ESMC’s research program. At U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action, she led a comprehensive life cycle assessment harmonization project for major U.S. ag commodities and engaged farmers, ranchers, and supply chain partners around the science of sustainable food systems. At The Sustainability Consortium, she developed environmental and social metrics for food and agriculture products sold at retail and explored opportunities to improve data flow across food supply chains. Raster also served as facilitator of a national effort to develop sustainability standards for U.S. agriculture through the Leonardo Academy. She completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology and Conservation Biology and her graduate studies in Agroecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shiva Scotti

Operations Director

Shiva Scotti started her career working for Fortune 100 companies in brand marketing and general management, launching national brand and media heavy-up campaigns, investigating new product innovations, and managing a multi-million dollar annual trade budget at Kimberly-Clark Corporation on the Kleenex Brand, and the sports nutrition brand, EAS, at Abbott Laboratories, which included partnerships with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. She also led a marketing team in Munich, Germany for a couple years in a leadership marketing role. In 2010, she began supporting national and global nonprofit organizations in financial and organizational management roles at the International Biochar Initiative as General Manager, Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases as Operations Director, and Ecosystem Services Market Consortium as Chief Financial Officer. Shiva graduated from Kent State University with a B.B.A. degree in Marketing and Communications, and The Ohio State University with a M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business.

Jake Deutmeyer

Program Director

Jake Deutmeyer brings a unique blend of farming and business experience from around the globe to STAR. While he grew up on his family’s dairy farm near Dyersville, Iowa, he worked over 5 years in the spice industry where he procured spices and herbs sold directly to consumers or used in flavorings. As a Commodity Manager at Frontier Coop in Norway, Iowa, he helped build capacity in fast growing organic supply chains by developing new sources from small scale farmers in Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, and Sri Lanka. As a Senior Buyer at Kalsec, Jake helped advance the company into the organic sector by sourcing and launching new organic essential oil products. He took his knowledge of sourcing and supply chain impacts and worked nearly 2 years as a Senior Project Manager with Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) where he helped lead 12 pilots on farms across the United States through regenerative practice changes generating Scope 3 Insets for food and beverage companies. He is a proud Hawkeye with a BBA in Economics and Certificates of Sustainability and International Business from the University of Iowa and holds a Master’s in Management from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Jake is also an Eagle Scout, an avid sports fan, tennis player, and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Yessica and their 2 cats.

Anisa Kline

Research Associate

Anisa Kline has a PhD in Geography from the Ohio State University and holds dual master’s degrees in Spanish and Latin American studies from the same institution. Her expertise is in applied research with agricultural guestworkers, the growers who employ them, and farmworker advocacy groups. Her 2022 survey of 285 male, Spanish-speaking H-2A workers in Ohio is one of the largest surveys of H-2A workers in the country and her work has been featured in the Farmworker Chronicles Podcast, Cut Flowers Quarterly trade magazine, and the Ohio State University’s TedX speaker series. Her previous experience includes consulting with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on guestworker support programming, conducting farmworker outreach with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, and working as a Research Associate in the Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. She is the author of “Latino H-2A Workers and their Importance for Ohio’s Agricultural Industries”, a report commissioned by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, and she serves on the Board of Directors for MHPSalud, a national nonprofit that promotes community health workers in underserved communities around the country.