SCA Board Welcomes Mary Tellie and Inyoung Anna Kim to Fill Vacant Seats

SCA Board Welcomes Mary Tellie and Inyoung Anna Kim to Fill Vacant Seats

FFollowing the recent resignations of two Board Members, the SCA is proud to welcome Mary Tellie and Inyoung Anna Kim to the Board of Directors. Mary and Anna bring a wealth of valuable experience to their roles and will serve out the remaining terms of their predecessors, in accordance with the SCA bylaws.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Alberto Polojac who resigned in December 2017 from his role as a Director and his post as Chair to the Sustainability Advisory Council. Similarly, we wish to show our gratitude to Guy Burdett who resigned in January 2018 from his roles as a Director and Treasurer. Both Alberto and Guy made a valuable contribution to the formation and hard work of the association in its first year following unification and will be greatly missed.

In accordance with the SCA bylaws in section 7.6.6, following the resignation of Alberto and Guy, the Nominations Committee of the SCA Board of Directors identified potential candidates to fill the vacant positions. The Board of Directors were presented with a variety of supporting documentation and information on each of the nominees and a vote was taken by all remaining Directors to elect Mary Tellie and Inyoung Anna Kim to the two roles. Anna will serve the remainder of Alberto’s term to December 31, 2019 while Mary will serve the remainder of Guy’s term, to December 31, 2018, and will also assume Guy’s position as Treasurer for this period.

Congratulations to Anna and Mary on your appointments and welcome to the Board. Learn more about them below.

Mary Tellie, Electric City Roasting Co.

Mary Tellie founded Electric City Roasting Co. in 2003 and Zummo’s Café shortly thereafter. She has been featured as one of the top ten women in coffee by Barista Magazine and has been featured in Roast Magazine for utilizing small and medium size roasters. Tellie served and Chair of the Roasters Guild Executive Council 2016-2017. As a licensed Q Grader and COE and Brewer’s cup judge, for over the last decade, Tellie is committed to supporting the specialty coffee industry.

Inyoung Anna Kim, LetSequoia

Inyoung Anna Kim established LetSequoia, a social entrepreneur based in Rwanda, D.R Congo and Korea focusing on the development and empowerment of local populations through the creation of economic activities. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and specialized in International Development. She also serve as International Development Committee, for SCAE since 2015 and in 2017 she was appointed as a Steering Committee member of the AFCA.

  • March 30: Corrected the end date of Inyoung Anna Kim’s term from 2018 to 2019.
The 2018 elections for the SCA Board of Directors are coming soon. In accordance with our bylaws, six new Board members are due to be elected later this year. This election will be the first to take place at the Board level since the unification of SCAA and SCAE in 2017. More details and the date for an informational webinar on the election process will be made available to SCA members in the coming weeks.