Meet our Team

Director of Operations – Daniel Reyes

Daniel is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas. He is a scientist with purpose, whose background includes a B.S in Hydrogeology and experience with the oil and gas industry through environmental consulting. He has shared fungal knowledge to hundreds of individuals through community education, citizen science, and mycoremediation research at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve, an educational center located on an EPA-designated brownfield site in Austin.  In addition, he serves as technical advisor to cutting edge research projects with the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Tradd Cotter’s Mushroom Mountain. Daniel is also recurring lecturer at the Telluride Mushroom Festival. His favorite fungi are Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) and Devil’s Cigar (Chorioactis geaster).

Program Manager – Kate Avery

Kate is a naturalist and mycologist with a special interest in arbuscular mycorrhizal soil fungi and other fungi of her native Texas Landscape. She is also an ally to the communities of disabled and historically disadvantaged people and aspires to use her growing knowledge of mycology, holistic land management, edible and medicinal plants, permaculture and compassion to reconnect the physical and emotional health of our communities with the health of local ecosystems. Her current favorite fungi are Lion’s Mane and Monitropa Uniflora.

Professional Advisor – Tradd Cotter

Tradd is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina.

Dedicated Group of Volunteers

Volunteers play a critical role in helping Myco Alliance grow. A dedicated group of volunteers work closely with our small staff to present a wide range of activities to the community.