Willem Boot has stepped down from the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Board of Directors and will be replaced by Aida Batlle, a notable coffee producer from El Salvador with SCAA member company Everest S.A Another SCAA Board member and former Executive Director of Coffee Kids, Carolyn Fairman has resigned her seat to become the SCAA’s Chief of Staff. The Board of Directors has named Rachel Peterson to fill the board position created when Fairman resigned her seat. Peterson, also a coffee producer, from Hacienda la Esmeralda in Panama, is a respected member of the producer community and her organization has earned numerous awards and recognition for their quality produce. The SCAA's Board of Directors has now approved a slate of candidates, as recommended by the Nominating Committee, for the 2014 Board of Directors elections. For the Second Vice President seat, the candidate will be sitting board member Ben Pitts of Royal Cup Coffee, and for the four director positions, the candidates are Aida Batlle, Rachel Peterson, Juan Luis Barrios of Finca La Merced y El Retiro, and sitting board member Chad Trewick. According to SCAA bylaws, additional nominees may be proposed through a petition process, excluding the office of Secretary/Treasurer.