Board of Directors

Derek Peterson

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Derek Peterson is the CEO of Terra Tech Corp. and a hardworking and versatile entrepreneur with a proven track record of success. He began his career in finance with Crowell, Weedon & Co, the largest independent broker- dealer on the West Coast. In his 6 years there, Derek became a partner and Branch supervisor where he was responsible for sales of over $10 million. Derek was offered an opportunity to build a southern Orange County presence for Wachovia Securities, where he became a 1st Vice President and Branch Manager in Mission Viejo. After leaving Wachovia, Derek accepted an opportunity as a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where he and his team oversaw combined assets of close to $100 million. Derek is a CFP® Professional and holds his Series 7, General Securities Sales Supervisor Series 9 and 10, National Commodity Futures Series 3, Series 65 and California Insurance License.

Derek has worked with governmental agencies and tax authorities in Oakland on an ongoing basis. Derek also has experience working with people at the SEC regarding issues surrounding the publicly traded company (TRTC).

As a medical marijuana patient, Derek is attune to the needs of the patient community. Terra Tech’s decision to operate MediFarm, and apply for medical marijuana establishment licenses in Nevada, is a result of the compassion he feels for patients with ailments or chronic pain who are unable to find relief using traditional medicine. Derek holds a degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University.

Kenneth Vande Vrede

Chief Operating Officer and Director

Ken brings a wealth of leadership and strategic vision to the publicly traded urban agricultural company Terra Tech Corp, (TRTC). In nearly two decades of experience in the agriculture and growing business, Ken demonstrated proven success across multiple business channels including operations, finance, sales and marketing. He helped launch Naturally Beautiful Plant Products (NB Plants), which remains one of the leading floral growers and wholesale suppliers in the Northeast. More recently, he co-founded Edible Garden®, a TRTC division primarily specializing in the growth of leafy greens, herbs and produce. Under his leadership, all divisions have seen more than 20% revenue growth annually.

Ken’s vast knowledge of the industry’s latest growing methods—and a keen understanding of pitfalls and challenges—allows him to ensure best practices within all facets of the Terra Tech organization, including operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and personnel systems. His energetic management style has strengthened a tireless commitment to cutting-edge research to not only improve Terra Tech’s growing processes, but increase sustainability within the corporation and the global industry. Through his knowledge of groundbreaking technology and innovation historically associated with Dutch growing methods, Ken has also pioneered a remarkable change with medicinal cannabis cultivation within a controlled greenhouse environment. Ken studied business management and finance at Montclair State University.

Michael A. Nahass

Director, Secretary and Treasurer

Mike Nahass has been working with Derek Peterson since their time together at Morgan Stanley. He has been instrumental in the start-up operations of Terra Tech and he continues to manage the daily activities of Terra Tech. Since August 2011, Mike has also served as Managing Director of Arque Capital, Ltd.

Mike’s prior experience includes serving as Chief Portfolio Manager of the NMS Platinum Funds, LLC. and from September 2009 until August 2011, he was a Partner, and served as Managing Director/COO of, NMS Capital Asset Management, Inc.

Mike worked for Morgan Stanley from February 1995 until June 2009 in various positions, including his last position as Senior Vice President and Complex Manager, where he directly managed over 200 financial advisors with approximately $20 billion in assets under management in Las Vegas, NV. With over 20 years of financial services experience, he has been and is responsible for private client services, business development, regulatory compliance and strategic development.

Mike holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickenson University. In addition he also holds NASD Series 3 (National Commodity Futures), Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 8 (Supervisory), Series 31 (Managed Futures), Series 65 (Investment Advisor Representative), Series 79 (Investment Banking) licenses.

Steven J. Ross

Independent Director

Mr. Ross has over 30 years of senior management experience, ranging from high growth private companies to multi-billion dollar divisions of public enterprises. His experience also includes service on numerous public and private Boards. He is known as a problem solver who has demonstrated leadership and consistent results in challenging business situations across multiple industries. Mr. Ross is currently Managing Director of MTN Capital Partners, and CEO of Ecolane Oy and Ecolane Inc. Previously, Mr. Ross was a managing partner in Belcourt Associated, Inc. He was the Lead Director for the Longhai Steel Company, a major steel wire producer based in Xingtai, China. Between 2001 and 2006, Mr. Ross served as Chairman and CEO of DynTek. During his tenure he successfully transitioned the company from a $5 million software development company to a leading provider of information technology services with annual revenues of over $100 million. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Ross was Vice President and General Manager of the Computer Systems Division of Toshiba America with overall responsibility for Toshiba’s $3 billion computer business in the US and South America. Prior to joining Toshiba, from 1996 to 1998, Mr. Ross served as President & General Manager – Computer Reseller Division and President of Corporate Marketing at Inacom, a $7 billion Fortune 500 provider of computer products and services. Prior to his employment at Inacom, Mr. Ross served as Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development, for Intelligent Electronics. Mr. Ross has also held senior management positions at Dell Computer Corporation and PTXI/Bull HN Information Systems. Mr. Ross has served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Computing Technology Industry Association (COMPTIA) and on the board member of the US Internet Industry Association (USIIA). He also served on the Board of the national Cristina Foundation, and as a member of the Harvard Club or Orange County and the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County.

He is an active alumnus of Harvard University and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Steve has appeared as an industry and corporate spokesperson in numerous business and trade publications and events and was named #14 in Smart Reseller’s annual listing of top 50 computer industry executives.


Committee Role
Audit Committee Chair
Governance and Nominating Committee Chair
Compensation Committee Member

Kenneth Krueger

Independent Director

Mr. Krueger has over 48 years of experience in the financial industry, having co-founded Canterbury Consulting in 1988 and served as its Chairman of the Board, Chief Financial Officer, and Head of Compliance. Canterbury Consulting is an investment office for foundations, endowments, healthcare organizations, religious organizations, and corporate plans, overseeing more than $14 billion in funds.

He has extensive experience making strategic, financial and capacity decisions in multiple contexts. He also held roles at Dean Witter & Company, a former stock brokerage firm, and IBM. He holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, completed graduate work at the University of Southern California, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves until 1972.


Committee Role
Compensation Committee Chair
Audit Committee Member
Governance and Nominating Committee Member

Michael Vande Vrede


Mike Vande Vrede has served as a director since April 2013. He is the President of Naturally Beautiful Plant Products (NB Plants), one of the leading floral growers and wholesale suppliers in the Northeast. The continued success of NB Plants heavily relies on Mike’s ability to delegate and control all aspects of the company, as well as its many employees. As President of NB Plants, Mike oversees the daily operations of over 75 employees at the height of the growing season. With strong leadership qualities and a complete understanding of the industry, Mike has taken the lead on countless successful growing seasons for NB Plants.

As well as his work with NB Plants, Mike co-founded Edible Garden®, Terra Tech’s subsidiary specializing in the growth of leafy greens, herbs and produce where he serves as Director of New Construction and Expansion. Mike’s ability to produce outstanding results as well as maintain multiple companies is just one of the many reasons why he is a perfect fit for Terra Tech.

Amy Almsteier


Amy has served as a Terra Tech Corp Director since February of 2012. She began her career running a commercial and residential remodeling firm based in Orange County, California. Amy worked closely with numerous building and planning departments to ensure her projects were in compliance with the appropriate guidelines set forth by government agencies.

She has spent the last decade working in the design industry where she morphed into a commercial "green" consultant focusing on space planning and commercial design using renewable and recycled materials and systems. She has worked with hundreds of clients in an effort to build and design award-winning projects with the lowest possible carbon footprint.

Amy graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Design from University of Nebraska Lincoln's College of Architecture and studied abroad at American Intercontinental University in London, England. Amy’s experience in running and managing small businesses for others led her to start her own interior design firm at a young age. She quickly gained recognition for her unique approach to design and has won several awards for high-end projects throughout Southern California. Amy's desire to branch out led her to Terra Tech Corp where she brings expertise in project management and business administration.

Steven Vande Vrede


Steve Vande Vrede has served as a director since April 2013. He helped launch Naturally Beautiful Plant Products (NB Plants), which remains one of the leading floral growers and wholesale suppliers in the Northeast. In 2007, he graduated from William Patterson University, where he obtained a degree in Business Finance Management. More recently, Steve co-founded Edible Garden®, a TRTC division primarily specializing in the growth of leafy greens, herbs and produce. Steve also serves as Director of New Business and Marketing at Edible Garden®, a position that puts him on the forefront of Edible Garden®’s continuous expansion. Steve’s experience in finance, gardening retail and specialty farming makes him an essential asset to the Terra Tech team.