Fresh Perspectives Selection Panel Identifies Top 100 Honorees
Fresh Perspectives Selection Panel Identifies Top 100 Honorees

Fresh Perspectives Selection Panel

The Fresh Perspectives Selection Panel included 21 experts on rural matters with diverse perspectives and skill sets, including some from Farm Credit and others from across agricultural and rural industries.

Name
Leigh Allen
Organization
National Black Growers Council
Title
Executive Director
Leigh's Bio

A native Arkansan, Leigh Allen hails from a fourth generation rice farming family. As CEO of the DaBroy Group, he provides direct marketing and consultation services navigating the agriculture community from the grower to big Ag. He currently is the Executive Director of the National Black Growers Council, a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of the black row crop grower. Previously he served in the administration as a political appointee at USDA. His career began in the U.S. Senate where he went on to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry. Leigh is married to Micaela Allen (nee Fernandez) and they are the parents of a daughter, Madeleine Belle.

Name
Ann Brown
Organization
Farm Credit Mid-America
Title
Assistant Vice President of Organizational Development
Ann's Bio

Ann Brown’s daily work as Assistant Vice President Organizational Development at Farm Credit Mid-America, focuses on empowering the team to create the highest quality learning experiences possible. She is a dynamic and diversified Organizational Development professional who combines strategic thinking and business savvy to leverage and optimize human capital. She earned her Masters of Science in Human Resource Development with a specialization in Curriculum and Instructional Design from Indiana State University. She resides in Southern Indiana with her husband, Ronald, and two teenage children.

Name
Glenn Doran
Organization
Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation
Title
Managing Director of Finance
Glenn's Bio

Glenn has been with the Farm Credit System for 21 years. His current management responsibilities include all short and long-term debt issuance programs, any associated derivatives activity, and management of the Selling Group. His prior experience includes a position as Senior Vice President with Sanwa Securities (USA) Co., L.P. where he was responsible for the marketing, risk management, and distribution of all agency underwritten transactions. Glenn spent the early part of his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was involved in their mortgage-backed securities trading efforts. He received his B.S. and M.B.A. in Finance, from Siena College and New York University, respectively.

Name
Dan Durheim
Organization
American Farm Bureau Federation
Title
Executive Director of Industry Affairs
Dan's Bio

Dan Durheim joined the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) staff in January 1999 and currently serves as the Executive Director of Industry Affairs. In this role, Dan overseas AFBF conventions, IDEAg farm shows and AFBF’s member benefits programs. In addition, he oversees all sponsorships and engagement with external groups such as supply chain partners and consumer groups. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education and development, with an emphasis on animal science, from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Abigail, Caleb and Savannah.

Name
Betty Flores
Organization
Farm Credit Bank Of Texas
Title
Director
Betty's Bio

Betty Flores is one of two appointed members on the Farm Credit Bank of Texas Board of Directors and sits on the bank’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Farm Credit System Diversity Workgroup. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Laredo National Bank and as Mayor of Laredo, Texas from 1998 - 2006. Betty is a graduate of the Leadership Texas class of 1995 and the 2008 class of Leadership America and is the 2006 recipient of the Cathy Bonner Leadership Award from the Leadership Texas Alumnae Association.

Name
John Floros
Organization
Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension
Title
College of Agriculture Dean and Director
John's Bio

John Floros is the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension at Kansas State University. His research spans food science, food process engineering and food packaging. John is a Fellow and past-president of the Institute of Food Technologists, and was recognized by the FDA for “distinguished service to the people of USA”. Before coming to K-State, John served as professor and head of the food science department at Pennsylvania State University, as a professor at Purdue University, and as an international industry consultant for more than 30 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia.

Name
Kathy S. Heustess
Organization
ArborOne Farm Credit
Title
President and CEO
KathyS.'s Bio

Kathy S. Heustess joined Farm Credit in 1989 and currently serves as the President and CEO of ArborOne Farm Credit. The Association is headquartered in Florence, South Carolina and is part of the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank district. Prior to her current role as CEO, she served in the capacities of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at ArborOne Farm Credit. Kathy was reared on a tobacco and row crop farm in Horry County, South Carolina. She holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of South Carolina.

Name
Janie Hipp, JD, LLM
Organization
Indigenous Food And Agriculture Initiative and The Intertribal Agriculture Council
Title
Director and Partner
Janie's Bio

Janie Hipp is a professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law and Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative. She previously served as senior adviser for tribal relations to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Janie is the founder of the USDA’s Office of Tribal Relations and served on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. She holds an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from University of Arkansas, a J.D. from Oklahoma City University and a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

Name
Danny Klinefelter
Organization
Texas A&M
Title
Honor Professor, Regents Fellow and Extension Economist
Danny's Bio

Danny Klinefelter serves as Honor Professor, Regents Fellow and Extension Economist at Texas A&M University, as a board member of AgTexas Farm Credit services, and Chairman of the advisory board for the Top Producer Executive Network. He previously worked in commercial banking and in the Farm Credit System for 10 years. Additionally, Danny founded and directed both the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers and the Association of Agricultural Production Executives. In 2009, Danny was named one of the twenty-five people in the world with the greatest influence on the future of U.S. agriculture.

Name
Kirvin Knox
Organization
University of Connecticut and Colorado State University
Title
Retired Academic
Kirvin's Bio

Kirvin Knox is a retired academic, previously with the University of Connecticut and Colorado State University. He has served on three Farm Credit Association Boards: Southern New England, ACA; FCS of the Mountain Plains, ACA and American AgCredit, ACA and is currently the director of American AgCredit, ACA and chairman of the Compensation committee. Kirvin currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, but grew up on farms in Oklahoma and California. He earned his degrees in Nutrition and Physiological Chemistry from California State University, Colorado State University and the University of California.

Name
Dan Looker
Organization
Successful Farming
Title
Retired Business Editor
Dan's Bio

Dan Looker is the retired business editor for Successful Farming magazine. He has had a long career in journalism, beginning in 1973 as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Northfield, Minnesota. Dan has since written for the Omaha Sun, The New Farm magazine, the Lincoln Journal Star and Des Moines Register, and served as the Business Editor at Successful Farming magazine for 23 years where he wrote about farm policy, farm business management and marketing and agribusiness trends. Dan grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and with his wife, Joan, has three adult children and two granddaughters.

Name
Catherine Moyer
Organization
Pioneer Communications
Title
CEO and General Manager
Catherine's Bio

Catherine Moyer is the General Manager and CEO for Pioneer Communications, a telephone and communications company that serves residents and businesses across southwestern Kansas. Catherine currently serves on the CoBank board of directors, as Chairman of the board of directors of Telcom Insurance Group, and as the Chariman of the Kansas Lottery Commission. She also sits on the boards of the Kansas Rural Independent Telecommunications Coalition and the State Independent Telephone Association of Kansas. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a law degree from Washburn University and resides in Ulysses, Kansas, with her husband, Kevin and their Great Dane.

Name
Karen Schott
Organization
Bar Four F Ranch
Title
Owner/Operator
Karen's Bio

Karen Schott is the owner/operator of Bar Four F Ranch, Inc., a dryland grain and lease pasture operation in Broadview, Montana. She is a CPA and practiced for 15 years with KPMG LLP and Eide Bailly LLP in both audit and tax services specializing in the banking industry. Karen has served as a director of Northwest Farm Credit Services, ACA since 2006 and was a board chair from 2013-2015. In 2016, she joined the CoBank board, headquartered outside Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Karen serves as president of the Broadview Community Center board. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Montana College.

Name
Madeline Schultz
Organization
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture
Title
Program Manager
Madeline's Bio

Madeline Schultz is Program Manager of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture. She is a former Co-Director of the Annie’s National Network Initiative for Educational Success where she helped educators in 36 states offer Annie’s Project and other farm and ranch business management education programs designed for women. Madeline is a family farmer who, after farming 20 years and raising five children all passionate about agriculture, earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Agribusiness and Economics in 2003 and the Master of Business Administration degree with an interest in Sustainable Agriculture in 2007 from Iowa State University.

Name
Jennifer L. Sirangelo
Organization
National 4-H Council
Title
President and CEO
JenniferL.'s Bio

Jennifer Sirangelo leads National 4-H Council in its mission to increase investment and participation in high-quality 4-H positive youth development programs. She joined the Council in 2006 and focuses on supporting education, growth and leadership development for nearly six million young people in the United States through programs in agriculture, science, healthy living and citizenship. In her previous roles as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer led the development of Council's strategic plan and tripled annual fundraising. Additionally, she serves on the board of AgriCorps as well as the STEM Connector Food & Ag Council.

Name
Margaret E. Smith
Organization
Cornell University
Title
Professor and Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station Associate Director, College Of Agriculture And Life Sciences
MargaretE.'s Bio

Margaret E. Smith does extension education and corn breeding research as a professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. She also serves as Associate Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station. Margaret’s focus is on applied plant breeding and she also teaches about genetically engineered crop plants and agriculture in the developing world. Her research goal is to enhance understanding of corn adaptation to marginal environments and develop genetic materials that will improve corn productivity and sustainability in such environments. Additionally, Margaret serves as Department Extension Leader as a resource for New York farmers and gardeners.

Name
Maggie Stith
Organization
National FFA Foundation
Title
Senior Regional Director
Maggie's Bio

Maggie Stith is in her eighth year with The National FFA Foundation where she serves as a Senior Regional Director on the Corporate Development team. She works with current National FFA corporate partners, managing and helping leverage their investments while actively seeking new revenue through prospective supporters. Prior to the National FFA Maggie held a variety of communication and management roles in Iowa’s political field. Maggie received a B.A. from Iowa State University and is a graduate of the 2006-07 Leadership Iowa class. She and her husband Glenn reside in Ankeny, Iowa, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Name
Ann-Lamar Tuten
Organization
AgFirst
Title
Vice President of Marketing, Customer Support and Corporate Events
Ann-Lamar's Bio

Ann-Lamar Tuten is vice president of Marketing, Customer Support and Corporate Events for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank in Columbia, S.C. Ann-Lamar earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina in 1999. She has nearly 20 years of industry experience, including the last six at AgFirst, where she leads a team of more than 30 professionals working to provide customer support, corporate events, creative services and communications for daily customer satisfaction. Previously, she worked for Cardinal Health, Convergys Corp., United Health Group and Knight Ridder. Ann-Lamar serves on the AgFirst Operations Committee as chairman, the AgFirst Disclosure Committee, the Farm Credit System Reputation Management Committee and Farm Credit System Centennial Planning.

Name
Nick Vande Weerd
Organization
Pleasant Dutch Dairy and AgriBank
Title
Co-Owner and Director
Nick's Bio

Nick Vande Weerd serves as Director of AgriBank. Prior to joining the AgriBank board, he sat on the Farm Credit Services of America board from 2011 to 2015. Additionally he has served in the South Dakota Air National Guard since 2000. Nick obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Business, Ag Economics, Economics and Business Economics, as well as a Master’s degree in Economics from South Dakota State University. He resides in Brookings, South Dakota and owns a dairy and livestock farming operation that milks 1,250 cows and raises heifers. He also farms 1,000 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa.

Name
Kim Vanneman
Organization
Vanneman Farms
Title
Co-Owner
Kim's Bio

Kim Vanneman and her husband own and operate a diversified farming operation in south central South Dakota including crops, small grains, finishing feeder pigs and a small commercial beef cow herd. She began serving on the Board of Directors at Farm Credit Services of America in January 2007. Kim is currently serving on the Agri Bank District Farm Credit Council, Farm Credit Foundations Board of Directors and Plan Sponsor Committee, Farm Credit Council Board of Directors and is Chair of Farm Credit Council Services Board. She is a former South Dakota State Representative and a graduate of South Dakota State University.

Name
Sara Wyant
Organization
Agri-Pulse Communications
Title
President and Founder
Sara's Bio

Sara Wyant is President and Founder of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., the largest communications firm focused on agricultural and rural policy issues. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is well recognized on Capitol Hill, and with farm and commodity associations across the country. Her weekly Agri-Pulse newsletter includes the latest updates on farm policy, commodity programs, trade, food safety, and environmental and regulatory programs. In addition, Sara publishes an early morning news summary, “Daily Harvest,” providing busy readers with a quick overview of the latest farm, food and rural policy news each weekday.