National FFA Appoints Ten To Board of Trustees

Group represents cross section of agricultural education, higher education and communications

Published on: Feb 14, 2014

The National FFA Foundation on Thursday announced the names of ten appointees to its current board of trustees.

Russ Green of Lexington, Ky., has been named chairman of the board. He is national account sales manager with AGCO Corp. based in Atlanta, Ga.

Elin Miller of Oregon has been named chairwoman-elect of the board. She is principal of Elin Miller Consulting and serves as chairwoman of Marrone Bio Innovations and chairwoman of the Umpqua Community College's board of trustees.

Jodi Monroe of Washington has been named secretary of the board. Monroe is executive director of the Washington FFA Association.

Cheryl Zimmerman of Wisconsin is the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education representative on the board. Zimmerman is executive director of the Wisconsin FFA Association, responsible for supervising and coaching state FFA officers and planning and coordinating state FFA events and programs.

NEW TRUSTEES: Group represents cross section of agricultural education, higher education and communications
NEW TRUSTEES: Group represents cross section of agricultural education, higher education and communications

Parker Bane, an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, Ill., is the National Association of Agricultural Educators representative.

Jim McCray, also of Illinois, is the board's FFA Alumni representative. He owns McPride Builders, a family construction business in east central Illinois, and has served as a member and management committee chairman for the Iroquois County board of directors.

Bart Gill has been named American Association of Agricultural Educators representative on the board; he is an assistant professor of agriculture technology management and agriculture education at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

At large
• Chuck Conner of Indiana: Conner, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President, is also a former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture and previously served on the National Economic Council as a special assistant to the president for agricultural trade and food assistance.

• Kip Tom of Indiana: Tom is a managing member of Tom Farms and president of CereServ. In addition to being active in agribusiness operations in Indiana for the past 40 years, Tom has served as a crop production consultant for various companies in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

• Sara Wyant of Missouri: Wyant is president of Agri-Pulse Communications, a communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Camdenton, Mo.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.