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Board Members

National Farm or Producer Organization

Dr. Dana Allen-Tully, Gar-Lin Dairy, LLC (New)

Dr. Dana Allen-Tully came back to her family farm, Gar-Lin Dairy, in December 2002. The farm milks 1,750 cows three times per day with 1,600 replacement heifers and farms 4,400 acres of alfalfa hay, corn, soybeans, and vegetable crops. In 2001, Dr. Allen-Tully was the Congressional Science Fellow for the Federation of Animal Science Societies. Since returning to farm with her family, Dr. Allen-Tully has served on several agricultural producer and advisory boards. Her most recent positions include treasurer of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and vice-chair of the National Corn Growers Association, Sustainable Agriculture Research Action Team.

Location: Eyota, MN

Term: first, ends 1/31/23

Edmund R. Buckner, Alcorn State University

Dr.  Edmund R. Buckner is dean and director of land-grant programs at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. 

He is a native of Dermott, Arkansas, and holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture (with emphasis on fisheries biology) from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He also holds a Master of Science in natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and a Ph.D. in natural resource policy and law from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

As dean and director of land-grant programs for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Dr. Buckner is responsible for the academic, research, extension and international programs of the school and managing its resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities, and budget.

Location:  Lorman, MS

Term: second, ends 9/30/23

Lisabeth ‘Liz’ Hobart, GROWMARK, Inc.

Ms. Liz Hobart serves as the government relations manager with GROWMARK. In this role, Hobart is responsible for the formulation, direction and communication of legislative and regulatory information and activities impacting the GROWMARK System in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

Term: second, ends 9/30/2023

Academic or Research Societies

V.M. “Bala” Balasubramaniam, The Ohio State University

V.M. “Bala” Balasubramaniam is a professor of food engineering with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is also a volunteer leader of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago, Illinois. Bala contributes to the advancement of food science by bringing together engineers and scientists with diverse multidisciplinary backgrounds to develop the next generation of industrially relevant food preservation and manufacturing technologies that help satisfy consumer demand for minimally processed preservative-free foods.

Location: Columbus, OH

Term: first, ends 1/31/23

Mario Ferruzzi, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center

Dr. Mario G. Ferruzzi is a professor and chief of the Section of Developmental Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He serves as director of the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center, a partnership between USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, with a research focus on the roles of maternal-child nutrition and physical activity in optimizing health and development. Dr. Ferruzzi has previously served on the faculties of North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he developed research programs that interfaced agriculture, food and nutrition sciences in the study of micronutrient and phytochemical bioavailability and metabolism. He is an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the American Society for Nutrition.

Location: Little Rock, AR

Term: first, ends 1/31/23

Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education

Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, North Carolina A&T University (Vice Chair)

Dr. Kenrett Y. Jefferson-Moore, Ph.D. is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education (AAEAE) at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. She has served as the chief academic officer of AAEAE since January 2019, where she manages departmental budgets, operations, personnel, academic programs, and research portfolio. Dr. Jefferson-Moore’s research interests include the marketing and economic evaluation of local and organic foods and value-added agriculture. She has also collaborated on several projects across 1890 and 1862 land-grant institutions and USDA agencies. She served her first term as the 1890 LGCU representative on the USDA NAREEE Advisory Board from 2017 to 2020. She is the past chair of the Committee on the Opportunities and Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics (COSBAE), a special interest membership section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Location: Greensboro, NC

Term: second, ends 9/30/24

Mark Lawrence, Mississippi State University

Dr. Mark Lawrence is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His specialty is veterinary microbiology, especially in aquatic animal health. He conducts research in bacterial pathogenesis and vaccine development for fish, teaches microbiology to veterinary students, and does fish diagnostics for catfish producers. Currently, he serves as director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish and the Mississippi State University Global Center for Aquatic Food Security.

Location: Starkville, MS

Term: second, ends 1/31/23

Michael Oltrogge, Nebraska Indian Community College

Dr. Michael Oltrogge is president of the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) in Macy, Nebraska. As president of his alma mater, Dr. Oltrogge ensures funding and fiscal stability and sustainability for the college’s operations, collaborates with the governing body to ensure proper administration and development of the college, ensures accreditation functions and goals are met, and manages daily aspects of the college. Dr. Oltrogge serves as a board member on the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the American Indian College Fund.

Location: Macy, NE

Term: second, ends 1/31/23

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University

Dr. Ariel Ortiz-Bobea is an associate professor in applied economics and public policy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His research analyzes the impacts of climate change on agriculture and on other sectors of the economy.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Term: first, ends 9/30/23

Annette Levi, California State University

Dr. Annette Levi is a professor and former chair of the Department of Agricultural Business at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State); she currently serves as the assistant to the dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Fresno State has a Hispanic student enrollment of over 55% and 12% Asian (many are Hmong). The majority of our students (70%) are first in their families to attend a 4-year institution. In addition, Fresno State is located in Fresno County which is one of the top producing agricultural counties in the nation accounting for more than 400 commercial crops.

Location: Fresno, CA

Term: second, ends 9/30/23

Industry Consumer, or Rural Interests

Donnell Brown, National Grape Research Alliance

Ms. Donnell Brown left a career in high-tech corporate communications in 2009, entering New York’s wine industry as executive director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance and founding event director for the region’s annual Harvest East End. She later served as marketing director for Wölffer Estate Vineyard, a premium Long Island producer, before moving to California to serve as marketing director for Visit Temecula Valley. Brown is now president of the National Grape Research Alliance, working to align the research needs of wine, table, juice, and raisin grapes nationwide and catalyze game-changing, “big tent” projects of highest industry priority.

Location: Sacramento, CA

Term: first, ends 9/30/24

Richard De Los Santos, Texas Department of Agriculture

Mr. Richard De Los Santos grew up on a produce farm in Mission, Texas. He is a 1986 graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, where he graduated from the Texas AgriLife Lifetime Leadership (TALL) Program. De Los Santos was a member the Corps of Cadets, graduated Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1983 and Commissioned 2nd Lt U.S. Army in 1986. In addition to previously serving a term on the NAREE Board, De Los Santos served two terms on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. He has served the great state of Texas for 22 years at the Texas Department of Agriculture where he currently serves as the director for produce safety and livestock export. De Los Santos has two children, Drew and Richard X, and is married to Kris Ann De Los Santos.

Location: Austin, TX

Term: second, ends 9/30/24

Marguerite Green, SPROUT

Ms. Marguerite Green holds a degree in agriculture from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and has spent over a decade working at the intersection of agriculture and social sciences through community food systems. Green currently serves as the executive director of SPROUT in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her organization's work supports farmers and gardeners in growing healthy, affordable food for their communities. Green’s passion is helping growers overcome the barriers to making farming a full-time career and increasing social connection and community among farmers. 

Location: New Orleans, LA

Term: first, ends 9/30/23

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

Dr. Jane Kolodinsky, Ph.D. is acting associate dean of research, chair of the Department of Community Development, and director of the Center for Rural Studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Extension at the University of Vermont in Burlington. She is also past president and a fellow of the American Council on Consumer Interests. Kolodinsky brings research expertise and applied experience in rural community development, entrepreneurship and consumer issues to the board, having secured resources and worked directly with domestic and international communities to help match community capitals with economic opportunities to improve economic, environmental, and social quality of life.

Location: Burlington, VT

Term: first, ends 9/30/24

Tambra Raye Stevenson, Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA)

Ms. Tambra Raye Stevenson is a patent holder, author and CEO of Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture, working at the nexus of intersectionality, nutrition equity, sustainability, and health. She holds an M.P.H. in health communication from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition with a minor in Spanish from Oklahoma State University. Stevenson serves as the nutrition and health working co-chair for the D.C. Food Policy Council and nutrition security working co-chair for the Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Council. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. After Tufts, Stevenson began her public service career at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the D.C. Mayor's Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives. She was also an extension agent at the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences.

Location: Washington, DC

Term: first, ends 9/30/24