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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of many individuals representing the full spectrum of the agricultural industry. They play a key role in the direction of the Center, program development, workforce training, and continued education.  Members of the Board represent the 8 career pathways represented in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources industry.  pdfHere is our Board Charter.

  • Bob Zelenka, Past Executive Director, MN Grain and Feed Association, Chairman
  • Jeff Ward, Partner, Prime Pork
  • Connie Stokman, President, All American Foods
  • Todd Martin, Service Director, Arnold's
  • Glenn Thuringer, Business Development, Tru Shrimp
  • Jason Gillard, Vice President, Ellingson
  • Eric Fisher, Director, AGCO Corp
  • Bill Carter, President, Prairie Moon Nursery
  • Neal Paszkiewicz, Training and Development, Wakefield Pork
  • Kent Rodelius, Relationship Manager, Prinsco
  • Travis Stewart, Vice President, ABIS
  • Naomi Mortenson, Vice President, FLM Harvest
  • Patrice Bailey, Assistant Commissioner, MN Dept of Agriculture
  • Sarah Dornink, Executive Director, MAELC
  • Tom Slunecka, CEO, MN Soybean Association
  • Gena Lilienthal, Ag Instructor-South Central MN Agricultural Science Academy 
  • Nicole Griensewic Mickelson, Executive Director, Region 9
  • Mark Bullen, Employment Manager, MACV
  • Jill Resler, COO, MN Pork Board
  • Sam Ziegler, Director, GreenSeam
  • Dr. Zane Sheehan, Supervisor, MN Dept of Education
  • Steve Olson, Past Director, MN Turkey, Chicken & Egg
  • Lucas Sjostrom, Executive Director, MN Milk Producers
  • Karen Blatter-Schieler, Finance & Strategic Partnerships, Compeer
  • Kent Horsager, CEO, CSC Arbitage Group
  • Matt Drewitz, Measures & Outcomes, MN Board WSR
  • Mark Denn, President/CEO, Citizens Bank Minnesota
  • Nicole Paulsen, VP of HR, PIPESTONE

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