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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.

  • Jeff Ward, Co-founder, Prime Pork (Animal Pathway), Chair
  • Bob Zelenka, Past Executive Director, MN Grain and Feed Association (Plant Pathway)
  • Todd Martin, Service Director, Arnold's (Power, Structural and Technical Systems Pathway)
  • Glenn Thuringer, Business Development, Tru Shrimp (Animal Pathway)
  • Neal Paszkiewicz, Training and Development, Wakefield Pork (Animal Pathway)
  • Kent Rodelius, Relationship Manager, Prinsco (Environmental Pathway)
  • Travis Stewart, Business Development Lead, AXA Climate (Agribusiness Pathway)
  • Karen Blatter-Schieler, Finance & Strategic Partnerships, Compeer Financial (Agribusiness Pathway)
  • Kent Horsager, CEO, CSC Arbitage Group (Agribusiness Pathway)
  • Matt Drewitz, Measures & Outcomes, MN Board WSR (Natural Resources Pathway)
  • Mark Denn, President/CEO, Citizens Bank Minnesota (Agribusiness Pathway)
  • Nicole Paulsen, VP of HR, PIPESTONE (Animal and Food Pathways)
  • Steve Olson, Principal, Steve Olson Consulting, LLC (Agribusiness Pathway)
  • Reid Olson, Seed Dealer, Pioneer (Plant Pathway)
  • Dan Lingen, General Manager, RDO Equipment (Power, Structural and Technical Systems Pathway)
  • Bruce Drager, Technology, Bayer Crop Science (Biotechnology Pathway)

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Patrice Bailey, Assistant Commissioner, MN Dept of Agriculture
  • Sarah Dornink, Executive Director, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council
  • Tom Slunecka, CEO, MN Soybean Association
  • Gena Lilienthal, Ag Instructor - St. Peter High School 
  • Nicole Griensewic, Executive Director, Region 9 Development Commission
  • Lauren Servick, Director, Marketing and Public Policy Engagement, MN Pork Board
  • Sam Ziegler, Director, GreenSeam
  • Dr. Zane Sheehan, Supervisor, MN Dept of Education
  • Lucas Sjostrom, Executive Director, MN Milk Producers
  • Val Aarsvold, Executive Director, MN FFA Foundation
  • Kelly Schmidt, CEO, MN Beef

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