Mike Bellar

Howard, KS

Heartland

Mr. Bellar looks forward to taking an active role in working on the Nominating committee in order to shape and develop strong leaders for the board. He plans to use his past experience with agricultural boards to help select board members that are involved in the day to day business of ag production and are best able to understand the needs of our borrowers.

Tom Bengard

Salinas, CA

Western

Mr. Bengard served on the Nominating Committee for American American AgCredit previously and feels he has gained from the opportunity to meet other leaders in the agriculture industry from many different areas.

Teresa Bergkamp

Cheney, KS

Heartland

Through her participation on the Nominating Committee, Ms. Bergkamp seeks to find qualified, trustworthy directors for the board that can guide the association through good and bad times, ensuring a strong financial institution that will remain for future generations. Her varied background will enable her to help find individuals and assess their qualifications and integrity. She looks for directors will represent the average farmer, not just the large operators, and enable the younger generation to get established to have a continuation of family farms.

Julie Betschart

Ripon, CA

Western

Ms. Betschart looks forward to using her experience growing up on a family almond and walnut farm to contribute to the Nominating Committee. As a passionate advocate for the agricultural industry, she looks to enable others to take an active role.

Greg Brenneman

Solomon, KS

Heartland

As a producer, Mr. Brenneman feels it is his responsibility to give back to agriculture. As a member of the Nominating Committee, he believes it is his task to find candidates for both Board of Directors and Nominating Committee that share the passion and vision for the continued success of this cooperative.

Chandler Cupp

Scott City, KS

Heartland

Mr. Cupp plans to use his experience as a borrower, former employee and board member of Farm Credit on the Nominating Committee.

Carolyn Dunn

St John, KS

Heartland

Ms. Dunn plans on using her previous experience on the Nominating Committee and elsewhere to help her identify and recruit strong candidates for the board of directors.

Edward Embly

Escondido, CA

Western

Mr. Embly has a diverse background including previous Nominating Committee experience as well as knowledge of agricultural commodities. He brings experience enables him to well represent the Western-Southern District.

Lani Estill 

Cedarville, CA

Great Plains

Ms. Estill brings experience and knowledge of agricultural enterprises coupled with financial, human resources and business background to the Nominating Committee. As a previous committee member, she looks forward to continue her work finding the most qualified Board Member Candidates.

Justin Finsley

Clements, CA

Western

With a diverse background, Mr. Finsley brings experience in defense (US Air Force), finance (value investing and financial equity options), and agriculture (Chandler Walnuts, Independence Almonds and Old Vine Zinfandel) to the Nominating Committee. He hopes to help American American AgCredit meet the future and enable it to compete with emerging industry disrupters.

Gerald Graybill

Keenesburg, CO

Mountain Plains

Mr. Graybill appreciates the help American American AgCredit gave him and his family as they pursued their dream of starting a farm. He feels that American American AgCredit is a critical part of the American agricultural industry and is willing to not only help the large operations, but support and grow the small operators. It is for these reasons that he would like to give back to American AgCredit and help put the best people in place to continue this mission.

Randy Hayzlett

Lakin, KS

Mountain Plains

Having served on the Nominating Committee for several years, Mr. Hayzlett brings an understanding of the importance finding quality candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. Serving on the numerous other boards and committees, he has a strong background in identifying quality candidates that can contribute to American American AgCredit’s future.

Harry Jackson

Palisade, CO

Mountain Plains

As a member of the Nominating Committee for the last 3 years, Mr. Jackson provides experience in the process of reviewing and nominating candidates for the positions on the Board of Directors.

Andrea Kinnison

Grover, CO

Mountain Plains

Through her service on the Nominating Committee Ms. Kinnison seeks to support American American AgCredit and the farming community by selecting potential directors that align with the core values of what makes American Agriculture--Honesty, Ingenuity, Hard Work, Family, and stewardship of the land. She looks for potential board members who still operate on a hand shake, have a creative problem solving mentality.  

Clay Mauritson

St Helena, CA

Western

Mr. Mauritson’s family has done business with American American AgCredit for three generations. Through his service on the Nominating Committee, he hopes to support small, generational, family operations and ensure they have a voice.

John Muhlner

St Helena, CA

Western

Mr. Muhlner brings 20 years in commercial banking experience to the Nominating Committee. He has a strong background in credit and operations in addition to 20 years of successful farming/ranching. Through his service on the Nominating Committee he seeks to represent both small and large scale farmers and ranchers.

Pete Olsen

Fallon, NV

Mountain Plains

Having been an American AgCredit customer for many years, Mr. Olsen seeks to serve by being on the Nominating Committee.

Dulcie Owen

Pierce, CO

Mountain Plains

Ms. Owen seeks to serve our agriculture communities in a multitude of ways, including serving on the Nominating Committee. She looks forward to using her creativity and innovative attitude fulfill the position. She is open-minded and feels one learns the most by listening and communicating.

Trista Brown Priest

Satanta, KS

Heartland

As a longtime advocate for Southwest Kansas, and rural life in general, Ms. Priest is pleased to serve on the Nominating Committee. She brings a strong human resources background to the committee, having conducted hundreds of interviews in various team building efforts.

Megan Rodkin   

Castroville, CA

Western

Ms. Rodkin is the owner of a nursery business and has a background in corporate law. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005 and practiced corporate law (mergers and acquisitions) until 2010. In 2014 her family purchased Succulent Gardens, a boutique growing operation and agriculture destination in the Monterey Bay. She has managed Succulent Gardens for the last four years, teaching herself about horticulture, management, agriculture regulation in addition to completing an accelerated business management program targeted at preparing small businesses for growth and job creation. She looks forward to serving on the Nominating Committee where she can draw on her experience as a nursery owner and an attorney.

Robert Tempel

Garden City, KS

Heartland

Mr. Tempel has a passion for agriculture and the people and families who work in the industry. Through his involvement with the Nominating committee, he has enjoyed learning about multiple aspects of agriculture and finance. His experience on the Nominating Committee has allowed him to promote agriculture to others outside of the industry.

Steve Van Houten

Murrieta, CA

Western

Mr. Van Houten serves on the Nominating Committee in order to help insure American AgCredit continues on its successful path providing a critical service to our agriculture industry. His background in agricultural leadership includes real estate and corporate finance. He holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy and has spent several years as a college professor.

Conor Waldron

Keenesburg, CO

Mountain Plains

As one of the younger members of the Nominating Committee, Mr. Waldron contributes the voice of the next generation of agriculture and motivate others to become more involved in the decisions that will determine the industry’s future. He enjoys serving on the Nominating Committee in part because it allows him the opportunity to meet others who are also passionate about the industry and its success.