Staff and Leadership

AgrIInstitute Board and Staff Leadership

The AgrIInstitute Board of Directors are industry volunteers who oversee the organization’s policies and resource development to ensure the accomplishment of AgrIInstitute’s mission of preparing leaders to advance agriculture.  The founding supporters of AgrIInstitute and the Agricultural Leadership Program the following entities designate appointees to the board.  The  appointees to the AgrIInstitute board represent: Purdue University, College of Agriculture (2 positions),  Indiana 4-H Foundation (1 position), Indiana FFA Foundation (1 position), Indiana Farm Bureau (2 positions),  and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (2 positions). The remaining seven board positions are filled by volunteers from industry who are elected at the AgrIInstitute annual meeting.

Beth Archer

Executive Director

Eric Schilling

Elanco Animal Health

Tiffany Obrecht Johnson

ALP Class 14 

 Bob Fulling

AXA Equitable 
ALP Class 13

Brian Buchanan

Buchanan Hauling &Rigging

John Baugh

Purdue University

Tom Dull

Dull’s Tree Farm
ALP Class 2

Chris Fenner

Indiana Farm Bureau
ALP Class 10
AgrIInstitute offers unparalleled networking opportunities within the agricultural community here in Indiana and Washington DC.

Tom Sloma

Farm Credit Mid America
ALP Class 14

Phyllis Legan

Legan Livestock & Grain
ALP Class 13



Julie Wickard

Vice Chairperson
IN Department of Environmental Management
 ALP Class 7


Melissa Rekeweg 

Mark Thornburg

Past Chairman
Indiana Farm Bureau
ALP Class 8

  Kenda Resler Friend

Corteva AgriSciences

ALP Class 11

There’s no industry more essential than agriculture, and no skill more essential than leadership to help it thrive.  It’s an honor to serve on AgrIInstitute’s board and help build leadership capacity in Indiana agriculture.


Mary Helen Halsema

Purdue University

Bruce Kettler

Indiana State Department of Agriculture
ALP Class 14


Executive Director

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