Staff and Leadership

The AgrIInstitute Board of Directors guides the mission of the organization and works to develop funding
to support the ALP program. As founding supporters of the Institute and Agricultural Leadership Program,
Purdue University, Indiana 4-H Foundation, Indiana FFA Foundation, Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana
State Department of Agriculture designate appointees to the board. The remaining 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

Vice Chairman
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

IN Department of Environmental Management
 ALP Class 7


Melissa Rekeweg

IN State Dept. of Agriculture

  Kenda Resler Friend

Dow AgroSciences
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.

Mark Thornburg

Past Chairman
Indiana Farm Bureau
ALP Class 8

Mary Helen Halsema

Purdue University


Bruce Kettler

Beck’s Hybrids
ALP Class 14