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  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’s annual meeting.


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Beth Archer

Executive Director

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Tonya Weiss

Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

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John Baugh

AgrIInstitute Board Member

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Brian Buchanan

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Chris Fenner

Operations and Event Manager



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Bob Fulling

AgrIInstitute Board Treasurer

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Aaron Goedde

Director Biometrics Quality Assurance

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Mary Helen Halsema

Assistant Director for Transformational Education and Academic Excellence

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Bruce Kettler


Don Lamb

Vice President

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Phyllis Legan


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Melissa Rekeweg

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Kenda Resler Friend

Founder & President

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Eric Schilling

Director of Learning and Development

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Tom Sloma

Asst. VP Crop Insurance

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Mark Thornburg

Director of Legal Affairs, General Counsel

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Julia Wickard

Govt. Affairs Director & Agricultural Liaison