About Farm Credit Council

The Farm Credit Council is the national trade association representing Farm Credit institutions before Congress, the Executive Branch and others. The Council provides the mechanism for member grassroots involvement in the development of positions and policies with respect to federal legislation and government actions that impact Farm Credit.

Board of Directors


Jon MarthedalJon Marthedal, Chair
Jon Marthedal has been on the board of directors since 2015 and elected as board Vice Chair in 2019. He is the owner and operator of Marthedal Farms in Fresno, California, a grape, raisin and blueberry farming operation; president of Marthedal Enterprises, Inc., a provider of farm management and custom agriculture services; and owner and operator of Keystone Blue Farms, LLC, a blueberry farming operation. Jon is a director of Sun-Maid Growers of California and of the California Blueberry Commission. He also serves as the second vice chair on the CoBank board, is president of the California Blueberry Association Board and vice chairman of the California Raisin Marketing Board and the Raisin Administrative Committee. Jon has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from California State University at Fresno.

Michael 'Bo' StoneMichael T. Stone, Vice Chair
Michael 'Bo' T. Stone, from Rowland, North Carolina, owns and operates P & S Farms, Inc. and Bo Stone Farms, LLC. The row crop units produce corn, wheat, and soybeans and the operations include a swine finishing unit under contract with Murphy Brown, a cow/calf herd, timber management and small produce for a roadside stand. Stone is a director of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Cape Fear Farm Credit, ACA, a director of Southeastern Health hospital, and a director of Dillon Christian School. He also serves on the Board of the national Farm Credit Council, a trade organization. Stone has a BS in Agricultural Business Management with a minor in Animal Science and a MS in Agriculture from North Carolina State University. 

Jenny Black HeadshotJenny Black
Jenny Black has been on the board of directors since 2020. Black is from Lakeland, Florida, is a Certified Project Manager and owns and operates Jenny Black Consulting, LLC, an information technology consulting company. Black also serves as the manager for the following citrus and agricultural operations: Ridge Investments, LLC, Black & Myers Properties, and BHB Holdings, LLC. She is a director AgFirst Farm Credit Bank and Farm Credit of Central Florida. She also serves as a director for the Polk County Florida 4-H Foundation Board, a youth agricultural organization, the Volunteers in Service to the Elderly Advisory Board, a non-profit whose mission is to assist the elderly with independent living, and All Saints Academy Independent School, an education organization. Black has Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Liberal Studies and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology, Finance and Marketing from the University of South Florida. 

Laura BraunLaura Braun
Laura Braun was elected to the Farm Credit Council board of directors in 2019. In partnership with her husband, Russell, and son, Andrew, Laura raises corn, soybeans and wheat on 950 acres in Clinton and Shiawassee Counties, Michigan. Their business also provides custom planting, harvesting, and trucking, and a dealership outlet for Stine Seed. Laura graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and completed the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Leader Advancement Program through Michigan State University. She is currently serving on the board of directors for GreenStone Farm Credit Services as the Legislative/Public Policy Committee Chair. Additionally, Laura holds positions on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council; the Clinton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors; and, is a Governor-appointed member of the Michigan Rural Development Fund Board of Directors.

Dan ChildsDan Childs
Dan Childs has been on the board of directors since 2010. He operates a wheat and stocker cattle farming operation in Johnston County, Okla., and is an agricultural economist at the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla.  He is a member and director of Oklahoma AgCredit, ACA. Dan also serves as chairman of FCC Services, a director on the CoBank board, and the Johnston County Industrial Authority, and is vice president of the Foundation for Livestock and Grain Marketing in Lakewood, Colorado.  Additionally, he is a representative to the CoBank District Farm Credit Council. He has bachelors and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. 

Stan ClaussenStan Claussen 
Stan currently serves as the Vice Chair of the AgriBank board, on the Bushmills Ethanol, Fairland Land Management Company, is chair of AgriBank District Farm Credit Council, serves on the Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church Council and chairs Area Churches Together (ACT) – a parish serving six rural churches. Claussen began farming in 1974. He farms with his wife Katherine and son Matt and daughter-in-law Leah. Their farming operation consists of grain, vegetables and cattle.  Stan is a 1971 graduate of Benson High School and attended SMSU studying ag business.

Jimmy DodsonJames “Jimmy” Dodson
Jimmy Dodson has been on the board of directors since 2015 and was elected as board Chair in 2019. Jimmy grows cotton, corn, wheat and milo and operates a seed sales business near Robstown, Texas.  He serves as chairman of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas, vice chairman of the Tenth District Farm Credit Council, serves on the FCC Services board, a founding member of Cotton Leads, and serves on the boards of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council and Gulf Coast Cooperative. Jimmy is past chairman of the National Cotton Council of America, the American Cotton Producers and the Cotton Foundation. He formerly served on the board of Cotton Incorporated. He is a past chairman of the Texas AgFinance, FCS Board of Directors and a former member of the Texas Farm Credit District Stockholders' Advisory Committee.

Mark EllisonMark Ellison
Mark Ellison has been on the board of directors since 2016. He is from Elbow Lake, Minn., and began farming in 1983.  He and his wife are part of the fourth generation to operate on the family farm in Grant County, and do so along with his brother and parents.  The operation has evolved from a crop/livestock operation to a corn and soybean farm.  He has served on the board of directors for AgCountry Farm Credit Services since 1995, and is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman. He is also a past chairman of the 7th Farm Credit District Federation and Minnesota Farm Credit Federation, and has served on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Federation and on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council.

Skip GrayDuane 'Skip' Gray
Skip Gray has been on the board of directors since 2021, he owns and operates a diversified crop production business that produces vegetable and flower seeds, processed vegetables, hazelnuts and grass seed. He also is part owner of a seed company and hazelnut processing and sales company.  He is a director for Northwest Farm Credit Services.   He has also served as treasurer for the Specialty Seed Growers of Western Oregon; past chair of the Farm Service Agency County Committee; a member of the Government Affairs Committee of Albany Area Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Association of Agricultural Professional Executives; and a participant of The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers. He has a degree in education from George Fox University.

Herbert HolzapfelHerbert Holzapfel
Herb Holzapfel has been on the board of directors since 2012. He resides in Glenn County and farms 575 acres of rice and raises beef cattle on ranches in Northern California and Eastern Oregon. Herb serves on the board of directors for Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit Services and has been a member of Farmers’ Rice Cooperative since 1985 and presently serves as chairman of the board. A graduate of California State University–Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Serves as Director of the Colusa-Glenn Production Credit Association. 

William JacksonWilliam Jackson
William Jackson has been on the board of directors since 2020. Jackson is from New Salem, Pennsylvania, is a partner in Jackson Farms, a dairy operation with other farming interests, including corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. He is president of Jackson Farms 2, LLC, a small dairy processing facility that produces milk and makes ice cream marketed to area stores and sold via an on-site convenience store. Jackson is also president of Jackson Farms 3, LLC and Jackson Farms Limited Partnership, which are involved in the production of natural gas. He serves on the boards of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank; AgChoice Farm Credit, ACA; the Fay Penn Economic Development Council, a local economic development committee; president of the Fayette County Agricultural Improvement Association Board, a local county fair; and the Penn State Fayette, Eberly Campus Advisory Board, which oversees campus community involvement. Jackson has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management from Penn State University. 

David KragnesDavid Kragnes
David Kragnes has been on the board of directors since 2015. He is the owner/operator of a wheat, soybean and corn farm in Felton, Minn. He serves as a director for the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, an advisory board in Fargo, North Dakota. He serves on the board of directors for CoBank since 2009. David attended North Dakota State University.


John KuegelJohn Kuegel, Jr.
John is a full-time farmer with a dairy and grain operation. He has served as the past state chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee. He is a director and past president of the Daviess County Farm Bureau, chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s second district, past president of Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club and a member of the Daviess County Extension Board. He is a former state president of the Kentucky FFA and currently serves as the District 2 Chairman, the Daviess County Extension Council, Deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and a former member of the Owensboro Farm Credit Advisory Committee. John received a degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky. 


Chad LeeChad Lee
Chad Lee is an attorney in Tarrant county specializing in agriculture and criminal law. Before he started his own law practice he served in the Tarrant County District Attorney's office. He received his juris doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University, his bachelor's degree in bioenvironmental science and his master's degree in agronomy at Texas A&M University. He lives in Fort Worth and enjoys the outdoor life, including his dogs, horses and hunting. Chad's family has a ranch near DeLeon, Texas. Before going to law school, he worked for Helena Chemical Company and had his own crop-consulting business. He volunteers with organizations such as Operation Orphan, Project SOS and 4-H. He also sits on the wildlife committee of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Chad also serves on the board of directors for Lone Star Ag Credit. 

Catherine MoyerCatherine Moyer

Catherine Moyer joined the board in 2020 and is the chief executive officer and general manager of Pioneer Communications and chief executive officer of High Plains Telecommunications, Inc., telecommunications providers located in Ulysses, Kansas. Moyer sits on the board of CoBank, serves as vice chair of the Federal Communications Commission Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force and as a non-legislative committee member on the Kansas Broadband Task Force. She also serves as chair of the Telcom Insurance Group and the Kansas Lottery Commission. Moyer also sits on the board of the Rural Trust Insurance Company. Moyer holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Middlebury College and a juris doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law.

Mark PierceMark Pierce
Mark Pierce has been on the board of directors since 2017. Mark lives in DeKalb and his operation consists of corn, soybeans, tobacco and beef cattle. Mark serves as the vice chair of the FCS Financial board. 




Jenny RhodesJenny Rhodes

Jenny, has been on the board of directors since 2021, she owns and operates Deerfield Farms LLC, a poultry and grain operation with her two sons. The operation consists of a four-house poultry farm producing antibiotic free broilers and an irrigated grain farm producing corn, wheat, soybeans and cover crops. She is also employed as the Principal Agent for Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Maryland Extension, Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Jenny has served on the MidAtlantic Farm Credit Board since 2009. She is currently the Chair of the Compensation and Governance Committee, past Chair of the board, and has served on all board committees. She is the Chair of the newly formed AgFirst District Legislative Advisory Committee. She also holds leadership positions in the following organizations: Board member of the Compass Regional Hospice, Delmarva Chicken Association, and US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs; Mid-Shore Community Foundation, County Board Member for the Farm Bureau; Board member for Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District; Board member of Dean’s Global Leadership Council, UMD AGNR; Chair of the USDA State Farm Service Agency Committee; member of Delmarva Land and Litter Challenge Steering Committee; past President and past member of the executive committee of the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.; past President of the Maryland Association of County Agricultural Agents; past member of the Maryland Agriculture Commission; and served as the Governor's appointee to the Regulatory Reform Commission.

John SchmittJohn Schmitt
John Schmitt, of Quincy, Ill., operates a family grain farm raising corn, soybeans and forages. He also has a cattle operation where he purchases, backgrounds and finishes feeder cattle. Schmitt has served on the AgriBank board since 2007. Schmitt previously served on the 1st Farm Credit Services board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois.


Peter TriandafillouPeter Triandafillou
Peter is vice president of woodlands for Huber Resources Corp, a timber management firm managing 600,000 acres in seven states. Peter is also past president and current member of The Maine Forest Products Council, past chair and current member of the Society of American Foresters (Maine division), past president and current member of the North Maine Woods Corporation and past chair of the Advisory Committee of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. He also serves on the board of directors for Farm Credit East.

Brandon Wittman Brandon Wittman
Brandon is the CEO/General Manager of Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative located in Huntley, MT. He holds a Bachelor Degree from Montana State University Billings in pre-professional biology and an associate Master Business Administration Degree from Rocky Mountain College. He is also a graduate of the NRECA Management Internship Program. He serves on the CoBank Board, the Advisory Board of the Highlands Lineman School, the Advisory Board for Border States Electric, is Chairman of the Manager’s Group for the Montana Electric Cooperative Association, and has served on the Board for the Billings Catholic Schools and Family Service, Inc. He currently resides in Billings. He and his wife spend most of their spare time chasing their two children across the region in their endeavors.

imageThomas ‘Tony’ Wilkie, III
Tony Wilkie, of Forrest City, Ark., has been on the board of directors since 2011. He owns a rice, soybean and wheat family farm in the Mississippi Delta of eastern Arkansas. He is also the owner of a drainage supply business serving agriculture, state and local governments, and construction in the state of Arkansas. He has served on the AgriBank board since 2010. 

Wilkie also serves on the boards of the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council and FCC Services. He is a past board member of Farm Credit Midsouth in Jonesboro, Ark. and has been active in the political and regulatory side of the Farm Credit System since 1985.

Joe David YatesJoe David Yates
Joe David Yates of Mason County is involved in a variety of family ranching and agribusiness interests. These include Bay City Feed in Bay City, Texas; cow-calf operations in the Texas Hill Country, Hudspeth County, Texas, and Otero County, N.M.; and a yearling ranch in Colfax and Union counties in New Mexico. Yates studied animal science at Angelo State University, where he was a member of the 1980 national champion wool judging team. Early in his career he was the manager of Southwestern Wool & Mohair and general manager of Ozona Wool & Mohair. Yates is a licensed Broker in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma and has been practicing real estate for over 26 years. He is a former director of the Llano County Farm Bureau and a former Llano city councilman. He also served on the boards of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association and the Ruidoso Jockey Club and was appointed to the American Quarter Horse Association's national racing committee.

Jennifer ZessinJennifer Zessin
Jennifer was elected to the Farm Credit Council board of directors in 2019. Along with her husband and son, Zessin operates a grain farm in northeast Nebraska raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa. She has past business experience in banking, human resources and internal auditing and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in business administration/finance. Zessin is currently serving on the Farm Credit Services of America board. She also serves on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council and is treasurer for Trinity Lutheran Church and School.  




Stephanie Addison

Stephanie Addison
Director of Digital Communications

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Robbie Boone

Robbie Boone
Senior Vice President/General Counsel 

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Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson
Communication Manager 

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Ben Duncanson

Ben Duncanson
Senior Director, Economic and Policy Analysis

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Trey Elizondo
Communications Specialist

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Mark Hayes

Mark Hayes
Vice President, External Communications

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Brittany Jablonsky

Brittany Jablonsky
Vice President, Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations

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Shannon Kerns

Shannon Kerns
Office Manager / Executive Assistant

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Michele Lucas

Michele Lucas
Director, Meetings

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Gary Matteson

Gary Matteson
Senior Vice President, Beginning Farmer Programs and Outreach

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Jenny Mesirow

Jenny Mesirow
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

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Kelly O'Donnell

Kelly O'Donnell
PAC Director
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Sarah Reeves

Sarah Reeves
Government Affairs Specialist/Manager of Board Affairs

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Jeffry W. Shipp

Jeff Shipp
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

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Todd Van Hoose

Todd Van Hoose
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Tony Watlington

Tony Watlington
Government Affairs Manager

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Debbie Wing

Debbie Wing
Executive Vice President, Communications

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