Committees

Several committees help the IAA Foundation meet fundraising goals each year. These committees play a vital role in implementing fundraising programs and raising funds.

The Coalition's members include key executives or leaders of high profile agriculture organizations, agribusiness, food companies, education, and the IAA Foundation. Its focus is to identify sources of funding for the growing IAITC program.

  • Chair - N. Duane Noland, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
  • Bill Davisson, GROWMARK
  • Greg Webb, Archer Daniels Midland Co.
  • Roger Bushue, Aventine Renewable Energy
  • Steve Sproull, Cargill
  • Tom Jennings, Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Gerald Thompson, Illinois Farm Bureau/IAA Foundation
  • Mindy Whittle, Monsanto
  • Max Armstrong, WGN Radio & Farm Progress
  • Ed Mullins, Prairie Farms Dairy
  • John Sullivan, State Senator
  • Lyle Roberts, Illinois Soybean Association
  • Mike Massie, Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE)

The Council is comprised of staff from organizations that commit to the concept of pooling existing programs, funds, and resources as well as shared future vision of a unified Illinois AITC program of work. This working group reviews and prioritizes recommendations to the IAA Foundation for short and long term IAITC programs of work.

  • Jay Runner, Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education
  • Cimeron Frost, Illinois Beef Association
  • Connie Niemann, Macoupin County Ag Education
  • Karen Fraase, Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Amy Roady, Illinois Soybean Association
  • Tricia Braid-Terry, Illinois Corn Growers Association/Illinois Corn Marketing Board
  • Lisa Muirheid Martin, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
  • Steve Stierwalt, Earth Partners
  • Stacy Stremsterfer, Illinois Association of Soil and Water
  • Erin Cleary, Illinois Pork Producers Association
  • Karen Schmitt, Midwest Dairy Association
  • Gerald Thompson, Illinois Farm Bureau/IAA Foundation
  • Annual Meeting – Trivia Night Committee Show / Hide

The Trivia Night Committee helps plan and provide support to IAA Foundation staff who hosts an annual Trivia Night during Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Trivia Night is the entertainment that our counties, managers and staff looks forward to. Up to 40 teams of eight can register to participate in the fun! Funds raised directly support IAITC.

Co-Chair, Bureau County:


  • Greg Koeppen                    Lake County (Region 2)                 gkoeppen@ameritech.net
  • Caitlin Chrzanowski            Knox County (Region 1)                 knoxcfb@knoxcfb.org
  • Kendra Bolen                     Mercer County (Region 1)              mcfbmanager@gmail.com
  • Vacant                             (Region 3)    
  • Sydney Lay                        Clay County (Region 4)                  ccfbmanager@gmail.com    
  • Victoria Goad                    Lawrence County (Region 4)           lcfbmgr@frontier.com

  • Jessie Denny                      IAA Foundation, Program Manager     jdenny@ilfb.org
  • Susan Moore                      IAA Foundation, Director                  smoore@ilfb.org
  • Virginia Lowery                  IAA Foundation, Admin Assistant       vlowery@ilfb.org     
  • Jenny Gentes                     IFB, Graphic Arts, Designer               jgentes@ilfb.org/a>      

The Golf Outing Committee helps plan and provide support to IAA Foundation staff who hosts an annual golf outing held in Pontiac, IL, which sees over 200 golfers and raises funds for IAITC.

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To learn more about the Grow & Go, click here All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC).

The 5K Grow & Go Committee helps plan and provide support to IAA Foundation staff who hosts an annual 5K located at the IFB Headquarters in Bloomington, IL, which sees over 300 runners, walkers, children and volunteers. Funds raised directly support IAITC.

Committee Chairman:

  • Roger Tornow, Illinois Farm Bureau

  • Sue Chinowth, Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Alan Dodds, Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Bill Hahm, COUNTRY Financial RETIRED
  • Brian Raddenbach, Illinois Farm Bureau 
  • Matt Wettersten, GROWMARK    
  • Karen Jones, GROWMARK
  • Brian McGill, IAA Credit Union
  • Michelle Bishop, Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Jackie Jones, Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Ryan Ford, Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Craig Luchtefeld, COUNTRY Financial

  • Susan Moore, Director of the IAA Foundation
  • Jessie Denny, Program Manager, IAA Foundation
  • Virginia Lowery, Administrative Assistant, IAA Foundation  
  • Kevin Daugherty, IAITC Director
  • To learn more about the 5K Grow & Go, click here All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC).

The Fundraising Commission assists with fund raising on behalf of the Foundation.

  • Glenn Meyer
  • Alan Dale
  • John White, Jr., Chair
  • John Beatty
  • William Kelch
  • Joseph Sanek
  • Diane Truckenbrod
  • Steve Wentworth

The Board of Trustees-Emeritus is an elite group of dedicated and experienced Illinois agricultural leaders who lend their support to the Foundation’s success.

  • Kenneth P. Baer
  • F. Wayne Baughman
  • Vernal Brown
  • Virginia Darr
  • Kenneth Gorden
  • Gordon Jameson
  • Robert Koeller
  • William Mathena
  • Allan McCabe
  • Don Peasley
  • Enid Schlipf
  • Howard A. Schoenholz, Sr.
  • Katherine A. Webb
  • James D. Schielein
  • Randal K. Schleich