2014-2015 Council and Committee Membership

A division of ASI, the American Wool Council works to improve the American wool industry and to promote the usage of American wool – both in domestic and international markets. The 15-member American Wool Council oversees wool promotion activities made possible by the Wool Trust Fund. The objective of the Wool Trust Fund program is to assist U.S. wool producers in improving the quality of wool produced in the United States and to assist U.S. wool producers in the development and promotion of the wool market. Primary program areas are - quality improvement, including new technology, market accessibility, market information, wool production and quality assurance; - market research and promotion; and communication. The export marketplace is becoming increasingly important for U.S. wool producers. As a result, the American Wool Council has increased its work in the international marketplace to ensure that buyers around the world are aware of the quality and availability of American wool. Funding for international market development activities comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The Wool Trust Fund also supports some of the association’s international programs.

American Wool Council

Ken Wixom (ID) - C
Wade Kopren (SD) - VC
Jon Amparan (CA)
Anne Crider (IL)
Regina Frahm (IA)
Will Griggs (UT)
Julie Hansmire (CO)
Dr. Chris Lupton (TX)

Jack McRae (MT)
Julie Noh (ID)
Fred Roberts, Jr. (WY)
Sarah Smith (WA)
Kory Stephensen (UT)
Sunnie Titmus (UT)
Randy Tunby (MT)

Wool Foundation Officers

Larry Prager (SD) - C
W. Keith Stumbo (NY) - VC
Larry Pilster (MT) - President
Anne Crider (IL) - Vice President
Julie Hansmire (CO) - Secretary
Sarah Smith (WA) - Treasurer

Wool Roundtable

Dan Gutzman (OR) - C
Will Griggs (UT) - VC
Tim Almond (NC)
Glen Fisher (TX)
John Helle (MT)
Wade Kopren (SD)-Shearer Council
Terry Martin (TX)
Diego Paullier (SC)
Faron Pfeiffer (TX)
Rick Powers (SC)
Larry Prager (SD)
Bob Stobart, Ph.D. (WY)
Lisa Surber, Ph.D. (MT)
Ken Wixom (ID) - Wool Council Chair

C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair

A division of ASI, the American Lamb Council has long promoted American lamb through recipe development, consumer and retail promotion, foodservice promotion and outreach to culinary professionals and food editors. In late 2000, the council was awarded a one-and-a-half year marketing grant to promote and market American lamb through culinary outreach, retail merchandising, an American Lamb Information Center, a new identity and consumer positioning. Though the grant activities conducted by ASI have concluded, marketing efforts for American lamb continue. The American Lamb Board, an entity totally separate from ASI, began its promotion and marketing efforts for American lamb in the spring of 2003. The board has carried forth most of the activities formerly conducted by the American Lamb Council.

American Lamb Council

W. Keith Stumbo (NY) - C
Jeff Ebert (KS) - VC
Greg Ahart (CA)
Brad Anderson (WY)
Reed Anderson (OR)
Brad Boner (WY)
Joanne Evans (PA)
Mark Fiegl (NY)
Nick Forrest (OH)
Brad Gilbertson (ND)
Bob Harlan (WY)
Mike Harper (CO)
Don Hawk (OH)
Don Hopkins (RI)
Laurie Hubbard (PA)
David Johnson (WI)
Bob Lehfeldt (MT)
Dan Lippert (MN)
Jim Mansfield (KY)
Tyler Martin (MI)
Matt Micket (UT)
Nancy Miniter (MA)
Diane Peavey (ID)
Dan Persons (MN)
Russell Robinson (CT)
Jeremy Russell (IN)
Erica Sanko (CA)**
Keith Schultz (WI)
Nanch Smith (KS)
Marsha Spykerman (IA)
Don Van Nostran (OH)
Scott Vansickle (KY)

C = Chair, Co-VC - Co-Vice Chair

In Washington, D.C., ASI is the recognized voice for sheep producers regarding sheep industry issues. The ASI Legislative Action Council champions sheep producers’ causes in the nation’s Capital to ensure that key programs are funded or maintained, and that key pieces of legislation are passed to ensure the continued health and profitability of the U.S. sheep industry.

Legislative Action Council

Bob Leer (KY) - C
Tammy Fisher (TX) - VC
Bill Baker (VA)
Tammy Basel (SD)
Nina Baucus (MT)
Bob Benson (IN)
Stan Boyd (ID)**
Jim Brown (MT)
David Campbell (NY)
Tom Colyer (MA)
John Dvorak (MN)
Jeff Ebert (KS)
Michelle Frost-Maynard (MN)**
Tonia Fuller (UT)**
Jeremy Geske (MN)**
Michael Harper (PA)
Amy Hendrickson (WY)**
Roger High (OH)**
Joan Hobbs (MD)
Greg Hubbard (PA)
Ryan Indart (CA)
Richard Kosesan (OR)**

Tom Kourlis (CO)
Erlene Leonard (IA)
Russell Leonard (NM)
Margaret Magruder (OR)
Brant Miller (ME)
Wes Moser (IA)
Jw Nuckolls (WY)
Jimmy Parker (AL)
Shawn Ray (OH)
Kristin Reese (OH)
Charles Reppert (NE)
Reyes Rich (TN)
Emily Robidart Rooney (CA)
Steve Salmon (TX)
Erica Sanko (CA)**
Cindy Siddoway (ID)
Bill Sparrow, Jr. (NC)
Art Swannack (WA)
Dean Swenson (ND)
Dave Trotter (IN)
Doug Uzelac (MI)
Nancy Webster (ME)
Katherine Wenner (OH)

C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair, ** = State Executive

A profitable livestock industry relies on maintaining and improving the health of its animals. ASI’s efforts in this arena include working with the U.S. government and industry groups to prevent and control various animal diseases affecting the sheep industry. ASI has long encouraged the current effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to eradicate scrapie. ASI also works with USDA and many other organizations to prevent the introduction into the United States of diseases such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).

Production, Education and Research Council (PERC)

Susan Shultz (OH) - C
Dr. Gary Visintainer (CO) - VC
Dr. Debra Aaron (KY)
Melanie Barkley (PA)
Philip Berg (MN)
Dr. Richard Brzozowski (ME)
Dr. Noelle Cockett (UT)
Dr. Brian Dietrich (OR)
Monica Ebert (KS)
Dr. Richard Ehrhardt (MI)
Lynn Fahrmeier (MO)
Dr. Will R. Getz (GA)
David Greene (MD) (Farm Flock)
Dr. Wayne Greene (AL)
Cindy Harrold (OR)

Dr. Keith Inskeep (WV)
Dr. Rodney Kott (TX) (Genetic Co-Chair)
Dr. Jim Logan (WY) (Health Chair)
Dan Macon (CA) (Range)
Dr. Dan Morrical (IA) (Genetic Co-Chair)
Dr. Reid Redden (TX) (NSIP)
Charles Reppert (NE)
Dr. Chris Schauer (ND)
Susan Schoenien (MD)
Paula Swenson (ND) (Farm Flock)
Lisa Weeks (VA)
Greg Wichman (MT) (Range)
Dr. Cindy Wolf (Health Co-Chair)
Kelley Yates (KY)
Dr. Henry Zerby (OH)

Animal Health Committee

Dr. Jim Logan (WY) - CC
Dr. Cindy Wolf (MN) - CC
Dr. Linda Detwiler (NJ))
Dr. Nancy East (CA)
Dr. William Edmiston (TX)
Dr. Melissa Garrod-VanLaningham (CA)
Dr. Eric Gordon (OH)

Dr. Gerald Kennedy (MN)
Dr. Cleon Kimberling (CO)
Ed Kline (CO)
Wes Limesand (ND)
Dave Meeuwse (MI)
Dr. Stanley Poe, Sr. (IN)
Dr. Bill Shulaw (OH)
Dr. Tim Turner (TX)

Genetic Stakeholders Comomittee

Dr. Dan Morrical (IA) - CC
Dr. Rodney Kott (MT) - CC
Jack Blattner (ID)
Tom Boyer (UT)
Victoria Carroll (UT)
Dan Crider (IL)
Alan Culham (MI)
Martin Dally (OR)
Jeff Ebert (KS) (Hampshire)
Jeremy Geske (MN)
Richard Hamilton (CA)
Cody Hiemke (WI)
Kathy Lewis (OR) (Dorper)

Mike Ludlam (MI) (Shetland)
Wallace (Pete) MacDonald (NY)
Dr. Jim Morgan (AR) (Katahdin)
Dr. David Notter (VA)
David Ollila (SD)
Dr. Reid Redden (ND)
Mardy Rutledge (NV) (Targhee)
Amy Schroeder (OH)
Michelle Schubert (KY) (Babydoll Southdown)
Bill Shultz (OH)
Kathy Soder (PA)
Todd Taylor (WI)
Dr. Dan Waldron (TX)

C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair, CC = Co=Chair

Land, water, predator and other environmental issues are extremely important to U.S. sheep producers. That’s why members of ASI’s Resource Management Council, Predator Management Committee and Public Lands Committee routinely work with other industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and state sheep producer organizations to see that the interests of sheep producers are considered in land-use regulations and wildlife management.

Resource Management Council

Joe Pozzi (CA) - C
Bob Buchholz (TX) -- VC
John Baucus (MT)
Steve Clements (SD)
John Helle (MT)
Frankie Iturriria (CA)

Predator Management Committee

John Baucus (MT) - CC
Steve Clements (SD) - CC
Dick Apple (WA)
Joe Aucremanne (WV)
Brad Bitner (UT)
Stan Boyd (ID)**
Bob Brockman (TX)
Peter Camino (WY)
Jim Cooper (NM)
Chad Edgington (UT)
Lani Estill (NV)

Gene Hardy (WY)
Dave Hinnaland (MT)
Tina Love(MI)
Dan Mickel (UT)
John Olagaray (CA)
Jack Orwick (SD)
Mike Osguthorpe (UT)
Laura Pearson (WY)
John Peavey (ID)
Jim Percival (OH)
Karen Sormo (MN)
Randy Tunby (MT)

Public Lands Committee

Frankie Iturriria (CA) - CC
John Helle (MT) - CC
Vance Broadbent (WY)
Bonnie Brown (CO)**
Robert Baumgarner (ID)
Paul Frischknecht (UT)
Michelle Frost-Maynard (NM)**
Paco Iturriria (CA)
Dave Julian (WY)
Cayle Krebs (OR)
Kris Leinassar (NV)
Russell Leonard (NM)
Mark Martinez (WA)
John Noh (ID)
Frank Shirts, Jr. (ID)
JC Siddoway (ID)

C = Chair, VC = Vice-Chair, CC = Co-Chairs, ** = State Executive

The Mission of the Let's Grow Committee is to To support, promote and ensure the U.S. sheep industry's future through the development of innovative and sustainable initiatives that increase the productivity, profitability and growth of the American sheep industry, which will further enhance domestic wool and lamb production‎.The Mission of the Let's Grow Committee is to

Let's Grow Committee
Mike Corn (NM) - C
Lesa Eidman (CA)
John Fine (OR)
Ben Lehfeldt (MT)
Wes Limesand (ND)
Wes Moser (IA)
Dr. Stanley Poe (IN)
Rick Powers (SC)
Rob Rule (IA)
Susan Shultz (OH)
Bill Sparrow, Jr. (NC)
Dr. Dennis Stiffler (NY)

Nominating Committee

Margaret Soulen Hinson (MD) - C
Tom Colyer (MA) - Region 1
Dr. Will Getz (GA) - Region 2
Bob Benson (IN) - Region 3
Burdell Johnson (ND) - Region 4
Lee Bloodworth (TX) - Region 5
Butch Theos (CO) - Region 6
Larry Pilster (MT) - Region 7
Art Swannack (WA) - Region 8
Don Gnos (OR) - NLFA

Financial Review Committee

Mike Corn (NM) - C Two Directors to be Announced

Resolutions Committee
Burton Pfliger (ND) - C
Benny Cox (TX)
Bob Leer (KY)
Joe Pozzi (CA)
Susan Shultz (OH)
Marsha Spykerman (IA)
W. Keith Stumbo (NY)
Gary Visintainer (CO)
Milt Ward (ID)
Ken Wixom (ID)

Young Sheep Entrepreneurs Committee
Burdell Johnson (ND) - Advisor
Henry Hollenbeck (MT) - Tri-Chair
Shelby Krebs (OR) - Tri-Chair
Thomas Yaros (MI) - Tri-Chair

Media Sub-Committee
Dani Buskohl (MD)
Stephanie Furlong (OR)
Sara Hollenbeck (MT)
Jamie Irwin (CA)
Kelli Mahoney (CA)
Linda Osguthorpe (UT)
Toney Wernette (MI)

Sponsorship Sub-Committee
Robert Irwin (CA)
Sam Kennedy (TN)
Joe O'Connor (OR)
Chad Osguthorpe (UT)

Committee Members
Matthew Anderson (KY)
Cole Bakke (CA)
Bronson Corn (NM)
Martin Corn (NM)
Elizabeth Dressler (CO)
Lesa Eidman (CA)
Anna Erk (SD)
Sharon Gutierrez (ID)
Katherine Kourlis (CO)
Kip Krebs (OR)
Tyler Martin (MI)
Summer Rule (CO)
JC Siddoway (ID)
Anthony Theos (CO)

C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair, ** State Executive