FarmHouse Alumni Join Top Honor Roll Clubs

FarmHouse Alumni Join Top Honor Roll Clubs

The FarmHouse Foundation welcomed 34 new members into its highest giving societies between March 14, 2017 and October 17, 2017



Accumulative gifts of $500,000 or more

Ronald Bergan (ND 62)


Ronald Bergan (ND 62) is CEO of Fargo Assembly Company, a privately-owned wiring harness manufacturer. He and his wife, Mary Alice, live in Fargo, N.D.



Accumulative gifts of $100,000 to $249,999

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Roy Thompson (MN 49) † was a retired agronomist and administrator at the University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army counter intelligence corps in Japan and his professional career was devoted to agriculture in numerous parts of the world. He and his late wife, Blythe, traveled extensively for pleasure and agricultural work. He lived in St. Paul, Minn. He died February 25, 2017, at age 89.

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Roger Tremayne (NE 67) is the owner of Circle T Feedlot. He and his wife, Lea Ann, live in Walthill, Neb.



Accumulative gifts of $50,000 to $99,999

Lloyd Bettis (IA 67)


Lloyd Bettis (IA 67) is retired chairman/CEO of the National Bureau of Property Administration, a property tax consulting firm representing Fortune 500 and international firms nationally. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in Chicago, Ill., and Naples, Fla.

Frank Bezdicek (MN 67)


Frank Bezdicek (MN 67) is founder and owner of The Other Right Answer, LLC, a marketing communications consulting firm. He retired as director of marketing communications activities for the Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Company and Feed Division in 2004 after over 30 years at Land O’Lakes. He led the fundraising efforts for the Minnesota FH building campaign. He serves as a chapter advisor and on the Minnesota FarmHouse Association Board. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minn.

Randall Crom (IA 76)  

Randall Crom (IA 76) is retired from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service where he served as a veterinary medical officer. He and his wife, Julie, live in Washington, D.C.

Steven Hunt (KS 78)  

Steven Hunt (KS 78) is a managing partner with Tayjen Holdings, LLC. He is former CEO of U.S. Premium Beef, the nation’s premier producer-owned beef marketing company, which he helped found in 1996. He and his wife, Mary, live in Liberty, Mo.

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Isaac Sheppard (MI 54) is a self-employed structural engineer. He co-led Michigan State’s housing renovation campaign. He and his wife, Donna, live in Rochester, Mich.

Peter Wenstrand (IA 70)  

Peter Wenstrand (IA 70) owns and operates a corn and soybean farm near Essex, Iowa, where he and his wife, Dana, live.



Accumulative gifts of $25,000 to $49,999

Larry Bayless (PU 61)


Larry Bayless (PU 61) is retired general manager of seed operation of Bayless Hybrids, Inc., his family’s seed operation. After almost 60 years, his family’s seed operation was sold in 1994 and he retired. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in central Florida with a summer residence in Waynesville, N.C.

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Kermit D. Coggshall (IA 59) is the owner of Midland Foods, a packaged frozen food distributor. He and his wife, Janis, live in Dallas, Texas.

Kenneth Converse (SD 81)


Kenneth Converse (SD 81) is vice president for institutional advancement at Buena Vista University. He served as the International Fraternity’s director of expansion from 1984–1992. He is a past Foundation Trustee and Chairman of the Board and helped lead Campaign 2005. He was named a Master Builder in 2010. He and his wife, Karna, live in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Michael Holmberg (MN 68)


Michael Holmberg (MN 68) is retired farm chemicals editor for Successful Farming magazine. He spent most of his career as an agricultural journalist with Meredith Corporation in various roles. He and his wife, Sally, live in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

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Eric Poppe (NE 88) is a noise and vibration integration engineer for General Motors. He and his wife, Patti, live in Grass Lake, Mich.

Maurice Williamson (PU 61)  

Maurice Williamson (PU 61) † was retired executive secretary of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association. He was a founding member and past president of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association and was a member of the board of directors for the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. He founded the Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair and was one of the best-known agriculturalists in the nation. He lived in West Lafayette, Ind. He died January 30, 2017, at age 91.


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Accumulative gifts of $10,000 to $24,999

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Thomas Brown (AR 82) is the manager of processing for Pilgrim’s Pride, the second-largest chicken producer in the world. His son, Tucker (AR 14) is the most recent chapter president. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

Scott Carlson (ND 84)


Scott Carlson (ND 84) owns and operates Carlson Financial Services. He is a registered investment advisor, chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter. He and his wife, Tami, live in Valley, Neb.

Michael Dikeman (KS 63)


Michael Dikeman (KS 63) is professor emeritus of animal sciences and industry, in a split teaching and research appointment, at Kansas State University. His research has focused on the interface between beef cattle production/genetics and carcass composition, meat tenderness and meat cookery. He has received numerous teaching and research awards, published over 400 articles, and has spoken at many conferences during his tenure. He and his wife, Earline, live in Manhattan, Kan.

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Ted Dorn (AR 81) is co-president of three Simmons Foods, Inc. affiliates—Simmons Feeds Ingredients, PRO*CAL and Sensora LLC. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Fayetteville, Ark.

Gabriel Eckert (KS 95)


Gabriel Eckert (KS 95) is executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia. He is also a consultant, strategic planning facilitator, speaker and author of the best-selling book published by ASAE, “From Insight to Action: 6 New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve.” He is International President of FarmHouse Fraternity. He lives in Atlanta.

Stephen England (NE 66)


Stephen England (NE 66) is owner and president of Investment Property Exchange, Inc., a client-based practice to solve real estate problems in investment real estate including agriculture, commercial, hospitality and multi-family. He and his wife, Jeanine, live in Kearney, Neb.

Jason Helvey (NE 93


Jason Helvey (NE 93) is a radiologist and an associate professor of radiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Omaha, Neb.

Cale Kassel (IA 05)


Cale Kassel (IA 05) is an anesthesiologist and an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He and his wife, Katie, live in Omaha, Neb.

Ike Kvasnicka (MN 76)


Ike Kvasnicka (MN 76) is a cattle sales specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC, covering northern South Dakota and eastern North Dakota. He has worked for Purina for 38 years. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Aberdeen, S.D.

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James Leonard (OH 60) is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army. Before retiring, he was vice president of Battelle Memorial Institute, a nonprofit applied science and technology development company. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Bruce Maunder (NE 53)


Bruce Maunder (NE 53) is a research advisor for the National Grain Sorghum Producers. He provides leadership in the areas of research and education, strengthening research funding for public sector sorghum researchers and strengthening ties between sorghum scientists. Before this, he had a 20-year career with DEKALB and retired as senior vice president of Dekalb Genetics Corporation. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Lubbock, Texas.

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Thomas Messersmith (NE 68) is a rancher. He and his wife, Sara, live in Alliance, Neb.

Jerry Moss (PU 73)


Jerry Moss (PU 73) owns Moss Family Farms, Inc., farming corn, pigs and managing farms in Iowa. He lives in Baylis, Ill.

Richard Shafer (OK 63)


Richard Shafer (OK 63) is a veterinarian and retired manager of consumer health services at the Fort Worth Health Department. Prior to this, he retired after 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, and was manager of the Air Force Environmental Health Services at the Air Force Surgeon General’s Office in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Diane, live in Newkirk, Okla.

Terry Strueh (PU 66)


Terry Strueh (PU 66) is retired vice president of governmental relations for Purdue University. Prior to this, he served as a delegate to the Second World Food Conference of the United Nations and as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He chaired the United States-Canadian Provinces Agriculture Accord and was on advisory committees for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., USDA Meat and Poultry Inspections Service, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Census Bureau. He lives in Lafayette, Ind.

Eric Thurber (NE 89)


Eric Thurber (NE 89) is founder and managing director of Three Bridges Wealth Advisors. Prior to this, he was a senior wealth director and senior vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He serves as an associate at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and has trained in Stanford University’s Executive Education Program. He lives in San Francisco, Calif.

Steven Vinyard (AU 78)


Steven Vinyard (AU 78) is retired president and owner of FabArc Steel Supply, Inc., a steel fabrication facility, providing AISC certified fabricated steel to industrial, commercial, government, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive customers. He and his wife, Gena, live in Anniston, Ala.

Wayne White (NE 50)


Wayne White (NE 50) is retired vice president of Dekalb, where he spent his career working in a number of positions. He and his wife, Joan, live in Rio Rancho, N.M.

Kevin Wittrock (OK 78)


Kevin Wittrock (OK 78) is an investment adviser representative for Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. He is a certified financial planner, a licensed real estate agent and an appraiser. He and his wife, Monica, live in Edmond, Okla.