FarmHouse Alumni Join Top Honor Roll Clubs

FarmHouse Alumni Join Top Honor Roll Clubs

The FarmHouse Foundation welcomed 69 new members into its highest giving societies between October 18, 2017 and February 8, 2018.



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

Terry K. Manz


Terry K. Manz (KS 62) is retired after 25 years as the chief financial officer for Cactus Feeders, Inc., a land and cattle feeding company. Following his master’s degree in accounting, he worked nine years for Touche Ross & Co. in Kansas City, Mo., before joining Cactus Feeders, Inc. He and his wife, Carol, live in Frisco, Texas.

Ralph F. Ziegler


Ralph F. Ziegler (IL 50)† was a retired Colonel and veterinarian, serving in the U.S. Air Force for the majority of his career. He received the Legion of Merit, a military award for exceptionally meritorious service. He was a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, an honor roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and a member of the University of Illinois President’s Council, for philanthropic investments of $50,000 or more. He lived in San Antonio, Texas. He died Oct. 26, 2016, at age 84. Following his passing the Foundation received a generous gift from his estate.



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

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Mark L. Anderson (IA 70) is a veterinarian, founder and owner of Mark Anderson and Associates, Inc. (MAI) Animal Health, a family of multi-faceted manufacturers and brands that service the animal health industry. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Spring Valley, Wis.

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Mark A. Fletcher (PU 77) is CEO of Ceres Barge Line, which provides barge freight management, logistic services and consulting to cargo importers and exporters, primarily on the Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois rivers. He lives in St. Louis, Mo.

Ralph E. Harrison  

Ralph E. Harrison (OK 69) is president of the law firm of Harrison & Mecklenburg, Inc. He and his wife, Denise, live in Kingfisher, Okla.

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Cody B. Hodgden (OK 89) is an attorney with Hodgden, Hallren, Smithton & Hodgden PLLC. He lives in Woodward, Okla.

Milton D. Jellum  

Milton D. Jellum (MN 53) is a retired professor of agronomy at the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Pauline, live in Fort Mill, S.C.

Robert C. Keen  

Robert C. Keen (AU 71) is the retired CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Ind. He manages his family’s farm, where he was raised, in central Alabama. He was a charter member of the Auburn Chapter and served on the International Executive Board for eight years, including four years as president. He was a Foundation Trustee for six years and was named a Master Builder in 1990. He and his wife of 44 years, Peggy, live in Greenfield, Ind.

G. Richard Munson  

G. Richard Munson (KS 73) is a farmer/stockman, real estate agent and co-owner of Century 21 Gold-Team Realtors. He also co-owns Gatherings at 3 Thirteen, a retail boutique store in Manhattan, Kan. He served on the International Executive Board for six years, as an advisor for the Kansas State chapter, and on the Kansas State FarmHouse Association where he served as president. He currently serves as the Kansas State FH Foundation Council chair. He was named Master Builder in 2010. He lives in Junction City, Kan.

Daniel Sandager (MN 71)  

Daniel Sandager (MN 71) owns and operates Abrahamson Nursery, a full-service landscape and design company, garden center and greenhouse grower. He has served on the board of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, as well as various Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association committees. He and his wife, Sue, live in Osceola, Wis.

John W. Schrader  

John W. Schrader (KS 63) owns a real estate investment business with his children. Together they own and manage over 1,300 homes and apartments in Raleigh, N.C. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1970 and taught at North Carolina State University before starting his real estate company in 1975. He and his wife, Pam, live in Raleigh, N.C.

Riley W. Smith  

Riley W. Smith (IA 01) is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. He has a master’s degree in urban planning and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He and his wife, Tracy, live in Singapore.

James M. Stevens  

James M. Stevens (NE 68) was a founder and co-owner of The Garment District, a clothing store, which closed in 2016 after 44 years. He and his wife, Linda, live in Littleton, Colo.

Harold J. Tuma  

Harold J. Tuma (KS 52) is co-owner of MPMD LLC, a company dedicated to developing fast food enterprises in North Carolina, and JH Development LLC, which develops Marco Pizza franchises. He spent 25 years in higher education, which included time as dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Wyoming. He was instrumental in organizing the South Dakota State chapter. He served on the International Executive Board for four years, including two years as vice president. He and his wife, Patrice, live in Lexington, S.C.

S. Warren Weibert  

S. Warren Weibert (KS 66) is retired owner of a 40,000-head cattle feed yard in Oberlin, Kan. He works part-time on their farm and ranchland near Oberlin. His son, Chris (KS 95) is also a member of FarmHouse. He is a chapter advisor of the Kansas State chapter. He and his wife, Carol, live in Manhattan, Kan.



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

David P. Baudler


David P. Baudler (IA 81) is managing director of Cargill’s North American grain business, overseeing the commercial activity from the farmer to the domestic and export markets across North America. Prior to this he was business unit president for Cargill AgHorizons U.S. grain business. He has also served on Cargill corporate committees including the financial risk committee and the technology venture fund. He serves on the executive board of the National Grain and Feed Association. He and his wife of over 30 years, Sharon, live in Medina, Minn.

Kenneth W. Dunk


Kenneth W. Dunk (AR 71) is president of Dunk Fire & Security, which installs life and safety systems. He serves as president of the Arkansas FH Association. He and his wife, Rose, live in Springdale, Ark.

Curtis A. Frasier


Curtis A. Frasier (KS 70) is an attorney at Frasier, Johnson & Martin LLC, where he specializes in estate planning, probate, trusts, real estate law and business law. He is active in a variety of community, civic and charitable organizations and is assisting with fundraising efforts for the Kansas State Chapter’s housing campaign. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Beloit, Kan.

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Mark L. Freese (NE 78) farms and is a financial officer for Farm Credit Services of America. His son, Jon (NE 15), is a member of the Nebraska chapter. He is vice president of the Nebraska FH Association. He and his wife, Marlys, live in Lincoln, Neb.

Theron E. Fry  

Theron E. Fry (KS 66) is an attorney at Triplett Wolff Garretson LLC, specializing in estate planning, income and tax issues. He has been selected for inclusion as a “Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer” for the years 2006 to the present. He lives in Wichita, Kan.

Steven D. Gast  

Steven D. Gast (NC 72) is president and COO of Wilson Trucking Corporation, a regional less-than-truckload transportation service provider. He has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry and has held a variety of executive positions with other regional transportation providers in the Northeast. He and his wife, Susan, live in Waynesboro, Va.

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Scott A. Gray (KS 79) is a veterinarian and owns Gray G Bar Ranch. He lives in Shidler, Okla.

David W. Hefty  

David W. Hefty (PU 96) is the CEO and co-founder of Hefty Wealth Partners. He and his wife, Stacy, live in Auburn, Ind.

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Leslie G. Howard (MN 75) is a farmer and owns and operates Les Howard Farms, Inc. He and his wife, Patty, live in Grand Forks, N.D.

Gregory A. Ibach  

Gregory A. Ibach (NE 81) is Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to this, he was the director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. His sons, Evan (NE 11) and Alec (NE 11), are also members of FarmHouse. He is co-chair of Nebraska’s housing campaign. He and his wife, Teresa, live in Sumner, Neb., and Washington, D.C.

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Randy Rich (KS 64) is a retired engineer. He and his wife, Linda, live in Scroggins, Texas.

Thomas J. Vincent  

Thomas J. Vincent (IA 80) owns and operates Bunker Hill Farms, Inc. and is an associate with Russell Consulting Group, a leader in marketing and financial advice to crop and livestock farmers across the U.S. and Canada. He was on the Iowa State FarmHouse Association for six years, including a year as president, and was chair of the Iowa State FarmHouse building committee. His son, Dan (IA 12), is also a member of FarmHouse. He and his wife, Georgia, live in Perry, Iowa.


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

Roy G. Arnold


Roy G. Arnold (NE 59) is retired executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. Prior to this, he was provost and executive vice president of Oregon State from 1991-2000 and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences from 1987-1990. He was at the University of Nebraska from 1967-1986, where he served in several positions including vice chancellor of agriculture and natural resources. He and his wife, Jane, live in Corvallis, Ore.

William H. Bogue


William H. Bogue (IA 65) is retired after a 30-year career with the Iowa State University Extension Service including the State 4-H Office, as an area extension director and as head of the finance office.. He and his wife, Sue, live in Ogden, Iowa.

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Christopher W. Bradberry (AU 81) is an operations director for Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, operating approximately 85,000 miles of pipelines and 152 terminals. He and his wife, Rene, live in Birmingham, Ala.

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Richard A. Bringelson (NE 59) is a grass farmer and range manager for Sage Place. He and his wife, Julie, live in Doniphan, Neb.

Curtis A. Bromm


Curtis A. Bromm (NE 64) is an attorney and partner at Bromm Lindahl Freeman-Caddy and Lausterer. His legal practice emphasis is estate, farm and business planning, banking and real estate. He served three terms as Senator in the Nebraska State Legislature and was Speaker of the Legislature from 2002-2004. He lives in Wahoo, Neb.

Verne E. Claussen


Verne E. Claussen (KS 64) is a retired optometrist and owns Mill Creek Lodge at Volland Point, an event center located on his family’s historic farmstead, and Claussen Ranch, which is still in operation. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Alma, Kan.

Douglas E. Deets


Douglas E. Deets (KS 70) is president of Buchanan & Company, an agricultural commodity brokerage firm located in Manhattan, Kan., where he lives.

Gary L. Diffendaffer


Gary L. Diffendaffer (NE 65) is retired chief global services and certification officer for the Investment Management Consultants Association, now the Investments and Wealth Institute. He was responsible for the certification, recertification and disciplinary activities for the Certified Investment Management Analyst® and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® designation programs. He previously served as executive vice president of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) and filled several roles related to administering and setting standards for CFP® Practitioners, during his tenure at CFP Board. He lives in Centennial, Colo.

W. Nate Eckloff


W. Nate Eckloff (NE 75) is an attorney and managing director for RBC Capital Markets, where he serves as underwriter and financial advisor to municipal bond issuers in Colorado, Florida, Wyoming and Nebraska to finance or refinance projects for states, cities, counties, school districts, special districts, colleges, universities, etc. In his 30 years in the profession, he has assisted in the structuring, rating and marketing of over $16 billion in municipal bonds. He is past president of the Colorado Municipal Bond Dealers Association. He and his wife, Diane, live in Englewood, Colo.

Glenn S. Fox


Glenn S. Fox (KS 30)† was retired assistant general manager of the Co-Operative Marketing Association (CMA). He was a county agent for Stafford County, Kan., extension economist and a professor of economics and sociology at Kansas State University as well as assistant general manager of the Consumer Co-Operatvie Association (Farmland Industries) before working at the CMA. After retiring, he worked for the Kansas State Department for five years. He lived in Mission Hills, Kan. He died Oct. 29, 2016, at age 105. Following his passing the Foundation received a generous gift from his estate.

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Kendal L Grecian (KS 67) is a farmer and rancher and owns Double G. Land & Cattle. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Palco, Kan.

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David R. Hansen (IA 90) is vice president of global finance enterprise services for Hewlett-Packard in Chicago, Ill. He leads a global finance team focused on decision support and business transformation. He is former executive vice president and CFO of Sears, and has extensive experience in retail, human resources, IT, finance and accounting. He and his wife, Amy, live in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Erik L. Hoegemeyer


Erik L. Hoegemeyer (NE 67) is the fourth generation president of his family’s farm to seed production company, Western Integrated Seed, Inc. He and his wife, Kari, live in Fremont, Neb.

Thomas C. Hoegemeyer


Thomas C. Hoegemeyer (NE 67) is an internationally respected corn geneticist and an adjunct professor of crop sciences at the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lincoln, Neb.

Loren B. Horsager


Loren B. Horsager (MN 89) is CEO and founding partner of Mobile Composer, which creates mobile solutions for sales and marketing organizations. He has over 20 years of experience building teams to deliver software solutions and manage consulting organizations. He lives in Stillwater, Minn.

Keith W. Houghton


Keith W. Houghton (KS 69) is a retired airline pilot for American Airlines and owns Ringneck Ranch, a hunting resort and event center in north central Kansas. Ringneck Ranch is on Houghton Ranch, which was homesteaded in 1872. The operation includes over 10,000 acres of native pheasant, bobwhite quail and prairie chicken habitat. He and his wife, Debra, live in Tipton, Kan.

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Todd R. Ibach (NE 83) owns a farm and cattle operation in Sumner, Neb., where he lives.

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Douglas R. Johnson (KS 71) is CEO of Guaranty State Bank & Trust Co. in Beloit, Kan., where he has worked since 1974. He has been CEO since 1987. He and his wife, Janet, live in Beloit, Kan.

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Dwight W. Jundt (NE 52) is retired from a career in real estate. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Blowing Rock, N.C.

Jeremiah P. Ladd  

Jeremiah P. Ladd (NE 98) is a physiatrist with Nebraska Spine + Pain Center. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center and finished an interventional spine and sports fellowship in Pismo Beach/Santa Barbara, Calif. He and his wife, Nicole, live in Omaha, Neb.

Stephen Legg  

Stephen Legg (PU 70) is a farmer and owns Legg Seeds LLC and Legg Hillcrest Farms, Inc. Legg Seeds is an independent seed grower, conditioner and distributor; specializing in soybeans and soft red winter wheat. The company also offers custom farm services, aerial crop scouting and is an authorized Data Transmission Network dealer. He and his wife, Janice, live in Windfall, Ind.

Joel L. Luehmann  

Joel L. Luehmann (MN 80) is director of enterprise risk management for Compeer Financial, a member-owned, Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. He and his wife, Denise, live in Mankato, Minn.

James B. Meinhardt  

James B. Meinhardt (KS 94) is president and owner of KanEquip, Inc., an agriculture and light industrial equipment company with nine dealerships. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Wemego, Kan.

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Kenneth G. Messersmith (NE 67) is retired assistant professor in the department of teacher education for the University of Nebraska-Kearney. His teaching responsibilities included courses in the integration of technology into teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He lives in Kearney, Neb.

Daniel T. Monaghan  

Daniel T. Monaghan (NE 73) is a senior wealth advisor for the Allen Capital Group LLC, an investment advisor group located in Grand Island, Neb. He and his wife, Susan, live in Central City, Neb.

Kurt B. Moore  

Kurt B. Moore (NE 77) is a farmer. He is president of the Cross County School Board and active in many roles at his church. His sons Brad (NE 03), Tyler (NE 04) and Isaac (NE 10) are all FarmHouse members. He and his wife, Diane, live in Stromsburg, Neb.

Norman L. Newhouse  

Norman L. Newhouse (NE 70) is a mechanical engineer, consultant and president of Newhouse Technology LLC. He is retired vice president of technology for Hexagon Lincoln, a manufacturer of filament-wound fuel tanks. He and his wife, Irene, live in Lincoln, Neb.

Charles M. Oellermann  

Charles M. Oellermann (NE 77) is an attorney and oversees the business restructuring and reorganization practice for Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio. His practice focuses on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and other insolvency-related matters. He also serves on the national board of the Christian Legal Society. He and his wife, Mary, live in Columbus, Ohio.

Brent A. Pringnitz  

Brent A. Pringnitz (IA 89) is coordinator of Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Services for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He lives in Ames, Iowa.

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John C. Russell (NE 72) is a dentist. He lives in Beatrice, Neb.

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Ronny C. Russell (AU 89) is accounts manager for Madison Mobile. He lives in Decatur, Ala.

R. Garth Sasser  

R. Garth Sasser (ID 58) is retired from BioTracking, Inc., the company he founded with his wife and sons in 1992. BioTracking developed, manufactures and sells BioPRYN, the first blood-based pregnancy test for cattle and ruminant animals. He was a professor of animal and veterinary science at the University of Idaho from 1967-1999. He received the R.M. Wade Award for excellence in teaching in agriculture twice, the Gamma Sigma Delta Society of Agriculture Award for Excellence in research and in 2017 he received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in agriculture in innovative technology. He has been involved with the Idaho FarmHouse Chapter since 1967. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Moscow, Idaho.

Ray R. Schooley  

Ray R. Schooley (KS 57) is a retired jersey breeder. He was a Foundation Trustee for six years. He lives in Marshfield, Mo.

Brandon B. Slagley  

Brandon B. Slagley (AU 01) is a family physician. He attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his family practice residency in Birmingham, Ala. He and his wife, Lindsey, live in Greenville, Ala.

Michael A Soutullo  

Michael A Soutullo (AU 77) is chief technology officer at Mynaric USA, where he is leading the development of Mynaric’s space terminal that is designed to interconnect satellites in low earth orbit. He has more than 35 years of experience in the space industry and joined Mynaric USA from Teledyne Brown Engineering, an aerospace contractor. He holds nine prestigious awards from NASA and was most recently honored with the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal. He and his wife, Becky, live in Huntsville, Ala.

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Samuel J. Spellman (IA 75) owns and operates S&J Spellman Farm Ltd. He is a Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner and has been partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Iowa Learning Farms to research the effects of cover crops and no-till on Iowa’s soil and nutrient retention. He and his wife, Julie, live in Woodward, Iowa.

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Ronald K. Taylor (AU 77) is CEO of Brown & Brown’s Evergreen Re / Evergreen Rx, one of the nation’s largest health plan reinsurance brokers and pharmaceutical benefit management firms. Having brokered more than $150 million in transplant reinsurance, he is a recognized leader of managed transplant programs, including their coverage, costs and implementation. In 2003, he formed Neonatal Consultation Services, Inc. to provide managed care organizations with the tools to build software expertise for doctors and nurses to manage high-risk infants. He has worked in the health insurance industry since 1981. He lives in Mableton, Ga.

John J. Toy  

John J. Toy (NE 77) is senior agronomist for the grain, forage and bioenergy research unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is a leader in sorghum genetics and plant breeding research. He served on the Nebraska FH Association for many years, including a five-year term as president and has been honored by the chapter with the Darl E. Snyder Award three times. He was named a Master Builder of Men in 2008. He and his wife, Kristy, live in Waverly, Neb.

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John W. Twisdale (NC 86) is a project engineer for the North Carolina Department of Trasportation. He and his wife, Jami, live in Raleigh, N.C.

James L. Whatley  

James L. Whatley (AU 71) is an avid turkey hunter. He is a former Cabela’s Pro Staff hunter and helps lead hunts for people of all ages with Neck of the Woods Outdoor Adventures. For 25 years, he helped to grow a family-owned company in Valdosta, Ga., into the largest privately owned pesticide company in the world. He served in many positions for the company including business director and vice president of one of the global business units. He lives in Valdosta, Ga.

Brett R. White  

Brett R. White (NE 86) is associate professor of swine physiology for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is director of the laboratory of reproductive biology, utilizing basic molecular techniques as well as applied approaches to investigate the mechanisms underlying reproductive biology. He lives in Lincoln, Neb.

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Charlie Wilkinson (NC 00) works for Altria. He lives in Powhatan, Va.