Councils/Committees

2017 Council and Committee Membership

Staff Liaison: Rita Kourlis Samuelson

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 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 in the Wool Trust budget 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 Council meets twice per year, including during the annual convention, and holds 3-5 conference calls.

American Wool Council Members

Ken Wixom (ID) - C
Julie Hansmire (CO) - VC
Jon Amparan (CA)
Emily Chamelin-Hickman (MD)
Anne Crider (IL)
David Fisher (TX)
Regina Frahm (IA)
Grant Giles

Will Griggs (UT)
Randy Larson (UT)
Dr. Chris Lupton (TX)
Jack McRae (MT)
Loren Opstedahl (SD) - Shearer Council
Sarah Smith (WA)
Randy Tunby (MT)


Wool Foundation Officers -- Serve July 2016-July 2017

Ken Wixom (ID) - C
Julie Hansmire (CO) - VC
Anne Crider (IL) - President
Sara Smith (WA) - Vice President
Julie Noh (ID) - Secretary
Regina Frahm (IA) - Treasurer


Wool Roundtable

Dan Gutzman (OR) - C
Will Griggs (UT) - VC
Tim Almond (NC)
Jack Ewing (TN)
Glen Fisher (TX)
John Helle (MT)
Ladd Hughes (TX)
Darrell Keese (TX)
Terry Martin (TX)
Loren Opstedahl (SD) - Shearer Council
Diego Paullier (SC)
Faron Pfeiffer (TX)
Rick Powers (SC)
Larry Prager (SD)
Dr. Whit Stewart (MT)
Ken Wixom (ID) - Wool Council Chair


C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair

Staff Liaison: Paul Rodgers

The American Lamb Council coordinates key policies and projects to support lamb production and marketing to oversee lamb gradings, meat safety, product quality and market reporting. The American Lamb Board, an entity totally separate from ASI, is responsible for the lamb merchandising activities formerly conducted by the American Lamb Council. Currently, the American Lamb Council focuses on implementation of the various policy resolutions and directives passed by the Board of Directors each year and networks with the American Lamb Board and other organizations in the interest of enhancing the quality and value of American lamb.

The Lamb Council meets via teleconference multiple times per year, and during the annual convention.

American Lamb Council Members

Reed Anderson (OR) - C
Steve Schreier (MN) - VC
Wade Eliason (UT)
Joanne Evans (PA)
Mark Fiegl (NY)
Nick Forrest (OH)
Kevin Goeken (IA)
Bob Harlan (WY)
Mike Harper (CO)
Don Hawk (OH)
Cody Heimke (WI)
Laurie Hubbard (PA)
Frankie Iturrirua (CA)
David Johnson (WI)
Craig Jones
Bob Lehfeldt (MT)
Wes Limesand (ND)
Tammy Lindsey-Doughty (AL)
Dan Lippert (MN)
Jim Mansfield (KY)
Ann Okelberry (UT)
Kelton Olsen (UT)
Mike Osguthorpe (UT)
Diane Peavey (ID)
Dan Persons (MN)
David Quam (TX)
Russell Robinson (CT)
Erica Sanko (CA)**
Keith Schultz (WI)
Marsha Spykerman (IA)
Angelo Theos (CO)
Dale Thorne (MI)
Don Van Nostran (OH)


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

Staff Liaison: Peter Orwick / Jim Richards

The ASI Legislative Action Council champions sheep producers’ causes in the nation’s Capital to ensure that specific 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. Members are expected to utilize a good working relationship with their state’s congressional delegation to promote legislative calls to action for the sheep industry. Members may work both Senate and Representatives’ offices, while others in larger states may work with a single Senator and/or Representative on sheep issues.

The Legislative Action Council meets multiple times per year via teleconference and during the annual convention. Attendance at the annual spring trip to Washington, D.C. is valuable to goals of this council.

Legislative Action Council Members

Jeff Ebert (KS) - CC
John Dvorak (MN) - CC
Tammy Basel (SD)
Nina Baucus (MT)
Bob Benson (IN)
Stan Boyd (ID)**
Jim Brown (MT)
Tammy Fisher (TX)
Rodney Fleming (IA)
Michelle Frost-Maynard (MN)**
Jeremy Geske (MN)
Dennette Haby (TX)
Michael Harper (PA)
Amy Hendrickson (WY)**
Roger High (OH)**
Freddie Iturriria (CA)
Burdell Johnson (ND)
Brandy Kay (ID)**
Randy Kinney (MN)
Tom Kourlis (CO)
Russell Leonard (NM)
Dave McEwen (MT)
Matt Micket (UT)
Brant Miller (ME)
Wes Moser (IA)
Sierra Nelson (UT)**
Jw Nuckolls (WY)
Shawn Ray (OH)
Charles Reppert (NE)
Emily Robidart Rooney (CA)
Steve Salmon (TX)
Erica Sanko (CA)**
Cindy Siddoway (ID)
Bill Sparrow, Jr. (NC)
Art Swannack (WA)
Charles Thompson (AL)
Dave Trotter (IN)


CC = Co-Chair, ** = State Executive


Staff Liaison: Paul Rodgers

The Production, Education and Research Council works on maintaining and improving the health, productivity and competitiveness of the sheep industry. Members work with the U.S. government and industry groups to prevent and control various animal diseases affecting sheep, enhance genetic improvement, educate producers and others about proper sheep husbandry and foster appropriate research and education activities.

The PERC Council meets multiple times per year, including during the annual convention.

Production, Education and Research Council (PERC) Members

Dr. Gary Visintainer (CO) - CC
Jimmy Parker (AL) - CC
Don Kniffen (NJ) - VC
Dr. Debra Aaron (KY)
Melanie Barkley (PA)
Philip Berg (MN) - Farm Flcok
Tom Boyer (UT)
Dr. Noelle Cockett (UT)
Darrell Deneke (SD)
Dr. Richard Ehrhardt (MI)
Lynn Fahrmeier (MO)
David Greene (MD) - Farm Flock
Amy Hendrickson (WY)**
Dr. Keith Inskeep (WV)
Gary Jorgensen (KS)
Lisa Keller (WY)
Dr. Rodney Kott (TX) - Genetic Co-Chair

Dr. Colt Knight (ME)
Paul Lewis (OR)
Dr.Ron Lewis (NE)
Dr. Jim Logan (WY) - Health Co-Chair
Dan Macon (CA) - Range
Dr. Reid Redden (TX) - NSIP
Charles Reppert (NE)
Dr. Chris Schauer (ND)
Susan Schoenien (MD)
Dr. Whit Stewart (MT)
Dr. John Walker (TX)
Lisa Weeks (VA)
Dr. Travis Whitney (TX)
Greg Wichman (MT) - Range
Dr. Cindy Wolf (MN) - Health Co-Chair
Kelley Yates (KY)


Animal Health Committee -- The Animal Health Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the PERC and focuses on responses to Federal Register proposals, new sheep drug products, the implementation of policy resolutions and animal care issues.

This committee meets multiple times per year, as needed, including during the annual convention.


Animal Health Committee Members

Dr. Jim Logan (WY) - CC
Dr. Cindy Wolf (MN) - CC
Dr. Linda Detwiler (NJ)
Dr. Brian Dietrich (OR)
Dr. Nancy East (CA)
Dr. William Edmiston (TX)

Dr. Melissa Garrod-VanLaningham (CA)
Dr. Gerald Kennedy (MN)
Dr. Cleon Kimberling (CO)
Dr. Stanley Poe, Sr. (IN)
Dr. Bill Shulaw (OH)
Dr. Tim Turner (TX)


Genetic Stakeholders Committee -- The Genetic Stakeholder Committee is responsible for implementing policy regarding import/export issues for the trade in sheep and sheep germplasm as well as genetic improvement through quantitative selection and genomic methodologies.

This committee meets several times per year, as needed, including during the annual convention.


Genetic Stakeholders Comomittee Members

Tom Boyer (UT) - C
Dr. Ron Lewis (NE) - VC
Matt Benz (KS)
Brian Bitner (UT)
Jack Blattner (ID)
Dan Crider (IL)
Martin Dally (OR)
Jim Dona (WY)
Don Drewry (MN) - Hampshire
Casey Earl (UT)
Chad Edgington (UT)
Amanda Everts (IA) - Suffolk
Lynn Fahrmeier (MO)
Jeremy Geske (MN)
Richard Hamilton (CA)
Larry Hopkins (IN) - Shetland
Glen Jones (IN) - Polypay
Dr. Rodney Kott (MT) - CC

Kathy Lewis (OR) (Dorper)
Dr. Jim Morgan (AR) (Katahdin)
Dr. David Notter (VA)
David Ollila (SD)
Chad Osguthorpe (UT)
Linda Osguthorpe (UT)
Brett Pharo (MI)
Chris Posbergh (NJ)
Dr. Reid Redden (ND)
Mardy Rutledge (NV) - Targhee
Betty Sampsel (MT)
Bill Shultz (OH)
Dr. Kathy Soder (PA)
Curt Stanley (ND)
Todd Taylor (WI)
Dr. Dan Waldron (TX)
Harvey Warrick (MI)


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

Staff Liaison: Chase Adams

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. The RMC is composed of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Public Lands Committee and Predator Management Committee, in addition to other members as the President shall appoint.

The Resource Management Council meets at least twice per year, once via teleconference and again during annual convention.

Resource Management Council Members

Bob Buchholz (TX)) - C
Steve Osguthorpe (UT) -- VC
Steve Clements (SD)
John Helle (MT)
Jim Percival (OH)

Predator Management Committee - The Predator Management Committee works specifically with USDA Wildlife Services in both the Eastern and Western Regions to address sheep producers' needs for predator control.

The Predator Management Committee meets as needed via teleconference and during annual convention.


Predator Management Committee Members

Steve Clements (SD) - C
Jim Percival (OOH) - VC
Dick Apple (WA)
Joe Aucremanne (WV)
Jason Bannowsky (TX)
John Baucus (MT)
Brad Bitner (UT)
Les Boian (WA)
Bob Brockman (TX)
Peter Camino (WY)
Chad Edgington (UT)
Ron Fletcher (WV)
Dave Hinnaland (MT)
Greg Hubbard (PA)
Claire Jones (TX)
Randy Kinney (MN)

Dan Macon (CA)
Brant Miller (ME)
Ann Okelberry (UT)
Brian Okelberry (UT)
John Olagaray (CA)
Allen Olsen (UT)
Jack Orwick (SD)
Brad Osguthorpe (UT)
Chad Osguthorpe (UT)
Scott Oswalt (MI)
Laura Pearson (WY)
John Peavey (ID)
Don Pickett (ID)
Duane Talcott (MT)
Anthony Theos (CO)
Dr. John Tomecek (TX)
Public Lands Committee - The Public Lands Committee of the RMC focuses specifically on issues facing public lands ranchers and allotment holders across the western states. This committee works directly with the Public Lands Council based in Washington, D.C. and is active in PLC policy making.

It is valuable for the Chair of this committee to attend the PLC annual meeting. The Public Lands Committee meets on an as needed basis by teleconference and during annual the annual convention.


Public Lands Committee Members

Steve Osguthorpe (UT) - C
John Helle (MT) - VC
Vance Broadbent (WY)
Bonnie Brown (CO)**
J. Paul Brown (CO)
Paul Frischknecht (UT)
Michelle Frost-Maynard (NM)**
Frankie Iturriria (CA)
Paco Iturriria (CA)
Dave Julian (WY)
Kip Krebs (OR) David Little (NV)
Matt Micket (UT)
John Noh (ID)
Mike Osguthorpe (UT)
Frank Shirts, Jr. (ID)
JC Siddoway (ID)


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

Staff Liaison: Alan Culham / Peter Orwick

The Mission of the Let's Grow Committee is 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 Let’s Grow Committee meets in person at least twice per year, with conference calls and a newsletter in between.

Let's Grow Committee
Susan Shultz (OH) - C
Brad Boner (WY)
Lesa Eidman (CA)
John Fine (OR)
Ben Lehfeldt (MT)
Wes Limesand (ND)
Wes Moser (IA)
Dr. Stanley Poe (IN)
Rick Powers (SC)
Joe Pozzi (CA)
Rob Rule (IA)
Bill Sparrow, Jr. (NC)
Staff Liaison: Judy Malone

The Young Entrepreneurs Committee is made of ASI sheep producing members between the ages of 25 and 40 to facilitate discussions on ideas to increase profitability and overcome common challenges to entering the sheep industry as a young producer.

The Young Entrepreneurs meet on an as-needed basis during the year, including during the annual convention.

Young Sheep Entrepreneurs Committee Members

Burdell Johnson (ND) - C
Katherine Kourlis (CO) - VC
Matthew Anderson (KY)
Cole Bakke (CA)
Jake Benson (UT)
Brandon Bitner (UT)
Brittany Cole Bush (CA)
Dani Buskohl (ND)
Dr. Emily Buck (OH)
Bronson Corn (NM)
Martin Corn (NM)
Jim Dona (WY)
Casey Earl (UT)
Kristan Earl (UT)
Anna Erk (SD)
Stephanie Furlong (OR)
Sharon Gutierrez (ID)
Henry Hollenbeck (MT)
Sara Hollenbeck (MT)
Jamie Irwin (CA)
Robert Irwin (CA)
Sam Kennedy (TN)
Kacie Killen (MT)
Kip Krebs (OR)
Pete Larsen (UT)
Jared Lloyd (CO)
Karissa Maneotis (CO)
Tyler Martin (MI)
Wade Masters (KY)
Shane Mickel (UT)
Tommy Moore (WY)
Jake Okelberry (UT)
Brad Osguthorpe (UT)
Chad Osguthorpe (UT)
Jenny Osguthorpe (UT)
Linda Osguthorpe (UT)
Andrew Raftopoulos (CO)
Summer Rule (CO)
JC Siddoway (ID)
Anthony Theos (CO)
Jake Thorne (TX)
Jesse Thompson (MT)**
Tony Wernette (MI)
Charlie Wilfong (WV)
Michelle Wilfong (WV)
Tom Yaros (MI)
Ashley Yousling (ID)


C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair

Nominating Committee Members

Staff Liaison: Peter Orwick

The nominating committee is chaired by the immediate past president and a prior Executive board member from each ASI region and NLFA.
Burton Pfliger (ND) - C
Tom Colyer (MA) - Region 1
Bill Sparrow, Jr. (NC) - Region 2
Bob Benson (IN) - Region 3
Marsha Spykerman (IA)) - Region 4
Glen Fisher (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 Members

Staff Liaison: Larry Kincaid / Peter Orwick

The Financial Review Committee is chaired by the ASI Treasurer and two Directors appointed by the President.

The committee meets at least annually with ASI’s financial staff to review the budget and reports back to the Board of Directors.
Susan Shultz (OH) - C Two Directors to be Announced

Resolutions Committee Members Staff Liaison: Chase Adams / Paul Rodgers

The Resolutions Committee is chaired by the ASI Vice President and is composed of the Chairmen of each standing Council. Historically the committee has been represented by the ASI Executive Board. The committee cannot develop new resolutions or directives or substantially change those presented, but they may at their discretion return them to the originating councils with comments or recommendations.

The committee meets during the annual convention, following the committee meetings and forums to review the resolutions and directives to prevent duplication and conflict within ASI’s existing policy.
Benny Cox (TX) - C
Reed Anderson (OR)
Bob Buchholz (TX)
John Dvorak (MN)
Jeff Ebert (KS)
Don Kniffen (NJ)
Jimmy Parker (AL)
Steve Schreier (MN)
Steve Osguthorpe (UT)
Ken Wixom (ID)


C = Chair