Councils/Committees

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

W. Keith Stumbo (NY) - C
Ken Wixom (ID) - VC
Anne Crider (IL)
John Cubiburu (CA)
Regina Frahm (IA)
Julie Hansmire (CO)
Wade Kopren (SD)
Dr. Chris Lupton (TX)

Julie Noh (ID)
Larry Pilster (MT)
Larry Prager (SD)
Fred Roberts, Jr. (WY)
David Rowe (OH)
Sarah Smith (WA)
Kory Stephensen (UT)
Sunnie Titmus (UT)

Wool Foundation Officers

Chuck Dallas (MT) - C
Larry Prager (SD) - VC
Dan Schneeman (TX) - President
W. Keith Stumbo (NY) - 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)
W. Keith Stumbo (NY)-Wool Council Chair
Lisa Surber, Ph.D. (MT)


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

Benny Cox (TX) - C
Marsha Spykerman (IA) - VC
Greg Ahart (CA)
Brad Anderson (WY)
Reed Anderson (OR)
Brad Boner (WY)
John Davis (GA)
Jeff Ebert (KS)
Joanne Evans (PA)
Mike Faulkner (ID)
Nick Forrest (OH)
Brad Gilbertson (ND)
Wm. F. Goring, Jr. (UT)
Mike Harper (CO)
Don Hawk (OH)
Lori Hawthorne (CO)
Cody Heimke (WI)
Don Hopkins (RI)
Laurie Hubbard (PA)
David Johnson (WI)
Bob Lehfeldt (MT)
Jim Mansfield (KY)
Tyler Martin (MI)
Matt Micket (UT)
Allen Olsen (UT)
Diane Peavey (ID)
Dan Persons (MN)
Paul Russell (IN)
Steve Schreier (MN)
Keith Schultz (WI)
Nanch Smith (KS)
Charles Thompson (AL)
Don Van Nostran (OH)
Richard Van Sickle (KY)
Scott Vansickle (KY)
Tom Watson (OR)
Lisa Webster (ME)


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)
Nina Baucus (MT)
Bob Benson (IN)
Lee Bloodworth (TX)
Stan Boyd (ID)**
Jim Brown (MT)
Tom Colyer (MA)
John Dvorak (MN)
Jeff Ebert (KS)
Lesa Eidman (CA)**
Michelle Frost-Maynard (MN)**
Tonia Fuller (UT)**
Jeremy Geske (MN)
Bob Harlan (WY)
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)
Jack McRae (MT)
Brant Miller (ME)
Wes Moser (IA)
Jw Nuckolls (WY)
Jimmy Parker (AL)
Shawn Ray (OH)
Charles Reppert (NE)
Reyes Rich (TN)
Emily Robidart Rooney (CA)
Steve Salmon (TX)
Cindy Siddoway (ID)
Margaret Soulen Hinson (MD)
Bill Sparrow, Jr. (NC)
Dean Swenson (ND)
Dave Trotter (IN)
Doug Uzelac (MI)
Nancy Webster (ME)
Clark Willis (UT)


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)
Dr. Richard Brzozowski (ME)
Dr. Noelle Cockett (UT)
Monica Ebert (KS)
Dr. Richard Ehrhardt (MI)
Dr. Will R. Getz (GA)
David Greene (MD) (Farm Flock)
Dr. Wayne Greene (AL)
Cindy Harrold (OR)
Dr. Keith Inskeep (WV)

Dr. Lyndon Irwin (MO)
Dr. Jim Logan (WY) (Health Chair)
Dan Macon (CA) (Range)
Dr. Dan Morrical (IA) (Genetic Stakeholder Chair)
Dr. Reid Redden (ND) (NSIP)
Charles Reppert (NE)
Dr. Chris Schauer (ND)
Susan Schoenien (MD)
Paula Swenson (ND) (Farm Flock)
Lisa Weeks (VA)
Greg Wichman (MT) (Range)
Kelley Yates (KY)
Dr. Henry Zerby (OH)


Animal Health Committee

Dr. Jim Logan (WY) - C
Dr. Cindy Wolf (MN) - VC
Dr. Scott Bowdridge (WV)
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)
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) - C
Dr. Rodney Kott (MT) - VC
Jack Blattner (ID)
Tom Boyer (UT)
Victoria Carroll (UT)
Dan Crider (IL)
Alan Culham (MI)
Martin Dally (OR)
Richard Hamilton (CA)
Don Kirts (OH)
Kathy Lewis (OR)
Mike Ludlam (MI)

Wallace (Pete) MacDonald (NY)
Dr. Jim Morgan (AR)
Dr. David Notter (VA)
Dr. Reid Redden (ND)
Mardy Rutledge (NV)
Amy Schroeder (OH)
Michelle Schubert (KY)
Bill Shultz (OH)
Kathy Soder (PA)
Todd Taylor (WI)
Dr. Dan Waldron (TX)


C = Chair, VC = Vice 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
Milt Ward (ID) - 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)
Chris Jamison (TX)
Tina Love(MI)
Dan Mickel (UT)
John Olagaray (CA)
Jack Orwick (SD)
Mike Osguthorpe (UT)
Laura Pearson (WY)
Frank Shirts, Jr. (ID)
Randy Tunby (MT)


Public Lands Committee

Frankie Iturriria (CA) - CC
John Helle (MT) - CC
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)
John Peavey (ID)
JC Siddoway (ID)


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

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)

Emerging Entrepreneurs Committee
Burdell Johnson (ND) - C
Henry Hollenbeck (MT) - VC
Katherine Kourlis (CO) - VC
Cole Bakke (CA)
Vance Broadbent (WY)
Micky Burch (IA)
Tammy Daughty (AL)
Elizabeth Dressler (CO)
Kristan Earl (UT)
Monica Ebert (KS)
Lesa Eidman (CA)**
Anna Erk (SD)
Sara Evans (KY)

Kelly Froehlich (MN)
Ryan Indart (CA)
Robert Irwin (CA)
Cordell Jeffcoat (NE)
Ben Lehfeldt (MT)
Tyler Martin (MI)
Katie Olagaray (CA)
Mike Osguthorpe (UT)
JC Siddoway (ID)
Mac Stewart (OR)
Anthony Theos (CO)
Tom Yaros (MI)

Let's Grow Committee
Mike Corn (NM) - C
Jeeff Buckham (MI)
John Fine (OR)
Don Kniffen (NJ)
Wes Limesand (ND)
Shane MacKenzie (CA)
Dr. Stanley Poe (IN)
Rick Powers (SC)
Rob Rule (IA)
Bill Sparrow, Jr. (NC)
Dr. Dennis Stiffler (NY)
Kevin Woolam (CT)
Bylaws Committee
David Trotter (IN) - C
Bob Benson (IN)
Tom Colyer (MA)
Florence Cubiburu (CA)
John Davis (GA)
Glen Fisher (TX)
Dean Swenson (ND)
Randy Tunby (MT)
Karin Watson (OR)
Clark Willis (UT)


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