Leadership

ASI’s producer-driven structure includes a Board of Directors and Executive Board plus councils and committees that are tasked with developing and executing policies on issues affecting the sheep industry.

Brad Boner, President

Boner is a past president of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association who previously served as the Region VII director to the ASI Executive Board. In that capacity he represented Idaho, Montana and Wyoming within the association. He left that position in 2019 when he was elected secretary/treasurer of ASI and now serves as vice president.

A sheep and cattle producer in Glenrock, Wyoming, Boner previously was chairman of the Mountain States Lamb Cooperative and has worked tirelessly for the sheep industry as a part of ASI’s Wool Council, Lamb Council and Let’s Grow Committee.

Ben Lehfeldt, Vice President

A fifth-generation sheep rancher from Montana, Lehfeldt’s family has been involved in the sheep industry for 135 years. Lehfeldt has served on ASI’s Wool Council and is a director for the Montana Wool Growers Association. In addition, he served on the American Lamb Board and has been the sheep industry representative to the National Grazing Lands Coalition.

Joe Pozzi, Secretary/ Treasurer

Susan Shultz, Past President

With her husband, Bill, and son, Joe, Shultz operates Bunker Hill Farm, a fourth-generation diversified family farm in Ohio. They breed black-faced (Suffolk) terminal sires primarily for the western range commercial industry and are committed to genetic improvement through the use of objective measurements and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Performance criteria are centered on multiple weighings for growth and the use of ultrasounds for loin eye and fat determination. The Shultz’s were the 2004 winners of the ASI Environmental Stewardship Award.

Shultz has a strong history of serving the sheep industry through numerous leadership positions including president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and regional director on the ASI executive board. She was co-chair of ASI’s Production, Education and Research Council, chair of the Roadmap Productivity Improvement Committee and chair of ASI’s Let’s Grow Committee.

Laurie Hubbard, Region I Director

Region I = Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

With her husband, Greg, and children, Garrett and Mackenzie, the Hubbard family operates Hillside Shepherd Farm, a 90-head brood ewe sheep operation in Pennsylvania. It’s truly a family affair with the second-generation shepherds managing a flock of commercial Dorsets and the third-generation shepherds learning to hone their skills with their own purebred flocks of Tunis and Oxford. She is a graduate of Penn State University in animal science and, after graduation, worked for 10 years as the university shepherd. Laurie is currently an educator with Penn State Extension.

Laurie has been active in the Pennsylvania Sheep & Wool Growers Association for many years, serving in officer roles as well as committee chair positions, including serving as the state director for ASI several times. She has represented the seedstock industry, serving two terms on the American Lamb Board. Laurie also served on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board.

Lisa Weeks, Region II Director

Region II = Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

With her husband, Larry, and daughters, Lexi and Laryn, the Weeks family are first-generation shepherds raising Katahdins since 1990. Lisa and her husband manage a 50-ewe flock while continuing to work full time off the farm. The family flock has been enrolled in the National Sheep Improvement Program since 2001.

The Weeks’ have been members and supporters of ASI since 1994 and Lisa has served as the Virginia state director to ASI and as a member of the Production, Education and Research Council for numerous years. She and her husband have been long time members of the Virginia Sheep Producers Association and were awarded the Roy A. Meek Outstanding Sheep Producer Award in 2016. At the local level, their farm annually hosts students from the veterinary technician program of Blue Ridge Community College for some hands-on field trips for first- and second-year students.

Anne Crider, Region III Director

Region III = Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin

Anne lives in central Illinois with her husband Dan on a crop and livestock farm, raising white and yellow food grade corn, soybeans and hay along with cattle and sheep. The family operation includes small Columbia and Romney flocks, as well as a commercial flock. With the seventh generation involved with sheep adding what they can at their young age, Anne is proud to say the entire family contributes to make it a family farm.

With backgrounds in agriculture and education, Anne has promoted and educated children and adults on farming and ranching with a strong emphasis on sheep and wool. She has been able to get hands of children and adults dirty and wet in cleaning, felting and working with wool. She has been active with the Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers and has served on the ASI Wool Council.

Lynn Fahrmeier, Region IV Director

Region IV = Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

 

Tammy Fisher, Region V Director

Region V = Texas

Tammy Fisher is a fifth-generation sheep, goat and cattle rancher in Sutton County, Texas. Along with her parents, Glen and Linda Fisher and her brother, David and his family, they run a large amount of acreage in rugged southwest Texas raising Rambouillet and Suffolk sheep, Boer Spanish cross goats, Cedar Eater goats, Registered Polled Hereford, Registered Angus and commercial crossbred cattle. She is an attorney with her own small town law practice.

Tammy currently serves on the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Industry Partners Committee Chair and on the American Goat Federation Board. She was recently featured in the book The Texas Ranch Sisterhood by Alyssa Banta. She is President of the Sutton County Historical Society, owns Sonora BnB, LLC, and is secretary of the Sonora Tourism Board. Tammy is a 4-H leader and avid 4-H supporter.

Bronson Corn, Region VI Director

Region VI = Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada

A fifth-generation rancher from Roswell, N.M., Bronson Corn runs a diversified operation that includes fine wool sheep, cattle and goats. He served two terms as president of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association before his election to the ASI Executive Board to represent Region VI. In addition to growing up on the family ranch, Bronson attended New Mexico State University and the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program. He resides in Roswell with his wife, Barbara, and children, Garrett and Madison.

John Noh, Region VII Director

Region VII = Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

Ryan Indart, Region VIII Director

Region VIII = California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Ryan Indart is a Fourth Generation Sheep Rancher in Fresno County CA. In 2009 Ryan purchased the sheep ranching enterprise from the family business and started The Indart Group, Inc., which is engaged in sheep ranching, direct marketing of lamb, dry land farming, custom sheep grazing services specializing in large utility scale solar projects and custom farm work. He currently grazes around 3,500 Targhee X Finn sheep, and shears over 30,000 pounds of wool that is warehoused and sold through Roswell Wool. Along with sheep ranching, Ryan and his family also farm cherries, oranges, almonds, and dry land wheat and barley in Fresno County and on the family ranch in Clovis, CA.

Ryan is extremely proud and honored to have the opportunity to continue the Indart Family name in the sheep industry today. Ryan is an active and involved leader in many aspects of the Sheep Industry. He is a past president of and current Board member of the California Wool Growers Association and Western Range Association. He is a Board member of the National Lamb Feeders Association. He is the past Chair and Board member of The Clovis Chamber of Commerce. He is the current VP of The Fresno County Farm Bureau and sits on the District 8 Liaison Committee for Blue Diamond Growers.

Ryan’s passion for the sheep ranching industry and farming community are evidenced by his involvement in it, and his continued commitment to the survival and success of a lifestyle and industry that is defined by its deep roots of family, tradition, environmental stewardship, sacrifice, and perseverance. Ryan is happily married to his wife Beatriz and have four daughters: Lucia, Cecilia, Maggie, and Anna Marie.

Kate Harlan, National Lamb Feeders Association