Meet Our Team & Leadership

Our Leadership

The IAA Foundation is led by a Board of Trustees, elected to serve and represent districts within the Illinois Farm Bureau. 

Their voice and vision helps guide our purpose. 

(From L to R)

Brian Duncan, Vice Chairman
Richard Guebert Jr., Chairman
Dennis Green, Secretary
Ken Cripe, Trustee
Mark Reichert, Trustee
Tammy Halterman, Treasurer

 

Our Staff

Susan Moore, Director 

Home Grown:  I grew up on a grain farm in Knox County, was super active in 4-H and loved being a part of Farm Bureau, including Chicago trips for annual meeting! 

Free Time:  I love to cook and am always up for trying new recipes!  I'm a dog mom and love spending time outdoors with my pups, family & friends!   

Why I Work:  I have seen the collective impact of what farmer members and agricultural entities can do when they band together for the good of rural communities and the future of agriculture.  I get excited when I think of all the possibilities we can create through philanthropy in Farm Bureau!  

Jennifer Smith, Development Manager

Home Grown: Most people would never know that I didn't grow up on a farm (I should have been my Uncle's daughter).  A 3rd generation 4-Her from Champaign County, I have never outgrown my love for the outdoors and the rural way of life.  

Free Time: There's such a thing as free time?  I volunteer with 4-H, watch my kids play sports, love to mow my yard (really, I do) and there's a porch swing that calls me to slow down, take it all in, and to be thankful for the beauty of the world around us.  

Why I Work:  Selfishly, I work to satisfy my desire to feel appreciated and valued.  Instinctively, the agricultural community does this better than anyone.  Every day I get to work with and for an organization that shares my deeply-rooted values and work to better the lives of farm families.  

Breanne Beisiegel, Operations & Communications Specialist

Home Grown: I grew up on the family farm in St. Clair County and spent most of my spare time at the neighbor's horse farm--riding, giving lessons and trial rides, and helping with chores.  

Free Time: Anything outdoors!  I still love riding horses and regularly volunteer at a camp & retreat center in Washington County.  I also enjoy spending time cooking, crafting, and hammocking. 

Why I Work:  I believe in the future of ag.  It's exciting to know that what we are doing today is planting a seed for tomorrow, whether it's a scholarship to an ag student or an Agriculture in the Classroom lesson to a 3rd grader from the city.  We are reaching students of all ages and backgrounds with the common goal of agricultural education.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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