Meet Our Team & 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.
Richard Guebert Jr., Chairman
Brian Duncan, Vice Chairman
Tamara Halterman, Treasurer
Dennis Green, Secretary
Mark Reichert, Trustee
Ken Cripe, Trustee
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.