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.
(From L to R)
Brian Duncan, Vice Chairman
Richard Guebert Jr., Chairman
Dennis Green, Secretary
Ken Cripe, Trustee
Mark Reichert, Trustee
Tammy Halterman, Treasurer
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.