Board of Directors
The Board represents a broad spectrum of agricultural industries and has a wealth of business management experience. It plays an important role in oversight and planning for the organization. It's easy to see why AgChoice is so customer focused when the Board members are also customer-owners.
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Covering Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Tioga, Venango and Warren Counties
Vice Chairman of the Board, Executive and Compensation Committee
Mrs. Waddell owns and operates a 2,000-acre farm where she and her family milk 700 Holstein cows and care for 600 replacement heifers. Crops raised include corn, alfalfa and orchard grass. She is a Dairy 4-H leader, actively promotes the dairy industry through her work with the Dairy Princess Program, serves on the Center for Dairy Excellence board and is a member of St. Hippolyte Catholic Church. The Waddells are the 2010 recipients of the PA Stakeholders Pacesetter Award and Mrs. Waddell was appointed to the Dairy Leadership Council by the governor in 2011. Her term of office began in 2010 and expires in 2016.
Shawn D. Wolfinger
Mr. Wolfinger is vice president of sales for Sylvan Glen, Inc., which owns and manages timber and also sells land. He also recently started a forestry consulting business, Northern Forest, LLC, with his father to make timber sales, provide timber cruises, evaluate timber stands and much more. Mr. Wolfinger is actively involved in his local community, serving on the Potter County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors as well as coaching youth baseball and junior high football. His term of office began in 2012 and expires in 2015.
Covering Bradford, Columbia, Juniata, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.
Donald G. Cotner Jr.
Executive and Compensation Committee
Mr. Cotner is a partner in Don Cotner Farms LP, which raises corn, soybeans and barley and manufactures feed on nearly 1,250 acres. He is also president of Cotner Farms, Inc., which produces, packages, markets and distributes eggs and egg products from nearly 500,000 hens. He is also a partner with his family in Boyd Station, LLC, which transloads feed commodities from rail to truck to supply local mills, and extrudes local soybeans to produce high-quality express meal and soy oil used in the bio-diesel industry. Mr. Cotner serves on AgFirst Farm Credit's District Farm Credit Council. He is an elder of the Grove Presbyterian Church and has served on many agriculture committees and local zoning and school boards. His term of office began in 1982 and expires in 2016.
Dennis B. Spangler
Chairman of the Board, Executive and Compensation Committee
Mr. Spangler is an operator of a dairy and crop farm. He serves as a director with the Union County Conservation District and is a member of the Union County Ag Advisory Committee. His term of office began in 1994 and expires in 2014.
Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset and York Counties
Paul W. McPherson
Mr. McPherson heads Maple Lawn Farms, Inc., a family farm corporation that produces fruit and grain and operates a farm market. Mr. McPherson is a chairman of Fawn Township Planning Commission and served as director of PSU Ag Science Alumni Society, president of the National Peach Council, Citizens' Volunteer Fire Co. and York County Fruit Growers. He also served as a trustee of Centre Presbyterian Church. His other activities include National and PA Corn Growers, State Horticulture Association of Pennsylvania, York County and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Adams Electric Cooperative. His term of office began in 1991 and expires in 2015.
Brandon L. Weary
Mr. Weary has a 400-acre dairy farm in partnership with his brother, Brian. They milk 200 cows and have 140 heifer replacements. They grow corn, alfalfa and grass hay. He serves on the Cumberland County Dairy Futures Committee, is a member of the PA Farm Bureau and Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP). He is also a member of the Big Spring United Lutheran Church. His term of office began in 2011 and expires in 2014.
Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania, and Brooke, Hancock, Marshall and Ohio Counties in West Virginia
Richard A. Allen
Mr. Allen owns and operates Allen-Hill Dairy, a partnership with his brother, Ron. They milk 140 registered Holsteins and farm 460 tillable acres. The partnership also operates an agritainment business called "Allen's Haunted Hayrides" and has seven rental properties. He currently serves on the Fayette County Holstein board and attends the New Life Free Methodist Church. His term of office began in 2011 and expires in 2014.
William K. Jackson
Mr. Jackson is co-owner and operator of Jackson Farms, an 800-acre dairy that milks 160 registered Holsteins and processes, wholesales and retails dairy products via an on-farm processing plant and convenience store. He is president of the Fayette County Fair Board and a member of the Penn State Fayette Campus Advisory Board. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Fay Penn Economic Development Council. In 1998 he was named a Master Farmer by Pennsylvania Farmer magazine and Penn State Cooperative Extension. His term of office began in 2000 and expires in 2016.
Stacy L. Houseknecht
Ms. Houseknecht co-owns and operates Knecht Knoll Farm with her husband, William. They milk 90 registered Holsteins and farm approximately 400 acres of corn and alfalfa to feed their animals. The Houseknechts were recognized by the Pennsylvania Holstein Association as recipients of the Young Breeders Award for 2010. Ms. Houseknecht works with local school programs, FFA and soccer. Her term of office began in 2012 and expires in 2015.
Charles F. Ulmer Jr.
Mr. Ulmer owns a grain and forage operation, farming 2,100 acres. In addition, Mr. Ulmer owns three dairy facilities, providing young and beginning farmers the opportunity to start a career in agriculture. His term of office began in 1999 and expires in 2014.
R. Mac Reeves
Executive and Compensation Committee
Mr. Reeves and his family own 700 acres of crop and timberland in central and southwestern Virginia. Mr. Reeves retired after 32 years with New Holland-North America. He also serves as a director for AAA Central Penn. His term of office began in October 2002 and expires in 2015.
Mr. BowerCraft is a senior manager in the Risk Management Services Group at McKonly & Asbury LLP. He holds a Master's degree in Information Management Systems from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds the certification of Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). His term of office began in 2011 and expires in 2016.