After adding four new members in January, the CCFB Foundation Board of Directors has elected its 2019 leadership team. The 15-member board of directors added four new members. Joining the board is Robert Carlson, CEO of Premier Cooperative, Amy Sage of The Anderson’s Inc, David Shenaut of Bayer, and Tom Swigart of Swigart Farms and Monical’s Pizzza of Tolono.
Cory Mitchell was elected by the board to serve as its President. Mitchell, a 1990 recipient of the CCFB Foundation scholarship, is the first former scholar to lead the organization. Mitchell tells us that he’s excited to lead the Foundation and to give back to the organization who believed in him as a college student.
Joining Mitchell on the executive team is Vice-President Jessica Patzwith of Illinois FBFM and Secretary Cheryl Mitchell of Starfire Industries. Re-elected to the post of Treasurer is Jason Bartell of Bartell Powell LLP.
Foundation Executive Director, Kirk Builta, says that while it’s exciting to add new faces to the Foundation’s Board, it’s a bittersweet moment as four members retire from the Board. Annie Murray-Easterday, owner of Pear Tree Estate, Callie Heidbreder of Gifford State Bank, former Board President Brian McCoy of Birkey’s, and Adam Watson of Watson’s Top Crop all left the Foundation Board at the end of their terms in January.
“Our retiring board members leave big shoes to fill” says Builta. Easterday, Heidbreder, McCoy and Watson had all served the board in various leadership positions throughout their time with the Foundation. Their presence will be missed around our board room.”
The Foundation Board of Directors and staff pride themselves on providing educational opportunities that impact the future of the food and agricultural industry throughout Champaign County, and around the world.