Committees and Representatives

Executive CommitteeThe four elected officers plus the Past President with the President as chair having responsibility for acting for the Board between meetings of the Board, for strategic planning and for the relationship with the Executive Secretary.

Johnathan Strite – chair, Brian Campbell, Rita Resick, William Reynolds, Dave Miller


Leadership and Recognition CommitteeThree Board members and two or more non-Board members with the Past President as chair having responsibility for nominating candidates for directors, officers, annual award recipients, life membership and other awards as well as overseeing the Rudolph Grob Memorial Scholarship program.

David Miller – chair, Arthur King, Michael Orzolek, Hilary Schramm, Jr., Robert Shenot


Scholarship CommitteeTwo Board members, two or more non-Board members and one University staff member to chose the recipents of the Rudolph Grob Memorial Scholarship program.

Hilary Schramm, Jr., – chair, Carolyn Beinlich, Curtis Kaelin, Michael Orzolek, Keith Eckel, Randy Treichler


Administrative CommitteeIs composed of four Board members and three or more non-Board members with the Secretary-Treasurer as chair It has jurisdiction for membership recruitment efforts, membership benefits, and the budget, along with oversight of the Finance, Farm Show Food Booth and Ag Progress Days Food Booth Task Forces.

William Reynolds – chair, Robert Amsterdam, John Esslinger, John Mason, Ernest Mast, William Rankin, John Shenk, Timothy Weiser, Fred Dymond III


Finance Task Force – Two or more members having responsibility for investing the Keystone Fund monies.

William Reynolds – chair, Mark Kerstetter, Thomas Strzelecki


Farm Show Task ForceFive or more members having responsibility for the Farm Show Food Booth.

William Reynolds – chair, Robert Shenot (Past President), Brian Campbell,  Natalie Bishop, Gregory Forry, Jonathan Grace, Barron Hetherington, Steve Sample


Educational CommitteeIs composed of four Board members and three or more non-Board members with the First Vice President as chair.  It has jurisdiction for the educational programing of the Association including the newsletter, field days, field tours, and twilight meetings as well as oversight of the Convention and Website Task Forces.

Brian Campbell – chair, Steven Bogash, Arthur King, David King, Lois Klinger, David Miller, Eric Oesterling, Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Christopher Powell, Jennifer Glensiter, Kaitlyn Horst, Beth Gugino, Robert Pollock, Josh Strohl, Greg Jacoby


Convention Planning Task ForceSelected University and extension personnel, growers, and Directors chaired by the First Vice President to develop the policies and educational program for the convention.

Brian Campbell – chair, Sinclair Adam, Thomas Butzler, Steven Bogash, Megan Chawner, Tanner Delvalle, Kathleen Demchak, Timothy Elkner, Diane Erb, John Esslinger, Peter Ferretti, Shelby Fleischer, Thomas Ford, Jennifer Glenister, Beth Gugino, Kaitlin Horst, Arthur King, David King, Lois Klinger, William Lamont, Kenneth Martin, Nolan Masser, Ben Moyer, David Miller, Eric Oesterling, Michael Orzolek, Robert Pollock, William Reynolds, Steve Sample, Elsa Sanchez, Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Lee Stivers, Grant Troup, Adam Voll, Carla Burkle, Greg Jacoby, Lela Reichart


 Website Task ForceSelected members to recommend revisions to the website.

Steve Groff, Bruce Hellerick, David King, John Mason, Jr., Jonathan Strite


 Government Affairs CommitteeIs composed of four Board members and three or more non-Board members with the Second Vice President as chair.  It has responsibility for directing the Association’s advocacy activities in government affairs issues and for developing policy resolution recommendations.

Rita Resick chair, Timothy Beard III, Keith Eckel, Michael Fink, Chris Harner, Daniel Harner, Barron Hetherington, Glenn Hetherington, James Hoopes, Alan Kemmerer, Kenneth Martin, Joel Weaver, Laverne Nolt, Mark Troyer

Marketing and Research CommitteeIs composed of three Board members and four or more non-Board members .  The Committee will coordinate and further develop the Association’s marketing and promotion activities and direct the Association’s research funding activities.  The Committee will elect its chair.  This committee would have representatives from the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program Board, the Pennsylvania Potato Research Program Board, the Penn State Small Fruit Advisory Committee and the Simply Sweet Onion Committee as members or have members of the committee attend meetings of these groups.

Vegetable Marketing Committee – Patrick Andrew, Laura England, Stephen Ganser,  Curtis Kaelin, Kenneth Metrick, David Peters, Christopher Powell, Lela Reichart, William Saussaman, James Stahl, Cindy Yingling, Greg Jacoby, Joseph and Monica Farabaugh, Lela Reichart

Vegetable Research Committee Scott Hoffman – chair, Leonard Burger, Harry Hopkins, Stephen Kistler, Joel Kosa, Joseph Mason, Laverne Nolt, Nathan Richards, Hillary Schramm, Jr., John Shenk, Benny Yoder, James Zimmerman, David Miller

Potato Committee  – Mark Troyer, Rita Resick, David Bender, Ernest Mast, Michael Janoski, Mark Duda

Berry Committee – Barron Hetherington, Thomas Styer, Jonathan Strite, John Shenk


Simply Sweet Onion CommitteeFour onions growers, one handler, one University staff member and one Director empowered to administer the licensing process for the Simply Sweet Onion trademark and to control the funds generated by the licensing process.

Amos Sauder – chair, Arthur King, Michael Orzolek, William Saussaman, Lloyd Stauffer, Jeffrey Stoltzfus


Penn State Liason CommitteePenn State University faculty members with an interest in the vegetable, berry or potato industries who are invited to attend Board meetings to serve as a liason with the University.

Beth Gugino – chair,  Erin Connelly, Kathleen Demchak, Francesco Di Gioia, Majid Foolad, Shelby Fleischer, Richard Marini, Michael Masiuk, Elsa Sanchez


Appointed Representatives
Farm Show Committee – Barron Hetherington, Steve Sample, William Troxell
Mid-Atlantic Convention Joint Committee – Brian Campbell, Rita Resick, Jonathan Strite, William Troxell
Penn State Ag Council – William Troxell
State Council of Farm Organizations – William Troxell, Rita Resick

updated 3/13/2019