Thank you for taking the time to get to know AAW leadership. The officers are elected to two year terms at our annual Convention in the fall. The Executive Assistant is contracted by the board to do administrative work for AAW.
Karolyn Zurn, President
Zurn farms with her husband, Bill, and two sons in Northwestern Minnesota where they raise corn, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat. As a Past President of Minnesota Agri-Women, she additionally served four years as AAW Chair of Government Issues. She has served on many agriculture boards including Minnesota Ag in the Classroom, Northern Crops Institute Council, and Minnesota Soybean Growers. On the Becker County Corn & Soybean Growers, she served as treasurer and government affairs representative. She coordinated the North Dakota Common ground program for four years and most recently she was appointed to Minnesota State FSA Board.
Jane Marshall, First Vice President of Vital Issues and Resolutions
Marshall enjoys life on a family dairy farm in Preble County, Ohio. She attends New Hope UM Church and is a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Marshall has been sewing since she was a child and has become an avid quilter. As a leader in her community, she served as Preble County Commissioner, Preble County Fair Board member, Preble County Mental Health Board, along with a variety of other county boards. She currently serves as President on the Preble County Habitat for Humanity Board, she is a CASA for Juvenile Court and a United Way volunteer. Active in AAW since 2004, she has served as VERITAS Chair and is a past LEAVEN Award winner. Marshall is a past President of the AAW Foundation and was Nominating Chair while on the committee. In her home state, she was President and Secretary of Ohio Agri-Women and the co-chair of the 2014 Ohio Convention.
Carie Moore, Vice President of Communications
North Dakota Agri-Women
Carie is the current President of North Dakota Agri-Women and an avid promoter of agriculture education and local leadership, especially for youth and women. To be a working partner on the farm, spend time with her 4 children, and tackle agriculture issues head-on, she left her position as District Manager of her county Soil Conservation District where she worked actively with ag producers on various methods to improve soil health and crop productivity, as well as extensive outreach and partnership in the community. Being a “class farmer” for 8 classrooms a month has given many students an appreciation for agriculture. Her membership in a large variety of organizations including the North Dakota Farm Bureau provides communication and leadership development. Moore shares the reality of farm life through social media and interviews under the title “Tractor Rounds & Coffee Grounds”. This allows followers real-time learning of the things done on the farm as well as how specific crops are grown, harvested and their uses. Agriculture has always been important to her and her family so she stays informed and active on issues that will affect the industry now and for future generations.
Lesley Schmidt, Vice President of Education
Schmidt has a passion for agriculture and teaching others about the ag industry. She represents the fifth-generation of her Kansas family farm, where they raise crops and livestock. Through her other work in civil planning, coaching and officiating, she has had many opportunities to interact with consumers who are not connected to agriculture.
She has been extensively involved in leadership with both Kansas Agri-Women (KAW) and American Agri-Women (AAW). Schmidt is a past president of KAW and currently is a board member of the AAW Foundation, Agri-Business Council of Wichita and Challenge Foundation. She has been involved in a variety of other organizations including 4-H, Bridget’s Cradles, CommonGround, Flat Aggie AgMazing Adventures, Kansas Beef Endurance Team, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program with an international study tour in South Africa, and Young Professionals of Wichita.
Schmidt graduated from Fort Hays State University with degrees in technology studies, agriculture, and certificates in leadership studies and civic leadership. She is also a certified sports coach and track and field official, with the goal of officiating in the Olympics.
Natalina Sents, Secretary
Immediately after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business, Natalina partnered with Beck’s Hybrids on a year-long, 50 state road trip, honoring farmers through blogs and photography in all 50 states. After completing the Why I Farm Roadtrip, Natalina joined Successful Farming as the Digital Content Manager of Agriculture.com. In that role, she coordinates the back end of the website, sends a daily newsletter, and manages the brand’s social media accounts. While new machinery is her area of focus, Natalina enjoys writing about a variety of news and information in a way that serves farmers. Those responsibilities allow her to travel often. As a hobby, Natalina likes learning about other perspectives of food and agriculture through restaurant and retail work.
Katie Yost, Treasurer
Growing up in Montana, Katie Yost has been involved in agriculture throughout her life. Her family comes from a ranching background, and she now works for her family owned livestock liquid feed company, Nutra-Lix, Inc. Since 2007, she continues to share her passion for agriculture by actively participating in American Agri-Women and more recently as the treasurer for the AAW Foundation. On the state level she proudly served as the Montana Agri-Women secretary and heads up their youth outreach program each year through their “Ag Sprouts Barn” at the Montana Fair. In Katie’s downtime she loves to travel the World.
Jeanette owns two agribusiness companies; California Food and Agribusiness Advocates which conducts regulatory and legislative advocacy for farmers, and Global Water Innovations Inc. which creates new agricultural water solutions. Global Water is a founding industry partner with the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI). Jeanette is a past State President for California Women for Agriculture and belongs to and serves on numerous agricultural boards. Additionally, she has held several governmental appointments. In 2011, Jeanette received a four-year federal appointment to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Ag Services Division (FAS). This appointment was made to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC) in fruits and vegetables. In 2010, Jeanette held a state appointment from Governor Schwarzenegger to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB). The LARWCQB is one of nine regional boards statewide that have jurisdiction to protect the ground and surface water quality for the 98 cities in the Los Angeles and Ventura County Regions. Jeanette is a single mother of two daughters. Lauren is 25 and lives in Boston where she is working on her master’s in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Nicole is 22 and a recent graduate of Washington State University, Pullman. She is currently working as a behavioral therapist in Washington D.C. and will begin her graduate work soon.
Lisa Campion Sullivan joined American Agri-Women in October of 2014 as the Executive Assistant. Lisa also works as owner and attorney at law of her firm LMC Law, PLLC in Colchester, Vermont. Prior to 2014, Lisa was involved with AAW as a Farmer to Farmer Volunteer, Sigma Alpha Sorority representative at Board of Directors meetings as well as the 2010 President’s Award recipient. Lisa grew up in Fraser, Michigan, but now lives in Colchester, Vermont with her husband, John, and their daughter, Addison, two dogs, Harper and Marty and cat, Bauer. In her spare time, she enjoys getting outdoors with her family.
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