Animal Agriculture Alliance :: Stakeholders Summit

2018 Summit Speakers

Tyne Morgan- 2018 Summit moderator

Tyne Morgan is doing what she calls her "dream job." She’s a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. Born and raised in Lexington, Mo., FFA was a big part of her high school career. Through public speaking and various contest teams, she actually plunged into broadcast at the young age of 16. While in high school, she worked at KMZU radio providing the daily farm market updates, as well as local, state and national agriculture news. Although Morgan always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling.

Morgan attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in Agriculture Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast. During her college years, she was a farm broadcast intern for Brownfield Ag News, and was the 2006 Missouri State Fair Queen, serving as the Ambassador for Missouri agriculture. After spending countless hours on the road as AgDay and U.S. Farm Report National Reporter, Morgan was named the first female Host of U.S. Farm Report in 2014. 

Mark Gale, Charlston|Orwig - Consumer Perspectives on Food Labels

CEO and Partner

Over the past 30 years, Gale has made the journey from police beat reporter at the daily "Tampa Times" to creative director to Partner and CEO at Charleston|Orwig. He has kept a keen eye on digital communications from the very beginning. While he prefers to spend time helping clients develop proactive CSR and Sustainability practices, he also gets in the trenches to work on crisis communications. (Why always a weekend or holiday?!) The geek in Mark loves research like the label study he is sharing with 2018 Summit attendees.

Chuck Jolley, Jolley & Associates - Postmodern Animal Ag Begins Now


Jolley is president of Jolley & Associates, a marketing and public relations firm that concentrates on the food industry. He’s also president of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame, honoring the legendary figures of the business. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and was publisher of the leading business-to-business magazine serving the meat and poultry industry. He’s a frequent contributor of articles about agriculture and the meat and poultry industry to business-to-business magazines and web-based publications.

Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank - Postmodern Animal Ag Begins Now

President and Co-founder

Nierenberg, a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate, on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture. In 2013, she co-founded Food Tank, a nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, research organization, and non-biased creator of original research impacting the food system. Nierenberg has an MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Janet Riley, North American Meat Institute - Postmodern Animal Ag Begins Now

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs

Riley serves as NAMI's senior vice president of public affairs. Riley previously served as senior vice president of public affairs for the American Meat Institute, having joined the Institute in 1991. In her role, she develops public information and issue management strategy, manages press relations and drafts speeches, news releases and other public communications and oversees the Institute's news reporting on On behalf of the meat and poultry industry, Riley has appeared on Nightline, CNN, The Daily Show, The Martha Stewart Show, National Public Radio, ABC News, NBC News and many other outlets. In 2012, she won's “Quote of the Year." In addition, she is the liaison to the Animal Welfare Committee and oversees policy initiatives in this area. As a member of the NAMI Crisis Management Team, she provides strategic counsel to NAMI members when needed. Riley also serves as "Queen of Wien" of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, which she founded in 1994. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Illinois, and is currently a master's candidate in organizational development and leadership at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD, University of California, Davis - Were Those the Days? Animal Ag Then & Now

Cooperative Extension Specialist, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology

Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. She has given over 500 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. Recently, she appeared in the documentary Food Evolution.

Jayson Lusk, PhD, Purdue University - The Future of Consumer Choice

Professor and Department Head, Deparment of Agricultural Economics

Lusk is a Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University.  After earning a BS in Food Technology from Texas Tech University in 1997, he received a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000. He has published more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on a wide assortment of topics ranging from the economics of animal welfare to consumer preferences for genetically modified food to the impacts of new technologies and policies on livestock and meat markets to analyzing the merits of new survey and experimental approaches eliciting consumer preferences. In 2015, he was named a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Jenny Splitter - Sharing Your Roots

Food, Science and Health Writer

Splitter is a science, food, and health writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, New York Magazine, and other outlets. She's also the Director of Story for TBD Immersive, an immersive theatre company based in D.C., and is featured in the film Science Moms. In her spare time, she enjoys carving intricate ice sculptures and growing her own heirloom wheat. Just kidding, she has two children.

Randall Singer, PhD, University of Minnesota - "No Antibiotics Ever" Animal Production: Potential Impacts on Animal Welfare

Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Singer received his DVM and MPVM from UC Davis in 1995 and his PhD in Epidemiology from UC Davis in 1999. Dr. Singer’s research and educational program has focused on predicting the emergence, spread and persistence of infectious diseases. In 2000 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Clinton for his work on antibiotic resistance. Since that time, he has devoted most of his research program to this topic. Between 2006 and 2010 he served on the U.S. Delegation to the CODEX Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and is now serving again on the U.S. Delegation to this renewed Task Force that held its first meeting in November 2017. He has spoken twice to the U.S. House of Representatives on this topic and currently serves as a voting member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Jason Roesler, Fur Commission USA - Radical Animal Rights Extremism: Assessing the Nature of the Threat

Director of Public Affairs

Roesler currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs for Fur Commission USA, the nonprofit trade association that represents the U.S. Mink Farmers. He has a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Political Science from Washington State University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate. Jason grew up on a third generation mink ranch located in the state of Washington.

Nicole Drumhiller, PhD, American Public University System - Radical Animal Rights Extremism: Assessing the Nature of the Threat

Program Director, Intelligence Studies

Drumhiller is the Program Director of Intelligence Studies at American Military University. As the Program Director, Drumhiller is responsible for and oversees the undergraduate and graduate level intelligence studies curriculums. Her interests lie in Radical Environmental and Animal Rights (REAR) organizations, group psychology, leadership behavior, and normative behaviors of terror organizations and extremists. 

Scott Sobel, kglobal - Responding to Activist Tactics: Lessons Learned

Senior Vice President, Crisis and Litigation Communications

Sobel is a trusted legal PR consultant who has media trained members of Congress, dozens of law school professors and even one hundred of the former Gannett Government Media journalists, who themselves wanted better media coverage.

High-stakes issues in which Sobel has been involved include: a banking probe by the Congressional Sub-committee on Investigations, and complex litigation at all levels of court, including a case that was eventually heard before the U.S. Supreme Court and another litigation involving the Libyan-backed terrorist hijacking of a jumbo jet. He frequently represents various clients seeking consideration from members of Congress and federal regulatory bodies.

Additionally, Sobel specializes in consumer issues and product liability suits impacting, for example, patients, health care institutions, universities, automobile dealerships, and manufacturers. He also represents environmental, agricultural and farm animal clients.

Bryan Humphreys, Ohio Pork Council - Responding to Activist Tactics: Lessons Learned

Executive Vice President

A native of Iowa, Humphreys grew up working on the family farm raising hogs, corn and soybeans. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University, he organized grassroots efforts and managed several political campaigns. Through these efforts he had the opportunity to work in Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Following the 2008 election, Humphreys joined the National Pork Producers Council, where he served as the Director of Grassroots Organization. In this role he was responsible for helping pork producers across the country communicate with their Members of Congress. As part of this role he also managed NPPC's efforts in the Upper Northeast, protecting pork production and agriculture from anti-farming activists. In the fall of 2014 he joined the Ohio Pork Council as the Executive Vice President.

LeahMcGrathLeah McGrath, BuildUP Dietitians - The Rise of "Plant-Based" Diets

Registered Dietitian

McGrath is a retail dietitian with over 17 years of experience interacting with consumers as well as grocery buyers. She is also a former Army and public health dietitian and founder of the Facebook and Twitter group, "Build Up Dietitians,” which emphasizes evidenced-based information using the hashtag #stand4science. For the past five years, McGrath has worked to increase her knowledge about agriculture and farming by visiting farms and writing blogs and articles about her experiences to educate consumers and peers.

Amy Myrdal Miller, Farmer's Daughter Consulting - The Rise of "Plant-Based" Diets

Registered Dietitian

Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, farmer’s daughter, highly regarded public speaker, published author, and founder and president of Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, Inc., a privately-held agriculture, food, and culinary communications firm.

Frank Mitloehner, PhD, University of California, Davis - Facts & Fiction: Debunking Myths About Environmental Impact

Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist

Mitloehner received his MS degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and his PhD degree in Animal Science from Texas Technical University.

He is an expert for agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry.  Overall, he conducts research that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating of air emissions from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities.

Mitloehner has served as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. He served as workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and as member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System.”