Animal Agriculture Alliance :: Stakeholders Summit

2017 Summit Speakers

Tyne Morgan- 2017 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 Tyne always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling.

Tyne 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, Tyne was named the first female Host of U.S. Farm Report in 2014. 

Don Phipps, Applied Marketing Research - Animal Welfare on the Restaurant Menu 

Owner

Donald Phipps is an owner of Applied Marketing Research, a full service marketing research firm with a 23 year track record.

He has conducted marketing research studies for a variety of "business to business" and "business to consumer" industries. These include healthcare, insurance, building and construction, automotive, agriculture, beverages, packaged goods, pet food, commercial and residential mowing, telecommunications (wireless and wired), education, household cleaning, consumer electronics, lawn and garden, financial services, greeting cards and ornaments, entertainment, aviation, non-profits, and trade associations.

He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Toyota, John Deere, Sprint, Hallmark, H&R Block, Hill's Pet Nutrition (a division of Colgate-Palmolive), Pfizer, United Healthcare, ConocoPhillips, and General Electric.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Kansas.


LeahMcGrathLeah McGrath, Ingles Markets. - Food History: Fact vs. Fiction and Dispelling Myths About Food

Corproate Dietitian

Leah McGrath is a Corporate Supermarket Dietitian, former Army and Public Health Dietitian and founder of the Facebook and Twitter group, "Build Up Dietitians" emphasizing evidenced-based information using the hashtag #stand4science. For the past five years, Leah 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. She considers herself an "agvocate."

Amber PankoninAmber Pankonin, StirList.com - Food History: Fact vs. Fiction and Dispelling Myths About Food

Dietitian

Amber Pankonin is a registered dietitian nutritionist passionate about food, nutrition science and agriculture. She works as a nutrition and agriculture communications consultant and adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Pankonin loves good food, Nebraska agriculture and building community. She shares the stories of farmers and ranchers through recipes on her blog, Stirlist.com. 

Phil StayerDr. Phil Stayer, Sanderson Farms - We're All In This Together: Marketing Without Disparaging

Head Veterinarian

Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV is Sanderson Farms’ Corporate Veterinarian as he has been for the past 14 years. His primary responsibilities at Sanderson Farms include overseeing live bird health programs, biosecurity and animal welfare with the help of two other live production Staff Veterinarians to cover all the flocks from Texas to North Carolina.  

 

JoDee George, Bader Rutter - We're All In This Together: Marketing Without Disparaging

Group Leader

JoDee's passion is protecting and growing manufacturing and service businesses, mainly operating in the food and agriculture product categories. She joined BR from Kerry where she led strategy for Kerry's North American food business units and served on the regional leadership team. For BR, JoDee is focused on helping food and agriculture clients in the areas of marketing and brand strategy, customer engagement approaches, content and insight strategy and execution. JoDee began her career in issues management and has three PRSA Silver Anvils for issues and reputation management campaigns from work with beef and pork industry associations.


Jack Hubbard, American Humane Association - We're All In This Together: Marketing Without Disparaging

Chief Marketing Officer

Jack Hubbard serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Communications at American Humane, overseeing the organization’s marketing, fundraising, and communications campaigns. Hubbard is a successful entrepreneur with a proven track record in branding, marketing, and startup ventures. He brings nearly a decade of professional experience in public relations to American Humane. Hubbard is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina. He now lives in Northern Virginia with his family.

NinaNina Teicholz, The Big Fat Surprise - The Big Fat Surprise

Investigative Journalist and Author

Nina Teicholz is an investigative journalist and author of the International (and New York Times) bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. Named a *Best Book* of 2014 by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Forbes, Mother Jones, and Library Journal, The Big Fat Surprise has upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat and challenged the very core of our nutrition policy.

Before taking a deep dive into researching nutrition science for nearly a decade, Teicholz was a reporter for National Public Radio and also contributed to many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Economist. She attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She lives in New York city.

Rex Martin, Dairy Management Inc. - Consumer Confidence in Agriculture 

Senior Vice President of Owner Relations 

Rex Martin grew up on a farrow to finish swine operation in Camden, Arkansas. A former Arkansas State FFA President, Rex attended college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business.

For the past 27 years, Rex has worked in various positions related to environmental regulation and legislation at the state and federal levels. As Head, External Relations at Syngenta his responsibilities included directing engagement with agricultural groups, setting and implementing North America Syngenta ag and environmental policy, directing our Federal government relations department and managing Syngenta’s “Leadership at its Best?” training program.  In his current position as Senior Vice President of Owner Relations for Dairy Management Inc., his responsibilities include leading a team managing Farmer Relations, Agricultural External Engagement and Crisis Communications. 

Rex has served in many leadership and Board positions inside and outside the industry.  He has received a number of awards recognizing his leadership commitment to agricultural organizations, including the William Larue award from the Southern Crop Production Association, the Croplife America Workhorse Award and the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Agri-Women President’s Award. He also was the first-ever recipient of the Kansas Ag Retailers Association’s “Standing TALL” award.  

Scott Wallin, Dairy Managment Inc. - Consumer Confidence in Agriculture

Director of Consumer Confidence

Scott Wallin serves as Director of Consumer Confidence for Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of 43,000 U.S. dairy farmers. Scott joined DMI in 2010 and is the organization’s day-to-day lead on issues management and also works in media relations.

Before joining DMI, Scott spent nine years with Florida Dairy Farmers, serving as Director of Industry Image and Relations.

Scott graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1988 with a degree in journalism. He spent several years working as a journalist, including eight years with The Tampa Tribune and 10 years as an Associated Press correspondent.

Meagan Cramer, Kansas Farm Bureau - Implementing an Influencer Tour

Director of Communications and Marketing 

Meagan Cramer serves as Communications and Marketing Director for Kansas Farm Bureau. She has been part of the communications division since 2006. In her current position, she manages and directs a creative staff handling all communication and social media activities and strategies for the state’s largest farm organization. She’s a homegrown Kansas girl who loves connecting the farm with foodies. There’s nothing better than seeing the light bulb come on when someone steps foot on farm soil and hears directly from Kansas farmers and ranchers. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations fromKansasStateUniversityand her master’s degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver. In her down time, she loves spending time with her husband, Corey, and twin daughters Madison and Mackenzie.

JanceyHallJancey Hall, Kansas Soybean -  Implementing an Influencer Tour

Program Manager

Jancey Hall is the Program Manager for the Kansas Soybean Commission and works on behalf of Kansas soybean farmers. Although she’s not a farm kid, she grew up in rural Kansas and through her involvement in 4-H & FFA fell in love with agriculture. After graduating from Kansas State University she fell into the role of working with bloggers, dietitians and other influencers and connecting them to farmers and the agriculture story. Getting these influencers onto farms is her favorite role and she’s taken 10 bus trips doing just that. From niche hog operations to large scale dairies, and everything in between, she has seen how these influencer's food fears dissolve while on a farm, how their newfound story reaches their devoted audiences and the resulting positive impacts on ‘her farmers’.

Stacey Forshee - Implementing an Influencer Tour

Grain and Beef Farmer

Stacey Forshee married a fifth generation farmer and has been in the industry for 25 years. She and her husband David raise alfalfa, wheat, grain sorghum, corn, soybeans and beef cattle. They are proud parents of 3 children Kendra, Lauren and Wyatt. She is the 5th District Board Member on the KFB board of directors, is on the AFBF Policy Committee. In her community she is on the board of directors of CloudCorp and volunteers with her local FFA Chapter, and sits on the Solomon-Republic Regional Advisory Committee for the Kansas Water Authority. In 2014 she was named one of the 50 Under 50 for Agriculture Advocacy by AgriPulse.  


LaVell Winsor - Implementing an Influencer Tour

Grain Farmer

LaVell Winsor is married to a third-generation farmer. She and her husband, Andy, farm with her in-laws near Topeka, KS. They raise soybeans, corn, and wheat. Her in-laws and brother-in-law also have cattle. Winsor Family Farms received the Conservation Legacy Award in 2016.  LaVell grew up on a hog, cattle, and grain farm in Eastern Colorado, and is glad we farm differently than we did in the ‘80s, when most of her time was spent pushing a shovel.

LaVell is a farm consultant, and works with farmers on their finances and marketing.  She has been a CommonGround volunteer since 2011. LaVell became interested in advocating for agriculture when she realized that sometimes farms were described differently than her life experiences had been.  She is a recent graduate of the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.


Abby Heidari - Implementing an Influencer Tour

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 

Abby Heidari, RDN, LD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist consultant currently working in a variety of positions that include Executive Director for the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Education Program Consultant for the Kansas Beef Council, and Y Weight Facilitator for the Greater Kansas City YMCA. Previous experience includes working for Hy-Vee, Inc. as an In-Store Dietitian and for Morrison Management as a Clinical Dietitian. Abby continuously challenges herself to provide the best evidence-based information and resources to her clients by keeping abreast on the latest research, topics and trends. Using social media platforms, Abby encourages clients, friends and family to get back into the kitchen with simple, quick, and healthy ideas that inspire the home cook and kids who are interested in learning cooking skills. In her spare time, Abby enjoys spending time with her family in and out of the kitchen, gardening, reading, and volunteering at her kids’ schools & for After the Harvest.

LukeRunyonLuke Runyon, Harvest Public Media - Animal Ag in the Headlines: Jounalist Perspectives 

Agribusiness Reporter

Luke Runyon is a reporter for Harvest Public Media based at NPR member station KUNC in Greeley, Colorado, where he reports on food, agriculture and rural life in the American West. He previously reported in Aspen, Colorado for Aspen Public Radio, and in Springfield, Illinois for Illinois Public Radio. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. He frequently files stories with NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, Weekend Edition and APM’s Marketplace.

Cindy Cunningham, National Pork Board - Setting the Record Straight: Working the Biased Media

Assistant Vice President, Communications

Cindy Cunninghamis the assistant vice president of communications for the National Pork Board, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cunningham is the official contact for the news media. Additionally, she focuses much of her time on crisis preparedness and issues management. Cunningham works with crisis planning at the farm level, with the state pork associations, with swine exhibitions and at the national level. Her experience in crisis management in the pork industry includes coordinating the response to H1N1 in 2009, responding to numerous activist undercover videos and working to identify challenges to the pork industry through the annual Pork Industry Vulnerabilities Assessment. In 2013, Cunningham was awarded the Best of Show at Best of NAMA for her work assisting pork producers at the farm level to prepare for a crisis.

Prior to becoming part of the National Pork Board staff on July 1, 2001, Cunningham was assistant vice president of communications for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Cunningham joined NPPC in January 1992.  Prior to that, she served as the farm director for KICD radio in Spencer, Iowa.  Her experience in communications also includes writing and directing commercial advertising and television news programs for Post-Newsweek Cable Systems.

Phil Borgic - Setting the Record Straight: Working with Biased Media

Hog Farmer, Illinois

Phil Borgic is a third-generation pig farmer from Raymond, Il. He has 6200 sows farrow to finish, while works with 17 farm families/grower partners to help raise safe, healthy and delicious pork. Phil is also very active in many local, state and national organizations including the Illinois Pork Producers Association and the Board of Director of the National Pork Producers Council.

JenniferTireyJennifer Tirey, Illinois Pork Producers - Setting the Record Straight: Working with Biased Media

Executive Director 

Jennifer Tirey is the executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) headquartered in Springfield. Jennifer joined IPPA in 2015 and is responsible for pork producer communications, education programs, pork promotion and community outreach. She also represents the organization at the state and national levels.

Before joining IPPA, Jennifer was executive director for the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices dedicated to protecting and enhancing the sustainability of agriculture in Illinois through outreach and education. She also served as bureau chief of marketing and promotions at the Illinois Department of Agriculture where she promoted small to mid-sized Illinois food and agribusinesses.

Jennifer attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1998.

Colleen Parr Dekker, Elanco Animal Health - Key Issues Update: Changes in the Coversation on Antibiotic Use since VFD Implementation

Global Corporate Communications

Colleen Parr Dekker has more than 20 years of experience helping producers and companies tell their story to consumers. Dekker currently leads global corporate communications for Elanco Animal Health, leading internal, external and executive communications, focusing on corporate positioning, One Health, antibiotic stewardship and other communications areas of industry interest.

Prior to joining Elanco, Dekker spent 12 years at Fleishman-Hillard, one of the world’s largest public relations consultancies. She worked with clients throughout the food and ag chain to manage critical issues of consumer interest, including biotechnology and sustainability. Her media relations efforts for the Council for Biotechnology Information earned a Silver Anvil for global communications, the industry’s top honor. Other clients included: BASF; CropLife International; Dairy Management, Inc.; Dow AgroSciences; Field to Market , the Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture; International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA); Monsanto; the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; the National Corn Growers Association; the National Pork Board; RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment®), and then Schering-Plough Animal Health.

Dekker holds a degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois and maintains an active interest in the family beef cattle operation. 

Dan Thomson, D.V.M, Ph.D, Kansas State University - Key Issues Update: The Sustainability Conversation

Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology

Dr. Dan U. Thomson is a third generation bovine veterinarian from Clearfield, IA. Dr. Thomson received his BS in Animal Science in 1990 and DVM from Iowa State University 2000. Dr. Thomson completed a MS in Ruminant Nutrition from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Thomson was an associate veterinarian with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services in Greeley, CO. He then served as the Director of Animal Health and Well-being for Cactus Feeders in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Thomson was the veterinary consultant for their 10 commercial feedlots that fed 1.2 million head of cattle per year and directed their animal health research at the Cactus research facility. Dr. Thomson still practices feedlot medicine in Nebraska and Texas.

Dr. Thomson is The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He serves as the Global Co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee, sits on the YUM! Animal Welfare Council and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute, the Beef Quality Assurance Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Animal Welfare committees of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

SteveSolomonDr. Steve Solomon, M.D., Global Public Health Consulting - Key Issues Update: Animal Ag and Public Health

Principal

Dr. Steve Solomon is a principal and founder of Global Public Health Consulting. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.D. from Tufts University. He is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and preventive medicine, and has been elected to Fellowship by the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  Prior to retiring from government, Dr.  Solomon held several senior executive positions at CDC, most recently as Director of CDC’s Office of Antimicrobial Resistance from April 2011 to May 2015. From 1989 to 2009 he was an attending and staff physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, and was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Solomon retired from the U.S. Public Health Service in 2010 at the rank of Rear Admiral. In addition to his roles at CDC, Dr. Solomon has previously served as chair of the Patient Safety Task Force of DHHS and as Deputy Director of the Office of Healthcare Quality in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in DHHS. He also served as managing co-chair of the Federal Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and head of the secretariat of the Transatlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. As the founder of Global Public Health Consulting, LLC, he provides advisory services to industry, clinical programs, non-profit organizations and governmental public health agencies.  

Kate Barger Weathers, D.V.M, Cobb-Vantress - Latest Target for NGOs: Broiler Welfare & Sustainability 

Director of World Animal Welfare

Dr. Kate Barger Weathers is the Director of Animal Welfare at Cobb-Vantress, Inc., a global primary breeder company dedicated to the development and production of broiler breeder genetics. In her role, Kate leads the company’s animal welfare program and actively collaborates with a diverse group of engineers, scientists, and poultry specialists to design and test new innovations to enhance animal well-being and bird health. She also works with researchers and allied groups to develop better animal welfare training material and standards and is a frequent speaker at national and global meetings focused on animal welfare.

Kate completed her undergraduate degrees and DVM degree at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She then completed a one-year, post graduate specialty program in avian medicine as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in Mexico City. Since 2003, she’s worked for Cobb in various roles in the company’s North American and European locations.

Mike Morris, Yum! Brands - Latest Target for NGOs: Broiler Welfare & Sustainability

QA Animal Welfare Manager


Dr. Ken Opengart, Keystone Foods - Latest Target for NGOs: Broiler Welfare & Sustainability 

Vice President, Live Operations/Processing and Corporate Social Responsiblity

Dr. Ken Opengart received his Master’s Degree in Poultry Science from Virginia Tech, his Veterinary Degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Dr. Opengart is a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and was certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization as a Foundation Poultry Welfare Auditor.

Dr. Opengart has worked for nearly 25 years within the poultry industry. Past employers include Elanco Animal Health, Wampler Foods, Seaboard Farms and ConAgra Poultry. Dr. Opengart has been employed by Keystone Foods for 13 years and during that time his responsibilities have included overseeing live operations, health and nutrition, animal welfare, biosecurity, pre-harvest food safety, sustainability and grain risk management programs within Keystone Foods’ U.S. Proteins Division. In his current capacity he leads Global Animal Health and Welfare and continues to lead Sustainability for Keystone Foods’ U.S. Proteins Division.

Dr. Matt Salois, Elanco - Latest Target for NGOs: Broiler Welfare & Sutainability  

Director of Global Scientific Affairs & Policy 

Dr. Matthew Salois is a skilled professional economist with experience working in academia, government, and the private sector. His education includes a bachelor’s of science in Health Services Administration, a master’s of arts in Applied Economics, both from the University of Central Florida, and a doctorate in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. His previous experience includes working abroad at the University of Reading in the UK as a research fellow and faculty lecturer, as well as, having served as the Chief Economist and Director of Economic and Market Research for the Florida Department of Citrus.

He is currently the Director of Global Scientific Affairs & Policy for Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Salois also holds a courtesy professor appointment with the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. His expertise broadly covers three main areas: food/agriculture, nutrition/health, and public policy analysis. Dr. Salois has produced 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters, and numerous white papers and professional conference presentations. His current research and professional experience focuses on the role of innovation and technology in food and agricultural production, with a particular focus on animal health, sustainability, and food security.


TopangaMcBrideTopanga McBride, Kansas State University - Campus Dining Decisions: Navigating Demands from Students and Activists

Ag Communications and Ag Economics Student, Individual Winner of 2016 College Aggies Online 

Topanga McBride is a junior at Kansas State University pursuing a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism as well as a degree in Agricultural Economics. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Topanga grew up showing Milking Shorthorns in 4-H. In high school, she came to the realization that her peers and teachers had little understanding of where their food came from, inspiring her to take to the internet to start a Tumblr blog dedicated to clearing up consumer confusion regarding agriculture. Today, she utilizes this blog along with engaging in #AgChat discussions and writing about agriculture through Spoon University, a college student food resource. In 2016, Topanga was recognized as the first place individual winner of Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online contest. She has served as a PR intern for Look East and the Center for Food Integrity and served as a student leader on Agriculture Future of America’s Student Advisory Team. Currently, Topanga is a communications intern for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Melissa Schrader, Kansas State University - Campus Dining Decisions: Navigating Demands from Students and Activists

Assistant Unit Director, Kramer Dining Center

Melissa grew up on a farm in North Central Kansas and started her professional career as a R&D food scientist in Cargill’s red meat sector.  After leaving Cargill, she completed a MS degree and achieved the RD credential.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Kansas State University.

Melissa has been employed by Housing and Dining Services for sixteen years in several positions and is currently Unit Director at Kramer Dining Center and an Instructor for the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health teaching the campus food production management course.  The newly constructed and renovated Kramer is second largest dining campus center at K-State totaling 50,000 square feet and serving 3,500 meals per day. Melissa’s Dining Services projects have ranged from providing web-based nutrition information to students living in the K-State residence halls to Commercial Interiors LEED certification of a retail dining operation. 

Melissa is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has held past offices in the State affiliate organization.  She has been actively involved in NACUFS at a Regional and National level.  She is an adjunct instructor for the Kansas Department of Education Child Nutrition and Wellness agency where she has helped develop curriculum and training programs.

Lyle Orwig, Charleston|Orwig - Extremists in the Board Room, Responding to Activist Investors (Moderator)

Chairman and Founding Partner

From his youth on a family farm in east-central Illinois through his rise to state office in FFA and graduation from the University of Illinois and, ultimately, the founding of Charleston|Orwig, Lyle has maintained his focus on and passion for agriculture and communications. He continues to be intimately involved in working with clients such as Dairyland Seed Co.  and Dairy Queen as well as leading the agency’s crisis communications practice.

In 1999 the National Agri-Marketing Association named Lyle “National Agricultural Communicator of the Year” for his contributions to agriculture and the astute marketing of its products and services. Lyle and his business partner John Charleston were inducted into the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2012 the Ag Relations Council and Agri Marketing magazine accorded Lyle the honor of naming him one of two inaugural inductees into the Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame, established to recognize the best of the best in agricultural Public Relations. 

Kathryn Hembree Night, CamberView Partners, LLC - Extremists in the Board Room: Responding to Activist Investors

Principal

Kathryn Night joined CamberView in February 2014 with experience advising public companies on corporate governance and shareholder activism-related matters.

Prior to joining CamberView, Kathryn spent five years at Goldman Sachs in New York, as an analyst in the Special Execution Group and as an associate in the M&A Group (Mergers Leadership: Activism and Hostile Takeover Defense) of the investment banking division. 

While in the M&A Group, she focused on complex corporate governance issues, hostile takeovers, proxy fights, shareholder activism, cross border transactions and special committee situations. She began her career as an analyst in the firm’s Special Execution Group where she worked to structure, negotiate, and execute financing transactions for clients.

Kathryn graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.A. in chemistry and philosophy.

Tim McIntyre, Domino's Pizza Inc. - Extremists in the Board Room: Responding to Activist Investors

Executive Vice President, Communication, Investor Relations and Legislative Affairs

A seasoned veteran with 30 years of experience in communication and public relations, Tim McIntyre was named Executive Vice President of Communication, Investor Relations and Legislative Affairs in May 2016. Tim is responsible for Domino’s internal communication, public and media relations, event management, crisis communication, philanthropy, investor and government relations functions.

Prior to the appointment, Tim had served as Vice President of Communication for the recognized world leader in pizza delivery since January 1997. He joined Domino’s in 1985.

He is Domino’s chief spokesperson and has represented the Company in major national and international media, including the Today Show, Nightline with Ted Koppel, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many others. He led media relations during the elimination of Domino’s famous 30-minute guarantee in 1993, conducting more than 300 interviews with media worldwide during a three-day span. In 2009, he was named “Crisis Manager of the Year” by PR News for his handling of an unauthorized employee video posted on YouTube, which garnered worldwide attention and became a case study in social media crisis management. In June 2010, he was named “Communicator of the Year” by the Detroit chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

GregSlipherGreg Slipher, Indiana Farm Bureau - Defending Against Activist Threats, Barriors to Growth

Livestock Specialist 

Greg Slipherjoined Indiana Farm Bureau staff as a Livestock Development Specialist in December of 2006.

Greg comes to Farm Bureau from a crop and livestock production background and has championed livestock issues for the Indiana Pork Producers Association for 12 years as their Director of Industry Services & Development. His IPPA responsibilities included industry communications, educational program development and delivery, relationship building and local advocacy. He is largely responsible for the successful "IPPA, Building Strong Communities" and "IPPA, Good Neighbor" programs.

Greg currently lives near Thorntown IN and has extensive local government experience having served as chair of the Clinton County Area Plan Commission, chair of the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District and service on the Clinton County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Greg works with the Indiana Livestock Team to help livestock producers be successful in locating their buildings or helping them if the community is resisting their business expansion efforts. A lot his time is spent in APC, BZA and County Commissioner meetings where he gets to see people behave in ways that would not make their mother proud.

Greg works with county Farm Bureaus to empower them to be livestock advocates. He has been active in leadership development through the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute, Indiana and National Young Farmer Associations and FFA.

MichellePardoMichelle C. Pardo, North Rose Fulbright - Defending Agaisnt Activist Threats, Legal Defenses to Activist Challenges

Partner

Michelle Pardo joined the Washington, DC office in 1997.  She is a partner in the Disputes Group.  Her practice focuses on civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Michelle has worked in a number of diverse areas, including animal law, government investigations, consumer fraud, employment, product liability, and business and tort litigation. She has handled proceedings in various state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution. Michelle has handled regulatory matters before various federal agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission.   

Michelle has developed extensive experience in animal law and animal rights litigation and regulatory counseling, including representation of businesses or entities in the entertainment, agricultural, food production, educational and research spaces whose operations involve animals or animal products or services. She has had experience with the Endangered Species Act, Animal Welfare Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. 

Michelle also has experience in litigation crisis management and has managed clients' responses to the media in connection with high profile litigation.  Her media relations work on behalf of her clients includes television and radio broadcast interviews with The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Fox News. She also has conducted interviews with The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and National Geographic as well as numerous legal outlets including The National Law Journal.

Mike Siemens, Ph.D., Arrowsight

Director of Business Development

Dr. Siemens was raised on a diversified farming operation in Northern Indiana. Dr. Siemens obtained his B.S. from Purdue University and his M.S. & PhD from the University of Missouri.

Following his time at the University of Missouri Dr. Siemens took a faculty position with the University of Wisconsin as their State Beef Cattle Specialist with tenure. Following his 10 years at the UW he then took a position with Smithfield Foods, Inc. as their Director of Integrated Meat Technology where he was responsible for animal welfare oversight.  

In 2006 Dr. Siemens and his family moved to Wichita, KS where he took a position with Cargill as their Global Leader of Animal Welfare and Husbandry where he oversaw all animal welfare efforts for the Global meat businesses.

In 2017, Dr. Siemens took a positon with Arrowsight Inc. as their Director of Business Development where he works with major food companies to help them enhance their efforts in the areas of animal welfare, worker safety and food safety.

Dr. Siemens is or has been a member of the Animal Welfare Committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef, National Pork Board, North American Meat Institute where he was the committee chairman from 2004-2006.  Dr. Siemens has been a member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and also advised the US and Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Dr. Siemens holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University. 

Diane Sullivan - Why Taking Action Matters

Affordable Food and Anti-Poverty Advocate

Diane Sullivan is a mother and grandmother, living in Medford, MA. Diane’s real life and professional experience led her from homelessness, to becoming an eviction prevention specialist and ultimately to serving as the Policy Director of Homes for Families - an advocacy organization working to end family homelessness in MA. There, Diane successfully advocated alongside homeless families, shelter providers and other stakeholders for the restoration of funding for the state’s rental assistance program. Through her social justice lens, most recently Diane served as campaign manager of Citizens Against Food Tax Injustice, working to educate voters on the economic impact of Question 3 on the Commonwealth’s 2016 ballot addressing animal confinement.