Board and Staff
Craig AndersenCenterville, SD
Cory BollumAustin, MN
Phil BorgicNokomis, IL
Jim CompartNicollet, MN
Scott HaysMonroe City, MO
Ken MaschhoffCarlyle, IL
Dale ReicksLawler, IA
Jen SorensonAnkeny, IA
Dr. Gordon SpronkPipestone, MN
Duane StatelerMcComb, OH
Kraig WesterbeekWarsaw, NC
Terry WoltersPipestone, MN
Ken MaschhoffCarlyle, IL
John WeberDysart, IA
Ron Prestage, DVMCamden, SC
Howard Hill, DVMCambridge, IA
Randy SpronkEdgerton, MN
R.C. HuntWilson, NC
Doug WolfLancaster, WI
Sam CarneyAdair, IA
Don ButlerClinton, NC
Bryan BlackCanal Winchester, OH
Jill AppellAltona, IL
Joy PhilippiBruning, NE
Don BuhlTyler, MN
Keith BerryGreen Castle, IN
Trang AndersonReceptionist/Administrative Assistant
Dustin BakerDeputy Director, Economics & Domestic Production Issues
Dustin BakerAs Deputy Director, Economics & Domestic Production Issues, Dustin Baker is responsible for matters such as the farm bill, mandatory price reporting, issues related to buying and selling hogs and pork.
Michael FormicaAssistant Vice President, Domestic Affairs & Counsel
Michael FormicaIn his capacity as Assistant Vice President, Domestic Policy & Counsel, Michael Formica works with federal agencies, the White House and congressional lawmakers on regulatory and legal issues impacting pork and livestock producers.
Nick GiordanoVice President and Counsel, Global Government Affairs
Nick GiordanoNick Giordano is Vice President and Counsel, Global Government Affairs. He leads NPPC’s DC office and is involved in all aspects of policy issues as they impact the interests of U.S. pork producers. Those issues include, but are not limited to, agriculture; economic; energy; environment; food; immigration; production; science & technology, tax, and trade
Courtney KnuppDirector of International Trade Policy, Sanitary & Technical Issues
Courtney KnuppAs the Director of International Trade Policy, Sanitary & Technical Issues, Knupp assists NPPC Vice President and Counsel for Global Government Affairs Nick Giordano with sanitary & phytosanitary (SPS) barriers to trade. Additionally, she works on market access issues that face the U.S. pork industry from an international trade perspective.
Dan KovichDirector of Science & Technology
Dan KovichAs the Director of Science & Technology, Kovich assists NPPC Chief Veterinarian Liz Wagstrom on domestic and international animal health and welfare matters, with a focus on animal welfare and food safety issues.
Jim MonroeSenior Director, Public Relations
Jim MonroeAs senior director, public relations, Jim Monroe has overall responsibility for NPPC communications strategy, planning and execution. He oversees external communications, including media relations and digital communications, and supports NPPC’s public policy, industry relations and resource development teams.
Kelly RandallDirector of Administration
Kelly RandallAs the Director of Administration, Kelly Randall is the lead on administration matters in DC and provide support to DC office staff, while also serving as the liaison with the Des Moines office administrative staff.
Danielle SikesManager of Congressional Relations
Danielle SikesAs Manager of Congressional Relations, Sikes tracks legislative activity, carries out daily organization of NPPC’s Political Action Committee— PorkPAC and supports the Senior Director of Government Affairs and the Vice President of Global Government Affairs in government relations activity.
Liz WagstromChief Veterinarian
Liz WagstromIn her capacity as chief veterinarian, Dr. Liz Wagstrom works on domestic and international animal health and welfare matters and on farm production, public health and food-safety issues.
Dave WarnerDirector of Communications
Dave WarnerAs the Director of Communications, Dave Warner is responsible for developing NPPC’s communications strategies and disseminating news on the organization’s public-policy program.
Maria ZiebaDirector of International Affairs
Maria ZiebaAs the Director of International Affairs, Zieba supports NPPC Vice President and Counsel for Global Government Affairs Nick Giordano regarding international policy and NPPC’s trade policy program which focuses on opening, maintaining and increasing market access for U.S. pork.
Craig BoellingVice President of Resource Development
Craig BoellingCraig Boelling is the NPPC Vice President of Resource Development. In this position he is responsible for key resource development areas of NPPC which include the Strategic Investment Program, Allied Industry/Alliance and World Pork Expo.
Chloe CarsonManager, Digital Communications
Chloe CarsonAs digital communications manager, Chloe’s principle focus is developing and executing integrated digital communications campaigns that engage and influence key stakeholders across a range of issues, including international trade, regulatory, science and technology, and pork production practices. She manages all NPPC social media platforms and the council’s web site, including the maintenance of a content calendar for these properties. Chloe also manages development and distribution of our daily and weekly news updates for NPPC members and contributes to our traditional media relations efforts and provides graphic design support.
Jeremy DavisDirector of Grassroots and LEADR
Jeremy DavisAs Director of Grassroots, Jeremy Davis is responsible for strengthening NPPC’s network of pork producers willing to weigh in on important federal legislative and regulatory issues and for directing the organization’s grassroots leadership programs: the Legislative Education Action Development Resource (LEADR) and the Pork Leadership Institute (PLI).
Neil DierksChief Executive Officer
Neil DierksNeil Dierks is Chief Executive Officer of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). In this position, he is responsible for the overall implementation of all NPPC programs. Dierks’ position requires him to spend time in both Des Moines, Iowa, the national office of NPPC, and in Washington, D.C.
Doug FrickeDirector of Trade Show Marketing
Doug FrickeDoug Fricke serves as Director of Trade Show Marketing for the National Pork Producers Council’s World Pork Expo and the Iowa Pork Congress. In this joint position, he focuses on developing relationships with exhibiting companies (booth sales) and attendees to ensure that these events continue to offer a valuable service.
Halicia HamlettReceptionist/Administrative Assistant
Dallas HockmanVice President of Industry Relations
Dallas HockmanDallas Hockman has more than 25 years of experience in agricultural marketing. Dallas has an extensive background in the area of sales, sales management, product development, brand management, business start-up, and event marketing. Dallas has traveled extensively internationally, involved in new business start-up, consulting, oversight of business units, and presenting at numerous marketing conferences around the world. Dallas Hockman is the Vice President of Industry Relations for the National Pork Producers Council. In his current role Dallas is responsible for enhancing relationships with the industry sectors from pork producers all the way to the consumers. Prior to becoming a part of the National Pork Producers Council staff in 2006, Dallas was Vice President of Demand Enhancement for the National Pork Board, responsible for the National Pork Board’s product marketing programs worldwide. His responsibilities included oversight of retail marketing, foodservice marketing, packer/processor relations, marketing communications, advertising, public relations, and international trade. Prior to joining National Pork Board, Dallas was Swine Business Development Manager for Cargill’s Animal Nutrition Division. At Cargill, Hockman directed domestic and international swine business marketing. Prior to that, he worked 11 years for Purina Mills, Inc. in a variety of marketing and management positions. A native of Missouri, Hockman earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Missouri.
Pete HouskaRegional Director of Producer Services
Pete HouskaAs Regional Director of Producer Services for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Peter Houska is directly involved with U.S. pork producers in an effort to increase awareness of NPPC Programs and participation in the Strategic Investment Program primarily in Iowa. Peter also represents NPPC at various producer functions.
Cody McKinleyDirector, State and National Relations
Cody McKinleyAs Director of State and National Relations for NPPC, McKinley is the primary point of contact for state pork organizations with NPPC. McKinley will assist and support program staff at the state and national level in conducting work on behalf of pork producers and the U.S. pork industry, facilitate state-oriented planning/programing and staff NPPC’s organizational development activities.
Angela O’HaraExecutive Assistant to the CEO
Lucy RussellAccounting Administrator
Mark SandagerRegional Director of Producer Services (MN)
Mark SandagerAs Regional Director of Producer Services (MN) for NPPC, Mark will work jointly with the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) in an effort to increase awareness of MPPA and NPPC Programs with producers in MN. Mark’s focus is on retention and recruitment of producers in the SIP.
Jeff SmouseChief Financial Officer
Lauren SwansonMeeting Planning Coordinator and Executive Assistant
Greg ThorntonResource Development Projects (Part Time)
Greg ThorntonIn Resource Development Projects Greg will work with our SIP investors, collecting SIP markets, and other duties. At World Pork Expo, Greg will be managing the execution of offsite activities (Ag Tours, WPO Clay Target Championship & WPO Golf Tournament).
Janine Van VarkManager, Outreach Marketing