Board and Staff
Kent BangOmaha, NE
Cory BollumAustin, MN
Phil BorgicNokomis, IL
Jim CompartNicollet, MN
Scott HaysMonroe City, MO
Bill KesslerMexico, MO
Dale ReicksLawler, IA
Howard (AV) RothWauzeka, WI
Jen SorensonAnkeny, IA
Kraig WesterbeekWarsaw, NC
Terry WoltersPipestone, MN
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
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.
Corey BrownDomestic Policy Advisor
Corey BrownAs Domestic Policy Advisory, Corey Brown works to support the efforts of the National Pork Producers in monitoring and engaging on issues impacting domestic livestock and pork production and provides strategic guidance regarding regulatory and consumer market challenges to pork production.
Cara CramerDeputy Director of Digital Communications
Cara CramerAs the Deputy Director of Digital Communications, Cara Cramer develops and implements the organization's communications strategies in the digital space. Cramer also leads NPPC's social media initiatives across a variety of platforms.
Bill DavisSenior Director, Congressional Relations
Bill DavisAs the Senior Director of Congressional Relations, Davis’ primary focus will be engagement with the U.S. Congress on issues related to trade, energy, the environment, and tax.
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 KnuppDeputy Director of International Trade Policy, Sanitary & Technical Issues
Courtney KnuppAs the Deputy 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 KovichDeputy Director of Science & Technology
Dan KovichAs the Deputy 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 ZiebaDeputy Director of International Affairs
Maria ZiebaAs the Deputy 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.
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).
Chelsey DeRuyterDirector, Producer Services
Chelsey DeRuyterAs the Director of Producer Services DeRuyter’s primary focus will be work with the retention, recruitment, and building relationships with our producer members of the Strategic Investment Program (SIP). This position plays a large role with SIP investor awareness of NPPC and state organization programs and policies.
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.
Cally FixDirector, Industry Resource Development
Cally FixIn her position as NPPC Director of Industry Resource Development, Cally Fix works primarily with NPPC’s Pork Alliance membership in recruitment, retention and sales. Cally also works on the World Pork Expo team selling sponsorships, raising Pork PAC funds through events and auctions and works on new business development for NPPC.
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.
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.
Meryem MerrittAccounting Administrator
Angela O’HaraExecutive Assistant to the CEO
Lucy RussellAdministrative Assistant
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.
Lauren SwansonExecutive Administrative 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