National AFA Alliance Advisory Council

The Alliance

Create lifelong relationships, give back and never stop growing

The National AFA Alliance Advisory Council oversees the Alliance Alumni Network. During their terms, the ten council members support the mission of the Alliance and cultivate relationships among fellow alumni that encourage engagement with AFA. The National AFA Alliance Advisory Council is integral in fulfilling the mission of the Alliance.

Click here to see Council position description and expectations.

National AFA Alliance Advisory Council Duties

Recognize fellow alumni through the Bridge Builder Award and Celebration
Bring alumni together through casual, formal and virtual events
Encourage a philanthropic spirit among alumni and help alumni reconnect by volunteering and giving
Help AFA alumni to grow as thought leaders and change agents
Advisory Council Members
Mark Avilla
Farm Manager
Avilla Ranch
Clayton Michael-Butler
Council Chair + Founder & CEO
Upper Echelon Consulting
Brad Blaha
Brad Blaha
Coordinator of Recruiting and Academic Services
South Dakota State University
Danielle Cooney
Field Scientist
Corteva Agriscience
Jacob Dailey
Council Vice Chair + Crop Insurance Specialist
Jackson Crop Insurance
Nora Faris
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Tommy Justison
Boeing Strategy
The Boeing Company
Kate Maertens
DDG Merchandiser
Renewable Products Marketing
Nick Tarleton
Supervisor, U.S. Supply Chain - Quality Systems
McDonald's Corporation
Ellen Zimmerman
Director, Industry Relations
U.S. Grains Council