The Board is made up of 24 Volunteer Farmer-Leaders

The Illinois Soybean Association board has 18 District Directors from specific areas throughout the state, and six At-Large Directors who represent the state as a whole. Each board member serves on one of two committees (Production and Marketing), and helps direct the activities of the Illinois Soybean Association. To find out who your board representative is, please locate your district on the map below, then select the representative for your district for more information.

Board of Directors

  • 1
    Paul Rasmussen, Jr.
    Director
    Home County DeKalb County
    Counties Served Jo Davies, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Carroll, Lee, DeKalb
    Farm & Family Grows soybeans and corn in Genoa, served as president and treasurer for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, was a delegate for the U.S. Grains Council.
    Education Degree in education from Northern Illinois University
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    Issue Focus Transportation
  • 2
    William Awe
    Director
    Home County Kane County
    Counties Served McHenry, Lake, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Will, Kankakee
    Farm & Family Resides with his wife in St. Charles; director for the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, vice president of the Illinois Irrigation Association, and is active with the DeKalb County Corn and Soybean Associations; served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
    Education Degree in education from Northern Illinois University
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    Issue Focus Farm Safety
  • 3
    John Longley
    Director
    Home County Mercer County
    Counties Served Whiteside, Henry, Stark, Rock Island, Mercer, Henderson, Warren
    Farm & Family Grows soybeans and corn with his daughter; he and his wife have two children.
    Education Bachelor’s degree in farm management from the University of Illinois, master’s degree in agronomy
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Secretary
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    Issue Focus Transportation, Sustainability, outreach
  • 4
    Sharon Covert
    Director
    Home County Bureau County
    Counties Served Bureau, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy
    Farm & Family Farms with her husband and is a retired nurse; serves as secretary for the U.S. Soybean Export Council, member of the USDA Ag Trade Advisory Committee and has served on the American History Museum Smithsonian Advisory Board on Agriculture.
    Education Bradley University and Methodist College of Nursing
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus International marketing, customer relations, improving quality of soybeans, animal ag including aquaculture
  • 5
    Stan Born
    Director
    Home County Peoria County
    Counties Served Knox, Fulton, Peoria, Marshall, Putnam
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans and corn and has more than 30 years of industrial leadership experience with Caterpillar, Inc.
    Education Degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Treasurer
    • Marketing Committee Member
    • Personnel Committee member
    Issue Focus International trade, market development
  • 6
    James Martin
    Director
    Home County Livingston County
    Counties Served Woodford, Livingston, McLean
    Farm & Family Grows soybeans and corn in Wenona. Along with farming, he operates an independent insurance agency and income tax service. He previously was an American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader and Illinois SoyLeader. He and his wife have two children.
    Education Degree in ag industries from the University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    Issue Focus Agronomic practices and financial management
  • 7
    Tom Kentner
    Director
    Home County Vermilion County
    Counties Served Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans and corn with his wife; active with the Rossville United Methodist Church.
    Education Attended Danville Area Community College
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
  • 8
    Dale Asher
    Director
    Home County Hancock County
    Counties Served Hancock, McDonough, Schuyler, Brown, Adams
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans, corn and cattle in Sutter with his wife, Cindy; his son, Garrett and his son’s wife, Rachel.
    Education Degree in ag business from Western Illinois University
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus USAPEEC and transportation
  • 9
    Carrie Winkelmann
    Director
    Home County Menard County
    Counties Served Mason, Logan, Cass, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon
    Farm & Family Grows soybeans and corn with her husband; coordinates the Ag in the Classroom program in Sangamon, Menard and Logan counties; they have three children.
    Education Bachelor’s degree in agriculture science and master’s degree in agriculture education from the University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Production & marketing, ag education, cover cropping, agronomy, soil health, farm life issues (family insurance, business issues, etc.), rural life issues 
  • 10
    Jered Hooker
    Director
    Home County DeWitt County
    Counties Served DeWitt, Macon, Christian, Shelby, Moultrie
    Farm & Family Grows soybeans on a farm that’s been in his family since 1875; member of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers and Chicago Farmers.
    Education Doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Treasurer
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    Issue Focus Trade expansion
  • 11
    Doug Schroeder
    Director
    Home County Champaign County
    Counties Served Champaign, Piatt, Douglas, Coles, Edgar
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans and corn; he and his wife have three children; served as an American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader.
    Education Graduate of the University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Vice Chairman
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Building market demand
  • 12
    Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare
    Director
    Home County Calhoun County
    Counties Served Pike, Scott, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin
    Farm & Family Farms with her husband and has two children; involved with the Pike and Calhoun County Farm Bureaus, Direct Gardening Association and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; owns Brookside Marketing.
    Education Degree in journalism/mass communications from Iowa State University
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    • USFRA secretary
    • WISHH Committee member
    Issue Focus Sustainability, expanding global markets
  • 13
    Edward Murphy
    Director
    Home County Montgomery County
    Counties Served Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Marion
    Farm & Family Farms with his son raising soybeans, corn, alfalfa, hay and oats. He is a fourth-generation draft mule farmer.
    Education Associate’s degree in agribusiness from the Wabash Valley College
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
  • 14
    Sherri Kannmacher
    Director
    Counties Served Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans, corn, wheat, cattle and poultry; is a cardiac R.N.; active with the Association for Women in Agriculture.
    Education Degree from Lincoln Trail College
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Animal Ag
  • 15
    Daryl Cates
    Director
    Home County Monroe County
    Counties Served Madison, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe
    Farm & Family Grows soybeans, corn and wheat; Pioneer Hy-Bred seed sales representative and Certified Crop Advisor.
    Education Degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    • chairman for the American Soybean Association’s WISHH board
  • 16
    Tim Scates
    Director
    Home County White County
    Counties Served Clay, Richland, Lawrence, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, White
    Farm & Family Farms with five uncles, six cousins, and his brother and father; serves on the Bridge Medical Clinic Board, Southeastern College Foundation Board and the Regional Board of Schools Trustees #20; Carmi Township Trustee.
    Education Degree from Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Aquaculture
  • 17
    David Droste
    Director
    Home County Washington County
    Counties Served Washington, Randolph, Perry, Jackson, Jefferson
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans; served on the Washington County Farm Bureau Board, Washington County Soil and Water District and the Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation District.
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Production & Outreach Committee member
    Issue Focus Sustainability
  • 18
    Rick Rubenacker
    Director
    Home County Hamilton County
    Counties Served Hamilton, Franklin, Williamson, Galatin, Saline, Hardin, Pope, Massac, Pulaski, Johnson, Union, Alexander
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans, corn and wheat.
    Education Degree in agricultural & biological engineering from University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Promoting Illinois soy in domestic and global markets
  • AL
    Jeff Lynn
    At-Large Director
    Home County Cass County
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans, seed soybeans and corn; trustee for Chandlerville Township in Cass County; married with three sons.
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    • National Biodiesel Foundation President
    Issue Focus Biodiesel
  • AL
    C.W. Gaffner
    At-Large Director
    Home County Bond County
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans and owned and operated a dairy herd for 40 years; past president of the Bond County Farm Bureau.
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Biodiesel, soy transportation, soil conservation
  • AL
    Jenny Mennenga
    At-Large Director
    Home County McLean County
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans, corn and beef and is a Certified Crop Adviser; she and her husband have three children.
    Education Degree in agronomy and seed science from Iowa State University
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Chairwoman of the Production & Outreach Committee
    Issue Focus Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Conservation
  • AL
    John Hagenbuch
    At-Large Director
    Home County LaSalle County
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans and hogs with his wife; member of the Illinois Pork Producers Association and on the executive committee for the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
    Education Degree in swine management
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Animal Ag
  • AL
    Austin Rincker
    At-Large Director
    Home County Shelby County
    Farm & Family Raises soybeans, corn and beef cattle; active with the Shelby County 4-H Fair, Farm Bureau and Young Farmers.
    Education Degree in agricultural and consumer economics, minor in crop and soil science from the University of Illinois
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing Committee Member
    Issue Focus Animal Ag and biodiesel
  • AL
    Lynn Rohrscheib
    At-Large Director
    Home County Vermilion County
    Farm & Family Farms as part of a family operation that includes a custom application business; active with the Vermilion County Farm Bureau and is a county election judge.
    Education Degree in plant and soil sciences from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Roles & Responsibilities
    • Chairwoman
    Issue Focus Soybean marketability, trade, consumer education, advocacy, Sustainability

Advisory Directors

  • Bill Wykes
  • Ron Moore
  • Bill Raben
  • Stan Born
  • Rob Shaffer
  • Lynn Rohrscheib
  • Doug Winter
  • Dan Farney
  • Gary Berg

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