The Leadership Academy Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from the agricultural and forestry industries, alumni, and community leadership. Their primary responsibility is to provide volunteer leadership in evaluating the effectiveness of the Leadership Academy, provide advice relative to leadership experiences recommended to students, and promote and support the Leadership Academy and its fellows to our stakeholders.


Leadership Academy Advisory Board Members


Allison Davis White-Eyes, Director of Community Diversity Relations, Oregon State University

Under her leadership, student diversity efforts were reorganized and expanded to include seven cultural resource centers as well as intersectional/multimodal student learning and engagement programming. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Dr. Davis-White Eyes served at the University of Oregon as Assistant Director of Admissions/Special Assistant to the President on Native American Affairs and helped to inaugurate the Native American Initiatives at the University of Oregon which provides a comprehensive approach to university and tribal relations.

Bill Levy, President and Founder, Pacific Ag

Bill brings twenty-one years of agricultural leadership experience foremost in his role as president and founder of Pacific Ag. Since its start-up phase when Bill was a Junior at Oregon State University, Pacific Ag has become the largest agricultural residue and animal forage harvesting company in the country. Bill pioneered a novel supply chain management and harvest company business model that includes operations in 11 states. Bill earned an MS at Washington State University in agribusiness and a BS from Oregon State University in agricultural economics.

Pacific Ag is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive agricultural biomass supply chain solutions. From its early operations they’ve expanded nationally to meet the harvest and supply chain development needs of their customers and partners, leveraging deployment of equipment and expertise at an industry-best asset utilization rate that drives down operating costs.

Bridget Jones, Senior Associate Director of Transfer Admissions, Oregon State University

Bridget has been with OSU since 2016 serving, first, as the Associated Director of Undergraduate Recruitment for the College of Business and now serving in the Office of Admissions as the Senior Associate Director for Transfer Admissions. Prior to coming to OSU, she’s recruited for institutions in California, Colorado and Illinois. She holds an MS in Higher Education and an MBA in Organizational Leadership.

Carl Jones, Plant Sciences Director, MARS Advanced Research Institute

Mars is a global confectionary, food and pet care company that believes the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. With more than $35 billion in sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, IAMS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S® and COCOAVIA®. Alongside our consumer brands, we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses such as Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, AniCura, VCA™ and Pet Partners™.

Carl Jones is a plant geneticist and agriculture research industry executive with a passion for leadership, research and communication with the goal of ecological and economically sustainable agriculture through science, technology and innovation. Mars Advanced Research Institute mission is to partner at the forefront of science to create the future of Mars.

Carl received his Masters degree in Horticulture and a minor in Food Science from Oregon State University where his innovative work led to antioxidant rich “Indigo series” purple tomatoes released by OSU. Carl received his Ph.D. in Genetics from University of California, Davis where he studied nutritional improvement of tomato. Carl was Head of Innovation and New Technologies and served on the Global research leadership team at Bayer Vegetables where he worked for 15 years. Carl has more than 25 years’ experience in research and industry leadership and is author of numerous papers and inventor on more than a dozen US and international patents.

Joe Newton, Lands Manager, Lone Rock Resources

Joe Newton was born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon. As a lifelong Beaver fan, Joe was thrilled to be able to graduate from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management while playing for the Beaver football team. Joe is currently the Lands Manager for Lone Rock Resources in Roseburg, OR.

Karla Wachter, Vice President of Operations, Northwest Farm Credit Services

Northwest Farm Credit Services is a $10.6 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and the leading provider of credit to U.S. agriculture.

Kathy Ward, Head of Global Testing & Operations Veg R&D, Bayer Crop Science

Kathy began her career in the seed industry with Asgrow Seed Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. When Seminis Vegetable Seeds was formed she relocated to Woodland, California in 1996. Her current position is the Head of Global Testing and Operations for Vegetable R&D in Bayer Crop Science. During her career she had the opportunity to travel to more than fifty countries and experience ag in many different cultures. She is actively involved in numerous mentoring and career development programs.

Kathy’s education includes an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Western Michigan University and Bachelors degree in Agronomy from Oregon State University. She was born and raised in northeastern Oregon, where her family continues full time operations of this century farm. Her time outside of work is spent tending her olive oil trees and vegetable garden, working on home remodeling projects, and enjoying outdoor activities. She is an avid OSU baseball and women’s basketball fan. She serves on the board for a non-profit supporting and conserving agriculture and habitat. She loves to travel and meet people all over the world. She shares her home with her husband, a dog and two cats.

Kenneth Munson, Board President, Independent Forest Advisor, International Paper

International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. We create packaging products that protect and promote goods, enable worldwide commerce and keep consumers safe; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication.Ken Munson is an Oregon State University and University of Florida alumnus who has extensive experience in leading forest industry businesses and projects. Ken’s background includes international success with a focus on sustainable forest management. He worked for International Paper for 30+ years, both in the US and abroad. His experience has provided him the chance to work in China, the Philippines, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Brazil, Canada, and France. He is currently an advisor and consultant to commercial projects in the US, Russia, Brazil and Ireland.

Kirk B. Maag, Environmental and Natural Resources Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP

Kirk Maag has deep roots in Oregon agriculture and co-leads the firm-wide Agribusiness, Food, Beverage, and Timber industry group at Stoel Rives—Oregon’s largest law firm. Kirk grew up working on my family’s farm and feedlot in eastern Oregon. His law practice involves advising clients in natural resource industries, including timber and forest products companies, agribusinesses, water suppliers, and manufacturers. He advises clients on issues related to water rights, farmland and timberland transactions, protected species, and solid waste regulations.

Kirk graduated from Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences with a degree in Environmental Economics, Policy, and Management. He earned his law degree at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. Immediately following law school, Kirk clerked for Judge Carlos Bea on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before returning to Oregon.

Kirk also serves on the boards of directors for the Oregon FFA Foundation and the Cultivating Change Foundation.

Lisa Charpilloz Hanson, Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture

The mission of Oregon Department of Agriculture is to ensure healthy natural resources, environment, and economy for Oregonians now and in the future through inspection and certification, regulation, and promotion of agriculture and food.

Excerpt from 2018 Capitol Press article:

Lisa  began her  career  in  the  food  processing  industry  and  joined  ODA  as  the manager  of  its commodity commission program in 1996 before eventually working at “almost every level of the department,” according to a joint letter of support from the agency’s three most recent directors
—Alexis Taylor, Katy Coba and Phil Ward.

Her accomplishments include a change to ODA’s structure to create a “flatter” organization and reduce  the  bureaucracy  for  farmers,  ranchers  and  other  customers,  as  well  as  legislative leadership in representing agriculture’s interests among Oregon lawmakers, the letter said.

Lyle Gibbs, Crop Consultant, Nutrien Ag Solutions

Born and raised in Lebanon, OR Lyle grew up with a love for the outdoors, to this day he enjoys doing anything outside with his wife and daughter especially backyard BBQ’s with friends and family. He graduated from Oregon State in 2013 with a B.S. in Horticulture Turfgrass Management focusing on golf course and landscape maintenance. He worked in the golf industry during high school, through college, and spent the first two years after as an Assistant Superintendent at a local golf course. Today he is currently working as a Crop Consultant for Nutrien Ag Solutions at the Tangent, OR location helping growers with all aspects of agronomy.

Mallory Phelan, Executive Director, Oregon Aglink

Mallory grew up in Linn County around the grass straw business. She attended the University of Portland and graduated with a degree in Global Business with minors in Entrepreneurship and Spanish. After graduation she worked for her dad’s straw business and then moved to Peru where she lived and taught English. Upon returning to Oregon, she began working for Oregon Aglink as a coordinator of the Adopt a Farmer program in 2013. She is currently the Executive Director of Oregon Aglink, a non-profit organization with a mission to grow Oregon agriculture through education and promotion. Mallory serves on the board for Oregon Women for Agriculture as well as Oregon Ag Fest, and is a graduate of REAL Oregon Class 2. In her spare time, she loves spoiling her nieces and nephews, playing with her dog Drex, traveling, baking, sewing, and being outdoors.

Established in 1966, Oregon Aglink is a private, non-profit volunteer membership organization dedicated to growing agriculture in Oregon through education and promotion; bridging the gap between urban and rural Oregonians by engaging and promoting Oregon agriculture using a three-tier approach as seen in their primary outreach programs.

Miriam Chambers, Director of Fine Wine Manager, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Established in 1933 in Modesto, California, by Ernest and Julio Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery has become the world's largest and foremost winery in the art of grape growing, winemaking, distribution and marketing of wines. With ten wineries strategically located in wine regions in both California and Washington and access to grapes from vineyards in all of the premier grape-growing areas of both states, Gallo produces wines in every category, to suit every taste. Gallo imports wine and spirits from nine different countries around the world.

After graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology, and an alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences Leadership Academy, Miriam quickly transitioned into a successful career with Gallo Wines. Formerly an intern with Gallo, Miriam became a District Manager and Area Manager, Miriam now holds the role of Fine Wine Manager in Southern California where she will be partnering with distributor teams to successfully launch brands, communicate brand marketing direction, and support all selling initiatives through data analytics and in-field presence within the winery portfolio, across all fine wine accounts in the region.

Randall S. Rosenberger, Associate Dean for Student Success in Forestry, Oregon State University

Dr. Rosenberger joined Oregon State University’s College of Forestry in 2003 and is a professor in Forest Ecosystems & Society.  He received his PhD in agricultural and resource economics and MA in applied ethics from Colorado State University, and BA in philosophy from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He currently serves the College of Forestry as Associate Dean for Student Success, and actively promotes opportunities for students to pursue experiential learning opportunities, such as Leadership Academy.  He is proud of the students he has mentored in the past, and looks forward to mentoring students in the future.

Staci L. Simonich, Executive Associate Dean in College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University

Prior to joining the College of Agricultural Sciences’ leadership team, Dr. Simonich served as the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Research Operations and Integrity at Oregon State University (OSU), as well as Professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and Chemistry in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Previously, Dr. Simonich has served administratively as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Science and Associate Department Head in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.

Dave Dillon, Executive Vice President, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation

Dave Dillon is executive vice president of Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to joining the Farm Bureau team, Dave worked for a U.S. senator and has lived and worked in Japan. Dave earned a bachelor’s degree from and is a trustee of Linfield University. He serves on the boards of the Oregon Society for Association Management, Oregon AgLink, Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation, and is a board member and chair of the coalition political action committee AgPAC and its 501c3 sister organization AgPAC Educational Services. He is founding board member of the Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Oregon program and is a co-host for Cultivating Change Foundation events in Oregon. Dave holds an MBA from the University of Oregon's executive program.