KARL Names 30 to Members of Class IX

Future leaders will head to India in two-year program.

Thirty Kansans have been selected as the ninth class of Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership, a two-year, intensive leadership training program that takes members throughout Kansas, to Washington, D.C. and an international study seminar in India.

"The members of Class IX represent a cross-section of Kansas agri-business," says Jack Lindquist, president of KARL, Inc. "The KARL Board of Directors has great expectations for this class and we are looking forward to beginning the seminars."

Participants participate in more than 50 days of hands-on, in-depth leadership training in eight Kansas communities. They also will take part in three out-of-state sessions. The members of Class IX were announced at a get-together at Rolling Hills Zoo and Wildlife Center near Salina last month.

Class members, their communities and occupations include:

Brooks Brenn, Herndon, Rawlins County
District Sales Mgr., NC+ Hybrids

Kirby Brunk, Arma, Crawford County
President, Brunk Farms LLC

Joe Carpenter, Wamego, Wabaunsee County
Co-Manager, Downey Ranch, Inc.

Susan Concannon, Beloit, Mitchell County
Substitute Teacher, USD #273; City Councilwoman

Aaron Dunbar, Richmond, Franklin County
Producer, Dunbar Farms Inc.

Mike Froebe, Mound Valley, Labette County
Owner/Operator, F bar F Ranch

Danielle Geesling, Turon, Reno County
Substitue teacher; Operations Manager, Pumpkin Patch Harvest Farm & Pumpkin Patch / Geesling Farms

Aaron Gerdes, Dodge City, Ford County
Owner/Manager, Gerdes Farms

David Govert, Cunningham, Kingman County
Owner, Govert Farms

Scott Hesse, Topeka, Shawnee County
Assistant Attorney General/Broker Associate; Office of the Attorney General/Hesse Real Estate Group, LLC

Wes Hobbs, WaKeeney, Trego County
Owner/Manager, Hobbs Ranch

Aaron Hund, Manhattan, Riley County
Director of Development, K-State Foundation / The Livestock & Meat Industry Council

Stephanie Jacques, Manhattan, Pottawatomie County
Marketing Director, Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Josh Jennings, Colby, Thomas County
Loan Officer/Fieldman, Farm Credit of Western Kansas, ACA

Jay Joy, Sedgwick, Harvey County
Relationship Analyst/Agricultural Lender, Rabo Agrifinance, Inc.

Stephen Kalb, Wellsville, Douglas County
Partner, Kalb Farms

Nathan Kells, Satanta, Haskell County
Co-owner, Kells Farm Partnership and Circle Bar Cattle Co. Inc.

Katie Kueser, Ellsworth, Ellsworth County
Animal Health Sales Representative, Elanco Animal Health

Jackie Lopez, Wichita, Sedgwick County
Marketing Services Manager, Cargill Meat Solutions

Frank Male, Lawrence, Douglas County
Lawrence Landscape Co-Owner & Secretary/Treasurer and Male Farms Owner

Mark Maris, Augusta, Butler County
Feed Production & Merchandising Manager, Cargill Turkey Production, LLC

Trevor McKeeman, Manhattan, Riley County
Business Development Manager, National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization

Fran Richmond, Lyndon, Osage County
Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, K-State Research and Extension, Osage County

Rob Sage, Alma, Wabaunsee County
Farmer/Insurance Agent, Farm Bureau Financial Services

Lea Ann Seiler, Hanston, Hodgeman County
Director, Hodgeman County Economic Development

Mike Spinden, Cottonwood Falls, Chase County
Feedlot Manger, Maddog Cattle Company LLC

Beth Torrey, Dodge City, Ford County
Co-Owner/Manager, Nature's Corner

Brian Waugh, Oakley, Thomas County
Sales Account Manager, Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer

Ken Woods, Larned, Pawnee County
Branch Manager, High Plains Farm Credit

Emily Zwahlen, Cherokee, Crawford County
Ag Director, KKOW, American Media Investments

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