Gail Yeiser President
Gail Poffenberger Yeiser graduated from the University of Maryland in 1975. She earned her M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education in 1982 and worked at the Institute of Applied Agriculture and currently serves the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as assistant to the Dean for Alumni & External Relations. A native of Montgomery County, she now resides in Anne Arundel County with her husband, Rusty. They have 2 daughters, Emily and Amy. Gail is also on the Maryland 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Maryland Agriculture council and is the volunteer leader with the Anne Arundel 4-H Dairy Leasing Club.



Rachel A. Pieper Vice President
Rachel Pieper was raised on a dairy farm in Fallston, Maryland. She is one of six children and sister to late Senator William H. Amoss. She married Skip Pieper in October 1969 and has three children and three grandchildren. She is currently the Bookkeeper for her husband business SRP Construction, and the owner of the ice cream business, Cows on the Loose. She is a 4-H Member, Leader, and Volunteer and represents MAEF on the Maryland Agriculture Commission.



Mary Ellen Waltemire Secretary
Mary Ellen Waltemire is a life and leadership coach, certified recently by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She encourages individuals to focus on the present as they make purposeful choices for a more satisfying future. Ms. Waltemire has a B.S. degree from Shepherd University, a M.A. from Hood College, and an MBA from Frostburg University. Her interests include working with individuals and organizations who want to be and do more - to experience a more fulfilled and exciting life. Most recently she has worked as a facilitator for numerous non-profit organizations with strategic thinking/planning, board development, team building, and leadership training. In addition to MAEF, she is an active board member for Friends of Safe Place- Washington County's Child Advocacy Center, Commission for Women, Washington County Agricultural Education Center.


John W. Stump, Jr. Treasurer
John Stump grew up on a beef farm in Street, MD. Growing up he was active in 4-H at the county level. After graduating from North Harford High School, he attended Delaware Valley College for a year before he transferred to Virginia Tech University where he graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science ('86). He is currently employed with the Farm Credit system as a Commercial Loan Manager for MidAtlantic Farm Credit, and has been with them for over 24 years. In addition to serving on the MAEF Board of Directors, he also serves on the Maryland 4-H Foundation Board, the MD Ag Council Board, Harford 4-H Fair Board, and was a member of LEAD Maryland Class II.



Martha M. Clark Founding Member
Martha Clark has been an active volunteer in many farm related organizations for the past thirty plus years. She is very active in Howard County Farm Bureau and served as a member of the MD Farm Bureau Board of Directors. As a District Supervisor for the Howard Soil Conservation District, she has served as District Chair and a member of the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Ms. Clark represented MD for four years as a member of the National Association of Soil Conservation Board of Directors. Ms. Clark, with her husband and brother in law, is an owner/operator of Edgewood Farms, Inc., a grain, hay and beef operation in Howard County.


Dick Price Founding Member
Dick Price is a Grain and Livestock farmer, a former dairyman, from Baltimore County. Much of his life has been involved with farm organizations such as Southern States Co-operative, The Farm Credit System, Former Maryland Co-operative Milk Producers, the Department of Agriculture, MAEF, and more recently the Maryland Agriculture Resource Council. He is active in the community with his Methodist Church, the Timonium Optimist Club, and G.B.M.C. Medical Center, as well as the Former Sparks Bank.


Hank Doong
Hank Doong has been employed at The Behnke Nurseries Company since 1969. He has a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Maryland class of 1973. In addition to serving as a board member for MAEF, he is also a board member for the Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association since 1978, a Charter Member of the Maryland Green Industry Council which was established in 2002, and the Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association Education Committee since 2003. He has hosted the FFA Plant Identification Maryland State Exam since 2007 and received the Carville Milling Akehurst Award in 2011.


Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 37B (Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, & Wicomico Counties). She is the Assistant Minority Whip and a member of the House Economic Matters Committee and the Rural Caucus. In addition to serving in the House of Delegates, she owns a graphic design business, called Dragonfly Designs, and is a LEAD Maryland graduate. She resides in Talbot County with her husband Joseph Riccio.


Laura Huber


Joan H. Myers


Kathy Oliver
Kathy Oliver is the Assistant State Superintendent for Career and College Readiness. She leads a division of the State Department of Education committed to accelerating student achievement. The division administers a full range of academic and career and technology instructional programs and support services for youth in Department of Juvenile Services facilities and leads the continuous improvement of Maryland's statewide system of Career and Technology Education. Mrs. Oliver was appointed to her current position in 1989 and is the nation's most senior State Director of Career and Technology Education. She is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and received a Master of Science Degree in Administration and Management from Hood College in Frederick, MD.



Mary Ellen Setting


Jerry Truitt


Evelyn Wilcom
Evelyn Wilcom is a dairy farmer from Monrovia, MD in Frederick County. She is a retired registered nurse. Evelyn is a past Chair of the Maryland Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee, Member and Past Chair of Frederick County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, Past Board Member of Frederick County Farm Bureau (FCFB). She is also the Chair of the FCFB Education Committee and serves as Chair of the Elementary Education Committee for MAEF.


Connie Wilson


Karen Zimmerman


Sean Clougherty


Hon. Earl "Buddy" Hance
Secretary of Agriculture


Dr. Lillian M. Lowery
State Superintendent of Schools


Dr. Cheng-i Wei
Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. Director, Maryland Agriculture Experiment Station. Director, University of Maryland Extension


C. John Sullivan, III
MAEF president John Sullivan is a Harford County native with deep family ties to Fallston and Darlington. He has served Harford County Government for 15 years, currently as Deputy Chief of Staff for the County Executive advocating for agriculture in the County and the region. John also serves as a leader on several other Boards including the Maryland Agriculture Council, the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, and the LEAD Maryland Foundation. John enjoys the outdoors with his two young sons. Together they raise beef cattle in Jarrettsville which the boys fit and show at local fairs. John has previously served as MAEF's President.


Evelyn Wilcom


Richard Blevins


Ernie Fisher


Ewing McDowell


Lester Vough


Dr. Evelyn Cooper


Joe Lithicum


Buddy Hance


Lillian Lowery


Dr. Cheng-I Wei