Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named 38 members to the National Potato Promotion Board.

Each representative will serve a three-year term of office beginning March 1, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.

Producers newly appointed to the board include:


  • Brandon Berce, St. Agatha, Maine;
  • Brandon Boorman, Quincy, Wash.;
  • Adam Bula, Antigo, Wis.;
  • Robert Conger, St. Anthony, Idaho;
  • Brett Dixon, Bakersfield, Calif.;
  • Mark Finnessy, Amherst, Wis.;
  • Gerald Greenwalt, Quincy, Wash.;
  • Myron Hawley, Ferndale, Wash.;
  • Kerry Heilig, Moses Lake, Wash.;
  • Casey Hoverson, Manuel, N.D.;
  • Kael Koompin and Thomas Kress, American Falls, Idaho;
  • Jay LaJoie, Van Buren, Maine;
  • Dwight Little II, Newdale, Idaho;
  • Michael Madsen, Hermiston, Ore.;
  • Tim May, Imperial, Neb.;
  • Katie Neumiller-Floming, Thomas, Ill.;
  • Prim Parker, Elkton, Fla.;
  • Brandon Schaapman, Quincy, Wash.;
  • Eric Schroeder, Deerbrook, Wis.;
  • William Sheldon, Ray, N.D.;
  • Tyler Sorenson, Kennewick, Wash.; and
  • Jerry Tominaga, Rupert, Idaho.

Producers reappointed to the board were:

  • John Barrett, Springlake, Texas;
  • Kenneth Burback from Center, Colo.;
  • Rex Calloway, Quincy, Wash.;
  • Daniel Chin, Klamath Falls, Ore.;
  • Justin Dagen, Karlstad, Minn.;
  • Jody Easterday, Pasco, Wash.;
  • Steve Elfering, Idaho Falls, Idaho;
  • Karlene Hardy, Oakley, Idaho;
  • Carl Hoverson, Larimore, N.D.;
  • Richard Kantner, Freeland, Wis.;
  • Raymond Matsuura, Blackfoot, Idaho;
  • Michael Pink, Mesa, Wash.; and
  • Craig Searle, Burley, Idaho.


 Importer Sanjiv Kakkar of Lawrenceville, N.J, was also named to the board along with public member appointee Jennifer Phillips of Arlington Heights, Ill.