Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2012)—National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President & CEO Chuck Conner today outlined a realignment in NCFC staff resources to help ensure that the organization continues to meet member needs in representing the business and policy interest of America’s farmer-owned cooperatives.
The changes will follow the departure from NCFC of Stacey Satterlee, vice president of government affairs. Satterlee will be returning to her home state of Idaho to work as the state director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
“I would like to thank Stacey for her hard work on behalf of farmer cooperatives these past several years, and congratulate her on moving back to Idaho, a place that I know is very close to her heart,” said Conner. “The knowledge, insight and enthusiasm that Stacey brought to NCFC will be sorely missed.”
The changes consist of shifting current staff roles to align more closely with NCFC’s policy needs. Conner announced the following changes to current staff:
- Kelsey Swango is promoted to Director, Government Affairs, and will handle issues related to energy, livestock, sustainability, and labor;
- Kathleen Heron will become Director, Government Affairs, and will work on issues related to specialty crops, nutrition, food safety, research, and immigration;
- Justin Darisse is promoted to Vice President, Communications will continue to oversee NCFC’s internal and external communications and will help manage the organization’s Farmer Co-ops: Providing for America public education campaign.
Swango and Heron will join Lisa Kelley, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Government Affairs, and Kevin Natz, Vice President, Government Affairs, as part of the NCFC lobbying team.
“I would like to congratulate Kelsey and Kathleen on their new roles at NCFC, and I know that they will be great representatives for farmer co-ops here in our nation’s capital,” said Conner. “I believe that this staff positions NCFC well to continue providing value for our members as a number of important legislative and regulatory issues impacting co-ops and their members continue to move forward.”
NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives. There are nearly 3,000 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process, and market agricultural commodities and related products; furnish farm supplies; and provide credit and associated financial services. Earnings from these activities are returned to their members on a patronage basis. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for nearly 250,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion.