Committees

Committees

The WSCGA Board appoints several association members to sit on committees ranging from research and public relations to administration and education.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee advises the Board on internal operations of the Association, including development of the annual budget, review of operations and conducting the performance review of the Executive Director.  In addition, the Committee is empowered by the Board to act with full authority of the Board between Board meetings, subject to statutory and Board-imposed limitations on Committee action. 

  • Steven Bartling, President
  • Rocky Biegel, Vice President
  • Mary Sawyer, Secretary
  • Jenna Van Wychen, Treasurer
  • Bill Hatch
  • Mark Mahoney

Associate Member Committee

The Associate Member Committee provides input on WSCGA Associate Membership benefits, Summer and Winter Trade Shows, NEWS advertising, Program Book & Buyers Guide publication advertising, sponsorships, mailings and evaluations.

  • Jenna Van Wychen, Committee Chair
  • Tom Altmann
  • Amy Boson
  • Derek Johnson
  • Casey Koback
  • Paul Roberts
  • Dawn Ruiter
  • Nicki Ryner
  • Jay Weidman

Development Fund Committee

This committee plans and organizes fundraisers and other efforts to support the WCREF scholarship and educational programs.

  • Tim Comeau, Chair-Clay Shoot & Cranberry Open
  • Asa Bennett
  • Robert Detlefsen
  • Bryan Edwards
  • Amy Gebhardt
  • Jeff Hopkins
  • Carl Kisely
  • Mike McElroy
  • Nikki Ryner
  • Mary Sawyer

Education Committee

The main emphasis of the WSCGA mission is education, both of growers and the general public on cranberry growing. A large portion of this responsibility is assigned to the Education Committee, making it one of the key committees in the Association.  The committee meets with UW Extension faculty and others during the year to review and plan the various education programs for the Association including the Wisconsin Cranberry School, early season workshops and the Summer Meeting and Field Day. 

  • Christelle Guedot, Cranberry School Program Chair
  • Jim Bible, Committee Chair
  • Steven Bartling
  • Steph Bennett
  • Rocky Biegel
  • Jim Bielmeier
  • Alex Billman
  • Jeremy Eichhorn
  • Danielle Faber
  • Steve Hahn
  • Nicole Hansen
  • Jason Hatch
  • Allison Jonjak
  • Christina Maley
  • John Moss
  • Sandy Nemitz
  • Kris Parker
  • Andy Reitz
  • Russ Sawyer
  • Jayne Sojka
  • Pam Verhulst

Leadership Development Committee

This committee was created by the Board to develop and implement a program to develop leaders from the grower community to ultimately take roles in the Association on committees, working groups or the Board of Directors.

  • Jeff Hopkins
  • Amy Gebhardt
  • Fawn Gottschalk

Public Policy Committee

The Committee is responsible for the development of recommendations on policy related to issues and state, federal regulatory and legislative actions that arise as part of the public policy advocacy program.  The committee works to mobilize growers on issues to implement policy and works to develop relationships with elected official to help them understand the concerns of Wisconsin cranberry growers.

  • Karl Pippenger, Committee Chair
  • Asa Bennett
  • Amber Bristow
  • Stephen Brown
  • Jenna Dempze
  • Karen Doers
  • Fawn Gottschalk
  • David Hansen
  • Nicole Hansen
  • Bill Hatch
  • Leroy Kummer
  • Andy Reitz
  • Seth Rice
  • Doug Rifleman
  • Russ Rifleman
  • Ben Ryner
  • Scott Schultz
  • Craige Scott

Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for development and implementation of communications plan for the Association. The objectives of the communications program of the WSCGA are twofold.  First, to promote the general knowledge of cranberry growing in Wisconsin to enhance the image of growers and the industry;  second, to inform consumers and the public about cranberries and cranberry products to enhance and promote the consumption of fruit and increase overall demand for cranberry products.

  • Rusty Schultz, Committee Chair
  • Dani Anderson
  • Amber Bristow
  • Robert Detlefsen
  • Jeremy Eichhorn
  • Amy Gebhardt
  • Mike Gnewikow
  • Fawn Gottschalk
  • Rochelle Hoffman
  • Leroy Kummer
  • Gabriella Liddane
  • Beth Oemichen
  • Jessica Rezin
  • Mary Sawyer
  • Greg Schwartz
  • Nodji Van Wychen

Research Committee

The Board of Directors established the committee to provide growers with a forum to discuss research needs with University of Wisconsin research faculty and the cranberry research community on a national basis. The committee works cooperatively with the Wisconsin Cranberry Board, Inc. (WCB), The Cranberry Institute (CI), and others to identify grower research needs, coordinate projects to avoid duplication, and to help establish priorities.

  • Mike Bretl, Committee Chair
  • Suzanne Arendt
  • Steven Bartling
  • Alex Billman
  • Amber Bristow
  • Stephen Brown
  • Robert Detlefsen
  • Mike Gnewikow
  • Fawn Gottschalk
  • Edward A. Grygleski
  • Jeff Habelman
  • Nicole Hansen
  • Dave Jones
  • Gabriella Liddane
  • Mark Mahoney
  • John Moss
  • Doug Rifleman
  • Ben Ryner
  • Dustin Sawyer
  • Mary Sawyer
  • Russ Sawyer
  • Scott Schultz
  • Jayne Sojka
  • Pam Verhulst
  • Bill Wolfe

Board Development Committee

The Board Development Committee functions to identify paths of leadership for potential leaders and develop their skills.  The committee is responsible for board recruitment, orientation, board and director self-assessment, continuing education, and board management in addition to serving as the Nominating Committee

  • Rocky Biegel, Chair
  • Mike Bretl
  • Jenna Dempze
  • Jeff Hopkins
  • John Moss
  • Kris Parker
  • Ben Ryker
  • Mary Sawyer