WES SPOHR

OC BOARD PRESIDENT
President & CEO, Ag Partners Cooperative, Inc.

SENECA, KS

Having grown up in rural Southwest Kansas and working in ag finance and the cooperative system for more than 15 years, Wes has a passion for a strong agriculture that supports local communities.

BERTHA MENDOZA B.S., M.S.

OC Board Vice-President
EFNEP/SNAP-Ed Extension Agent Kansas State University
Southwest Research-Extension Center

Garden City, KS

Building on her upbringing in Chihuahua, Mexico, Bertha’s fields of expertise are education, youth/family development, nutrition and health—as well as creating partnerships to address important community issues.

JEFF OCHAMPAUGH

OC BOARD SECRETARY
President, Agrilead, Inc.

RUSSEL, KS

With deep roots in Northwest Kansas, Jeff is active within his local community and professionally with his business that manufacturers seed care products for broadacre crops throughout the U.S.

WILLIAM J. NELSON

OC Board Treasurer
Chair, Ralph K. Morris Foundation
William J. Nelson, LLC.

St. Paul, MN

Having worked for decades with educational organizations, membership associations, cooperatives, and nonprofits, William is focused on building outreach that can be both e!ective and sustainable.

TIANA SUAZO

Ex. Director, Red Willow Farm

Taos, NM

After completing college and three OC Community Internships, Tiana is applying her skills back in her home pueblo, working on youth empowerment, leadership development, and food sovereignty.

ELAINE BELANSKY

Director of the Center for Rural School Health & Education
Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver

DENVER, CO

Having worked with rural communities across Colorado, Elaine understands the important role of healthy, happy schools on the lives of students, families, and educators.

Calley Runnels

County Extension Agent-Family & Community Health
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Swisher County Extension Office

Tulia, TX

In more than two decades working in rural communities as a County Extension Agent-Family & Community Health, Calley has spent 15 years working with OC programs, and really appreciates building elective partnerships that add value to our towns and residents.

Mia Dacus

Local Food Producer/Gardener

Pampa, TX

Having learned about OC by attending nearly a dozen Field Days and Food Summits, Mia shares her lifelong experience of living in a rural community, her professional background, and her passion for growing fresh, nutrient-dense food.

Jeremy West

Director of Partnerships & Member Engagement
Urban School Food Alliance

Springfield, CO

After a more than a decade of pioneering a viable Farm-to-Cafeteria model in urban school systems, Jeremy brings organizational leadership skills to OC and innovative ideas to our Rebuilding Local Food Systems Program.