Board of Trustees and Executive Sponsors Board

The Minnesota FFA Foundation is governed by a board of trustees, with additional support from an executive sponsors board. These groups are comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni. During their service, board and council members strengthen existing relationships and develop new partnerships to provide support for FFA.

Message from the Chair-Kyle Petersen

"Young people are the future leaders of this country. What a story they have to tell in agriculture. Through the many possibilities available through FFA, students are able to expand their work ethic, business skills, leadership capabilities, and have great amounts of fun while doing these things!


As a past FFA member in the early 80’s, I was very excited to travel to local meetings, competitions, state conventions, and the national convention. I still have my FFA jacket, and yes it is the same blue corduroy one you all wear today. Wear it proudly and don’t be afraid to tell your story and how FFA has helped you achieve your goals.


Today’s agriculture is moving very rapidly as it always has. Change is inevitable, embrace it, enjoy it, and run with it! The Minnesota FFA Foundations purpose is to enhance young people across the state, to have access to classroom instruction, work-based learning, and leadership development in the FFA and Agriculture education.


When you partner with the MN FFA Foundation, you help to insure our youth have the potential for growth in themselves and their communities."

Board of Trustees

Kyle Petersen, Petersen Farms - Chair
Natasha Mortenson, Riverview, LLP – Chair Elect

Donna Moenning, Look East – Past Chair
Veronica Bruckhoff, Profinium, Inc. - Secretary
Pat Dingles, Redwood Area Development Corp -Treasurer

Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm Bureau – Chair Executive Sponsors Board

Jim Burns, Minnesota FFA Alumni

Jeremy Daberkow, Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators

Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield Ag News

Brian Fruechte, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association

Francis Homans, University of Minnesota
Jean Johnson, AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Daniel Kohls, Form-A-Feed, Inc.
Joel Larsen, Minnesota FFA Advisor
Connie Larson, Zinpro Corporation
Beth Pagel, All American Co-op
Jason Schwantz, CHS, Inc.

Grace Taylor, Minnesota FFA Association
Juleah Tolosky, Minnesota FFA Association
Valerie Velde, Land O’Lakes
Jim Weninger, Howard Lake Waverly Winsted High School

Executive Sponsors Board

Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm Bureau - Chair
Rick Banes, AgriBank
Mark Davis, Davisco Food International
Rod Enberg, Enberg Logging
Rod Hebrink, Compeer Financial Services
Dave Ladd, RDL & Associates, LLC
Gary Sloan, BMO Harris Bank