Board and Staff
Meet the QUALISOY Board of Directors
Victor Bohuslavsky - Chairman
Executive Director Nebraska Soybean Board
Victor, a native of Bellwood, Neb., is the executive director of the Nebraska Soybean Board. He began working for the soybean program in 1989 and held several positions within the organization before being appointed to his current role as executive director. He is responsible for the implementation of research and promotional activities in the Nebraska soybean industry. Victor has been a member of the QUALISOY Board since 2004. Victor received a bachelor’s in agriculture education from the University of Nebraska.
John Jansen - Vice Chairman
Vice President of Innovation, Quality & Regulatory Bunge
John joined Bunge in 1984 and is vice president of Innovation, Quality and Regulatory. He has held several positions within the organization, including vice president of food processor sales of the United States and vice president of sales and marketing for the oils division. John’s current responsibilities include evaluating and commercializing new technologies, with the focus on value creation. John joined the QUALISOY Board in 2008.
Dale Profit - Secretary/Treasurer
Director United Soybean Board
Dale raises food grade and seed soybeans, popcorn and soft red wheat in Van Wert, Ohio. He was appointed to USB in 2007. Dale first took on a leadership role in the soybean industry in 1992 when he joined the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA). By working closely with Ohio Soybean Council, he became very interested in what the soybean checkoff was doing for Ohio's soybean farmers, and in 2000 he was elected to serve on the OSC board. Dale has been a part of many OSC projects and served as chairman of the International Marketing Committee and New Uses Committee. He played a major role in the development of the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC), which brings together the agriculture and chemical industries. Dale serves on the USB New Uses Committee. He and his wife, Judith, have three children and seven grandchildren.
Ken Dalenberg - Officer At-Large
Former Farmer-Leader United Soybean Board
Ken and his wife, Barbara, raise soybeans and corn on their family farm near Mansfield, Ill. He was appointed as USB Director in 2000 and served as chair of the USB Production Committee. Ken also sat as a board member of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, serving as treasurer. Ken served Illinois Soybean Association as vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer, as well as chairman of the research committee. He also was a member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Champaign County Farm Bureau.
John Becherer - CEO
CEO United Soybean Board
John Becherer is the Chief Executive Officer of the United Soybean Board (USB), which is headquartered in Chesterfield, MO. He was raised on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin and has strong ties with the agricultural community. John has more than 25 years of management experience and holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics.
Global Head Soybean Breeding Syngenta
Dr. Bowers presently serves as Global Head, Soybean Breeding for Syngenta Seeds, Inc. His responsibilities include the management of twelve soybean breeding projects in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. Linking with the commercial side of the company in the various countries, he makes sure that the breeding targets are aligned with the commercial needs
Farmer-Director United Soybean Board
Dennis Clark raises soybeans, corn and wheat in Sedalia, Kentucky. He has been farming since 1972 and a member of the Kentucky Soybean Association since 1998. While serving the soybean farmers of Kentucky he has had many roles such as the Chairman of the biodiesel committee, secretary, vice president and president of the Kentucky Soybean Association. Clark continues to lead the soybean farmers of Kentucky by his leadership on the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board. During his time on the promotion board Clark has served as Vice Chairman and the Kentucky representative to the National Biodiesel Board. In December 2010 he was appointed to the United Soybean Board. During his time on USB he has served on the international marketing committee and sustainability initiative.
President Institute of Shortening & Edible Oils
In November 2007, Bob became the President and Secretary of the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils, a national trade association representing the refiners of edible fats and oils in the U.S. As ISEO’s President, he holds primary responsibility for formulating and advancing ISEO's advocacy positions and acting as liaison to key government agencies. In this capacity, Bob facilitates and implements ISEO policy on issues pertaining to technical matters, the environment, transportation, occupational health and safety, energy and government regulations.
He has a Master of Science Degree in Food Science from the University of Rhode Island and is a member of several professional societies and organizations, including the American Oil Chemists Society, Association of Food and Drug Officials and the Institute of Food Technologists.
Immediate Past Chair United Soybean Board
Marc and his wife, Sheryl, grow soybeans, corn and wheat on their farm in Leland, Miss. Marc currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the United Soybean Board. On USB, Marc previously served as USB Chair, USB Vice-Chair, USB treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Marc has served as a president of the American Soybean Association and as a member of the QUALISOY board of directors. He is a current member of the Farm Bureau and the Mississippi Soybean Association. He received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Marc and Sheryl have two grown children.
Director United Soybean Board
Rob raises soybeans, corn and alfalfa on his farm near Le Roy, Minn. He also produces hogs and beef cattle. He was appointed to USB in 2006.
Rob belongs to Farm Bureau, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Growers Association. He holds a degree from the University of Minnesota-Waseca.
Director United Soybean Board
David graduated from SIU with a BS in Animal Science. He farms with his parents on a centennial farm where they raise raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and milo. David and his wife, Korrine, have four children, a healthy set of quadruplets. This is David’s third year as a USB director.
President DTB Farms and Latham Farms
Until recently, Don served as the vice president/operations manager of Latham Seed Company, a family-owned and operated soybean seed business that does breeding, variety development and marketing of soybean seed in six upper Midwest states. With more than 35 years of experience, Don’s soybean industry involvement includes the United Soybean Board, the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, Iowa Seed Association, American Seed Trade Association, Iowa State University Research Foundation, USDA/USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade and the USDA Plant Variety Protection Advisory Board. For each of these organizations, Don served a term as the president or chairman. Don has been involved with QUALISOY since its inception in 2004, and prior to that he sat on the Technology Utilization Center’s board of directors. Don received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State University.
Director, Research and Development Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC
Cindie is the director of Research and Development for Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC, a leading feed manufacturer in the U.S., providing producers, cooperatives and dealers with an extensive line of animal feeds, ingredients and services. She manages two research facilities, the LongView Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, MO, where she is based and a second facility in Webster City, IA. Cindie has actively participated in the industry through her involvement as an officer of the American Association of Animal Science and American Association of Dairy Science Midwest Section and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Dairy Science Association Foundation.
Vice President, US Product Management Monsanto
Jennifer has been with Monsanto since 1995, holding a variety of commercial leadership positions and leading significant corporate strategies for the new company. Most recently, she was Global Weed Management Lead. She has led the new business development group and New Growth Platforms in Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining Monsanto, she was a Marketing Director for a small environmental services firm. Jennifer holds degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, nine-year old son and three-year old twins.
Technical Sales, Food Oils Archer Daniels Midland
Michelle provides customer support and technical servivce to the food industry. She is actively involved in research projects utilizing trait enhanced oils and other technologies to fulfill today’s demands for fats and oils. In addition, she works directly with food manufacturers to provide quality fats and oils that fulfill specific needs for functionality, nutrition and cost effectiveness.
Michelle is involved in the American Oil Chemist Society and actively participates in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division. She has been a member of the Institute of Food Technologists since 2005.
Michelle graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s in food science. She has been with ADM since May 2008.
Marketing Director DuPont Enhanced Oils Venture
Russ Sanders is Director, DuPont Enhanced Oils Venture, focusing on the commercialization of Pioneer’s Plenish™ High Oleic soybean oil products. In addition he also leads Pioneer's strategic planning efforts in the Biofuels area. Russ’s role involves linking Pioneer’s seed development and biotech capabilities with the needs of downstream customers. He also coordinates the linkage between Pioneer and DuPont’s Applied BioScience group in the area of Biofuels technologies, including the development of cellulosic ethanol production and advanced renewable fuels such as Biobutanol.
Russ joined Pioneer in 1996 and has held several leadership positions in marketing, sales and strategic business development. Prior to joining DuPont / Pioneer, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Premium Standards Farms, one of the world’s largest pork production companies. Earlier in his career he served for 7 years as Chief Executive Officer of the National Pork Producers Council. There he led development of the Pork – the Other White Meat marketing campaign. Russ is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agriculture. He is a recipient of ISU’s Floyd Andre Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture.
Director American Soybean Association
Jeff Sollars farms with two brothers in Washington C.H., Ohio raising corn soybeans and wheat. He is married to Bridget and has three children, Zachary, Aaron and Clare. Jeff is past president of the Ohio Soybean Association and is beginning his second term as a director on the American Soybean Association.
Jane Ade Stevens
Executive Director Indiana Soybean Alliance
Jane Ade Stevens was named the Executive Director of the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) in December 2010. Before moving into the executive director role, Ade Stevens was on staff as the senior director of programming. Prior to her work with Indiana’s corn and soybean programs, she had her own public relations and association management services company, Stevens & Associates Inc., with her husband, Roger. The business was focused on agriculture, and she had the opportunity to work on projects for major agriculture commodity organizations, including beef, pork, dairy and sheep. She also worked for Indiana Farm Bureau, Elanco and in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Assistant Secretary Jim Moseley.
In addition to leading the state’s soybean checkoff program, Ade Stevens will also manage the state corn checkoff organization – Indiana Corn Marketing Council – and the membership and policy activities of ISA and Indiana Corn Growers Association. Ade Stevens grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Tippecanoe County and graduated from Purdue University. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Ind. She and her husband have one son, Dan.
Director United Soybean Board
Jim is a fourth generation farmer from Emmetsburg, IA. He raises soybeans and corn. He and his wife, Janice, have three children. He was appointed to United Soybean Board in 2004 and currently serves at the USB Treasurer.
Rich Wilson, Ph.D.
Consultant Retired USDA
Rich is retired national program leader for Oilseeds and Bioscience research at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA, ARS). He made great contributions to the soybean industry during his distinguished 32 year career with USDA. As national program leader, he led more than 400 scientists in nearly 300 projects in crop genetics, molecular biology and agricultural product utilization. Prior to that position, Rich served as the research leader for the USDA-ARS Soybean and Nitrogen Fixation Research Unit, guiding the focus of soybean research on quality traits. He holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois and has more than 225 publications, including 11 books. Even after his retirement, Dr. Wilson actively coordinates soybean research initiatives and continues to author scientific articles.
Richard has over thirty years experience in all aspects of oilseed processing, vegetable oil refining and grain merchandising. He has management and executive experience in the United States and consulting experience in the United States and Latin America. As President of Galloway & Associates, LLC, he consults with domestic and foreign agricultural processing, vegetable oil refining and grain handling industries, and organizations and businesses that support these industries. He is co-editor of Soybeans: Chemistry, Production, Processing, and Utilization, a widely used reference bookpublished by the American Oil Chemists Society.
Besides work with private clients, Richard is currently lead consultant for two major initiatives of the United Soybean Board to improve the nutrition of soybean oil and the feed value of soybean meal and to increase the protein and oil level of soybeans grown in the northern U.S. soybean belt. Richard has a bachelors. in business administration from Presbyterian College and a masters of business administration from Georgia State University. He is a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has served as an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard University International Marketing Program, London
Director of Public Affairs
Robert Reeves served as the president of the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO), a Washington, DC-based trade association representing the interests of refiners of edible fats and oils in the United States. His responsibilities with ISEO included policy development on issues pertaining to technical matters, the environment, transportation, occupational health and safety, energy and government regulations.
Prior to ISEO, Mr. Reeves was the director of the food and drug division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. In that capacity, he managed the administration of food, drug, cosmetic, hazardous substances, weights and measures, and dairy regulations for the state of Tennessee. Mr. Reeves has a bachelor and master's degree in food science from the University of Tennessee.