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Erwin A. "Bud" Sholts, NAIHC Chairman
Gale Glenn, NAIHC Vice Chair
Karen Fraase, NAIHC Secretary/Treasurer

Stanley Blunier
Jeffrey W. Gain 
Andy Kerr, NAIHC
Alan Kimbell
Curtis P. Koster
Paul Mahlberg
William C. Miller
Rep.David Monson
R. James Woolsey


Erwin A. "Bud" Sholts, Chair

PO Box 232
Oregon, WI 53575-0232

Tel: 608-206-5128 
Fax: 608-835-0428

Economist, Agricultural Development
PO Box 232
Oregon, WI 53575-0238 

Tel: 608-206-5128 
Fax: 608-835-0428

Former Director of Agricultural Development and Diversification at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection.  His responsibilities included agriculture development and diversification (ADD grant program, statewide aquaculture development, development of new uses (industry products from agricultural crops and commodities) and coordination of diversification assistance to farmers and small agribusiness.  In 2001 retired from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection after 35 years.  He currently manages his 110 acre farm in Dane County Wisconsin and is engaged in agricultural policy marketing and management consulting.  Serves as Chairman of the North American Industrial Hemp Council, Inc. (NAIHC) and Director of Dane County Family Support Services, Inc., Senior Market Consultant to the US Biodiesel Systems, and organizing Director of the Southern Wisconsin Agri-Ventures Group.  Formerly served as Chairman and Director of the National New Uses Council, Inc. (NUC); Director and Chairman of the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators (NASAC), Director of the World Dairy Expo (WDE), Director of the World Beef Expo (WBE) and served as Secretary of the International Chamber of Agriculture (ICA).  He received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MS degree in Agricultural Economics and Finance from the University of Arizona.


Gale Glenn

NAIHC Vice Chair
KY Gov. Task Force on Hemp &
Related Fibers
21 Pennington Place
Durham, NC 27707

Tel: 919-493-6624
Fax: 919-493-6626

Gale Glenn was appointed by Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones to the Task Force on Industrial Hemp and Other Fiber Related Crops. She is one of the original members of the Board of Directors of the North American Industrial Hemp Council, a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, now a retired farmer and grandmother of seven. Her 300-acre Kentucky farm consisted of angus/cross beef cattle and produced 50,000 pounds of burley tobacco.


Karen Fraase

NAIHC Secretary/Treasurer
IL Dept. of Ag-Mkt & Promotion
PO Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281
Fax:  217-524-5960

As a marketing representative for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Karen Fraase's main initiatives are to expand new and unique commodity markets for agriculture, to work with Illinois food and agribusiness companies in expanding their markets and to cultivate ways to put agriculture in Illinois' classrooms. She worked with Illinois' Industrial Hemp Investigate and Advisory Task Force and assists farmers in developing new markets for renewal commodities. She serves on several volunteer boards in her community and in the agricultural industry. Karen grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Nokomis, Illinois, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural communications, and recently graduated from Illinois' two year Agricultural Leadership Program.


Andy Kerr

The Larch Company, L.L.C.
313 10th Street NE 
, DC 20002

Tel: 503-701-6298 voice/text 
Fax: 817.204.0376

Former executive director of the Oregon Natural Resources Council, the organization known best for having brought you the spotted owl. Retired after two decades with ONRC, Now consults on environmental issues and politics. Author of Oregon Desert Guide. Participated, by invitation of President, in the Northwest Forest Conference held in 1993. Work on behalf of forests has been featured in several books and a play. Featured on all major television news and morning shows and lectured at all major Oregon Universities, as well as the McGeorge School of Law, Yale University and Harvard University. David Seideman, in SHOWDOWN AT OPAL CREEK, described Kerr as the "Ralph Nader of the old-growth-preservation movement." The "state's leading environmentalist" according to the VILLAGE VOICE. Called a "White Collar Terrorist," by TIME, referring to his effectiveness in working within the system and striking fear in the hearts of those who exploit Oregon's natural environment. Characterized by the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR as "one of the toughest environmental professionals in the Pacific Northwest."


Stanley Blunier

9141 N 2500 East Rd
Forrest IL 61741
Tel: 815-692-3239
Fax: 815-692-4511

Stanley Blunier is owner and manager of Blunier Farms, a family farm that produces corn, soybeans, and swine near Forrest, Illinois. His wife, Peg, son, Kent, and daughter, Lisa, are involved in the farming operation. He graduated with a BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of the two year Illinois Agricultural Leaders Program. Stanley was a founder and continues as a director of Illinois River Energy, LLC, a 100 million gallon ethanol plant, at Rochelle, Illinois, serving as chairman of the Risk Management and Marketing Committee. He was also instrumental in forming and was President of Producers Alliance, and was Chairman of 21st Century Producer, Inc, both of which assisted their members with agricultural business opportunities in production, marketing, and value-added investments. Stanley also was one of the founders and serves as a director of Prairie Investment Group, LLC; formed to own and make investments in agriculturally related businesses. Board seats have also been held by him on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board, the Illinois Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, and the Country Companies Insurance Board. Blunier has been awarded the Prairie Farmers Master Farmer Award and the Livingston County Corn Growers Distinguished Service Award For Agriculture.


Jeffrey W. Gain

Blue Ridge Company
PO Box 607
Hardin, IL 62047

Tel/Fax: 618-576-9392

Jeff Gain currently manages his farm in Calhoun County, Illinois, and is engaged in agricultural policy, marketing and management consulting. Served as chair of the Alternative Agricultural Research & Commercialization (AARC) Board. Gain is a former executive director for the American Soybean Association and former CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. One of the founders, and former chair, of the New Uses Council (NUC) which serves as an advocate for the commercialization of new uses and to help coordinate public and private sector initiatives to develop new industrial agricultural products. Gain is one of the founders of the St. Louis Agri Business Club and was named Agri Business Leader of the Year. Served as member of the USDA's New Farm and Forest Products Task Force that resulted in new industrial use initiatives in U.S. agriculture.  Recipient of the American Crop Protection Association's Outstanding Leadership Award for efforts in new uses and has traveled on various marketing missions around the world.  He is a native of Rushville, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois with BS in management. Served as a Public Information Officer and as an admiral's aide in the Coast Guard. Served as Executive Secretary for several Illinois County Farm Bureaus and Director of Commodity Programs for the Illinois Agricultural Association.


Alan Kimbell

Marketing Consultant
1430 Stadium Drive
Indianapolis, IN  46202
Tel: 317-370-5208
Mr. Kimbell is retired Vice President for Marketing, IWC Resources Corporation, Indianapolis, a water utility holding company sold in 1997 to NiSource, Inc.  Prior business experience includes sales assignments for A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company, and as an independent marketer of food ingredients, having established Indiana Marketing Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, in 1965. He was elected to two terms in the Indianapolis City-County Council, 1972-1979. From 1980 to 1988, he served as Deputy Executive Director for Marketing, Indiana Department of Commerce, leading the Divisions of Agriculture, Industrial Development, International Trade, and Tourism. Mr. Kimbell is currently non-executive Chairman of Distribution Management Associates, Inc. Indianapolis, and serves as Director and Treasurer of Indians, Inc., Indianapolis' International
League Baseball Club. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (1953), and is a 2004 recipient of a Distinguished Service Award in Food Science from Purdue University.

Curtis P. Koster

Technology Evaluation
& Economic Analysis,
Malcolm Associates Investment Consultants
66 Malcolm Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Tel: 201-529-8083
Fax:  201-529-5773

Malcolm Associates, Investment Consultants, provides technology evaluation and economic analysis services, primarily to the pulp and paper industry.  Malcolm Associates, also, provides portfolio management services for individual, institutional, and trust accounts. Mr. Koster retired in 1998 after twenty years with International Paper where he had varied responsibilities including: manager, Technology Evaluation; controller, Science and Technology Division; Technology project manager for major mill and paper machine reconfigurations and manager, New Business Development. Early in his career, Mr. Koster served three years as an US Air Force Officer as Chief, Stellar Camera Operations for the 1381st Geodetic Survey Squadron which provided satellite tracking support for the early space flight and U-2 aerial surveillance programs at Cape Canaveral. Subsequent to the Air Force, he spent thirteen years with Union Carbide in the Mining & Metals, Nuclear, Electronics (Oceanographic Instruments), and Linde Industrial Gas Divisions.  He held management positions that included production, facility design, and product development for the largest commercial operation engaged in the manufacture of basic radiochemical and radiopharmaceutical products. His education: ME Stevens Institute of Technology; MS Metallurgy and Materials Sciences, New York University; MS Engineering Science (Oceanography), New York University; MBA (Finance) Pace University.


Dr. Paul G. Mahlberg

Indiana University
Department of Biology
7694 West Kangaroo Lake Rd
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

Tel & Fax: 920-839-2536

Dr. Mahlberg is Professor Emeritus of Biology (plant biology) and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Indiana University. Received Ph.D. in Botany at the University of California, Berkeley and MS and BS degrees in Botany at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Has studied Cannabis, for over 30 years and has published over 30 articles on Cannabis.  Wrote Laboratory Program in Plant Anatomy, and published two educational films. Wrote the book (with art work by his wife) Wildflowers of Door County--Wisconsin's Unique Floral Preserve.  He served as a consulting editor to Academic Press in the preparation of ten monographs.  He collaborated with Dr. Ivan Bocsa, Kompolt, Hungary (internationally known hemp breeder), in a three-year USDA-sponsored research study on hemp, and with Dr. Eun Soo Kim, Seoul, Korea, on organization and composition of glandular trichomes in Cannabis and related plants.  Served as a consultant to United Nations Industrial Organization, Vienna, on industrial processing of raw opiates, to the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy in its Cannabis program, and to private companies in studies on secondary products of plants. Former member of the board of directors of the Door County (Wisconsin) Land Trust which is dedicated to preservation of ecologically important land.


William C.Miller

Miller Consulting Group
860 Timberlain Dr
Jackson, MS 39211

Tel/Fax: 601-956-4050

President of Miller Consulting Group, a Jackson, Mississippi firm active in promoting and facilitating the commercialization of new technologies (mechanical and biological) into industry.  Reared in Western North Carolina and attended Clemson College majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Previous affiliations include VP Sawmill Equipment Co., Jackson, Mississippi; Chief Engineer and Director of Manufacturing Technology for Southern Lumber Division, Masonite Corporation; Region Manager, Union Camp Corporation.  Retired from Union Camp  Corporation in 1997 as Technical Director, Forest Resources Division, Savannah, GA.  Over the past 8 years has maintained significant research initiatives with the USDA in the area of new uses of agricultural crops.  Areas of special emphasis include pine silvaculture and Alternative Agricultural Crops including Phyto-medicinal and Oil Bearing Plants.  Miller Consulting Group was organized in 1998 and serves a variety of clients throughout the United States in the field of Agricultural Products Utilization.


Representative David Monson

Assistant Majority Leader

North Dakota State Representative
PO Box 8
Osnabrock, ND 58269

Tel: 701-496-3394, 701-993-8312
Fax:  701-993-8313/school

Web Site

Farmer. Superintendent in Edinburg. Board member NAIHC. Board member NEM. Board member UUSE. Board member NCCSTV. BS and Med degrees University of North Dakota. Knights of Pythias, PGC. Eagles. North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders. Farm Bureau. President Dovre Lutheran Church. Married. 3 children. Wife's name Mary. House of Representatives since 1993.
  David Monson was born and raised in Cavalier County, a very rural area of northeastern North Dakota.  He was raised on his family's farm, went to college at the University of North Dakota, and graduated from there in 1972 with a BS degree in Education.  He taught science and psychology in southeastern North Dakota for three years until he and his wife, Mary, decided to move back home to help his dad run the family farm.  He farmed in the summers and taught school in the winters.  He got into educational administration as a secondary principal in 1976 and as a school superintendent in 1979. He switched careers in 1988 when he took over the family farm completely and began an insurance business. He was elected to the ND House of Representatives in 1992.  In 1994 he got back into educational administration as a school superintendent, kept the insurance business, kept farming, and was re-elected to the ND House. Now he is semi-retired from education and is part-time superintendent at Edinburg School District. He is no longer in the insurance business. (Something had to give!) He and his wife Mary have three sons. Cordell is teaching music recording in Minneapolis where he also has his own band. Cale is a mechanical engineer living in Hoople, ND, with his wife Kristeen who is a math teacher in Grafton, ND. Jared works in Moorhead, MN in a dealership body shop and lives in Fargo.


R. James "Jim" Woolsey

Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 22102

Tel: 703/377-0809
Fax: 703/902-3533

Web Site

R. James Woolsey joined Booz Allen Hamilton in July 2002 as a Vice President and officer in the firm’s Global Resilience practice, located in McLean, Virginia.  Previously Mr. Woolsey served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. During his 12 years of government service Mr. Woolsey was:  Director of Central Intelligence from 1993 to 1995; Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973.  He was also appointed by the President as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST), and served in that capacity on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986.  As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970.  Mr. Woolsey is currently the Chairman of the Board of Freedom House, the Chairman of the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.  He also serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy.  Previously, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University, The Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, and the Aerospace Corporation. He has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999–2000; The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985–1986; and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983.  Mr. Woolsey is presently a principal in the Homeland Security Fund of Paladin Capital Group and a member of the board of directors of three privately held companies, in fields related to infrastructure protection, resilience, and security. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Options LLC.  He has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of other publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc.; Fairchild Industries; Yurie Systems, Inc.; and USF&G.  He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.  Mr. Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa public schools, graduating from Tulsa Central High School.  He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963–1965), and an LL.B from Yale Law School (1968, Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal).  Mr. Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of foreign affairs, defense, energy, critical infrastructure protection and resilience, and intelligence. He is married to Suzanne Haley Woolsey and they have three sons, Robert, Daniel, and Benjamin.


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