District Directors

Darin Von Ruden, District 5, President
Westby, WI
608-632-2017
dvonruden@wisconsinfarmersunion.com


Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Rock, Green, Lafayette, Richland, and Vernon Counties

Darin serves as President of the Wisconsin 
Farmers Union Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation. He also serves on The National Farmers Union Board 
and is Chair of the NFU Membership Committee. Darin is a third generation dairy farmer who is 
very active with Farmers Union on local, state, 
and national levels, earning several awards for member recruitment. He and his wife, JoAnn,
have two children.

Linda Ceylor, District 1
Catawba, WI 
715-567-1010

lceylor@wisconsinfarmersunion.com


Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn Counties


Linda Ceylor and husband Gerald operate Hillside Dairy, an organic farm milking 50 cows and raising replacement heifers. They began farming in Washington in 1990 but due to urbanization moved to Catawba in 1997 with their two children. Linda started the Taylor-Price WFU chapter, coupling it with the Taylor County Farmers Union Youth Group, and was elected chapter president. Linda is a member of the state Farm Services Administration Board. She is a leader of the KC Clovers 4-H Club and was a Price County Fair Board member for 10 years. She is currently President of Price/Taylor National Rural Letter Carriers Association and serves as a local steward. Linda was Vice President and is now a board member of Save Our Unique Land, a group working against construction of the Arrowhead-Weston transmission line. She also serves on the Bethany Lutheran Church Council. 

Lauren Langworthy, District 2, Secretary
Wheeler, WI

715-503-0096

llangworthy@wisconsinfarmersunion.com


Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, and St. Croix Counties
 

 

Lauren runs Blue Ox Farm, a 153-acre grass-based livestock operation in Wheeler, Wis., with her husband Caleb. There, they use rotational grazing practices to produce forage, grass-fed lamb, and beef while striving to improve the farm’s soil health and build biodiversity. When she’s not farming, Lauren works as Program Director for the nonprofit organization MOSES that offers educational opportunities to farmers. She has also been active in several other farmer-focused organizations including participation in grazing networks, beginning farmer support, sitting on the LSP’s Federal Farm Policy Steering Committee, engaging in local efforts to support rural communities and water quality, and participation in the 10th cohort of the FUE Leadership Program.

Ed Gorell, District 3
Eleva, WI
715-287-3383


Chippewa, Clark, and Eau Claire Counties


Ed and his wife Kristi have operated their farm in Eau Claire County since 1983. They started with a 320 head veal barn and a 50,000 bird broiler facility which they have converted to transition steers onto feedlots. 2018 Ed & Kristi retired from full time farming- Ed is now a part time milk hauler.  They are also past 4-H members and have been leaders of their local club.

Ed has received Farmers Union awards for membership and chapter building. He has served and chaired  a number of different committees. He has attended the National Farmers Union conventions and fly-ins to Washington D.C. Ed serves as the Eau Claire County Farmers Union President and formerly served as the chapter Vice President.

Jen Schmitz, District 4
Cashton, WI

 


Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, and Trempealeau Counties
 

Jen has been active in Wisconsin's dairy supply chain throughout her life, growing up on a dairy farm and then working 17 years in dairy, projects and resiliency at CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley.  Seeking new endeavors in 2019, Jen joined the hemp supply chain, helping friends harvest and store biomass.  In 2020, Jen plans to start hemp from seed, try cloning and sharecropping a hemp field or two.  Jen' s interest in hemp supply chains and infrastructure are directly linked to a vision of cleaner future for planet Earth and all living creatures, where hemp, as another alternative in the renewable resources we use, plays a new role in our lives.

Jen is active in community groups at various levels of organization: Kickapoo Conversations (local communities sharing ideas in information), Wisconsin Partners (statewide association of associations supporting local community groups), and River 2 Ridge Disaster Resilience (R2RDR.org; meeting local unmet needs post-disaster).

Chris Holman​, District 6, Treasurer
Custer, WI
715-321-5656

Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood Counties

Chris and his partner, Maria Davis, own and operate Nami Moon Farms outside of Stevens Point. The 41-acre farm focuses on pasture-raised poultry and hogs, chicken and duck eggs, and annual vegetables. Recent sustainability efforts on the farm include planting more perennial fruits and vegetables, and working toward the long-term goal of producing most of the feed for the farm’s animals. The farm also dabbles in bees, mushrooms and silviculture. As a veteran, Chris has worked closely with the Farmer Veteran Coalition. He has also consulted for Farm Credit, been appointed to programs and committees run by National Farmers Union, and served on USDA’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

Tina Hinchley, District 7
Cambridge, WI 
608-764-5090 

Dane, Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties

Tina, along with her husband Duane, own and operate a 260 cow dairy farm in Dane County. Since 1998, Tina has also been running Hinchley’s Dairy Farm Tours to provide non-farmers (especially children) with an honest and positive look at how a typical dairy farm operates. Tina, Duane, and their four children work together on their second-generation farm.

Rick Adamski, District 8, Vice President
Seymour, WI
920-373-7105


Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Forest, Florence, Kewaunee, Langlade, Marinette, Manitowoc, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Shawano, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago Counties
 

Rick and his wife Valerie Dantoin-Adamski own and operate a 240 acre farm in Shawano County. Their son Andrew, and his partner Heather Toman farm with them. The farm has been in the Adamski family since 1900. The organic dairy farm converted to grass fed beef and custom raising heifers in 2014. Andrew and Heather are diversifying the farm production to include pastured pork, free range laying hens and fresh vegetables. They are marketing these products directly to customers through Farmers Markets, a CSA and The SLO Farmers Cooperative started by Rick and Valerie. Rick has been an activist for family farm agriculture since he took over operating the farm from his parents in 1984.

Sarah Korte, At Large
Chaseburg, WI 

 


Bio coming soon.

Farmers Union Staff

Julie Keown-Bomar 
Executive Director 
715-492-3549

jbomar@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Diane Tiry 
Administrative Assistant 
715-723-5561 

dtiry@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Cathy Statz 
Education Director 
715-723-5561 
cstatz@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Lynn Kiefer-Bowe
Office Assistant

715-723-5561 

lbowe@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Bill Hogseth

Watershed Coordinator

715-215-2298

bhogseth@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Danielle Endvick 

Communications Director 

715-471-0398

dendvick@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Tommy Enright 

Communications Associate 

715-563-2169

tenright@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Kara O'Connor 

Government Relations Director 

608-514-4541

koconnor@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Bobbi Wilson

Government Relations Associate 

608-234-3741 

bwilson@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Sean Evjen

Accounting Manager 

sevjen@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Pete Curran

Membership Director

608-630-6484

pcurran@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Kirsten Slaughter
Membership & Education Organizer
608-514-2031
kslaughter@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Brad Henderson
Facilities Manager
715-214-7244 
bhenderson@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

 

Sarah Lloyd

Director of Special Projects

608-844-3758

slloyd@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

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