Ralph K. Morris Foundation welcomes three new board members

Ralph K. Morris Board nominated three new board members November 19, 2019 Annual Meeting. The board is excited to welcome three new members with diverse experiences and backgrounds.

Cathy Statz is currently the Education Director of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. She facilitates cooperative education programs for Farmers Union members, youth and the general public. She has assisted with cooperative youth leadership development programs at state, national and international level, and co-coordinates the National Farmers Union College Conference on Cooperatives. She is a member of the boards of the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE), the Inspiration Foundation, and served as president of the Rotary Club of Chippewa Falls and the Lawrence University Alumni Association.

 

Jason Lueders leads CoBank’s Minneapolis and Fargo Banking Centers, which provide over $4 billion of financing to farmer-owned cooperatives and other middle market agribusinesses across five upper Midwest states. Jason leads CoBank’s Growing Rural America Initiative that targets small and emerging cooperatives across the country, and he sits on the board of the Agricultural Retailers Association. Prior to joining CoBank in 2007, Jason was a relationship manager in US Bank’s Food and Agribusiness Group where he worked with agribusinesses across the U.S. Jason holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, an MBA from the University of North Dakota, and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Rosenow is the managing partner in Rosenholm Dairy, a 600-cow dairy farm near Waumandee Wisconsin, with his wife, Nettie. He is also president and co-owner of Cowsmo Inc, a Wisconsin corporation, that sells and distributes organic compost and potting soils in 17 states and 4 foreign countries. He was formerly the Chair of the Council for Rural Initiatives an organization dedicated to carrying out the findings of the Wisconsin Future of Farming and Rural Life study and sponsored state-wide conferences on rural labor with an emphasis on immigrants.  He is cofounder of Puentes/Bridges, a nonprofit that helps dairy farmers understand the culture of their employees from Mexico by traveling to the villages in rural Mexico where their families live. He is currently on an Immigration Committee sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that is seeking to find a solution to that problem by bringing together people from the 12 Midwestern states.