Board of Directors

Andrea Polverento, Director and Chair of the Board:
Mrs. Polverento has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. She was raised on 1000+ acre cash crop family farm in Clinton County and still lives there today. She is the Planning Director for Watertown Township and is active in numerous committees and organizations in the County and surrounding areas.

Jim Graham, Director and Vice Chair of the Board:
Mr. Graham has been on the Board of Directors since 2004. He farms and operates a pheasant hunting preserve north of St. Johns. He has lived on the farm since 1948.

Elaine Brown, Director and Treasurer of the Board:
Mrs. Brown was elected in March 2016.  She recently retired from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Prior to that she was the Executive Director for Michigan Food and Farming Systems, and has also served on the MAEAP Advisory Committee, the Michigan Food Policy Council, the Michigan Dept. of Agricultural Direct Marketing Advisory Committee, and the Michigan Farmers Market Association Board.  She lives on a small farm near Ovid.

John Schulz, Director:
Mr. Schulz was elected in March 2016.  He works at Michigan State University with the College of Human Medicine as a Media Coordinator and Educational Technologist.  He also has a small farm near Ovid where he has raised chickens, hogs, and cattle and grown corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa.  In addition, Mr. Schulz has served as the Clinton County Pheasants Forever Habitat Chair for more than 20 years and participated in numerous NRCS, FSA, DNR, and USFWS programs.

Gary Boersen, Director:                                                                                                                                    Mr. Boersen was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2018.  He’s retired from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environmental Stewardship Division.  Since retiring from the MDARD he was worked for the USDA-Michigan NASS office and assisted in developing a Strategy for the Development of an Aquaculture Industry in Michigan.  He is a member of the Friends of the Maple River and participated with the development of the 319 Watershed Management Plan.  He lived in Greenbush Township for 17 years and recently moved to Bath Township.