Meet the Women's Leadership Committee

Meet the Women's Leadership Committee

Committee Chair - Marieta Hauser

Marieta Hauser was elected Kansas Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee Chair at the 2011 KFB annual meeting. She and husband Thomas operate 3200 acres of wheat and milo near Johnson, in SW Kansas.

Marieta has completed a host of continuing education classes including KARL Class V. She has been a Women's Committee Chair, county vice-president, county president, Resolutions Committee member and AFBF Voting Delegate. She has served on the Grant Co. Economic Development Board, Grant County Bank Board, and as Director of the Grant Co. Chamber of Commerce.

Marieta Hauser was elected to a two-year term on the AFB Women's Leadership Committee. She also serves on KFB's Board of Directors.

The Hauser's have four children, Jason, Marla, Chad, and Brian.

1st District - Pam Meng

Pam and her husband, Fred, reside in Troy, KS. Their farm is a diversified farming operation. In addition to raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa, they have a Grade A Holstein Dairy operation, raise sheep, hogs, horses and chickens.

Fred is a 4th generation farmer on the family farm and looks forward to the 5th/6th generation of Meng Farms! They farm in partnership with their son, Darryl and Fred’s brother, Norman. They also have 2 nephews who round out the farming operation. The Meng’s have 3 children and 4 grandchildren who keep them busy with school and church activities!

Both Fred and Pam have been active on the local Farm Bureau board in all leadership roles. Pam currently serves as Women’s Chair. She has previously served on the State Vote FBF Board and participated in the Animal Welfare spokesperson training/presentation. They have received the Farm Family of the Year award and Natural Resources award. In addition to Farm Bureau, Pam has previously served on the Doniphan County Shelter Workshop Board and Troy District 1 Library Board.

Pam and Fred attend Troy United Methodist Church where Pam serves on the UMW Board, Treasurer of the Memorial Board and as Church Finance Secretary and Church Lay Leader.

The Meng’s are passionate about Ag Education and Safety. Yearly, they host area school farm tours to see and experience the farming operation. In conjunction with the farm/livestock education, the Meng’s incorporate farm safety with the tour. They also participate yearly in the Fall Extension Invitational for all County K-6 schools, County Women in Ag event, Senior Center presentations and community activities.

Pam spends her spare time with her grandchildren, antiquing and reading. Pam believes “every day is a gift from God and no guarantees for tomorrow so life is too short to do anything other than be happy”.

2nd District - Debbie Kueser

Gail and Debbie live in Anderson County. Gail farms around 3000 acres in partnership with his brother. They also have 100 head cow/calf operation. Debbie is employed in Garnett.

Gail and Debbie have both been in involved in their county Farm Bureau. Debbie has served as President, Vice President, and Women's Chair. She also has served on the State Membership and Education Committee.

Debbie is very involved in her community serving on several boards as well as playing the clarinet in the community band.

Gail and Debbie have two children, Eric and Shelby and four grandchildren.

3rd District - Christy Springer

Christy Springer was elected to the Women’s Leadership Committee in 2015. She is a first generation farm wife married to Michael, a third generation hog farmer. Michael and Christy reside in Wilson County in rural Neodesha along with their two boys, Mason and Cooper.

The family farm is Springer Family Foods, a 3,450 sow farrow-to-finish operation. They market over 80,000 pigs annually and employ 30 full-time employees. The business is a joint partnership between Michael and Christy, Michael’s parents, grandparents and aunt and uncle; Michael is the managing partner of the swine business. They also farm 5,000 acres. Simply put, they raise corn, wheat, soybeans and lots of pigs!

Christy’s role on the farm changes daily. Gopher Girl would be the best title, followed by payroll clerk, stock clerk, production record assistant, chef, and of course “Ham Tram” driver (the school bus that they converted to haul weaned piggies).

Christy and Michael are members of the Neodesha United Methodist Church. She serves on the Fruitful Practices planning committee, designs the monthly newsletter and promotes church events on their Facebook page. Michael serves on the Trustee Committee.

Their Farm Bureau roots began on the Montgomery county board. Christy started out as the women’s chair. This was followed by a term on the State YF&R Committee. Next, Christy served as the county coordinator for Montgomery County before their move to Wilson County in 2012. Michael was a runner-up in the AFBF YF&R Achievement Award competition in 2013. Christy is currently serving her 2nd year as Women’s Chair on the Wilson county board. Christy is passionate about agriculture, especially pig farming, and loves going into the schools to teach about agriculture and farm safety.

The Springer family is always busy. Mason and Cooper keep them hopping with school, 4-H, sports, and church activities. They also have fun attending Michael’s “Farm Camp” which includes cleaning pig barns, sweeping floors, and picking up trash around the farm. Cooper has even been featured in Dan Yunk’s book “Kailey’s Pig Tales”. In addition to Farm Bureau and church activities, Christy and Michael are active speakers for the “Operation Main Street” speaker’s bureau. OMS is a program sponsored by the National Pork Board where producers are assigned to speak to community organizations about agriculture. Furthermore, Michael currently serves on several boards including the Radiant Electric Cooperative, Wilson Medical Center, Wilson County Extension Council, and is serving his second appointment on the State Board of Agriculture. Michael recently completed 9 years of service on the Kansas Pork Association board. One of Christy’s favorite responsibilities is being room Mom for Mason and Cooper’s classes.

For Christy (and Michael), life is all about raising kids, pigs, farming, and serving Kansas agriculture. Their involvement with Kansas Farm Bureau has equipped them with the resources and skills to be leaders in Kansas agriculture.

4th District - Lexy Goyer

Lexy Goyer resides near Winfield in Cowley county. She is the 5th generation on the family farm that was homesteaded along the Walnut River in 1869. The farm has been transitioned through the generations and is currently owned and operated by her dad. On the farm, they conventionally raise grain crops inluding wheat, milo, soybeans, and corn.

Lexy attended Kansas State University, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel/Textiles Marketing and Design. With this degree, she didn't plan on returning to the family farm permanently. However, her plans changed when she married her husband, Jason. Jason works on the farm and helps with the daily operations. Jason and Lexy also own and operate an excavation business. Lexy stays busy working as a stay at home mom to their two children, Gracie and Paxton. During the school year, she works as a substitute teacher and volunteers at the kids' school.

Jason and Lexy have been long time Farm Bureau members and are committed to their involvement in Farm Bureau. They served on the YF&R state committee for two years and have both served on the county board. Lexy serves as chair of the Cowley county board and represents District #4 on the state M&P committee.

5th District - Mary Mertz

Mary moved to Kansas from her hometown of Chicago in 1987, a few months after she married her fourth-generation farmer husband Bob. They met in the city while working together at the Beef Industry Council of the National Livestock and Meat Board.

Bob and Mary co-own and manage River Creek Farms along with Bob’s brother and his wife. It is a diversified operation that includes grain, cattle, and sheep.

Mary has always been active in her church, community, and as an advocate for agriculture. Bob and Mary were designated Master Farmer/Master Farm Home Maker by Kansas Extension; District Farm Family of the Year by Kansas Farm Bureau.

Mary was awarded the Friend of Agriculture Award by Kansas Farm Bureau in 2014 for her work in promoting farm life and educating consumers about the science advancements used in the industry. She has served on the SPEAK Team as well as on many panels for the Kansas Farm Bureau sharing her knowledge of biotechnology and advocacy. For ten years Mary has coordinated a Farm to Fork event at River Creek Farms called Feast of the Fields. This has been a very successful agri-tourism event that brings urban people from throughout Kansas and elsewhere to an experience of culinary arts and agriculture.

Mary has a B.S Degree in Business Management and Ethics from Manhattan Christian College. Mary and Bob have two children, Lisa (Mertz) Berding, and David Mertz.

6th District - Gimmie Jo Jansonius

Gimmie Jo Jansonius, a 6th generation production agriculturalist, and her family own and operate 2J Cattle Company in rural Phillips County, Kansas. The family's farming and ranching operation is primarily cow-calf with farming practices that include the planting of sorghum and other cover crops geared towards cattle production.

Mrs. Jansonius obtained her teaching degree in 2008 from Newman University in Elementary Education; she currently holds elementary, high school, and Special Education endorsements and recently obtained her Masters in Special Education and Curriculum Leadership enabling her to work from home as an educational consultant.

She is an active part of her family's farming and ranching operation alongside her husband, Troy, and two teenage children. In her second term as a Phillips County Farm Bureau board member, Gimmie Jo holds the office of Vice President and serves as the District 6 Women's Leadership Chair. Mrs. Jansonius is a member of Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Class IXV, a recent graduate of American Farm Bureau Federation's Women's Communications Boot Camp, and she has been a featured producer speaker at various agriculture-related events throughout northwest Kansas during her association with Kansas Farm Bureau.

7th District - Crystal Carothers

8th District - Sheryl MacNair

Sheryl is the fourth generation involved in production agriculture originally from Greeley County. She is married to Michael (Mick) MacNair, also a fourth generation farmer. Currently, they live in Hodgeman County on the family farm, Cottonwood Corral, located on the Pawnee Creek.

Cottonwood Corral starts beef cattle in continuous rotation at their 2000 head feedlot. Dry land and irrigated crops of wheat, grain sorghum (milo), corn, triticale, oats, sorghum silage and occasionally sunflowers are grown.

Even though farming is a full time job, Sheryl and Mick both find time to serve their community. Sheryl is currently the Ford and Hodgeman County Farm Bureau county coordinator. She is a member of the United Methodist Church and has served as the past president of United Methodist Women and the altar committee. She was the owner of a small business, The Prairie Garden Flower Shoppe. She volunteers her time as a Master Gardener with the Hodgeman County Extension Service. She has served as a committee chairperson with Hodgeman County Economic Development and a Cub Scout leader.

Mick is currently a Hodgeman County Commissioner, a member of the Upper Arkansas River Basin Advisory Committee, the President of the Southwest Kansas Highway Association. He is a past president of Hodgeman County Farm Bureau, chairman of Hodgeman County Conservation District and chairman of United Methodist Church Pastor/Staff Relations Committee.

Sheryl and Mick have been the recipients of several awards throughout their farming career.

Sheryl and Mick have three children. Son, Andy MacNair and wife Paige and granddaughters Olivia and Amelia live in Goddard. Daughter, Erin Delmar and husband Shaun and grandchildren Kylee and Eric live in Wichita. Son, Shane MacNair lives in Ness City is a full-time technician at Bucklin Tractor & Implement, seasonal employee at Cottonwood Corral and a volunteer fireman.

Sheryl has a passion for agriculture and she leaves with you a few of her favorite quotes.

"If you desire peace, cultivate justice but at the same time cultivate the fields efficiently to produce more bread, otherwise there will be no peace." Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

"Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country." William Jennings Bryan

"The Nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself" Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture." George Washington July 20, 1794.

9th District - Carol Deaver

Carol and Mike Deaver live and farm in southern Finney County on the farm where Carol grew up. The farm has more than doubled in size to 4000 acres since Mike came along in 1988. They raise wheat, corn, soybeans and milo, irrigating two thirds of the acres. Joining them on the farm is their son, Kyle. He and his wife Aleasha, a sonographer, live in Garden City. They will have Carol and Mike’s first grandchild in January, 2018 – she will be the 4th generation on the family farm! Daughter Lauren and her husband Adam Lauridsen live in Lawrence. Lauren is a Public Health Educator at KDHE and is studying for her Master’s in Public Health while Adam is in law school.

Carol is currently President of the Finney County Farm Bureau board. She has been a board member for 20 years and has served as President twice before, Secretary-Treasurer and Women’s Chair. In 2000, she received the Kansas Farm Bureau award for Outstanding Women’s Leader; the same year, the Deaver Family were chosen 9th District Farm Family of the Year.

Carol and Mike regularly visit classrooms in Finney County to educate about agriculture, their favorite school to visit is the one located in the corner of one of their fields where not only Carol went to school, but so did Lauren and Kyle. Mike, originally from Clay Center, Kansas, is also a long time member of the Finney County Farm Bureau board as well as past President, past Vice-Chair of the ENR committee and is currently a member of the wheat advisory board.

Carol graduated from the University of Kansas in 1985 with a degree in Occupational Therapy and no intention of returning to the farm, but after working in Kansas City for a few years, she allowed Mike to convince her to return to the farm where her parents generously welcomed them. Carol currently is PRN at 3 area long term care facilities. However, the majority of her work time is spent on the farm, in the farm office and running errands to and from the fields. She enjoys yardwork, reading and promoting accurate awareness of agriculture.

10th District - Susan May

Susan and Roger May farm with Roger's family in Decatur county, in western Kansas. The May family homesteaded the land in 1887, and Roger is the fifth generation to farm this land.

Susan and Roger are the parents of two wonderful children: Ryan, 17, and Erin, 12. They are past members of the Young Farmer and Rancher State Committee, and the winner of the AFBF's YF&R Achievement Award in 1992. Susan won the Outstanding Young Farm Woman Award. Both Roger and Susan have held many local offices in the Decatur County Farm Bureau Association. Susan served on the Public Image Task Force.

They have a cow/calf operation and sell certified seed wheat. They grow wheat, corn, milo, sorgum and hay. Roger currently serves on the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Crop Improvement Association.

Susan is a former teacher. She now volunteers at Oberlin's cooperative women's dress shop, The Dresser, and shoots picture for the local newspaper.

She is active in community service, 4-H, and church projects. She served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Decatur County Extension Service, and currently serves on the local Board of Directors for Sunflower Cinema. Susan enjoys gardening, reading and scrapbooking.

Susan graduated from Fort Hays State University with Summa Cum Laude honors. She is extremely committed to the promotion of agriculture. Her favorite quotation is "bloom where you are planted."

Staff Liaisons
Holly Higgins, Organization Director
Serita Blankenship, Safety & Agriculture Education Manager