Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association Inc.

Board of Directors

Sheila Everhart

Sheila Everhart
(Everhart Family Farms)

PRESIDENT
Sheila Everhart and her husband Dennis reside in Janesville Township, Rock County and have two sons: Michael and Mathew and four grandchildren. Dennis and Mathew operate Everhart Farms where they raise beef cattle, corn and soybeans. Sheila loves helping students and her grandchildren learn about farming and career opportunities in agriculture. Sheila chairs the Ag in the Classroom Initiatives, Annual Meeting Recognition & Banquet, Scholarships and Fair Food Stand subcommittees. Sheila is also on the Executive Board of The Janesville Park City Chapter of American Business Women's Association (ABWA). She is the chapter Secretary and chairs the Public Relations and Professional Development subcommittees. Sheila has worked 27 years as a Teacher and Principal for school districts in Alaska and Wisconsin. She has earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater and a master's degree from UW-Madison. "I am here to be the change I wish to see in the world, choosing to: learn well and do well for others, extending myself in service, treating others with respect, inspiring and influencing others to take action by using and being thankful for my GOD given talents and skills as an instructional leader, teacher, coach, mentor and advocate."

John Govin

John Govin
(Govin's Farm)

VICE PRESIDENT
Govin's is located East of Menomonie between I94 and Hwy 12/29. We are a small family farm, owned by John and Julie Govin along with our sons, Kyle and Clayton. Our family enjoys sharing our farm with your family. When you buy products from our farm, you can be assured that you are getting the highest quality available from a family you can trust and get to know. We raise a wide variety of products for you to choose from. Govin's offers 6 acres of Strawberries both U-Pick and Pre-picked, Lamb, by the cut or custom cut, and our all natural Chickens. In the fall we have our 11 acre corn Maze along with out 3 acres of pumpkins and lots of fun fall activities You can also bring the family out in the spring to enjoy see and holding all the baby animals in our Lambing Barn. Here at Govin's we are a back to the basics type farm. We raise our animals the way our ancestors raised animals. All of our animals are pasture raised on our 55 acres of grass. We raise the animals naturally and free of hormones and antibiotic's.

David Muehl, CPA

David Muehl, CPA
(Badger Farms, LLC)

TREASURER
Dave is a Madison, WI native. He received his BS in Business, majors in Accounting and Risk Management and Insurance from the Univ. of WI, Madison, in 1975. Dave is a Certified Public Accountant and is a partner at Wegner LLP, an accounting firm with four Wisconsin offices. He is a past Co-chair of the Agriculture committee for WICPA and is co-owner of Badger Farms, LLC, which is a 530 acre farm, growing marsh hay for other agriculture producers and construction industry, and agri-tourism specialty event venue specializing in weddings and other life event celebrations. Dave is also a lake developer of a 141 acre site near Reedsburg, WI. He is a Director and officer of the Wisconsin Business Development Corp., Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, Deerfield Chamber of Commerce, Madison United Rugby and Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association. In addition he is also a member of the Town of Cottage Grove Plan Commission and their Long Range Planning Committee as well as a Member of Rotary, USA Water Ski, WI Water Ski Federation.

Karen Kelley

Karen Kelley
(Kelley Country Creamery)

Karen married into the dairy farming business to Tim Kelley over 33 years ago. The Kelley Farm is a fifth generation, 167 year old family farm south of Fond du lac Wisconsin. They have five children, four girls and one boy. Over the years she developed a passion and dream for a value added farmstead creamery featuring premium non homogenized ice cream, created by using her farms high quality milk . Her Creamery was opened on May 2010 and continues to grow and entertain new customers on a daily basis. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, grandchildren and traveling (especially visiting new ice cream shops).

Stephen Nagy

Stephen Nagy
(Homestead Meadows)

Homestead Meadows is an event venue on a 55 acre farm in Greenville's historic Yellowstone Trail corridor. we have hosted over 6,000 groups since 1983, and are considered to be one of NAE Wisconsin's premier wedding venues.

Jody Knoebel

Jody Knoebel
(Jelli's Market)

Jelli's Market is a fresh produce farm offering pick your own fruits and vegetables from asparagus to zucchini. We have an on farm store that sells our home raised Angus Beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Fun family activities from spring to fall.

Mary Telfer

Mary Telfer
(Busy Barns Adventure Farm LLC)

Ag education and fun for families, corn maze, farm animals, seasonal events. At our farm you can interact with the animals, play in the corn and straw, sit on the antique tractors, take in a puppet show, scurry down the rabbit hole slide, sway on the pony swings, conquer the trivia corn maze, or select the perfect pumpkin. Birthday parties and school field trips welcome. The Gathering Barn at Busy Barns Adventure Farm hosts amazing romantic rustic farm wedding and receptions. Call to tour the Gathering Barn today to book your unique rustic farm wedding complete with a petting zoo for your guests. Email us at info@thegatheringbarn.com, or visit www.thegatheringbarn.com for more information. Amazing adventures at Busy Barns Adventure Farm!

Kyle Vesperman

Kyle Vesperman
(Vesperman Farms)

Kyle began raising pumpkins and selling them on his grandparent's front yard in town while in high school. Recognizing agritourism as a growing industry, he began bringing people out to the farm to pick their own pumpkins. The next fall, while attending UW Platteville, his first corn maze - a venture which continues to grow every year. Now eleven years later Vesperman Farms is a fall destination for many families and friends, welcoming thousands and thousands of guests every weekend. Kyle has also been involved with local politics, serving as a County Board Supervisor for two terms. He currently serves on the board of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and other various non-profit local boards.

Danielle Ziegler, CMP, CVT

Danielle Ziegler, CMP, CVT
(Red Dog Resources, LLC & Dane County Fair)

Danielle Ziegler wears a lot of hats. She is the President & CEO of Red Dog Resources, LLC, an agricultural events management company; the General Manager of the Dane County Fair; and the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at the Alliant Energy Center. She has been in the meetings industry for over 20 years and is a Certified Meeting Profesional (CMP) and Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Prior to her current roles, Danielle worked at the local convention and visitors bureau selling the city of Madison to national and regional agricultural associations. This position, as well as her career as an association meeting planner and a CVT at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Care, is where she found her love of all things agriculture. Danielle has also held board positions for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI)-Wisconsin Chapter, and currently resides in Oregon, WI with her husband and "four-legged" kids.

Advisors

Lois Federman

Lois Federman
(Director of Something Special from WI with DATCP)

Lois Federman is a Senior Agricultural Marketing Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in Madison, Wisconsin. She directs the Something Special from Wisconsin - a branded marketing program, which was founded in 1983 to assist Wisconsin companies increase their brand presence locally, regionally and nationally. Currently over 500 Wisconsin companies are program members. Lois and her brother are fourth generation co-owners/operators of their family's homestead farm south of Mineral Point, WI. Together they direct-market meat to consumers through CSA's, Farmers' Markets, restaurants and grocery stores. Prior to returning to her agricultural roots, her career spanned 20 plus years traveling the world for the internationally known apparel company, Lands' End, as director of product development and quality control for the men's, women's and kids knit apparel lines and the business outfitters division. lois.federman@wi.gov

Drew Nussbaum

Drew Nussbaum
(Department of Tourism)

anussbaum@travelwisconsin.com

Marsha Salzwedel

Marsha Salzwedel
(Marshfield Clinic - National Farm Medicine Center)

Marsha grew up on a farm and is still involved today in the family business - growing Christmas trees, selling wreathes, maple syrup, and timber. She is also the Agritourism Safety Specialist at the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (part of the National Farm Medicine Center) in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Marsha led the development of the interactive website "Integrating Safety into Agritourism" and is currently leading the team that is updating the agritourism safety materials. She has given presentations and workshops on agritourism safety at state, regional, national and international meetings. Marsha has a Master's Degree in Human & Community Resources from the University of Wisconsin Steven's Point. salzwedel.marsha@mcrf.mfldclin.edu