SPEAKERS

Stephanie Agee
 

Stephanie Agee is the Director of Marketing and Development at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). In this role, Stephanie directs the Commonwealth’s efforts to promote the sale of Virginia agriculture, food and beverage, and forestry products, both in the U.S. and overseas. With an education and career background in international trade, Stephanie focuses a considerable amount of time on programs and efforts to develop profitable sales opportunities for Virginia producers in markets around the world. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland and is a proud Hokie, having received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Virginia Tech.  

 
Theresia Gillie
 
Theresia Gillie is a Kittson County Commissioner and a Kittson County Soybean and Wheat Farmer in Northwestern Minnesota.  She is past President of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.  She is also a member of Minnesota Wheat Growers, Minnesota Farm Bureau, and Minnesota Barley Growers.  Theresia grew up in a small town in central Minnesota and married Keith,  a grain farmer from Kittson County who she met while attending college at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  Keith and her started farming in 1986.  In April 2017, Keith took his life by suicide due to financial problems.  Theresia currently farms 950 Acres (750 acres which she owns).  She farms with 2 of her neighbors who all share equipment and labor.  She has a son, Bryce and a new Daughter in Law, Ariel.
Bob Holsworth
 

Dr. Robert Holsworth is a managing partner of Decide Smart. He is the team lead for higher education and civic engagement projects. He was the founding director of the Center for Public Policy and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also served as dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences. Holsworth was executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness in Virginia State Government, and is a past director of the Virginia Executive Institute, the leading professional development program for state executives in the commonwealth.

Paul Long
 
Paul Long is a motivational speaker and consultant that has challenged the corporate landscape for over a decade while engaging audiences around the globe.  Paul Long’s Fundamism philosophy can be defined as the fundamentals of a FUN and optimistic lifestyle. Paul believes strongly that gravitating more towards the things that give you strength, as opposed to the things that don’t will provide you more FUN, joy and fulfillment in life.   Through his concept of "Fundamism," infectious spirit and unique take on F.U.N. in the workplace, Paul has provided memorable experiences at hundreds of events. Paul's keynote experience is sure to bring laughter, tears, and provoke thought to any event.
 
Dale Moore
 

Dale Moore is executive vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. He oversees the strategic direction and all operations of AFBF, as well as the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. He previously served as AFBF’s vice president of Public Affairs and was a former deputy executive director for Public Policy. Moore has 30 years of public policy and communications experience. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as USDA’s chief of staff and served all four individuals appointed as Secretary of Agriculture by the President. Moore grew up in southwest Kansas on a livestock, hay and grain farm.

Martha Moore
 
Martha Moore is vice president of governmental relations for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. Her responsibilities include managing Farm Bureau’s overall lobbying efforts at the local, state and national levels and handling issues related to higher education, as well as any budget issues. Moore grew up on a farm in Pittsylvania County.

Janice Person

Janice Person is founder of JPlovesCOTTON LLC and is known for her tweets and blogging about her favorite fiber. She is a fourth-generation city girl from Memphis who was introduced to agriculture in her college years through jobs with agricultural magazines, Custom Applicator and Cotton Farming. She also has worked for a public relations agency in New York, a seed company in Mississippi and the world’s ag biotech leader for Missouri. For the past five years, Person has connected with moms, foodies and millennials sharping how they look at food and farming.