Board of Directors &
Sponsors

Paul Patterson PhD (2025)
Penn State University
Dept. of Poultry Science
213 Henning Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 865-3414
Fax: (814) 865-5691
Email: phpl@psu.edu

E. L. Knicely, Secretary (2023)
Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Division of Marketing & Dev.
102 Governor St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone: (804) 786-0480
Fax: (804) 225-4434
Email: el.knicely@vdacs.virginia.gov

Diana Sparks, Treasurer (2025)
CCF Brands
5211 Village Parkway, Ste 101
Rogers, AR 72758-5105
Telephone: (479) 464-0544
Fax: (479) 254-8532
Email: dsparks@ccfbrands.com

Elizabeth Myers Asst. Director (2025)
Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Office of Poultry & Egg Services
261 Mt. Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg VA 22802
Telephone: (540) 209-9140
Fax: (540) 432-1357
Email: Elizabeth.myers@vdacs.virginia.gov

Bryan Lawson (2025)
NEQS Coordinator 

South Carolina Dept. of Agriculture
Poultry Division
PO Box 11280
Columbia, SC 29211-1280
Telephone: (803) 737-4835
Fax: (803) 737-4829
Email: blawson@scda.sc.gov

 

Board

Ken Kolkebeck, PhD (2025)
University of Illinois
Department of Animal Sciences
282 Animal Sciences Lab
1207 W Gregory Dr MC-630
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-244-0195 
Email: kkoelkeb@illinois.edu

Nichole Martz (2023)
Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture
Suite G5
2301 North Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Telephone: (717) 346-3223
Email: nimartz@pa.gov

Mike Persia (2023)
Associate Professor, & Extension Specialist
Virginia Tech
175 W. Campus Drive,
3060 Litten Reeves Hall
Blacksburg, VA, 24067
Phone: 540-315-0735
Email: mpersia@vt.edu

Deana R. Jones, PhD, (2024)
United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit
Russell Research Center, PO Box 5677
Athens, GA 30605-5677
Telephone: (706) 546-3486
Fax: (706) 546-3035
Email: Deana.Jones@ars.usda.gov

Dianna V. Bourassa, Ph.D. (2024)
Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist
Auburn University
Poultry Processing, Dept. of Poultry Science
302 A Poultry Science Bldg., 260 Lem Morrison Dr.
Auburn, AL 36849-5416
Telephone: (334) 844-2610
Email: dvb0006@auburn.edu

Oscar Garrison (2023)
Director of Food Safety
United Egg Producers
1720 Windward concourse Ste 230
Alpharetta GA 30005
Telephone: (770) 360-9220
Fax: (770) 360-7058
Email: OGarrison@unitedegg.com

Aaron Kiess PhD, (2023)
Department of Poultry Science, N.C. State University
Scott Hall Rm 243B
Raleigh NC, 27695
Phone: (919)515-5526
Email:askiess@ncsu.edu

Glenn Raef  (2024)
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Weights, Measures & Consumer Protection Device & Commodity
PO Box 630
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (417) 664-5210
Email: Glenn.Raef@mda.mo.gov

Roland Mader (2024)
Arizona Department of Agriculture
1688 W Adams
Phoenix, AZ, 85007
Office: 602-542-0884
Cell: 602-466-0075
Fax: 602-542-4194
Email: rmader@azda.gov

Paul Patterson PhD (2025)
Penn State University
Dept. of Poultry Science
213 Henning Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 865-3414
Fax: (814) 865-5691
Email: phpl@psu.edu

Rafael Rivera (2024)
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
Manager, Food Safety & Production Programs
1530 Cooledge Road
Tucker, GA 30084-7303
Telephone: (770) 493-9401
Fax: (770) 493-9257
Email: rrivera@uspoultry.org

Shari Yeatts (2024)
Hickman’s Family Farms, Compliance Manager
6515 S. Jackrabbit Trail
Buckeye AZ 85326
Office Phone: 623-872-2358
Cell: 623-692-8451
Email: syeatts@hickmanseggs.com

Elizabeth Myers, (2025)
Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Office of Poultry & Egg Services
261 Mt. Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg VA 22802
Telephone: (540) 209-9140
Fax: (540) 432-1357
Email: Elizabeth.myers@vdacs.virginia.gov

Bryan Lawson (2025)
South Carolina Dept. of Agriculture
Poultry Division
PO Box 11280
Columbia, SC 29211-1280
Telephone: (803) 737-4835
Fax: (803) 737-4829
Email: blawson@scda.sc.gov

Michael Abbott, (2023)
California Dept. of Food & Ag
1220 “N” Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 900-5060
Fax: (916) 900-5359
Email: therrera@cdfa.ca.gov

Justin Jarocki, (2024)
Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture
Meat, Egg and Poultry Inspection
Dairy and Meat Inspection Division
Farmington, MN 55024
Telephone: (651) 285-8327
Email: justin.jarocki@state.mn.us

Marcos Sanchez-Plata PhD (2024)
Texas Tech University
Dept. of Animal & Food Sciences
Box 42141, Lubbock, TX 79409
Telephone (806) 834-6503
Email: marcos.x.sanchez@ttu.edu

 

Lifetime Honorary Board Members

Joe Beck, retired USDA
Jewell Hutto, former Georgia Egg Association Director
Cary Wise, retired, Utah Department of Agriculture & Food
Dave Reeseman, retired UEP
Danny Hughes, retired Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission
Richard Hoyle, retired North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Tony Herrera, retired California Department of Food & Agriculture
Deanna Baldwin, former Program Manager, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Kenneth Anderson, PhD, North Carolina State University

The National Egg Quality School gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the following organizations:
American Egg Board, Auburn University, Arizona Department of Agriculture, CCF Brands, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Egg Nutrition Center, Food and Drug Administration, Hickman’s Family Farms, Kentucky Poultry Federation, University of Illinois, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, United Egg Producers, United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Virginia Tech and Western University.

A special thank you to Penny Arana of the California Department of Food & Agriculture/ESQM for processing the registrations and student communication.

The National Egg Quality School gratefully acknowledges the following Donors for their Generous Support of the 2022 School.

DIAMOND

PLATINUM
Diamond V

GOLD
Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission
Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production
MOBA
Prairie Star Farms
Versova
Weaver Eggs
Zoetis, Inc.

SILVER
CCF Brands-Great Day Foods
Eggland’s Best
Hendrix Genetics
Hidden Villa Ranch/Nest Fresh Eggs
Kuhl Corporation

BRONZE
Coast Packaging Co.
Country Charm Eggs, LLC
EAGLE Certification Group
Lathem Family Farms
Morning Fresh Farms
North American Stainless Systems

FRIEND OF NEQS
Aviagen Inc.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO CREIGHTON BROTHERS LLC FOR DONATING THE EGGS AND DOLCO PACKAGING FOR CARTONS USED IN THE LABORATORIES