Board of Directors &
Sponsors

NEQS Semi-Annual Regular Board Meeting Notice (Virtual)
January 29, 2021; 2:00 pm CST

2020 NEQS Regular Meeting Notice, Atlanta, GA (PDF)

View/download Sponsorship Letter

View/download Sponsorship Form

Officers 2020 thru 2021

Michael Darre, PhD, Director (2023)
Dept. of Animal Science, University of CT
102 Healy Drive
Williams Bay, WI 53191-9778
Telephone: (860) 942-0107
Email: Michael.darre@uconn.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 (2022)
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 (2022)
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 (2022)
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 (2022)
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

Jamie Guffey (2022)
Kentucky Poultry Federation
PO Box 71
Hardinsburg, KY  40143
270-404-2277
Email: jguffey@kypoultry.org

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

Craig Coufal Ph.D. (2023)
Associate Professor/Extension Specialist
Texas A&M
Kleberg 107C
College Station, TX 77843-2472
Telephone: 979-845-2249
Email: ccoufal@poultry.tamu.edu

Kim Rice (2021)
Rose Acre Farms
1657 W Tipton
Seymour, IN 47274
Telephone: (812) 497-2557
Fax: (812) 497-3115
Email: krice@roseacre.com

Paul Patterson PhD (2022)
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

Deanna Baldwin (2024)
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Food Quality Assurance Program
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: (410) 841-5769
Fax: (410) 841-2750
Email: Deanna.Baldwin@maryland.gov

Elizabeth Myers, (2022)
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 (2022)
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

The National Egg Quality School gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the following organizations:
American Egg Board
Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission
CCF Brands
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Egg Nutrition Center
Auburn University 
Indiana State Egg Board
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Penn State University
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Rose Acres Farms
South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Texas A&M
Texas Tech University
United Egg Producers
Utah Department of Agriculture & Food
USDA AMS Livestock, Poultry & Seed Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
University of Connecticut
University of Illinois
Kentucky Poultry Federation
Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

A special thank you to Kathryn Tockey and 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 school in 2019:

DIAMOND
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

PLATINUM
Diamond V
Rose Acre Farms

GOLD
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Cal-Maine Foods Inc. 
Center Fresh Group
Mid-States Specialty Eggs LLC
Midwest Poultry Services, L.P.
MOBA
Opal Foods LLC
Prairie Star Farms
Weaver Eggs

SILVER
CCF Brands – Great Day Foods
Creighton Brothers LLC
Eggland’s Best
Hendrix Genetics
Hidden Villa Ranch/Nest Fresh Eggs
Highland Packaging Solutions, Inc.
Kuhl Corporation
Quality Technology International (QTI)

BRONZE
Colorado Egg Producers
Country Charm Eggs, LLC
EAGLE Certification Group
Evonik Corporation
Fassio Egg Farms, Inc.
Hartmann North America
iGPS Logistics, LLC
Lathem Family Farms
Marketing Concepts Group
Morning Fresh Farms
North American Stainless Systems

FRIEND OF NEQS
American Egg Board
Coast Packaging Co.

A special thank you to ROSE ACRE FARMS for donating the eggs and DOLCO PACKAGING for cartons used in the Laboratories.