OFBF announces staff promotions

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recently announced a number of staff promotions.

Chad Endsley has been promoted to general counsel for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Endsley will guide the organization in all legal matters and serve as legal adviser to the board of trustees, executive vice president and senior administrators.

Endsley, who was raised on his family’s farm near Coshocton, Ohio, joined Ohio Farm Bureau in 2010 as director of agricultural law. He previously was in private practice concentrating on corporate and agricultural law, business transactions, real estate and estate planning. He received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and Juris Doctor from Ohio State University. He and his wife, Katy, are the parents of three children and reside near Pickerington.

“It’s essential that Ohio Farm Bureau meets and exceeds all its legal responsibilities in order to serve its members, and Chad will make sure we meet that goal,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Leah Curtis has been named director of agricultural law and leader of the legal and local policy team for the Public Policy Department of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

She and her team will provide Farm Bureau members with legal information and education, conduct legal engagement in selected cases and carry out the legal mission of the organization.

Curtis was raised on a family farm in Jefferson County. She joined Farm Bureau in 2010 as director of legal education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, a master’s degree in public policy and her Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University (OSU). Prior to graduation, she interned at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the OSU Office of Legal Affairs and was a research assistant in the OSU agricultural and rural law program. She and her husband, Ryan, reside in Canal Winchester.

“Legal issues are increasingly important to farmers’ ability to run their operations and contribute to society,” said Adam Sharp, OFBF’s vice president, public policy. “We know Leah will do a great job looking out for our members’ interests.”

Leah Dorman, D.V.M. has been named senior director for animal and food policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). Dorman will manage a team within the Public Policy Department that will focus on livestock, animal and food issues. Her team will work with Farm Bureau members who are involved with advisory teams and community councils as well as manage OFBF’s relationship with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and other organizations.

Dorman has been with OFBF since 2009 as the organization’s director of food programs. She previously served three years as Ohio’s assistant state veterinarian, was a field veterinarian at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and was a private veterinary practitioner.

Dorman did her undergraduate work in animal science and received her doctorate from Ohio State University. She and her husband, Brad, live on a farm near Croton, and are the parents of three daughters.

“We’re very pleased that Leah is expanding her responsibilities here at Ohio Farm Bureau and will help lead an important part of our work to benefit our members and all Ohioans,” Sharp said.

Seth Teter has been promoted to director of content strategy for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). In addition to serving as editor of OFBF’s publications Our Ohio and Buckeye Farm News, Teter will help Farm Bureau develop strategy and tactics to deliver news and engagement opportunities to Farm Bureau members and other audiences through the organization’s print, Web and social media channels

Teter joined Ohio Farm Bureau in late 2004 as a recent graduate of Ohio State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He added publication editorial duties in 2007. Teter has been recognized by American Farm Bureau with various communications awards over the years.

He is a native of Washington Court House. He and his wife, Lyndsey, are the parents of two children and reside on their farm near Mt. Vernon.

“Seth sees the interesting stories that are a part of farming and Farm Bureau, and the value of those stories as a place to start conversations about agriculture,” said Pat Petzel, OFBF vice president, communications. “His insights will help Farm Bureau better connect with our members and the public.”

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. To learn more or join, visit ofbf.org.


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