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MFB staff welcomes new P&E, West-Central staffers

Filling vacancies in MFB’s home office and field staff are P&E and Youth Program Specialist Katie Cooper and West-Central Regional Manager Andrew Smith.
Date Posted: June 10, 2024

A pair of new hires fill key vacancies in Michigan Farm Bureau’s home office and field staff.

Katie Cooper

Tuscola County native Katie Cooper started her Farm Bureau career June 3 as the organization’s new Promotion & Education and Youth Program Specialist. 

Originally from Millington, Cooper comes most recently from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she worked as a student support coordinator. 

Prior to that she served as a 4-H program coordinator with MSU Extension in Tuscola County — experience that’ll come in handy in her new role, as will her work with Tuscola County Farm Bureau’s Promotion & Education program.

In her new role, Cooper will lead MFB’s involvement with high school programs, support initiatives of the state-level Promotion & Education committee, and coordinate state-level P&E programming and conferences.

A biology graduate of Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin, Cooper in her spare time enjoys kayaking, camping, traveling and a good cup of coffee.

Andrew Smith

Michigan Farm Bureau’s field staff is back to full strength as of June 3, when new Regional Manager Andrew Smith began serving members in the West-Central Region (District 7). 

Originally from a farm in the Thumb, Smith looks forward to getting back into the agriculture industry and working closely with Farm Bureau members in Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties. 

Smith comes to MFB from the Aluminum Association where he served as regulatory affairs manager, where he helped plan and execute the organization’s environmental, health and safety advocacy and industry programming. 

Prior to that he worked with the Michigan Corn Growers Association and as a legislative staff intern for Dist. 64 Representative (and Jackson County Farm Bureau member) Julie Alexander

MFB Regional managers help implement county, state and national policies and programs, and build, maintain and service county Farm Bureau memberships.

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Rebecca Gulliver

Member Engagement & Field Training Manager
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Tonia Ritter

Education and Leadership Programs Manager
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