COLUMBUS – The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recently made employee changes and promoted five staff members.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Leah Dorman, D.V.M. has been named senior director for animal and food policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. 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.
Seth Teter has been promoted to director of content strategy for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. 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 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.
Lacey Meeks has been named director of political education for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Meeks will assist members in carrying out their grassroots involvement in the political arena and county programming. She will help organize candidate evaluation activities, work to build political coalitions and enhance OFBF’s relationships with political parties.
Meeks also will work with local, state and American Farm Bureau staff to coordinate civic action programs and will manage OFBF’s political action websites. Meeks is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in communications and public advocacy. She expects to complete her master of public administration degree from Ohio University in spring 2014. She also is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.
Prior to joining farm bureau, Meeks led outreach and engagement strategies for American Commitment and was a political account representative for InfoCision Management Corporation.