USHBC Elections 2012 


Regions:  Western     Midwest     Northeast     Southern

USHBC regional member ballots have been counted and results have been submitted to the USDA for final consideration and appointment by the Secretary.  Those who received the most votes in their region are being recommended by the USHBC as the regional member and those with the second most votes are being recommended as the USHBC alternate, however it will be the final decision of the Secretary as to who will assume these positions for the three year term beginning January 1, 2013.


Western Region
#1  Mark Hurst
(recommended as USHBC Member)
#2  Verne Gingerich
(recommended as USHBC Alternate)
#3  Roy Malensky
#4  Thomas Avinelis
#5  Robert Ditchen
#6  Gurjant Sandhu

Midwest Region

#1  Shelly Ann Hartmann (recommended as USHBC Member)
#2  Patricia Ann Goin (recommended as USHBC Alternate)
#3 to #5  (tied)
       Bobbie Clemons       Hope Hills      Dave Reenders

Northeast Region

#1  Dave Arena (recommended as USHBC Member)
#2  Art Galletta
(recommended as USHBC Alternate)
#3  Dave Berger
#4  Tom Del Rossi

Southern Region

#1  William Braswell (recommended as USHBC Member)
#2  Keith Mixon (recommended as USHBC Alternate)
#3  Tom Giles#4 to #6 (tied)      Tom Thornhill      Melissa Hendrickson      Walker Miller

USHBC Diversity Outreach Policy

The USHBC has adopted a diversity outreach plan to attempt to achieve a diverse representation on the Council.  USHBC programs are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, parental status, and marital or family status.  The USHBC fully complies with any and all applicable Federal, State, and local equal employment opportunity statues, ordinances, and regulations, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

It is USHBC policy that membership on the Council and its committees reflect the diversity of individuals served by its programs. To accomplish this objective, the USHBC will strive to attain representation of growers and other industry participants from diverse backgrounds on the Council and USHBC committees.  To this end, the USHBC strongly encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to seek nominations to the USHBC and to participate in Council and USHBC committee activities.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact

the USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD).