About NAWG

NAWG Leadership

Nicole Berg

Nicole Berg is a fourth generation farmer works alongside her dad and two brothers at their family farm in Paterson, Wash., she grows dry-land and irrigated wheat; Blue Grass Seed; Field Corn; Sweet Corn, Sweet Peas, Green Beans and Alfalfa. In 2014, Nicole was named Washington Association of Wheat Grower’s “Outstanding Member of the Year”. Berg also sits on the Board of the Conservation District and has received the NACD/NRCS Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in agricultural communications and worked for a number of years in the wine industry before heading back to the farm. She has been involved with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers for more than 15 years and is very active in natural resource issues in Washington state. She, also, serves on the Community First Bank Board of Directors.

Nicole Berg

President

Nicole Berg is a fourth generation farmer works alongside her dad and two brothers at their family farm in Paterson, Wash., she grows dry-land and irrigated wheat; Blue Grass Seed; Field Corn; Sweet Corn, Sweet Peas, Green Beans and Alfalfa. In 2014, Nicole was named Washington Association of Wheat Grower’s “Outstanding Member of the Year”. Berg also sits on the Board of the Conservation District and has received the NACD/NRCS Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in agricultural communications and worked for a number of years in the wine industry before heading back to the farm. She has been involved with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers for more than 15 years and is very active in natural resource issues in Washington state. She, also, serves on the Community First Bank Board of Directors.

Brent Cheyne

Brent farms near Klamath Falls in southern Oregon. He raises wheat and barley, oats and alfalfa on about 400 acres. He also raises champion Angus cattle. His son, Rodney, farms with his dad, carrying on the family tradition of working hard and producing a quality product. The Cheyne farm was certified a Century Farm in 2015, through the Century Farm and Ranch Program offered by the Oregon Farm Bureau. Additionally, Cheyne has farming interest in a dry land wheat operation in Sherman county in Northern Oregon. Brent began his tenure with the Oregon Wheat Growers League in 2011 as Klamath County President before accepting the position of Secretary/Treasurer in 2015. Brent has been a valuable asset to the League. He also served as Klamath County Farm Bureau President from 1983-1986, and sat on the Oregon Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 1987-1988

Brent Cheyne

Vice President

Brent farms near Klamath Falls in southern Oregon. He raises wheat and barley, oats and alfalfa on about 400 acres. He also raises champion Angus cattle. His son, Rodney, farms with his dad, carrying on the family tradition of working hard and producing a quality product. The Cheyne farm was certified a Century Farm in 2015, through the Century Farm and Ranch Program offered by the Oregon Farm Bureau. Additionally, Cheyne has farming interest in a dry land wheat operation in Sherman county in Northern Oregon. Brent began his tenure with the Oregon Wheat Growers League in 2011 as Klamath County President before accepting the position of Secretary/Treasurer in 2015. Brent has been a valuable asset to the League. He also served as Klamath County Farm Bureau President from 1983-1986, and sat on the Oregon Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 1987-1988

Keef Felty

Keeff Felty is a fourth-generation family farmer in the Altus area. He took over and expanded the family operation from his father and grandfather after becoming invested in the farm right after high school. The family farm consists of approximately 6700 acres of cotton, wheat, sesame, and pasture-land. Keeff attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) receiving his Master of Science degree in Agriculture Economics in 1991. He was recognized by OSU’s Plant and Soil Science Department in 2017 with the state Master Agronomist award for his progressive production methods and ongoing work with OSU in field trial activities. He is also very active with state commodity boards and agriculture organizations including the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, Cotton Incorporated Oklahoma State Support Committee and has served on various commodity committees within the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau PAC Board.

Keeff Felty

Treasurer

Keeff Felty is a fourth-generation family farmer in the Altus area. He took over and expanded the family operation from his father and grandfather after becoming invested in the farm right after high school. The family farm consists of approximately 6700 acres of cotton, wheat, sesame, and pasture-land. Keeff attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) receiving his Master of Science degree in Agriculture Economics in 1991. He was recognized by OSU’s Plant and Soil Science Department in 2017 with the state Master Agronomist award for his progressive production methods and ongoing work with OSU in field trial activities. He is also very active with state commodity boards and agriculture organizations including the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, Cotton Incorporated Oklahoma State Support Committee and has served on various commodity committees within the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau PAC Board.

Pat Clements

Pat Clements is a wheat grower and livestock farmer in Springfield, KY and has spent 45 years in the farm supply business. He attended St. Catherine College and the University of Kentucky where he studied Agricultural Economics. After school, Clements returned home to take over a family member’s seed cleaning business. As the farm input supply business consolidated, Clements Ag Supply Inc. acquired eight other farm supply businesses to become a full line farm supplier, with seed, seed cleaning and wheat seed production. Clements is chairman of the board of the Kentucky Seed Improvement Association, chairman of the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association Promotion Council, and has served 12 years on the local school board. He currently serves as NAWG’s secretary and is completing his second term as chairman of the NAWG Environment and Research Committee.

Pat Clements

Secretary

Pat Clements is a wheat grower and livestock farmer in Springfield, KY and has spent 45 years in the farm supply business. He attended St. Catherine College and the University of Kentucky where he studied Agricultural Economics. After school, Clements returned home to take over a family member’s seed cleaning business. As the farm input supply business consolidated, Clements Ag Supply Inc. acquired eight other farm supply businesses to become a full line farm supplier, with seed, seed cleaning and wheat seed production. Clements is chairman of the board of the Kentucky Seed Improvement Association, chairman of the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association Promotion Council, and has served 12 years on the local school board. He currently serves as NAWG’s secretary and is completing his second term as chairman of the NAWG Environment and Research Committee.

Dave Milligan

Dave Milligan farms in Cass City, located in Michigan’s “thumb” with his wife Kris and son Mike raising wheat, corn, soybeans, and dry edible beans. Dave currently serves at the 2020-2021 president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and is the outgoing 9-year chairman of the Michigan Wheat Program. He once served on Michigan’s Dry Bean Commission and was chair of the American Dry Bean Board. Dave also serves as the officer liaison to NAWG’s Environment and Research Committee and the Joint NAWG/USW Wheat Breeding Innovation Committee.

Dave Milligan

Past President

Dave Milligan farms in Cass City, located in Michigan’s “thumb” with his wife Kris and son Mike raising wheat, corn, soybeans, and dry edible beans. Dave currently serves at the 2020-2021 president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and is the outgoing 9-year chairman of the Michigan Wheat Program. He once served on Michigan’s Dry Bean Commission and was chair of the American Dry Bean Board. Dave also serves as the officer liaison to NAWG’s Environment and Research Committee and the Joint NAWG/USW Wheat Breeding Innovation Committee.

NAWG Staff

Chandler Goule

Chandler Goule is NAWG’s Chief Executive Officer, coming into the role July 2016. Chandler leads NAWG’s efforts to advocate for American wheat farmers and acts as Executive Director of the National Wheat Foundation. Chandler has worked extensively in Washington, D.C., on agriculture, food safety and trade policy. His previous experience extends to serving as the Sr. Vice President of Programs for the National Farmers Union, as staff director of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and companies such as Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Growing up in rural Texas, Goule understood agriculture policy and the rural way of life. He graduated from Texas A&M University on a 4-H scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science in animal science with an emphasis in production. While in D.C., he completed his master’s in political management and corporate and public affairs at The George Washington University.

Chandler Goule

Chief Executive Officer

Chandler Goule is NAWG’s Chief Executive Officer, coming into the role July 2016. Chandler leads NAWG’s efforts to advocate for American wheat farmers and acts as Executive Director of the National Wheat Foundation. Chandler has worked extensively in Washington, D.C., on agriculture, food safety and trade policy. His previous experience extends to serving as the Sr. Vice President of Programs for the National Farmers Union, as staff director of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and companies such as Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Growing up in rural Texas, Goule understood agriculture policy and the rural way of life. He graduated from Texas A&M University on a 4-H scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science in animal science with an emphasis in production. While in D.C., he completed his master’s in political management and corporate and public affairs at The George Washington University.

Jake Westlin

Since the Fall of 2022, Jake Westlin has served as NAWG's Vice President of Policy and Communications. Since joining the organization, he previously served as the Director of Policy and Communications and its Government Relations Representative. Before joining NAWG in 2019, Jake spent over six years working in the Senate, covering issues related to agriculture, public lands, and food and nutrition policy. He started as an intern with Senator Kent Conrad (D- ND) and worked as a Legislative Aide for Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

Jake Westlin

Vice President of Policy and Communications

Since the Fall of 2022, Jake Westlin has served as NAWG's Vice President of Policy and Communications. Since joining the organization, he previously served as the Director of Policy and Communications and its Government Relations Representative. Before joining NAWG in 2019, Jake spent over six years working in the Senate, covering issues related to agriculture, public lands, and food and nutrition policy. He started as an intern with Senator Kent Conrad (D- ND) and worked as a Legislative Aide for Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

Mariah Wollweber is the Director of Communications and Partnerships for NAWG. Mariah is a fifth-generation wheat farmer from Washington State. Growing up in a farming family, she was able to see how policies and practices impacted the agricultural community. She wanted to be a voice for those involved in agriculture, so she became an active member in 4-H and FFA, learning how to effectively communicate about ag-related topics. She began her career working in broadcast journalism and later transitioned to focusing on public relations, communications and marketing for government and non-profit organizations in Washington and Colorado. Mariah joined NAWG in April of 2019 and overseas the association’s external communication efforts, while also managing events and partnerships.

Mariah Wollweber

Director of Communications and Partnerships

Mariah Wollweber is the Director of Communications and Partnerships for NAWG. Mariah is a fifth-generation wheat farmer from Washington State. Growing up in a farming family, she was able to see how policies and practices impacted the agricultural community. She wanted to be a voice for those involved in agriculture, so she became an active member in 4-H and FFA, learning how to effectively communicate about ag-related topics. She began her career working in broadcast journalism and later transitioned to focusing on public relations, communications and marketing for government and non-profit organizations in Washington and Colorado. Mariah joined NAWG in April of 2019 and overseas the association’s external communication efforts, while also managing events and partnerships.

Taylor Williamson

Taylor Williamson is the Government Relations Representative for the National Association of Wheat Growers. Williamson has an extensive background in both policy and agriculture. Before moving into policy, he spent many years working on Williamson Farm, which gave him firsthand experience on how policies and practices impacted the family operation. He has worked in the Office of Agriculture Policy at the Department of State and most recently as the Director of Government Affairs for the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Wheat Commission. Williamson’s most recent role in Kansas brings a fundamental understanding of the policy issues, challenges wheat growers face, and a vital understanding of NAWG.

Taylor Williamson

Government Relations Representative

Taylor Williamson is the Government Relations Representative for the National Association of Wheat Growers. Williamson has an extensive background in both policy and agriculture. Before moving into policy, he spent many years working on Williamson Farm, which gave him firsthand experience on how policies and practices impacted the family operation. He has worked in the Office of Agriculture Policy at the Department of State and most recently as the Director of Government Affairs for the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Wheat Commission. Williamson’s most recent role in Kansas brings a fundamental understanding of the policy issues, challenges wheat growers face, and a vital understanding of NAWG.

Keira Franz

Keira Franz is a policy advisor to NAWG on conservation, environmental and agricultural policy issues. Franz has more than 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., serving most recently as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. There, she was responsible for developing the conservation and energy titles of the 2012 Farm Bill proposal as passed in the Senate, and she handled conservation, renewable energy, pesticide, biotechnology and environmental issues. Prior to her work on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Franz was director of the Legislative Affairs Division of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and lobbied for the National Association of Conservation Districts, United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and the National Corn Growers Association. Franz holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Keira Franz

Environmental Policy Advisor

Keira Franz is a policy advisor to NAWG on conservation, environmental and agricultural policy issues. Franz has more than 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., serving most recently as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. There, she was responsible for developing the conservation and energy titles of the 2012 Farm Bill proposal as passed in the Senate, and she handled conservation, renewable energy, pesticide, biotechnology and environmental issues. Prior to her work on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Franz was director of the Legislative Affairs Division of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and lobbied for the National Association of Conservation Districts, United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and the National Corn Growers Association. Franz holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Anne Osborne

Anne Osborne is the Project Manager for the National Wheat Foundation.  Anne started with the role in January, 2021.  Anne directs the National Wheat Yield Contest, leadership programs for NAWG and NWF and other education, research and outreach programs the Foundation is involved in.  Prior to her position with NWF, Anne worked as a sales agronomist in ag retail and crop protection sales with DuPont as well as other positions with DuPont such as customer service and inside sales.   Anne worked with all levels of the ag retail channel to promote and service products.  She has served on several boards and task forces including North Dakota Corn Growers, National Corn Growers, North Dakota Ag in the Classroom and Advanced Crop Advisors Workshop Planning Committee. Anne went to Montana State University and has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education, Extension option.

Anne Osborne

Project Manager

Anne Osborne is the Project Manager for the National Wheat Foundation.  Anne started with the role in January, 2021.  Anne directs the National Wheat Yield Contest, leadership programs for NAWG and NWF and other education, research and outreach programs the Foundation is involved in.  Prior to her position with NWF, Anne worked as a sales agronomist in ag retail and crop protection sales with DuPont as well as other positions with DuPont such as customer service and inside sales.   Anne worked with all levels of the ag retail channel to promote and service products.  She has served on several boards and task forces including North Dakota Corn Growers, National Corn Growers, North Dakota Ag in the Classroom and Advanced Crop Advisors Workshop Planning Committee. Anne went to Montana State University and has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education, Extension option.

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