Maureen Stickel is the Director of International Program Development for the World Poultry Foundation. She leads WPF’s training strategy and execution, monitoring and data system development, as well as oversees the foundations strategic communications. Prior to joining WPF, Maureen worked with IDinsight an Associate Director where she led their Southern Africa regional office. Maureen has also worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison to manage various research projects with government partners in Paraguay, the same country where she served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development Volunteer. Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maureen speaks English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Maureen currently resides in Lusaka, Zambia.
Jan de Jonge joined the WPF in June 2022 as the Senior Program Director for Africa. Jan will be a part of the WPF Executive Team and will be responsible for managing WPF’s development programs in Africa and engagement with organizations and private companies to build poultry distribution networks targeting smallholder farmers. With a background in finance and poultry production, Mr. De Jonge has experience in the development of agricultural supply chains focused on smallholder farmers. He was most recently the General Manager of Soma Bakery BV in the Netherlands and prior to that held positions in Rabobank, Eggs for Africa; Mozambique Fresh Eggs and New Horizons Mozambique.
Mr. De Jonge currently resides in the Netherlands and speaks fluent Dutch, English, and Portuguese.
Gordon Gossett is the CFO of the World Poultry Foundation and has served in this role since 2017. Previously, he served Aviagen in accounting and finance management for over 5 years, and has over 10 years’ experience in public accounting and business consulting. He is a CPA and serves on the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy. He is also a US Navy Veteran.
Lisa Cox is the Administrative Assistant for the World Poultry Foundation. Lisa graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Communication. She supports the CEO, as well as assists with organizational tasks and support of WPF projects. Lisa is a seasoned admin with over 15 years in office services, data entry and administrative support.
Elton Maddox is a veteran of the US poultry industry, and joined what is now Wayne Farms in 1974, working in all aspects of management before eventually rising to the role of CEO/Chairman of the Board of Wayne Farms. He retired from Wayne Farms in 2019 and continues to serve on the board of directors. Elton has served on numerous industry boards during his distinguished career and is a past President of the Georgia Poultry Federation, the Georgia Poultry Processors Association, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for both the Georgia Poultry Improvement Association and the National Chicken Council. He is a past chairman of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and past Chairman of the US Poultry Harold E. Ford Foundation. Mr. Maddox was the 2017 National Poultry and Food Distributor’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Jim Sumner has served as president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), from 1990 until June 2022 at which time he was named senior trade advisor, to the non-profit trade association. USAPEEC has 16 offices around the world conducting marketing activities and working to resolve trade policy issues. During his 32-year poultry career, Sumner was one of the founders of the predecessor organization to the World Poultry Foundation, known as the UIPDP, which successfully operated a joint venture broiler facility and served as a demonstration project for western technology in Russia. He was also one of the founders of the International Poultry Council, where he served as president for 14 years, a global poultry organization whose members include 28 countries and represents over 90 percent of global poultry production. Prior to his involvement in poultry, Sumner was involved in the dairy industry, working for two different cooperatives, one based in Philadelphia and the other in Louisville, Ky. Prior to that, Sumner served as director of marketing for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. He brings expertise in international trade, negotiations marketing and policy formation to the WPF board.
Mike Welch retired from Harrison Poultry after 25 years of service having served as the President and CEO. He has 25 years with other US integrators including Case Foods and Sanderson Farms. In 2008 he served as Chairman of the National Chicken Council and is one of the original founding members of WPF (founded as UIPDP), currently serving the WPF board as Vice Chairman. He shares expertise in poultry processing and sales and is a National Chicken Council Honorary Lifetime Member.
Jim Wayt is the Managing Director of Intervision Foods, of which he is a founding member and has served for nearly 20 years. In 2017, he served as the USA Poultry Egg Export Council Chairman and is the newly elected Secretary of the World Poultry Foundation board. He joined this board in 2018, bringing expertise in export and trade to the foundation.
Mark Ham is the current Treasurer of the World Poultry Foundation. Mark graduated form the University of Georgia in 1976 with a degree in accounting and joined Cagle’s after graduation as an accountant. During his tenure with Cagle’s he was promoted to Vice President and CFO and was elected to the Board of Directors. Mark is a Life Member of the Georgia Poultry Federation (Chairman in 2011) and has served on the board of the Tennessee Poultry Federation. After Cagle’s, Mark joined American Proteins as VP of Business Development and was promoted to President and then CEO and also served on the API the Board of Directors. In 2018, Mark transitioned to the CEO of the Bagwell Foundation and worked there until his retirement in 2022.
Steve Anderson is the President of Lamex Foods Inc., which he has served for 33 years. He currently serves on the Folds of Honor Board and the CAPEQ Board. He has served as a board member for WPF since 2016, bringing knowledge and expertise in trade and foreign relations.
Bruce Dooyema has been with Center Fresh Group for over 30 years, and currently serves as Logistics Manager. He has held board positions on the American Egg Board, United Egg Producers, Dordt University Advisory Board and is the Chairman of the Iowa Egg Council. Bruce joined the WPF board in 2018 with expertise in egg layer production and industry.
Michalene (Micki) Donegan – Micki Donegan is currently a Managing Director for Rabobank Wholesale North America after starting with the Bank as a Senior Credit Analyst and later becoming a Relationship Manager in 2010. Since joining Rabobank, Micki oversees poultry, egg, and turkey wholesale accounts in the United States as well as general agribusiness accounts on the East Coast. She is one of eight Relationship Managers in the Rabobank Atlanta office. Prior to joining Rabobank, she worked for First Union in Atlanta and National Westminster Bank in New York. A native of New Jersey, she holds a BS and an MBA from Seton Hall University, is a CFA Chartholder and has her Series 69, 73 and 24 FINRA Security licenses.
Greg Tyler joined the Board in 2022 and was recently appointed as the President of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.