Jeff graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has spent the past 11 years working in agricultural communications. A St. Louis native, Jeff did not grow up on a farm. But as someone who enjoys bacon, brisket and buffalo wings, he remains a huge fan of farmers and their work to provide our delicious food supply. Prior to coming to Illinois Farm Bureau, Jeff worked on the United Soybean Board’s communications team at Osborn Barr.
Meet The Team
Originally from Bloomington, Jamie studied marketing at Augustana College. After working at The Eureka Company as a product manager, Jamie moved into medical device sales for 13 years. He used that experience to join the Illinois Farm Bureau in the fall of 2017 as an advertising sales representative.
Nan graduated from Lincoln College. She joined the staff of Illinois Farm Bureau in 1988 and has held the roles of FarmWeek Editorial Secretary, FarmWeek Classified Ad Assistant and since 2016 Content and Business Publications Manager.
Rita grew up on her family’s farm which led her to major in farm broadcasting at Lewis & Clark Community College. She came to RFD Radio Network® in December 2011 after 25 years in farm broadcasting at other radio stations – including 22 years at WSMI in Litchfield. She enjoys covering Illinois agriculture because no matter what type of farmer she interviews, it always seems to come back to family and their commitment to what they do.
Jenny has been with Illinois Farm Bureau for 16 years. She has worked in the creative field for the past six years for IFB Marketing and recently joined the IFB News and Communications FarmWeek department. Jenny creates classified and sales ads for our clients that appear in FarmWeek and FarmWeekNow.com, while also assisting in other graphic and customer service areas.
Dan grew up on a family farm near Roseville, Warren County. He received a degree in journalism from Western Illinois University. He has been working as a journalist since 1991 and has been at FarmWeek® since 2005. One way Dan discovers what is important to an Illinois farmer is by simply talking to them at events. He also keeps track of what’s trending on social media. Dan likes to let farmers tell their story and put a face to agriculture when he isn’t covering the markets.
Cebrina has been the RFD Radio Network® (RFDRN) Audio Services business manager since January 2014. She manages the business side of RFDRN and other audio services along with working closely with more than 80 network affiliated stations. Prior to her present position, she joined the Audio-Visual Services Department as the fulltime administrative assistant in 2005. She began her Illinois Farm Bureau® career in 2000 as a job share.
DeLoss received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from Kansas State University and his master’s in business administration from Butler University. He joined the RFD Radio Network team in March 2015 and comes from a five-generation crop and livestock farm.
Nick has been the Producer for the RFD Radio Network since June of 2017. Nick helps book guests for all of the RFD Radio Network’s Long-form shows (RFD Today, RFD Town & Country Partners, and RFD Profit Watch). Before joining Illinois Farm Bureau, he worked in radio across the Bloomington- Normal area.
Born and raised in northern Illinois, Mike has been working in the farm and food sector for more than four decades. He got his communications career start as a TV reporter during the high farm debt days of the early 1980s and later worked in communications for groups such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, Channel Earth and agricultural clients of St. Louis-based Osborn Barr. Mike holds a degree in agricultural journalism from Iowa State University.
Jim has been producing videos for Illinois Farm Bureau since 1996. He is a graduate of Illinois State University (Go Birds) with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Jim grew up in Calumet City and learned agriculture through the many interviews during his career. Please look for him flying a drone throughout Illinois.
Mark has been a part of the Illinois Farm Bureau Audio Visual Department for more than 30 years. He has produced numerous videos and staged countless meetings for internal and external clients since joining the organization in 1989. Mark received his degree from Illinois State University and worked for the ABC news station in Peoria, Illinois. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Mark now calls Bloomington his home.
Ali received her bachelor’s degree in public relations and master’s degree in communications from Illinois State University. She was raised on her family’s livestock and grain farm in northwest Illinois, where she was active in 4-H and FFA. Some of her favorite memories from growing up on the farm include preparing for fair week and showing her hogs at the Henry County Fair.
Ashley grew up on her family’s grain and livestock farm in Champaign County and was a 10-year 4-H member. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Communications and Leadership from Illinois State University and her master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication from Purdue University. Ashley completed three internships at the University of Illinois and was a Graduate Research Assistant at Purdue. She has been with the FarmWeek® team since August 2019.
Kay earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has worked at newspapers in Illinois, Indiana and Wyoming, including three decades at FarmWeek®. She grew up on a family farm in Sangamon County and participated in 4-H and FFA.
Deana received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. She worked at various daily newspapers across the country for 14 years before returning to her hometown of Bloomington. She joined the staff of Illinois Farm Bureau in 2014 as FarmWeek’s Agricultural Policy Editor and served in that role for five years before leading the digital team for two years. She currently serves as news publications manager.
Following a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Jim began his farm broadcasting career in 1990 at WRMJ Radio in Aledo, an RFD Radio Network® affiliate. He believes connecting to the rural Illinois community can only be done by having your boots on the ground. Jim’s work can also be found in FarmWeekNow.com. His first ag memories involve his father working at the former International Harvester plant in East Moline, where combines rolled off the assembly line.
Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University. She joined Illinois Farm Bureau's News & Communications division in 2014 working first with the Audio Visual team and most recently the FarmWeek Sales team.
Matt joined the Illinois Farm Bureau team in 2019 after three years at GROWMARK, where he served as publications and media relations manager. Matt also has nearly a decade of experience in local television. He served as a sports anchor/reporter at WCIA-TV in Champaign and WLFI-TV in West Lafayette, Indiana. He holds a degree in electronic media from Bradley University.
Michelle joined the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2020. Her previous experience was in the newspaper industry where she worked in advertising for 13 years and served as publisher for the Central Illinois Newspaper Group for Lee Enterprises. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University.
Scott is a Ball State University graduate who specializes in video production and 2D motion graphics. Scott created informative, creative video content for Ball State and was a leader as a project manager as well. He has interned with Compass Mortgage where he produced a diverse array of content ranging from feature stories on businesses to concise social media videos.
Elizabeth graduated from Illinois Central College with her associate in arts degree in 2018. Two years later she graduated from Illinois State University with her bachelor of science degree in agribusiness. Elizabeth previously worked as an insurance agent and assistant to a top producer for Bankers Life and Casualty. She joined the News and Communications Division in 2021 as the advertising sales assistant. Elizabeth currently resides in Bloomington with her son, Zachary.
Jolene earned a degree from Illinois State University in public relations and agriculture before starting her Farm Bureau career in 1997. She served as the manager of the Woodford County Farm Bureau for 18 years before coming to the Illinois Farm Bureau Membership Operations Department. She joined the RFD Radio team in May of 2021. She and her husband reside in rural Woodford County.
Seth graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in mass media communications. While at ISU, he worked as a cinematographer and editor at Rick Kessinger Studio in Bloomington. He was previously the video producer for Bradley University before joining Illinois Farm Bureau. Throughout his career, Seth has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of content from social media and web video to nationally broadcast TV spots. His expertise is in cinematic lighting and camera movement. Outside of work, Seth enjoys is creating, producing and performing as a musician.
Before joining IFB, Tammie worked for general circulation newspapers for more than 20 years, spending most of her career at the Times in Ottawa. She most recently served as regional editor for Shaw Media, concentrating on growing the company’s digital subscriptions and working closely with editors and reporters throughout northern Illinois on content creation.