Feb 6, 2023
Meet the PILI Class of 2023

The Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) is excited to host the 2023 class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) later this month. The 10-day program will begin on Feb. 22 in Buffalo, New York, and participants will travel through New York and Pennsylvania and finish in Washington, D.C., where they’ll take part in the NPC Washington Summit.

The 2023 PILI participants are:

  • Thomas Baker, Bakersfield, CA (Grower Leader)
  • Chelsea Gray, Denver, CO
  • Trey Jones, Blanca, CO
  • Kelci Martinez, Monte Vista, CO
  • Brogan Darrington, Declo, ID
  • Dalan Lerwill, Albion, ID
  • Luke Radford, Rupert, ID
  • Danny Deprey, Mars Hill, ME
  • Kenneth Irving, Caribou, ME
  • Eric Makarewicz, Elmira, MI
  • Ryan Pelletier, McMillan, MI
  • Aaron Groves, Jackson, MO
  • Ben De Jonge, Manhattan, MT
  • Nick Desautel, Grafton, ND
  • Cole Vculek, Crete, ND
  • James Farris, Culver, OR
  • Bryan Bender, Chambersburg, PA
  • John Scheuring, Dalhard, TX
  • Chad Sullivan, Pasco, WA
  • Paul Yamane, Moses Lake, WA
  • Nicola Carey, Bancroft, WI
  • Lucas Schroeder, Antigo, WI

To learn more about this year’s class, read their bios, available here.

– National Potato Council

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P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345


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