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Our 2023 Board of Directors

Austin Putz, PhD

Hendrix Genetics (Hypor)

President / Commercial Breeding Company

Austin is currently a geneticist with Hypor (a part of Hendrix Genetics) as well as an affiliate professor with Iowa State University. 

John Quackenbush


Vice-President / Allied Industry

John is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at Minitube USA.

Benny Mote, PhD

Associate Professor, UNL


Benny is current an Associate Professor at the University Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). He is a swine extension specialist there. 

Brian Strobel

Jyga Technologies (Gestal)


Brian is currently in Sales and Service at Jyga Technologies (Gestal). 

Dr. Christian Maltecca

Professor, North Carolina State University

Public Research Institution

Dr. Maltecca is a Professor at North Carolina State University. His research has included work on inbreeding, applied genomics, and more recently microbiome research. 

Dr. Juan Pedro Steibel

Lush Endowed Chair, Iowa State University

Public Research Institution

Dr. Steibel is currently the Lush Endowed Chair within the Animal Science Department at Iowa State University. He has done research in PLF, social interaction models, breed composition, among many other topics. 

Lauren Honegger, MS

Allflex (a Merck Company)

Allied Industry

Lauren is currently a swine specialist at Allflex Livestock Intelligence North America. 

Dallas McDermott


Allied Industry

Dallas is currently in sales and does research with Biotronics Inc. 

Jeff Ley

Merck Animal Health

Allied Industry

Jeff currently works for Merck working on the LeeO team. 

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Kristin Foran


Commercial Producer

Kristin currently works for AMVC as a manager. 

Richard Leach, PhD

Smithfield Premium Genetics (SPG)

Commercial Producer

Richard is currently Director of Genetic Services at SPG. He is a past president of NSIF. 

Hannah Green, MS

Fast Genetics

Commercial Breeding Company

Hannah is currently a geneticist with Fast Genetics. 

Rob Fitzgerald, PhD


Commercial Breeding Company

Rob is currently a Genetic Services Coordinator at Genus PIC. 

Doug Newcom, PhD

National Swine Registry

Swine Breed Association

Doug is currently the VP of global technical service for NSR. 

Past Presidents of NSIF

We’re thankful to all of those who have volunteered time and resources to help make NSIF what it has been.
2023 – Doug Newcom
2022 – Richard Leach
2021 – Justin Fix
2019 – Chris Hostetler
2018 – Kent Gray