With nearly two decades of experience editing magazines and books, Sherri Dugger is now our Executive Director. She has served as the executive director of Indiana Farmers Union, as a policy and communications consultant for American Grassfed Association, as a Midwest outreach consultant for Earthjustice, and as a rural affairs consultant for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Dugger regularly presents at workshops and conferences and works with farmers and organization leaders throughout the Midwest. An advocate for local and regional food systems, environmental sustainability, humane animal agriculture, and diversified family farming, she frequently lobbies at the Indiana Statehouse and on Capitol Hill. Dugger is a member of the National Agricultural Advisory Council for HSUS, and she re-established the Midwest Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in early 2019.
Dugger resides on a small farm in Morristown, Indiana, with her husband, Randy, and their dogs, cats, donkeys, goats, alpacas, chickens, and honeybees.
Women, Land and Legacy Coordinator
Wren Almitra coordinates Women, Land & Legacy, a USDA program coordinated through WFAN. She is also assisting with WFAN’s Harvesting Our Potential program in 2017.
A life-long resident of Iowa, she took a leave of absence for a few years to get her Environmental Studies degree from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ where she studied Agroecology, among other sustainable ag. and conservation biology courses. She’s worked on small-scale farms in Iowa and Arizona.
Prior to working with Women, Food and Ag. Network she worked with the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District as a watershed project coordinator. She also served as a team member for the Johnson Co. Women, Land and Legacy chapter for two years, a role that ultimately led her to a passion for connecting women in the fields with resources and one another locally and state wide.
Plate to Politics & Conference Coordinator
Ash Bruxvoort coordinates the Plate to Politics program, WFAN’s annual conference, and manages WFAN’s communications. She is a certified VoteRunLead trainer.
She grew up on a conventional family farm in Polk County, Iowa, and got her start working on vegetable farms through WFAN’s Harvesting Our Potential program, which connected her to farms in Iowa, California, and New York. In addition to her farm background, Ash has worked for several agriculture and natural resource organizations, including The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Food Cooperative, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She has also served on the Iowa Farmers Union board and is a New Leaders Council alumnae.
Women Caring for the land Coordinator
Carol Schutte joined us shortly after her retirement from 25 years as an instructor in Biological Sciences at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.
She has been an active member of the Iowa Association of Community College Biology Teachers since its inception in the 1990s. She received the Outstanding Teaching Award for Two-Year Teachers Section of NABT as well as NIACC’s outstanding teaching award.
Carol chaired the 2000 North American Prairie Conference, hosting 570 attendees, and the 2005 Midwest Environmental Education Conference. She is a member of her county REAP board and active in community environmental issues and events.
Growing up on an acreage north of Omaha, Carol attributes her love of the country life to that home and numerous family camping trips. Today she lives on a small, much-loved acreage outside of Clear Lake, IA.
Becky is the WFAN Office Manager and enjoys being the behind-the-scenes person who makes the office run smoothly. She has a background in bookkeeping for businesses, and learned much from her father, who was an accountant.
Becky proudly says that family is her #1 priority, and she is a mother of four and a grandmother of six. In addition to spending time with her family she loves gardening, especially flowers.