Board of Directors

Targeting Excellence was created in 2013 and is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from food production systems, allied industries, and university professors all volunteering their time and resources to raise these funds from national and regional partners.   The board recognizes the important need to attract the brightest and most motivated students, allowing them to have face-to-face time with future employers, and allowing them to graduate without a heavy debt load will not only be good for the students, to make our future industry stronger. More face-to-face time among the leaders of agribusiness, production systems and agricultural colleges can also lead to new alliances to ensure the survival of our industry.

To learn more about the impact Targeting Excellence has had on the food animal ag industry and students click here.

Aaron Ott

Aaron Ott

Director of Production Country View Family Farms

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Russell Gilliam

Russell Gilliam

US Swine Business Leader - Alltech

Russell has been with Alltech since 2000. He has held several positions throughout the company during his tenure. He is currently the US Swine Business Leader for Alltech, a position he has held since 2012. He is responsible for leading the … Read More

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Terry Coffey, PhD

Secretary / Treasurer

Terry Coffey, Phd, is one of the founding Board Members of Targeting Excellence.  He currently works for Murphy-Brown, LLC. Terry graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS’76, MS’78 and PhD’81 (Animal Science - Nutrition). … Read More

David Funderburke

David Funderburke, PhD


David Funderburke, PhD, is the founder of Targeting Excellence.  He is also the President of Cape Fear Consulting. He earned both an MS’81 and PhD’84 degree in Animal Science - Nutrition from the University of Georgia. … Read More

Dave Gocken

David B Gocken

Director, Marketing & Sales, Head of Equine Business - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Dave Gocken is one of the founding Board Members of Targeting Excellence.  Dave has over 25 years experience in the animal health and nutrition industry. He joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) in 2005 as national sales … Read More

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Chad Stahl

Chad Stahl, PhD


Chad Stahl, Ph.D., is one of the founding Board Members of Targeting Excellence.  He is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland - College Park.  Chad received his B.S … Read More

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David Swanson


David Swanson is one of the founding Board Members of Targeting Excellence.  He currently works at Ivesco. … Read More