Ohio Committee


Targeting Excellence formed an Ohio committee in 2016 making it the 5th state to join the organization.  The first Ohio fundraiser will be held in 2016 with the expectation to award their first scholarships in 2017 to students throughout the state of Ohio.

The Ohio Committee 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. All money raised in the state of Ohio will stay in the state for scholarships for Ohio students.  Attracting 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, but will also 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 the Ohio committee has had on the food animal ag industry and students click here.

Chris Baker

Chris Baker

Executive Director, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

Chris Baker directs Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s fundraising and outreach efforts; focusing special attention on annual operating funds, major donors, and legacy giving. Chris attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where he … Read More

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Tim Gold

Territory Manager - Nutra Blend

30 Years experience in animal health & nutrition.  Currently with Nutra Blend covering OH, IN & MI.  Reside in Baltimore, OH … Read More

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Kyle Lavetsky

Kyle Lavetsky

Associate Director of Development for the College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University

Kyle is based in Columbus. He joined CFAES as an Associate Director of Development in October, 2015. Kyle is responsible for major gift fundraising for the college. Kyle has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, where he … Read More

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Dave Heisler

Owner, Fine Swine, LLC

Spent 17 years with Purina mills in sales after graduating from Ohio State.  Have been involved in swine production for 20 years. … Read More


Dick Isler

Dick Isler

Retired Ohio Pork Council Executive

I was raised on a family farm in Marion County Ohio, graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science, worked in sales for Ralston Purina and served as the executive Vice President of the Ohio Pork Council for 42 … Read More


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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Micah Boysel

Micah Boysel

Central District Manager - Zinpro, Corp

Micah Boysel joined the Targeting Excellence Committee in 2016 as he recognized the need for a younger generation to be involved in the Agricultural field that he loves.  He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked with … Read More


Maurice L. Eastridge

Dr. Maurice L. Eastridge

Professor, Department of Animal Sciences - The Ohio State University

Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, has been on the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University since March 1986. He received the AS and BS degrees from Eastern Kentucky University … Read More

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Julie Sayler

Nutritionist - Kalmbach Feeds Inc.

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Steven J. Moeller

Professor and State Swine Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

Dr. Steven J. Moeller is a Professor and State Swine Extension Specialist within the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. Dr. Moeller leads outreach programming and undergraduate teaching in the areas of swine … Read More