National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry
1616 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 628-3507
Fax: (202) 347-1091
Toll Free 1-888-4-GRANGE (472643)
Betsy Huber • ext 112
Ms. Huber is currently employed by the Pennsylvania State Grange as the Government Relations Director where she works to advance the policies of the Grange within the PA State Legislature. She is a member of Chester-Delaware County Pomona Grange #3 and Goshen Grange #121. Betsy started her Grange involvement at a very young age as a member of the Juvenile (now known as Junior) Grange. She has held numerous positions with her local Grange and with the Pennsylvania State Grange, including serving eight years as President, the first woman to hold that position.As the National Grange President, Ms. Huber will work with the National Grange staff to advance Grange policies in Washington D.C.; as well as oversee the day to day operations of the organization. The Grange, legislative work, and agriculture have always been an important part of her life. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Grange (chairperson 2007-14) and is also the executive secretary for the Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association. She has also held various positions in the agricultural community that include serving on the boards of the PA State Council of Farm Organizations (President 2011-12), the Governor’s Census 2010 Advisory Panel, the PA Department of Agriculture Fertilizer Advisory Committee, the PA Department of Environmental Protection Ag Advisory Board (Chair 2007), and PA Farm Link. She was employed as district aide to State Representative Arthur D. Hershey from 1992-2002.She has also served her community as township supervisor for Upper Oxford Township for 24 years, chairman of the Township Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee, treasurer of the Chester County Association of Township Officials and as member of the PSATS Land Use Committee and Resolutions Committee. She has also served the Avondale Presbyterian Church as Elder, Deacon, Trustee and choir member.Ms. Huber was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees by the delegates from agricultural societies in 2005 and serves on the Committee on Outreach, Development, and Community Relations and the Governance and Long Range Planning Committee.
Stephanie Tiller • ext 113
Stephanie Tiller is the Convention/Operations Director for the National Grange. She joined the Grange in 2015 after 20 years of meeting and event planning for Government contractors. Stephanie is a native of Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her two children, family and friends
Stewart Hughes• ext 106
Stewart is a seasoned accounting professional with auditing, consulting, and financial reporting expertise in commercial, non- profit, and government. A graduate of Howard University, Stewart has a Masters Degree in Accounting and a Bachelors Degree in finance.
Sandor Szima • ext 118
I was born in Hungary in a farming community. Before I knew it, I was working on my family’s farm with my parents and my six brothers and sisters. There were nine of us total, so we had plenty of hands to get the work done on the farm. We had horses, cows, pigs, and all the farm livestock that you can think of. We grew corn, wheat, tobacco, potatoes, sugar beets, and we also ran a small vineyard. It was very hard work, without any modern equipment. I wish we had John Deere! We made a decent living out of farming to support our large family.Around the age of fourteen, I gave up farming and decided to go to a three-year technical trade school for coal mining. I completed it and worked in a coal mine for a few years. During this time in our area, the occupying Russian government decided to “help us” by taking our land, animals, and equipment. They formed a collective farming system. From this time on, my parents only worked for them. All of my siblings found different career paths to follow. As I was continuing my schooling, the school was paying me for my good class performance. With this money, I was able to buy a television and a radio for my parents. My father was really happy about it because he could listen to Radio Free Europe with his friends – a station that was broadcast in our country. He and his friends truly believed in a free democracy. They even greeted each other secretly using the word “democracy,” which was illegal in Hungary at the time.Believing in his democratic thoughts, I decided to move to the United States for better opportunities and to practice my freedom. I arrived in Chicago in 1970 and started working construction. I completed several technical courses to help me with my career path. After a year in the states, I moved to Northern Virginia, and have lived there ever since. I am proud and grateful to have attained my American citizenship in 1976. I was able to make my father’s dream a reality!You may be wondering how I ended up working at the Grange. In 1993, I was hired to paint the Grange building in Washington, D.C. by Master Robert Barrow. He was so impressed by my skills and background, that he hired me as the full time engineer for the National Grange Headquarters. I’ve been working here ever since.I currently live in Herndon, Virginia with my wife, Stella, and my younger daughter, Anna. My older daughter, Eva, graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I also have two granddaughters that are enrolled in my daughter’s Montessori Country School. During my free time, I enjoy soccer, fishing, golfing, and rooting for the Redskins!I really enjoy maintaining the building’s appearance and function. An aspect of my job that is always a great adventure is driving the convention materials cross-country to the various convention sites such as Columbus and Springfield. My favorite part about working for the Grange is how it reminds me of my life growing up on the farm. I really enjoy talking to the various Grange members when I have the chance. With my farming background, the Grange makes me feel right at home. If you ever travel to the headquarters, please stop by and visit me!
Stephanie Wilkins • ext 101
Stephanie Wilkins is the IT Manager for the National Grange. Her responsibilities include website management, phone and network services, and membership/officer database management. A native of Washington, D.C, Wilkins received her certification in website management from EEI Communications in 2002. In her spare time, Wilkins enjoys spending quality time with her husband, family, and friends. Wilkins is a member of Potomac Grange No. 1.
|Junior Grange Director
6917 Lunar Lane
Paradise, CA 95969
Tel: (530) 872-8719
I was raised on a cattle ranch in a very small town. I went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as an Ag Business Management student. I got my MRS. Degree when I married Bill Booth. We have been married 34 years and this was a Grange marriage. That story is for another day. We have three daughters – Amanda, age 31; LoRee, age 29, and KayLynn, age 26. All of us love music, reading, Broadway shows (not Bill so much), anything Disney, and anything computer/technical (especially Bill).
I joined as a Junior Granger at age 7. Bill was State Grange Master from 1989 to 1993. We have both served in numerous positions in the Grange in local, county and State levels. This break has actually given us a different perspective on things we would like to bring to the Grange. Sometimes we can be too close to something that we can’t see it clearly enough. When it comes to Grange — the statement “been there/done that”…. In our house it is “Been there. Done that. Bought the t-shirt, hat, plate, belt buckle, bolo tie, scarf, pin, necklace, earrings and jacket”. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t something new around the corner and we keep looking forward to what’s next.
1537 Cunningham Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Tel: (707) 328-0631
Joseph Stefenoni is a 5th generation Grange member. He is a member of Bellvue Grange in California. He has held positions at the Subordinate, Pomona and State Grange levels as well as being an active participant in the National Grange youth program.Joe resides in Santa Rosa, CA and manages a flock of sheep on his family’s ranch. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State with a degree in Ag Economics.”I am excited about the opportunity to work with Granges across the country to find ways of creating growth,” says Joe. He plans to work on expanding the Grange in areas where we don’t have a significant presence.Joe takes over a strong program from previous Director Michael Martin. Joe has been a participant in efforts to recruit members and start Granges.”We wish Michael success as he moves back to working with 4-H,” said Ed Luttrell. “We have great confidence that Joe brings a strong set of talents and skills to continue the Membership program of the National Grange. In addition, Joe will have the challenge of finding ways to aid our Community Granges to recruit young people into our organization.”
Amanda Leigh Brozana • ext 102
Amanda Leigh Brozana is the Director of Communications for the National Grange, a position she previously held from March 2011-August 2014. Brozana holds degrees from Wilkes University and the University of Mississippi and has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Alabama. Most recently, Brozana was the Development Manager and Director of Communications for the Army Distaff Foundation in Washington, D.C. She lives in Greenbelt, Md., with her dog, Wagneto, boyfriend, Victor, and several roommates she considers family. Brozana was elected in November 2015 to the office of National Grange Lecturer and serves as Stewart of Potomac Grange No. 1 in Washington, D.C. She hopes to start a Grange in Greenbelt before the 149th birthday of the National Grange and is already active in her community, including with the Greenbelt Dog Park Association and as a volunteer correspondent for the Greenbelt News Review. She had worked for several years at the Pottsville Republican-Herald in Pennsylvania as a staff writer and copy editor. She has previously taught journalism, public relations and speech communications at several universities.
Burton Eller • ext 114
J. Burton Eller is a strategic counselor to the agricultural community, where he has represented private, corporate and trade association groups in their legislative and regulatory initiatives and advocacy efforts. He has a career-long involvement in the development of grassroots advocacy.Taking a long view of US agricultural policy, Mr. Eller has a deep passion for protecting the grassroots landowner and producer. From his personal history as an owner of a family farm to his tenure serving as the Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mr. Eller has been a staunch champion of the agricultural community’s right to operate in a free market climate. He believes that when private business entrepreneurs are allowed to thrive in a deregulated environment, they will be outstanding examples in their stewardship of natural resources such as land, water, air and the proper care of animals.Known among his colleagues as a coalition and consensus builder, Mr. Eller is expert at coalescing disparate factions in the food, agriculture and natural resource sectors around legislative and regulatory issues of mutual benefit. He manages issues and crises by developing options, strategies and solutions for offensive and defensive campaigns. He frames legislative and regulatory positions that maximize opportunities for businesses to operate in a free market economy.Chief among Burton’s priorities is protecting rural America from government overregulation. Examples of this include safeguarding private property rights, ensuring open channels for entrepreneurship, and relieving the burden of estate taxes which endanger the future of family-owned land, farms and small businesses. His successes include twice raising the estate tax exemption level; securing legislation requiring imported meat inspection equivalency to US standards; establishing the Beef Check-Off for research, marketing and promotion of beef products; and facilitating the acceptance of electronic grading of beef which standardized the industry across all markets.Mr. Eller has a distinguished career in the trade association, lobbying and government sectors. His most recent positions include: Managing Partner, Burton Eller Associates; Senior Vice President for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (2008 – 2011); Deputy Under Secretary for the US Department of Agriculture (2006 – 2008); Director at the Farm Service Agency (2003 – 2006); President and CEO at the Textile Rental Services Association of America (1999 – 2003); Senior Government Relations Counsel at McLeod, Watkinson & Miller (1996 – 1999); and Executive Vice President at the National Cattlemen’s Association (1991 – 1996.) Mr. Eller holds a Masters in Physiology and a Bachelors in Animal Science from Virginia Tech.
|Sales, Benefits, and Programs Director
Loretta Washington• ext 109
Loretta Washington is an advocacy specialist with more 20 years of experience in building coalitions of community leaders on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from agriculture, transportation, healthcare and defense to education and youth initiatives.Prior to joining National Grange, Washington serves as Development Specialist at A2W, and Bonner & Associates. She works closely on all aspect of the firm’s advocacy initiatives including recruiting, coordinating individual and organizational supporters, supervising call banks, staging events and organizing fly-ins for clients.Washington was an Agriculture Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Agent for the USDA/Virginia Cooperative Extension Service and a Vocational Agricultural TeacherA farm girl from central Virginia, Washington graduated from Virginia Tech. She is included in the 2010 Who’s Who and has received numerous awards including Fauquier County Friend of 4-H Award, Virginia Outstanding Extension Agent Working with Adult 4-H Volunteers Leaders and Outstanding Young Women of America.
Elijah Hunter • ext 110
Elijah Hunter works for the National Grange Shipping Department part-time. Hunter is a native of the Washington, D.C. area. His primary duties include preparing and then shipping products and material to various Granges and members around the country. Hunter has received hands on experience and training from Pitney Bowes, Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends.
|Trademark Protection Manager
Darlene Tzou • ext 105
Darlene Tzou was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where she obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Since moving to Washington, D.C. to attend American University Washington College of Law, Darlene has gained invaluable experience through her internships at the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as a small law firm in Rockville. Throughout her time at the Washington College of Law, Darlene has shown a demonstrated interest in intellectual property work through her involvement in the various intellectual property organizations, her research into trademark law for Professor Christine Haight Farley, and her participation as a student attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Darlene seeks to ensure the protection of the trademarks owned by the National Grange so our trademarks continue to be a strong mark that clearly evokes the image of our organization as the source.
|Youth and Young Adult Director
Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade
213 Black Swamp Road
Bainbridge, PA 17502
Tel: (717) 361-2844
Charlene Shupp Espenshade is the Youth and Young Adult Director at the National Grange. She is a member of the Elizabethtown Area Grange and Oriental Grange in Pennsylvania. A fourth generation dairy farmer, Charlene and her husband Matthew reside on a dairy farm in Elizabethtown, Pa. They raise registered Guernseys and Holsteins. They have two children, Evan and Alan. Espenshade is employed at Lancaster Farming, an agricultural newspaper, as the special sections editor. She joined Grange in 1994 at the encouragement of a cousin, taking the degrees with her parents and brother. She is a fourth generation Grange member. In Grange, she is a past member of the Pennsylvania State Grange Youth Committee, past Pennsylvania Grange Young Couple, and holds office in her local Grange. What Espenshade believes is the benefit of a Grange membership is the organization offers a wide variety of programs allowing youth to pursue their interests and it is an organization that grows with a Granger and they grow in the organization. Other agricultural awards and activities include, final four winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Excellence of Agriculture Award winner; and active with the Wyoming-Lackawanna Counties Dairy Princess Program, Wyoming-Lackawanna County Farm Bureau and chairs the Elizabethtown Fair Dairy Show. She has a bachelor of science in dairy science and minor in communications from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech.)