Staff Directory

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 1-888-4GRANGE (4472643)

 Edward Luttrell

Ed Luttrell • ext 112
Email: [email protected]

Ed Luttrell, a native of Sandy, Oregon, was elected the 22nd President of the National Grange in November 2007. A second generation Granger, he is the immediate past Leadership/Membership Development Director for the National Grange. He is also an immediate-past Trustee on the Oregon State Grange Foundation having been the President of the board for six years.  Read more biography

Go to The President’s Page.

 tiller2 Executive Assistant/Event Planner
Stephanie Tiller • ext 113
Email: [email protected]
Stephanie Tiller is the Executive Assistant and Meeting Planner 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
Vacant • ext 106
Email: [email protected]
 Sandor Szima Building Engineer
Sandor Szima • ext 118
Email: [email protected]
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 IT Manager
Stephanie Wilkins • ext 101
Email: [email protected]
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
Lillian Booth
6917 Lunar Lane
Paradise, CA 95969
Tel: (530) 872-8719
Email: [email protected]
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.
  Leadership/Membership Director
Joseph Stefenoni
1537 Cunningham Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Tel: (707) 328-0631
Email: [email protected]
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.”

bmarchefsky2 Communications Manager 
Bryan Marchefsky • ext 102
Email: [email protected]
Bryan Marchefsky has been a Grange member for 2 years. Previously, he has worked for the Grange at both at the national level as a Communications Assistant and in the Pennsylvania State Grange as Membership and Public Affairs Director.  Bryan was born and raised in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and moved to Washington, D.C. in early 2013. Bryan holds a B.A. in History with a secondary education teaching certification from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Bryan is also a military veteran, having served as a combat engineer in the US Army. Bryan seeks to increase Grange notoriety through the use of social media and looks forward to designing programs for local Granges that will help them better impact their communities.
 burton Legislative Director
Burton Eller • ext 114
Email: [email protected]
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
Vacant • ext 109
Email: [email protected]
Coming Soon
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.
tzou_cropped Trademark Protection Manager
Darlene Tzou • ext 105
Email: [email protected]
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.
 Charlene Espenshade Youth and Young Adult Director
Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade
213 Black Swamp Road
Bainbridge, PA 17502
Tel: (717) 361-2844
Email: [email protected]
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.)