Dr. Mike Ballou

Texas Tech University – Associate Professor: Ruminant Nutrition and Immunology
Michael Ballou, Ph.D. is a nutritional biologist and an associate professor with Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Dr. Ballou was named Associate Dean for Research in 2014 where he provides primary leadership for CASNR's graduate and research program development.

Sammy Biggers

RFS Financial Services 
Sammy Biggers has been in the financial services business for 41 years. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a member of the South Plains Trust and Estate Council. Sammy works with individuals and small businesses in planning for insurance and retirement needs.

Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy Jr.

Director Emeritus
Former U.S.  Ambassador to Ethiopia and Guinea 
U.S. Department of State - Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs

Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs. From 2003-2018, he served as the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University. Previously, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia from 1999-2002, and Ambassador to Guinea from 1996-99. 

Dr. Sukant Misra - Advisory Director

Texas Tech University – Associate Vice Provost for International Programs
Dr. Sukant Misra, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs at Texas Tech University, oversees the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Dr. Misra has experience in managing and coordinating many large, faculty-driven research programs and international initiatives and has many contacts at international institutions.

Lon Miller

South Plains Food Bank – Immediate Past Board Chair
Lon Miller began his career in the outdoor advertising and signage business. In the late 1980s, he started the first of six companies whose services included transporting cotton, renting cranes and repairing tools. Lon, now semi-retired, is heavily involved in volunteerism, including his service on the South Plains Food Bank Board of Directors.

David Jones

City Bank – Executive Vice President 
David Jones serves as Executive Vice President of City Bank. David is an experienced commercial lender with over 30 years of senior banking management.

Norma Ritz Johnson

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce – Executive Vice President
Norma Ritz Johnson serves as the Executive Vice President on the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce where she is responsible for legislative and governmental relations as well as transportation, agriculture and health care.

Dr. Bud Johnston

Central Plains Veterinary – Veterinarian
Dr. Edward H. (Bud) Johnston is a mixed animal practitioner at Central Plains Veterinary Clinic in Plainview, Texas. After obtaining collegiate degrees from Tarleton State University and Texas A&M, Dr. Johnston graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from A&M in 1981.

Dr. Alexandra Calle

Texas Tech University 
Dr. Alexandra Calle is an expert in food safety and a research assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Dr. Calle has 20 years of experience in food safety and implementing, assessing, and managing food safety systems. Dr. Calle will advise Breedlove calling upon her experience and extensive training in food safety and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, or HACCP, internationally.

Robert H. (Holly) Holder

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper 
Robert H. (Holly) Holder, PE, is a principal with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. in Lubbock, Texas. Mr. Holder currently serves as PSC's Environmental Sector Director and oversees all of PSC's Texas and New Mexico sustainable Solid Waste Engineering Services from permitting to construction.

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