Staff & Board Members

2023 Board of Directors & Staff


Scott Mugrage

Scot Mugrage, President, Alaska Farm Bureau

I farm and ranch in Delta Junction along with my wife Julia and son Justin and family. We are a beef cattle ranch raising and supplying finished beef from Fairbanks to Homer alaska. We also raise a large portion of the feed needed for our cattle, including Barley, oats, peas, brome, and Timothy hay.

I was raised on a large farm and ranch in Illinois and have been infatuated with livestock since I can remember. My wife and I managed and owned a livestock auction market for several years before we became involved in the custom feed yard business in western Nebraska for many years.

So I suppose you can say I have always been involved in the service of farmers and ranchers. It has become important to me to help shape and grow agriculture here in Alaska.

I believe there is so much potential for growth in the industry here, and as well believe there is no better opportunity for new or beginning farmers and ranchers in the nation.


Executive Director

Amy Seitz, 907-252-5064, 37075 Nicholas View Lane

Amy Seitz Executive Director Alaska Farm Bureau


Communication & Social Media Specialist

Monica Thornburg

Board Members

Marlene Wenger, Copper River Valley Chapter


Lloyd Wilhelm, Fairbanks Chapter


Jerry Marlow, Fairbanks Chapter


Fritz Wozniak, Fairbanks Chapter


Barb Dahl, Kenai Peninsula Chapter

Barb Dahl Alaska Farm Bureau

My husband and I  have a Peony Farm in Nikiski on Island Lake Road.  I’ve always loved growing flowers, so why not have a flower farm?  “Food for the body is not enough, there must be food for the soul.” I couldn’t agree more with Dorothy Day, for me, this soul food  comes in the form of flowers.

I got involved with the Alaska Farm Bureau because of the leadership of its executive director. I also think it is important to know where your food  and flowers come from.  I think community sustainability that comes from supporting local farms  leads to living in a healthier environment.

Rita Jo Shoultz, Secretary/Treasurer, South Kenai Peninsula Chapter

After retiring from Commercial Real Estate Development, Rita Jo spent the summer in her own gardens and when she couldn’t find Alaska Hardy perennials, she decided to start her own Retail Greenhouse business, Fritz Creek Gardens, home of over 500 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, roses  and Alaska Hardy perennials. But when Dr. Pat Holloway, Professor at University of Alaska, Fairbanks, asked her to start a peony farm after discovering peonies are harvestable in Alaska when not available for the commercial trade, anywhere else in the world, she started a small peony farm. When her son Shannon indicated an interest in farming peonies, everything changed. Together they set about establishing a much larger farm. Eventually, she sold the Retail Greenhouse business to concentrate on the peony farm.  Her blogs on starting and maintaining a peony farm are read throughout the world and her willingness to share has contributed to the now 200 peony farms in Alaska.

Because everyone deserves to enjoy flowers, Rita Jo established gardens throughout Homer but especially on Pioneer Avenue. Now Homer is ‘The City of Peonies’ and every year there is a two week peony celebration in Homer with participation from the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Homer and peony lovers, drawing participants from all over Alaska.

Beth Van Sandt, South Kenai Peninsula Chapter

Beth Van SandtA long time Alaskan that works, plays and enjoys living on the Kenai Peninsula. Located on the scenic East Hill side of Homer, overlooking beautiful Kachemak Bay, we grow 14 different cultivars of peonies and a variety of other flowers for the cut flower market.
Scenic Place Peonies established in 2010 has been growing premium peonies for over 11 years. I have lived in Homer for over 50 years, enjoying a variety of careers and experiences. As a child I gardened alongside my father.  I have grown to love the smell of freshly turned soil in my hands and have a deep passion and talent for growing. It is thrilling to be able to experience the joy of developing our farm into a place that’s not only “work” but “play”. I love sharing my enthusiasm with my grandchildren, whom like to be in the field sniffing flowers; fragrance control.
Having a long history of volunteering in my community as well as my state made it a natural fit to be on the Alaska Farm Bureau Board of Directors. I represent our South Kenai Peninsula Chapter as a vested member as well as their secretary. I’m excited to be a part of this organization and the important work that it does as well as the growing floriculture industry in Alaska.

Kelli Foreman, vice-president, Kodiak Chapter

Kelli Foreman Alaska Farm BureauKodiak Baptist Mission’s Heritage Farm & Ranch is located in Kodiak, Alaska and operate a Grade A Certified Goat Dairy. Additionally we have sheep, cattle, chickens, ducks, rabbits, pigs, horses and the island’s only mule. We are a teaching farm with preschool, after school and summer day camps right here on site.
I am a fifth generation farmer and I believe farming is just in my bones. I love knowing where my food comes from and helping to feed others. I also believe farming is the best tool to help grow responsible adults with the highest of character.
I am excited to be a member of the Alaska Farm Bureau and serve on the board of directors. We are a voice for Alaska farmers to our state, governing officials and local communities. Alaska agriculture is a vital part to our state’s success and the Alaska Farm Bureau is championing farmers to produce more and our residents to consume more Alaska Grown. If I can help in this movement in any way I want to be there.

Arthur Keyes, Mat-Su Chapter


Carol Kenley, Mat-Su Chapter