Advisory Board

Through the Advisory Board we seek input from members of the agricultural community on our research projects and outreach efforts. Board members must have an interest in agricultural production within our region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming). The Board meets in-person once per year in addition to communicating through email.

Cooperative Extension and Academia

Dr. Ragan Adams
Veterinary Extension
Colorado State University

Shawn Archibeque
Associate Professor, Animal Sciences
Colorado State University

Keith Belk
Professor and Head, Animal Sciences
Colorado State University

Jeff Edwards
Extension, Pesticide Safety Education Program
University of Wyoming

Alvaro Garcia
Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources
South Dakota State University

Paul Gunderson
Director Emeritus, Dakota Precision Ag Center
Lake Region State College

Robert Hagevoort
Associate Professor, Dairy Extension Specialist
New Mexico State University

Dan Hair
Associate Adjunct Professor, Family & Preventative Medicine
University of Utah
Worker’s Compensation Fund (Retired)

Peter Kolb
Associate Professor, Extension Forestry Specialist
Montana State University

Matthew Nonnenmann
Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, University of Iowa

Agricultural Producers

Jon Slutsky
La Luna Dairy

Dr. Juan Velez
Aurora Organic Dairy

Agricultural Business and Associations

Jessica Lemmel
Director of Communications
Colorado Livestock Association

Mike Taylor
Chief Safety, Health, and Environmental Officer
The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints

Worker’s Compensation Insurance

David Knell
Safety Consultant
Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado

Brian Schiller
Risk Advisor
Flood and Peterson, Colorado


Herb Gibson
U.S. Department of Labor
OSHA – Denver Area (retired)


Bethany Alcauter
Manager of Evaluation and Special Projects
National Center for Farmworker Health, Texas


Thank you to Robert Ellis, Ed Hendrikson, and Olga Reuvekamp for their many years of service on the HICAHS Advisory Board. Ellis, Hendrikson and Reuvekamp completed their service on the board in 2020.