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NOA Staff

Greg Yielding

Executive Vice President

René Hardwick

Director of Public & Industry Relations

Sharla Johnston

Administrative Assistant/Accounting

Greg Yielding, executive vice president/chief executive

René Hardwick, director of public and industry relations

Sharla (Harris) Johnston, administrative assistant/accounting

Greg Yielding Yielding comes to the NOA from a fourteen-year career in the world of rice. He hails from Jackson, Mo., where he has been serving simultaneously as the director of emerging markets and special projects for the U.S. Rice Producers Association, as the executive director of the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council, and as the executive director for the Arkansas Rice Growers Association.

Yielding lobbies for the industry’s interests in ag transportation, trade and labor issues, as well as regulations plaguing the industry. He said he wants to work toward ensuring regulations are what the industry can live with and are actually making a difference.

René Hardwick, director of public and industry relations, provides leadership to NOA’s promotion and membership efforts. She works with the Promotion Committee to administer an active consumer and foodservice program, which encourages national awareness and increased usage of onions. This includes managing NOA’s publicity and social media outreach. Hardwick coordinates membership services and new member program outreach. Her responsibilities include publishing a monthly newsletter, daily social media posting, videography, organizing the summer auction and winter raffle, and the annual membership directory.

Sharla (Harris) Johnston, administrative assistant/accounting, handles the clerical and bookkeeping functions. She manages NOA’s receivables and payables and generates invoices and statements of accounts. Johnston coordinates communications for the office and maintains the member database. She also assists with the membership directory and convention details.

NOA Officers

2018-19 Term

Doug Stanley - CA


Doug Bulgrin - WI

Vice President

Delbert Gehrke - OR

2nd Vice President

Board of Trustees

Term Expires December 2019

Brandon Calandri - CA

Ken Teramura - OR

Ernie Chandler - ID

Grant Kitamura - OR

T.J. Runyan - NM

Don Ed Holmes - TX

Rick Minkus - NY

David De Berry - TX

Barry Vculek - ND/MN

Mike Davis - TX

Rich Myers - OH

Larry Bauman - WA

Kay Riley - OR

Corey Kincaid - WI

Ashley Robertson - OR

Doug Bulgrin - WI

Term Expires December 2020

Gary Mayfield - AZ

James Johnson - NM

Doug Stanley - CA

Ray Myruski - NY

Brent Hines - CO

Shawn Hartley - UT

Lynn Fagerberg - CO

Randy Clark - WA

Mike Hively - GA

Jody Easterday - WA

Stan Van Singel - MI

Taryn Hartley - WA

David Little - NY

Jason Walker - WA

Brenden Kent - WA

Jared Gutierrez - OR

Ashley Robertson - OR

Term Expires December 2021

Alvin Lanfeld - CA

Bryan Otani - HI

Gerry Valois - CA

Greg Bennett - OR

Bill Hagins - CA

Delbert Gehrke - OR

Robert T. Sakata - CO

Bart Connors - WA

Marco Boot - GA

Scott Jensen - WA

Clinton Wissell - ID

Eric Woods - ID

John Rietveld - IL/IN

Ex Officio

John Swartz, Jr. - NY

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