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Meet the candidates for the 2021 Board of Directors

Below you will find  bio for each director that is running for the Board of Directors.

NAME:  BRENDA ELDRIDGE

PHONE NUMBER: 870-291-8906

EMAIL ADDRESS: brendaeldridge1@gmail.com

LOCATON: Calico Rock AR 72519

CURRENT BOD MEMBER: YES 

AKKPS MEMBER SINCE:  2013

PRIMARILY REGISTERS WITH AKKPS:    YES 

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO YOU HAVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR AKKPS:  20

RELEVANT SKILLS: Computer skills, and knowledgeable enough to help others in AKKPS.

PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY:  

My husband and I live in a beautiful part of the Ozark Mountains where we built our house and raised our family. We have two sons and five grandchildren that still live near us and family means everything to us! I retired from the USPS as Postmaster after 31 years and now my job is to raise healthy, safe food for our family. 

Earlier we raised a duroc mix pig for harvesting but since discovering kunekunes in 2013 that is now our pork choice. We also raise meat chickens, have laying chickens, a garden and we have a small herd of registered Pineywoods Cattle. 

I joined AKKPS in 2013 not long after it was created, became a director in 2015 and was elected to serve as director for the last two terms. I have also served as President for the last two terms. During this time I have worked to promote Kunekunes for both AKKPS and for my farm. During this time my farm and kunekunes were featured on the P. Allen Smith show, the Young Pioneer magazine and Farm Bureau. 

I try to be available to assist all AKKPS members. I think good customer service is essential to it’s longevity. If I am re-elected I will continue to do so. 

Thank you for your consideration, 

Brenda Eldridge 



A few facts about Patti LaFleur

Professional:

BSBA in Accounting from the University of Arkansas

- Four years as a tax accountant

- Ten years as an accounting systems consultant for a computer installation

firm

- Four years as a corporate controller

- Twenty plus years as the owner of a gymnasium flooring company.

Personal:

Two children, son aged 32 and daughter aged 26, one year old granddaughter

and a sweetie for the last 17 years.

Started classical piano training at the age of four, added banjo at nine, upright

bass at fourteen and have been playing music all of my life. Currently have a

fun group called the Acousticatz and have toured internationally the last nine

years with Cedar Hill (both are bluegrass groups) including an appearance on

the Grand Ole Opry.

My Farm:

I was raised on a farm with angus cattle and goats but I didn’t start my own

farm until five and a half years ago. Farm residents include many kunekunes,

chickens, guineas, turkeys, Nigerian and Nubian goats, Jacob sheep, mini

Jerseys and LGDs.

Kunekunes were my first farm purchase. I am fascinated with this fabulous

breed of pig. When it was announced in the AKKPS newsletter that board

directors were needed for AKKPS, I volunteered and am completing my

second two year term. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping members in my

zone with questions and working with the other passionate board volunteers

on all issues related to preservation and promotion of our breed. I have

gained experience that will help me tremendously if re elected to the board


BOD DIRECTOR

NAME: Amanda Browning

PHONE NUMBER: 870-291-3229
EMAIL ADDRESS: ajb3132@gmail.com

LOCATON: Calico Rock, Arkansas

CURRENT BOD MEMBER: YES 

AKKPS MEMBER SINCE February 2014


PRIMARILY REGISTERS WITH AKKPS: YES 

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO YOU HAVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR AKKPS: As many as needed. 


RELEVANT SKILLS: I have recently served on the BOD the past 4 years.  I have learned a lot from serving on the board, from the breed to helping the registry/members.  I have been registering my Kunes, solely, with AKKPS from the beginning of my homestead farm journey in 2014.  It would be an honor to continue to serve the members of AKKPS.

PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY: I live in a small town in North Central Arkansas named Calico Rock. I am a nurse at our local clinic.  My husband of 20 years, Aaron, along with our 2 sons, Alex and Audric and myself, have a small homestead farm with only Kunes.  We enjoy raising our Kunes and preserving the breed so that they are a part of many generations to come.  I enjoy learning about Kunekunes and improving my breeding stock.  It would be an honor to continue serving and assisting the members of our AKKPS registry. 


Amanda Browning


 US DIRECTOR (bio attached to this email. )

NAME ____Amanda Hand__________________________ 

PHONE NUMBER ______7572141819_______

EMAIL ADDRESS _______mkonofarm@gmail.com________ 

LOCATION __________Maryland_________

CURRENT BOD MEMBER:  NO

AKKPS MEMBER SINCE __2008_____________

PRIMARILY REGISTERS WITH AKKPS    YES 

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO YOU HAVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR AKKPS _15___

 

RELEVANT SKILLS: marketing, social media, education, pork industry, pasture management, charcuterie, special events, 

 

Amanda T. Hand is a native of Greenwood, Indiana and has been connected to agriculture since childhood through her family's cattle and horse operations. Currently , she is the owner and operator of MKONO FARM in Huntingtown, Maryland, a small kunekune farm focusing on niche pork production. She manages all day to day operations of the farm and care of the animals. She has successfully brought her love for animals and extraordinary food together by creating a market for small pasture raised pigs as she also strives to preserve the breed. She is a huge proponent of “knowing where your food comes from” and enjoys being transparent with every customer, always extending an invitation to the farm to walk the pastures with her and meet the pigs. She has developed her own charcuterie line, taking her niche pork product to the next level capitalizing on every facet of the breed that she loves and admires. 

Her farm is a Southern Maryland Meats Certified farm as well as a Homegrown for Heroes farm.. She is also on the board of the Empire Kunekune Pig Association and KuneKune Pork Producers Association assisting in education, data tracking, and creating cooperatives for Kunekune pork producers. Amanda also sits on the board of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commision. Amanda is a graduate of the Annie’s Project Class of Southern Maryland and will be seeking a position in the next LEAD 2022 Maryland class. 

Amanda and her work with the kunekune pig have been featured in DelMarva Farmer, Lancaster Farming, Calvert County Recorder, The County Times, At Ease Magazine, and the Pink Tractor Magazine. 

Prior, Amanda served as the Ombudsman onboard the Navy’s Premier BMD ship, USS ROSS(DDG 71). Amanda is the mother of five children and is married to a USN Veteran of 21.5years. Amanda has very extensive Navy spouse and life experience supporting her Sailor for18 years at sea. She has lived in Bremerton, WA, Norfolk, VA, Naples, Italy, and Rota, Spainprior to her husband's retirement after 21.5 years in the navy that led them to Maryland. 

As USS ROSS Ombudsman, she was responsible for the daily support for 270 Sailors and theirfamily members, expertly contributing to ROSS’ mission readiness. An active voice for the fourForward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) ships, she championed several quality of life issuesincluding the base wide emergency announcing system and developing a robust spousesponsorship program. Amanda was the mentor and sponsor for all FDNF OMSBUDMAN. 

Her family is a loving and diverse family. She and her husband adopted three children fromUganda. A very talented and experienced teacher, she is a home educator. Additionally, she isan entrepreneur, establishing an award winning home based business and currently has takenthose skills to successfully bring her farm to a place of self existence at only year 2. 

Amanda is a very devoted and naturally giving person who truly will go the extra mile for anyonein her surrounding community. Her diverse background personal experiences have given heran extraordinary ability to create helpful solutions, provide timely assistance, and emphatically

relate to people. Amanda has also devoted numerous hours volunteering in impacting events,gatherings, and organizations that directly impacted Sailors and families and now she serves asthe Hospitality ministry leader and a deaconess at Friendship Community Baptist Church.Amanda holds a degree in Biblical Counseling.



NAME ____Jenny Knopp____________________________________________

 

PHONE NUMBER ____304-440-0060__________________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS ____mskunekune@yahoo.com________________________________

 

LOCATON ____Sandyville, WV______________________________________

CURRENT BOD MEMBER  NO

AKKPS MEMBER SINCE :   2018 (before that originally, but forgot to renew)

PRIMARILY REGISTERS WITH AKKPS    YES 

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO YOU HAVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR AKKPS _as many as needed

 

RELEVANT SKILLS:  Organizing materials, education, communication, surveysBOD

  Hi!  My name is Jenny Knopp.  My husband Chris and I, along with our younger 4 children,  own and operate Mountain State Kunekunes in Sandyville, WV.  We have 50 acres and run a core kune herd of about 15 pigs, and have about 6 litters per year.  We currently have 5 boar lines and 7 sow lines.  We also raise a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats.


     Our kunekune experience began in May of 2016 with a call to a well known breeder.  Our first pair arrived in August and was quickly followed by two additional gilts, one boar, and a barrow.  Those pigs were the foundation of our herd.   We have since sold a few and bought a few.  More importantly, we have met some fantastic people along our journey who have provided us with advice, support, and friendship.


     As busy as we are on the farm and with our family, I do have a day job.  I have been in education for 22 years.  I have been a special education teacher, a regular education teacher, and an assistant principal.   Currently I am the  principal of a small elementary school just a few miles from our home.  I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living and still have time for my kunekunes.



NAME Brittney Malvitz

 

PHONE NUMBER 816-560-5857

EMAIL ADDRESS bk_malvitz@yahoo.com    

 

LOCATON Centerview, MO 

CURRENT BOD MEMBER    NO

AKKPS MEMBER SINCE November 2019

PRIMARILY REGISTERS WITH AKKPS    YES

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO YOU HAVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR AKKPS 10-20

 

RELEVANT SKILLS: I am a licensed veterinary technician, I've primarily worked with small animals but have lots of knowledge on medicines, dewormers, basic care, and husbandry. I am great at working on Facebook and promoting through social media. I have basic computer skills and have/can operate scanner/printer. I am a fast learner, prompt, and usually always available to help someone in need. 

 Biography: I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City and up until recently had no farm life experience. I have been a small animal licensed veterinary technician for about 10 years. I married my husband 7 years ago and we decided to move to the country and start a small farmstead. We started with chickens and Nigerian Dwarf goats. Last fall, my husband convinced me that we needed to add kunekunes to our farm. I was hesitant because I had never really been around pigs and didn't know a whole lot about them. We brought home two gilts and I fell in love. Since then, we have pretty much devoted our farm to raising and breeding kunekune for pork production and breeding stock. We had our first litters this year and I have learned so much. I am very excited to grow our farm, continue to learn as much as possible about this amazing pig, and help others with their kunekune journey. 



CANADIAN DIRECTOR

NAME

Kate Belbeck

PHONE NUMBER

519-835-0893

EMAIL ADDRESS

belbecksfamilyfarm@gmail.com

LOCATON

Moffat Ontario Canada

CURRENT BOD MEMBER YES NO

AKKPS MEMBER SINCE

January 26, 2019

PRIMARILY REGISTERS WITH AKKPS YES NO

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO YOU HAVE TO VOLUNTEER

FOR AKKPS - about 10 hrs per week on a regular basis, can do

more if required in certain high-volume weeks

RELEVANT SKILLS:

- Strong believer in breed preservation through utilization

- Experience with a BOD setting within a not-for-profit

organization ( my local Farmer’s Market), in addition to

volunteering as the Test Chairperson for a local sports

organization

- Substantial experience in planning, preparing and leading

educational seminars and presentations (chicken keeping,

sustainable living, time management and organization as some

examples of topics covered)

- Became skilled in policy development, operations management

customer service and trouble shooting through role as the

Manager of a local Farmer’s Market

- Keen interest in personal development and have personally

undergone training in social media marketing, video marketing,

time management/organization, and am currently enrolled in a

life coaching and leadership training program

- Attained my first kunekunes in 2017, have gone through the

litter notification/DNA sampling/registration process dozens of

times and have led others through the process

PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY:

Kate Belbeck decided at the age of 8 years old, that in spite of not having a

farming background, she was going to be a farmer! Fast forward “several”

years, after attaining a degree in Animal Biology, that dream became a

reality when she joined her husband on his family’s 50 acre small farm near

Toronto ON. Determined to do things differently, and with a keen interest in

preserving heritage breeds, the farm gradually grew to include some

Scottish Highland Cattle, various types of poultry and in 2017, 3 kunekune

sisters which would ultimately become her true passion and started the

evolution of her farming life.

Kate has a keen interest in education and supporting people like herself -

those farming in a non-conventional way. She was the Top Performer for 4

years with Rent The Chicken, an organization dedicated to providing people

with a simple, turn-key start to backyard chicken keeping, before stepping

back in 2020 to focus on her steadily-growing herd of registered kunekunes.

She has lead several educational seminars and programs with an agricultural

focus and is also currently participating in a coaching and leadership training

program to better support those she works with.

Some of Kate’s most valued accomplishments include being a mom to her 3

boys, ages 5, 7 and 13 who are all an active part of the farm business, being

awarded the 2018 Mompreneur Momentum Award for Female Entrepreneurs,

and most recently, placing Top 3 in 6 classes in the 2020 Empire Kunekune

Pig Association’s International Futurity Kunekune Show.


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