Farm Foundation Staff
Our team is passionate about food and agriculture and works hard every day to build a future for farmers, our communities and our world.
Meet the Team
President and CEO
Shari Rogge-Fidler is a fifth-generation farm owner from Nebraska, who began her career in London in financial services and then with the Boston Consulting Group. She and her family launched and grew a branded gourmet organic food company, where she was vice president of sales and marketing. She was president of Cambium Strategies, LLC, a company focused on helping food and agriculture organizations navigate secondary growth. She was also Interim CEO at Applied GeoSolutions, LLC, focusing on commercializing its geospatial decision tools for agriculture and soil health purposes. Most recently, Shari was CEO of Family Farms, LLC, serving approximately 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. Shari received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas, with an emphasis on international finance.
Vice President, External Relations
Tim Brennan joined the Farm Foundation staff in May 2013 as director of development. Tim has 20 years of experience as a fundraiser, with the bulk of his career in higher education fundraising. He formerly served as the associate director of alumni relations for the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, now the Booth School of Business. He served as the director of alumni relations and marketing for Northwestern University’s School of Law, before returning to the University of Chicago as executive director of the Chicago Society and director of development at the Law School. Tim later became the senior director of alumni and constituent relations at the University. Most recently, he has been working on several consulting projects, including capital campaign planning and interim executive leadership with Chicago and international nonprofits. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA.
Vice President, Programs and Projects
Martha King has an extensive background in programs, information systems and publishing, and serves as corporate secretary on her family’s Illinois farm. In 2010, Martha became co-owner and Secretary of Finbery, Inc., a farm located in LaSalle and Livingston counties in Illinois which has been in her family since the 1850s. For the past decade, she has worked in academia on a variety of projects including research, faculty information, publishing, database development, training and human resources. Her expertise includes strategy, research and analysis, information systems and developing and streamlining processes. Martha has an MBA with a focus on information systems management from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in German and political science from Purdue University.
Vice President, Finance
Amy Keane became a full-time staff member at Farm Foundation in March 2019. Since May 2009, she was an independent contractor with the Foundation, providing accounting, tax and consulting services. Prior to starting her own firm, Amy worked in public accounting as a manager with Coopers & Lybrand, serving non-profit clients as well as publicly-traded for-profit companies. Amy graduated from St Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, with a degree in accounting, and is a certified public accountant.
Senior Manager, Events
Before joining the Farm Foundation team in the fall of 2015, Morgan Craven served as the conference and events manager at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. She also worked as a premium hospitality game day staff member for the Chicago Bears. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, in recreation, sports leadership and tourism management.
Senior Development Manager
Todd Price joined Farm Foundation as Senior Development Manager after two decades of leadership in the agricultural museum field. This included time at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa; The Museums at Prophetstown in Lafayette, Indiana; and most recently Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview, Illinois as founding director. Prior to joining Farm Foundation, Todd was Superintendent with the Glenview Park District. Todd was raised on his family’s Iowa grain and livestock farm. Today, he is part owner of the farm, which was established in 1853. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and he is a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation program. Todd is active in 4-H and his county Farm Bureau.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Kelly Johnson brings more than 15 years of senior administrative experience with expertise in scheduling, correspondence, organizing large scale meetings, data management systems and project coordination. Before joining Farm Foundation, she worked as an Executive Administrative Specialist for Mars Wrigley. Having held positions in the manufacturing, management and consulting, and electrical energy fields, she is able to tailor her skills to meet a variety of needs. As a fully licensed notary public, she also provides legal assistance in her position. Kelly is active in her community, volunteering at Feed, Clothe and Help the Needy, which provides hot meals to local homeless and underprivileged residents.