AACD Leadership

Meet the Executive Committee

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President & Government Affairs Committee Chair

Frank Krentz

Frank is a 5th generation rancher in Southeast Arizona.  He grew up in a rural area where he attended a one-room school, and learned the ins and outs of ranching from his family. After grade school he attended Animas High School where he was involved in sports, student government, and was the Animas Chapter FFA President. Frank attended college at New Mexico State University where he received his Bachelor's and Master's in Agribusiness. After graduating fron NMSU, Frank's first job was with Fertizona Willcox. Soon after, he returned to the family ranch to apply his skills and knowledge from his schooling and hands-on experience.

Frank's family legacy goes beyond ranching. Many of his family members have servered as Supervisors to the Whitewater Draw NRCD; so it was a natural fit for Frank to become involved. Thorughout his childhood, Frank was often involved with conservation projects through the NRCD: brush management, fencing, water improvements, and wildlife-friendly drinkers.

Frank has been involved with Arizona Cattle Growers, Project Centl, National Cattlemen Beef Association, and is currently the Vice Chairman of Whitewater Draw NRCD, in addition to his sitting as President of AACD and AACD's Government Affairs Committee Chair.

"I hope to help producers throughout the state in getting projects on the ground that will benefit Arizona's natural resources. I believe that by working with our agency cooperators, we can positively impact agriculture thorugh conservation practices and shed positive light on such an important part of our state's economy." - Frank Krentz

Mark Kuechel

1st Vice President

Mark Kuechel

Mark is a 4th generation farmer whose family has been growing citrus in the American Southwest for almost 140 years. Mark is the owner and operator of Kuechel Farms, which he established in Yuma, Arizona, in 1975. Mark has served as Chairman of the Yuma NRCD and the Yuma Conservation Garden since 1990, receiving the Outstanding Supervisor Award in 2000, 2013, and 2019. In 2014 he was appointed as Treasurer of the AACD and has held his current position as 1st Vice President since 2018.  Mark is also a member of the AACD Cropland Committee.

From 1994 to 1999, Mark was a member of the University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center Research Advisory Council and Chairman of the Cooperative Extension, and in 1997, led the establishment of the Mark Wilcox Memorial Scholarship for Students of Agriculture. The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma gave Mark its Heart of Yuma Award in 2011. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2008. He is an Honorary Alumnus, University of Arizona, on behalf of FFA. He received an Honorary FFA Degree, Yuma Chapter, 2004-2005, and an Honorary FFA Degree, State, 2006.

Mark is a life member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, North American Hunting Club, Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, and the National Rifle Association. He worked with the Arizona Game and Fish Department on severl volunteer projects, spearheading efforts to build and install a Bighorn sheep tank drinker in the Tinajas Altas Mountains, and participated in a Bighorn sheep relocation program in the Kofa Mountains.

Tina Thompson

2nd Vice President

Tina Thompson

Tina is a 5th generation rancher who, along with her husband David, is the current owner/operator of the same ranch she grew up on outside of Willcox. Tina and David raised their son Cory on the ranch, and he is an integral part of their operation – as is their granddaughter! Tina has a lifetime of experience in conserving natural resources while in the business of raising cattle. The family ranch relies on many miles of pipelines along with numerous wells and water storage facilities. Having spent most of her life as a cattle rancher in Arizona, Tina has a great appreciation for well-managed, healthy, productive land.

Tina became involved with the Willcox-San Simon NRCD in 2010, and in 2018 was asked to join the AACD Executive Committee. She was voted in as 2nd Vice President and holds this position currently. Tina is also a District Supervisor for Willcox-San Simon and is an active member of the Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Cattle Growers, Cochise Graham Cattle Growers, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Tina’s dedication to continuing her family’s legacy, her passion for agriculture, and her devotion to natural resource conservation make her an exemplar of female leadership in agriculture today. In her position, Tina hopes to encourage others to learn how farming and ranching can support resource conservation across the state.

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Past President

Bill Dunn

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Anita Waite

Treasurer

Anita Waite

Anita and her husband have been ranching in Arizona since 1993. They bought Cane Springs Ranch, completely new to ranching – and ranching in the desert to boot! They swiftly learned the importance of resource management. Land stewardship seemed implicit to ranching, and Anita and her husband quickly took to implementing conservation practices and have a cooperative management plan with Game & Fish, BLM, State Land Department, NRCS, their local NRCD, and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Anita has been active in many organizations over the years. She has served as the Mohave Counties Public Land Use Committee Grazing Chair, sat on the board of the Habitat Partnership Committee as Vice Chair, and was a USDA – FSA County Committee person. Currently, she sits on the board for the Mohave County Farm & Livestock Bureau, is the Big Sandy NRCD Chairman, and is the AACD Treasurer.

Anita has seven children, thirty-two grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

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Secretary

Shelley Blackmore

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Tribal Representative

Sadie Lister

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Cropland Committee Chair

Bobbie McDermott

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Rangeland & Forest Committee Chair

Daric Knight

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Education Committee Co-Chair

Sheryl Christenson

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Education Committee Co-Chair

Dawn Salcito

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