Who We Are

The Foundation works closely with the National Biodiesel Board to address national issues affecting us all -- cleaner air, greater economic development for rural communities, and enhanced national security through energy independence.  Organized in 1994, our mission is to accomplish outreach, education, research and demonstration activities for the advancement of biodiesel.    

Foundation Board of Directors 

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Jeff Lynn, Illinois Soybean Association
Jeff is from Oakford, Ill. is part of a family farm dating back to 1833 that includes corn, soybeans and seed soybeans.  He is director of the Illinois Soybean Association as well as trustee for Chandlerville Township in Cass County, Ill. He has been active in the Farm Bureau and Menard County Extension Youth Council. Jeff and his wife represent an exchange student organization and have hosted eleven students since 2000.
   
Vice President
Mark Caspers, Director Nebraska Soybean Board
Mark is a fourth generation family farmer operating a diversified cropping operation on 600 acres of land in southeast Nebraska.  He is currently serving as director on the Nebraska Soybean Board. He is passionate about biodiesel and has been using B20 in his farming operation for more than ten years.
 
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Secretary/Treasurer
Lindsay Fitzgerald, Senior Manager/Government Affairs with the Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Lindsay has a history of working in the biofuels industry. Prior to working at REG, she worked as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board and before that, with the Environmental Protection Agency serving as a specialist on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Lindsay, has experience as a research analyst and legal assistant and is a graduate of Indiana University in Pennsylvania.
 
Director
Mike Cunningham, American Soybean Association,
Mike is a corn and soybean farmer from Bismark, Illinois. He had been involved with soybean association work at both state and national level since 2002.  Presently he is the director on the American Soybean Association Board representing the Illinois soybean farmers.


Director
Matt Jaeger, President and CEO of Emergent Green Energy

Matt is a third generation farmer who has always had a passion for farming and agriculture.  He and his brother, Luke, launched Emergent Green Energy, a biodiesel plant in Minneola, Kansas in 2007.  Since that  time he's been part of producing, selling, and promoting the use of biodiesel.  EMG has been a member of the National Biodiesel Board since 2007 and Matt became a director of the National Biodiesel Foundation Board in 2013.
   
Rob Shaffer
Director
Rob Shaffer, American Soybean Association Board 
Rob is a fourth-generation soybean farmer in El Paso, Illinois.  He is the chairman of the Illinois Livestock Development Group and on the Roanoke Farmers Association Elevator Board of Directors. He is a past voting member of the National Biodiesel Board on behalf of Illinois Soybean Association. 
   
Director
David Womack, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board

David has been involved in biodiesel since the very beginning.He was part of the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board in 1992, when the use of biodiesel was first proposed as a means of improving the price of soybeans. He continues his involvement in the industry as a member of the National Biodiesel Board.


Foundation Staff


Executive Director
Tom Verry Currently Director of Outreach and Development for the National Biodiesel Board, Tom works to establish synergistic relationships for the benefit of the biodiesel industry with key stakeholders including feed stock suppliers, state soybean associations, fuel suppliers, end-users, policy makers, government agencies, and environmental/ health groups. Tom also works to identify and access resources that will address the needs of the organization and the industry.


Advisory Board


Steve Howell
Steve Howell is president and founder of MARC-IV, a consulting firm dedicated to the development of industrial products from agriculture. Howell has extensive experience in the biodiesel industry. He is currently the Technical Director for NBB and the chairman of the ASTM task force on biodiesel standards. He is also a principal US liaison for biodiesel standards development with both ISO and CEN.
   
Don Scott Don Scott
Don serves as Director of Sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board. Don is a licensed Professional Engineer with a civil engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Don joined the NBB team to help the biodiesel industry grow as a sustainable alternative to traditional transportation fuels.