2021 Director Elections


Farm Credit East's 2021 Annual Meeting was held virtually on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Customers were able to participate by webinar or telephone. For more information on the annual meeting, view the Annual Meeting Information Statement.

To view the report from CEO Mike Reynolds and Board Chair Laurie Griffen, click here.

2021 Director Candidates

There are total of four candidates seeking election for three seats in 2021. The nominating committee conducted an extensive candidate search starting with fall Customer Service Council meetings, followed by regional conference phone calls in December and then a virtual meeting in January to present the following slate of candidates for the 2021 Farm Credit East Board of Directors. Click on any of the candidates names below to learn more about their background and operations. This information is also included in the Annual Meeting Information Statement.

Seat One

Eastern Region: Auburn, Bedford, Bridgeton, Dayville, Enfield, Flemington, Middleboro, Presque Isle and Riverhead offices. 

Two candidates are running for a four-year term.

Nicholas Brunet, (58), of Auburn, NH, is a forester and managing member of Greatwoods LLC since 1996. Greatwoods LLC is a forest industry company that invests and manages over 13,500 acres of forestland in New England, operates four log resale yards, leases almost 150,000 maple sugar taps and has two wind turbines on its land. Learn more about Nicholas

Lisa Preger Sellew, (63), of South Glastonbury, CT, is the vice president of Prides Corner Farms, Inc. in Lebanon, CT, a wholesale nursery growing more than 2,200 varieties of nursery stock, perennials, roses, trees, herbs and vegetables to supply independent garden centers, landscapers and landscape distributors throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Learn more about Lisa

Seat Two

Central Region: Burrville, Claverack, Cooperstown, Greenwich, Middletown and Potsdam offices. 

One candidate is running for a four-year term.

LouAnne F. King, (57), of Waddington, NY, is a partner of Mapleview Dairy LLC in Madrid, NY, a family-owned 3,400 cow dairy that has 2,500 replacement heifers and approximately 5,000 cropped acres. Learn more about LouAnne

Seat Three

Western Region: Batavia, Cortland, Geneva, Hornell and Mayville offices. 

One candidate is running for a four-year term.

John P. Knopf, (60), of Canandaigua, NY, is the principal owner of Fa-Ba Farms, LLC a dairy business consisting of 580 milking cows, 440 replacements and 850 acres of land devoted to forage production. Learn more about John

Learn more about this Year's Candidates

2021 Director Candidate Video

The 2021 Director Candidate video features a 2-minute profile of each candidate as they inform about their Northeast operation and why they'd like to be elected to the Farm Credit East Board of Directors. Click here to watch the 10-minute video. 

2021 Director Candidate Forum

A Director Candidate Forum was held during the annual meeting. Candidates were asked various questions about their experience and why they'd like to serve on the Farm Credit East Board of Directors. Click here to view the recording.


Voting for directors will be by mail or online ballot sent within 10 business days following the annual meeting. Voters must be a stockholder of record as of March 1, 2021. The election for each position shall be conducted independently with each voting stockholder given an opportunity to vote for each of the three open positions. The election polls will close the end of the fifteenth calendar day following the date on which the ballots are mailed to stockholders.

A third-party election tabulator will count the votes and declare the winners within five business days of the voting deadline. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes for each position shall be declared elected.