VALERIE T. CONNELLY
Valerie Connelly is the Executive Director for the Maryland Farm Bureau since November 2013. She has been on staff with the Maryland Farm Bureau since May of 1995. Previously she worked as Legislative Director for three members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill for 10 years. In that role, she was responsible for analyzing all legislative issues before the Congress. She served as primary staff contact for the Energy & Commerce Committee, the Banking & Financial Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee. Valerie has served on the Governor’s Commission on Migratory and Seasonal Farm Labor, has served as 1st Vice Chair of the FORVM for Rural Maryland and as a member of the Maryland Air Quality Control Advisory Council. She has been a member of the Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, the Task Force on Agricultural Land Preservation and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s General Counsel Advisory Committee. Currently, Valerie serves on the steering committee to implement the Maryland Agricultural Commission’s Strategic Plan for Agriculture and is on the board of the LEAD Maryland Foundation. Valerie holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science from American University. She resides in Cecil County with her husband, Steve, and three children.
Government Relations Director
Colby Ferguson is the Government Relations Director for Maryland Farm Bureau, beginning his role in December 2013. Colby was the Agriculture Business Development Specialist for Frederick County for nine years prior to joining the MFB team. In that capacity, he worked with elected officials at the state and local level to implement legislation important to the farm community. Prior to his county position, Colby was the sales and marketing manager for Sinclair Cattle Company, a purebred Angus ranch in Pennsylvania. He has also been a nutrition specialist for dairy, beef, swine, sheep and horses with Southern States Cooperative. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science, biotechnology from Oklahoma State University. He is a 2006 LEAD Maryland fellow and currently serves on the LEAD Maryland Board of Directors. Colby also serves on the Maryland Agriculture Council Board of Directors and represents Maryland Farm Bureau on the MD Aquaculture Coordinating Council and the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. Ferguson is an experienced livestock judge and coach and lives with his wife, Stacy, and two children, Chase and Mickinzi, in Walkersville.
PATRICIA (TRISH) HILDEBRAND
Eastern Shore Regional Director
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As the Eastern Shore Regional Director for MFB, Trish works with the 9 counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as the liaison with MFB and their local affairs representative. She works with county Farm Bureau Presidents to recognize county issues and provides leadership development training. Hildebrand also works to increase membership on the Eastern Shore counties and tracks local or regional activities that impact farmers. Prior to joining MFB, Hildebrand worked as an Animal Health Intern with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Government Relations Intern with Maryland Farm Bureau. Hildebrand attended Delaware Valley University where she earned a B.S. in Animal Science in 2015.
Director of Accounting
Cathy Kaptain joined the Maryland Farm Bureau staff in July of 1998, as Administrative Assistant to the Administrator. In 2005, she was promoted to Accounting Director. Cathy is responsible for the financial reporting of Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland Farm Bureau Service Company as well as annual audit preparation. She is also the treasurer of the Maryland Farm Bureau PAC. She resides in Eldersburg with her husband, Donnie.
TONYA M. KENNEDY
Director of Membership Services and Records
Tonya M. Kennedy is the Director of Membership Services and Records for the Maryland Farm Bureau. She has been with the organization since March of 1990. Tonya’s primary responsibility is to maintain consistent growth in membership and promote member benefits. In that position, Tonya has assisted in developing three membership databases during her tenure and continually researches new opportunities for group benefits. Before joining the Maryland Farm Bureau, Tonya worked for the State Highway Administration as an Executive Assistant. She resides in Windsor Mill.