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Current Board of Directors

The North American Craft Maltsters Guild (CMG) Board of Directors is a group of individuals dedicated to holding craft malting to the highest standards. The members of the board of directors are elected by the members of the Guild. The directors shall be responsible for the general administration of the association’s activities and with creating the policy on behalf of the Guild.

Guild’s Board of Directors Officers

  • Andrea-Craft-Maltsters-Board-Member

    Andrea Stanley, President. In early 2010 Andrea Stanley and her husband Christian set out to start Valley Malt in their small agricultural town of Hadley, Massachusetts. Their vision was to bring a malthouse back to New England. In October 2010 Valley Malt made their first commercial batch of malt, delivering to their first customers in the family Eurovan. In March of 2012 Valley Malt quadrupled their production size and the just demand keeps coming. Andrea is passionate about malting and shares her passion with other maltsters, both aspiring and established. In 2013, she helped form the Craft Maltster’s Guild, a natural next step in this collaborative undertaking. Andrea is committed to a more transparent, regionalized food system. A malthouse in every community will help support this goal, and strengthen local family farms in the process.

  • Brent-Craft-Maltsters-Board-Membe

    Brent Manning, Treasurer. I used to be an environmental consultant and still occasionally moonlight as one. Chasing this profession meant that I sat through a lot of school, got a few degrees to hang on the wall, and added a few letters after my name. Then the development bubble burst and I started to see the world through a different lens. This lens helped me focus on developing my current career, one that bridges the gap between farmers and consumers by creating a local food system. When I’m not turning malt, I run our fledgling R&D department, which consists of a five-gallon homebrew system and a few carboys. And when no one is watching, I slip out the back door to enjoy our wonderful mountains on foot or bike.

  • Twila-Craft-Maltsters-Board-Member

    Twila Henley, Secretary. Twila Henley earned an undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Food Science & Food Safety from Colorado State University. For graduate studies, she focused on malting and brewing science and bioactive and probiotic compounds. She took second place in 2013s University of Northern Colorado’s Entrepreneur Challenge earning Grouse $15,000 and is a Founding Board Member of the North American Craft Maltster’s Guild.

  • Seth Klann. Seth Klann is an owner, farmer, and maltster at Mecca Grade Estate Malt. Along with his father and brother-in-law, his family farms over 1,000 irrigated acres in beautiful Central Oregon. Seth started pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business Management, ended up graduating from Oregon State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and then decided to return home to farm. He married his wife Sally in 2011 and has three boys: Jet, Silas, and Cash. His family has farmed the same ground since 1905 and his sons are 8th-generation Oregon farmers.

  • Chuck Skypeck. Chuck joined the Brewers Association staff in 2013 after a long career as a craft brewer. He opened Tennessee’s first brewpub, Boscos, in 1992. As an owner and director of brewery operations for Boscos Brewing Company, he opened additional brewpubs in Memphis, Nashville and Little Rock, Ark. In 2007, Chuck opened and operated Ghost River Brewing in Memphis. He has served as chair of the Association of Brewers Board of Advisors, chair of the Association of Brewers Board of Directors and was a member of the first Board of Directors for the Brewers Association. In his capacity as technical brewing projects coordinator, Chuck works with the technical committee and the safety, sustainability, quality, draught beer quality, pipeline subcommittees, as well as the keg repatriation working group, to encourage and facilitate best practices in all phases of Brewers Association members’ brewery operations.

  • Dave Thomas. Dave is Brewer Emeritus at Dostal Alley Brewpub in Central City, Colorado; Executive Brewing Consultant for Ecolab (St. Paul, MN) and a print journalist for The Brewer and Distiller International (London, England). He has written two books. The first, “Of Mines & Beer!” relates the history of 19th century Colorado breweries. His second book, The Craft Maltsters’ Handbook, was written to capture much of Dave’s malting experience for the 90+ startup craft maltsters in North America. He is currently consulting directly with several new craft maltsters on plant design and operations.

  • Joel Williamson. Joel grew up in Spokane county working on his family rose growing farm and greenhouse. He has spent the last 10 years working for a more just society through art, community organizing, local government, non-profit management, and now through business. Joel is earned his MBA with an emphasis in Finance and is interested in creating local and alternative financial intermediaries which would put Spokane money to work improving the local economy. He has been an avid home brewer for 6 years and co-founded LINC Foods, a worker and farmer owned cooperative with a new craft malting operation at its heart.

  • Chris Schooley. Located in Fort Collins, CO, Troubadour Maltings is a small-batch maltery and malt roaster that opened in 2015 and is focused on the transparent, and local sourcing of premium barley. Schooley brings nearly two-decades of coffee sourcing and roasting expertise, working for a boutique coffee home-roaster green coffee supply outfit, and involved in the trade bodies like the Roaster’s Guild, the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance in addition to the Colorado Brewers Guild. He and his wife Sarah have two beautiful daughters, he loves music and coffee and loves to produce the goods.

  • Ashley McFarland. Ashley is the Director of the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, which serves as the hub for malting barley research in Michigan. Ashley is also a Community Food System Educator within MSU Extension, focusing primarily on integrating traditional field crops into the local food system. Ashley holds an M.S. from Iowa State University in Environmental Science and Water Resources and a B.A. from Central College in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

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