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Owen joined the North Carolina Soybean Association as CEO in April 2019. In this role, he focuses on executing the strategic vision of the Association’s 37 grower board members while also leading up market development efforts. Whenever possible, Owen enjoys applying his background to unravel agricultural markets and explain how global forces influence the economics of agriculture within the state of North Carolina.
Prior to the NCSPA Owen enjoyed a diverse set of roles throughout the agricultural industry including ten years with a UK-based agribusiness consultancy, where he worked extensively in the sweeteners and biofuels industries, time in the cranberry industry of Massachusetts and multiple stints employed overseas. He received a Master’s in Agricultural Engineering from NC State and Master’s in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech. Owen lives in Raleigh with his wife Lindsay, an education reporter, and their three children, Mac, Isla and Sam. In an increasingly digital world, Owen enjoys using his free time to pursue more “analog” interests – most of which revolve around being outdoors.
Katherine grew up on a small family farm in Pinetops, NC where a love and appreciation for agriculture were instilled in her from an early age. She attended NC State University where she received a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. and Ph.D in Crop Science. In her role as Research Coordinator, she uses her skills to help soybean growers improve their productivity and profitability by leading the association’s research efforts, serving as the liaison between research partners and soybean farmers, and communicating results from sponsored research to growers. Katherine has a passion for serving the farmers of North Carolina and contributing to the success of the agriculture industry across the state. Katherine resides in Apex with her husband, Sadler, two little boys. When they’re not working they enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and cheering on the Wolfpack!
Faith joined the NCSPA in September of 2021 as the Outreach Coordinator. In this role, Faith has the important task of communicating the message of North Carolina’s soybean farmers to the consumer audience. Faith stared this career after graduating from Clemson University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Plant in Environmental Science, with a concentration emphasis in agronomy. Wanting to develop a hand-on understanding of agriculture, Faith also spent time working at the farms and orchards around Clemson, while enrolled at the University. When she is not working, Faith enjoys reading fantasy and adventure novels, playing tennis with her best friend, and taking walks in the woods. To contact Faith as a school speaker, event sponsor, or outreach project partner, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vicky Clark joined NCSPA in July 2021 as the Office Manager, where she fulfills the accounts management duties of the association. She previously served as the administrative associate to the Directors of Emergency Services and Centralized Nursing Support Services at UNC REX Healthcare. Vicky earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Though she moved to North Carolina from the Midwest over 15 years ago, she still cherishes fond memories of summers spent at her great-grandparent’s tobacco farm in Kentucky. Vicky currently lives in Wake Forest, NC with her husband Mike and their two dogs, Lucy and Indy. She enjoys gardening, learning bass guitar, attending live concerts, and taking part in the occasional amateur barbecue competition.