Meet our Contractors
Meet our Contractors
Meet Our Board of Directors
Meet our ADVISORY COMMITTEE & organizations
The Alliance is unique in that we are a “virtual organization”- our staff are all highly competent independent contractors. This gives us powerful representation with a flexibility that allows us to focus resources quickly on emerging issues.
Dan Keppen has served as Executive Director for the Family Farm Alliance since 2005. He has 34 years’ experience in association management, water resources, power and environmental policy, facilities design, planning, economic analyses and contract administration in the public and private sectors. Since 1997, he has worked primarily in advocacy positions with the Northern California Water Association, and as executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association. He served one year as special assistant to the Director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region. Prior to that time, Mr. Keppen was a water resources engineer for Tehama County, California and a water resources engineering consultant in Portland, Oregon. He is a Registered Civil Engineer in California. Mr. Keppen received his M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from Oregon State University and his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He lives in Klamath Falls with his wife Dena; they have a daughter, Anna and a son and daughter-in-law, Jackson and Hayley.
Norm Semanko serves as general counsel for the Family Farm Alliance. He is a Water Law Practice Group leader at Parsons Behle & Latimer. He has represented clients in state and federal courts and has extensive experience with water resources, environmental, natural resources, public lands and regulatory issues, as well as governmental affairs. He represents numerous irrigation districts, canal companies and other water providers in Washington State and Idaho. Mr. Semanko previously served as Executive Director & General Counsel for the Idaho Water Users Association and as the President of the National Water Resources Association. He was also a member of the Western States Water Council, having served in that position under three different Governors. He is currently a member of the Legal Advisory Council for the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Prior to his law career, Mr. Semanko served as a Legislative Assistant handling water issues in both the U.S. House and Senate in Washington, D.C. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University and is also a graduate of the University of Idaho.
Strategic Policy Advisor
Mark Limbaugh joined The Ferguson Group (TFG – a government relations firm) in 2007 and is now president of TFG. He provides strategic policy and legislative advice to the Alliance. Prior to that, in 2005, Mr. Limbaugh was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Previously, Mr. Limbaugh served as Deputy Commissioner – External and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Bureau of Reclamation in Washington, D.C. for over three years. Prior to his federal service, Mark accumulated over 22 years of on-the-ground experience in production agriculture, water management and natural resource issues, and has been actively involved in various state and federal water organizations throughout his career. Other positions Mark has held include President of the Family Farm Alliance, Watermaster of Idaho’s Payette River Basin and Executive Director of the Payette River Water Users Association. Mark earned his B.S. in accounting cum laude from the University of Idaho and has worked as a CPA.
Fundraising and Conference Coordinator
Jane Townsend (Lake County, California) has been an Associate Director of AAMSI (Ag Association Management Services, Inc., Sacramento, CA) for over 30 years. The company currently manages over 50 agricultural trade associations in California and the Pacific Northwest. Among other duties, Ms. Townsend serves as the Executive Director of the California Agricultural Irrigation Association, United States Committee on Irrigation & Drainage, California Bean Shippers Association, and she is a manager of California Women for Agriculture. She is the Meeting Coordinator for the Mid Pacific Water Users Conference and the Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference. She studied Journalism at Southwest Texas State University and received a paralegal certification from MTI College. She and her husband Craig have three grown children and three granddaughters (their “grandposse”). They live in Clearlake Oaks, California, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Policy and Communications
Todd Ungerecht provides policy and communications consulting services for the Family Farm Alliance. He is a Westerner who served 25 years working with Congress and the executive branch. Mr. Ungerecht was born and raised in Pasco (WASHINGTON) and received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Gonzaga University. He and his family relocated to Idaho in 2018 from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, following a combined 25 years’ experience in the federal legislative and executive branches. Mr. Ungerecht formed his own consulting and small private practice in Boise in 2021. Prior to that, he served in a number of key legislative roles on Capitol Hill, including Deputy Staff Director of the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives under former Chairman Rob Bishop, and Senior Counsel to Chairman Doc Hastings, Committee on Natural Resources. While on the Committee, he supervised and helped organize more than 100 congressional hearings, including many field hearings, and wrote or edited hundreds of press statements on a variety of natural resources subjects, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), water, power, energy, minerals, federal lands, parks, Native American and oversight issues.
During his years on Capitol Hill, Mr. Ungerecht helped move the ball forward on many important legislative initiatives, including co-coordinating the ESA Congressional Working Group in 2013. He also worked as the Legislative Director for former Idaho Governor Butch Otter when he was a Member of Congress and was a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (WASHINGTON).
Josh Rolph assists the Alliance with website, social media and communications. After two decades working in politics and policy for elected officials in Washington, and then representing California farmers before the federal government, he founded the YEAH YEAH Agency. His full-service marketing firm helps nonprofits and small businesses compete effectively in an increasingly noisy communications environment. Previously, Josh served 11 years in the Federal Policy shop for the California Farm Bureau Federation, 5 of which he served as its Director. He worked in Washington in various roles, including Associate Director at USDA’s Office of Congressional Relations, as well as Legislative Director and aide to two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Amanda Coffman is the Financial Administrator for the Family Farm Alliance. She is the daughter of a third generation farmer and was raised on the family farm in Laton. She has worked for Errotabere Ranches for over 16 years as a bookkeeper. She also helps with the bookkeeping on her family’s farm where she lives with her daughter, and helps her father and brother in the fields. Prior to joining Errotabere Ranches, she worked at the Laton Cooperative Cotton Gin for three years.
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