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Board Members

The Hormel Foundation Board Members

Officers and Directors


Chair:              Gary. J. Ray

Vice Chair:      Bonnie. B. Rietz

Secretary:       Steven. T. Rizzi Jr.

Treasurer:       Roland G. Gentzler

Pictured left to right: Rietz, Gentzler, Ray, Rizzi

Board Member Biographies

David D. Amick
Representing The Salvation Army of Austin
Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Austin
Director since 8/1/2011
Adenuga Atewologun, Ph.D.
Representing Riverland Community College Austin Campus
President, Riverland Community College
Director Since 4/13/16
Diane B. Baker
Representing the United Way of Mower County, Inc.
Executive Director of the United Way of Mower County, Inc.
Director since 6/18/2014
Jeffrey A. Baldus
Representing the Austin Area Foundation
Executive Director, Austin Area Foundation
Director since 1/31/2017
Mark R. Ciota, M.D.
Representing Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Austin
President and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Albert Lea and Austin
Director since 7/9/2012
Thomas J. Dankert
Representing the City of Austin
Finance Director for the City of Austin
Director since 12/11/2013
Dr. Zigang Dong
Representing The Hormel Institute
University of Minnesota
Executive Director, The Hormel Institute, UMN
Director since 7/1/2001
Jeffrey M. Ettinger
Chairman and CEO
Hormel Foods Corporation 
Director since 12/18/2006
Roland G. Gentzler
Former Vice President of Finance and Treasurer
Hormel Foods Corporation
Treasurer since 06/30/2017
Director since 06/30/2017
Craig W. Johnson
Attorney and Partner
Hoversten, Johnson, Beckmann & Hovey, LLP 
Director since 12/11/2012
Joel W. Johnson
Former Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
Hormel Foods Corporation
Director since 9/28/1993
Randall J. Kramer
Certified Financial Planner
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Director since 12/09/2014
David M. Krenz
Representing Austin Public Schools
Superintendent of Austin Public Schools
Director since 08/01/2009
Tedd M. Maxfield
Representing The YMCA of Austin
Executive Director, Young Men’s Christian Association
Director since 5/23/2012
Richard R. Pavek
Representing Cedar Valley Services, Inc.
Executive Director, Cedar Valley Services, Inc.
Director since 12/09/2014
Larry J. Pfeil
Former Vice President of Engineering
Hormel Foods Corporation
Director since 12/13/2011
Gary J. Ray
Former President of Refrigerated Foods Group
Hormel Foods Corporation
Chair since 12/13/2011
Director since 1/29/1996
Bonnie B. Rietz
Former Mayor of the City of Austin
Vice Chair since 12/13/2011
Director since 4/22/2008
Steven T. Rizzi, Jr.
Attorney, Adams, Rizzi & Sween P.A.
Secretary since 12/9/1998
Director since 12/9/1998