CIRB Announces Eighth Class of Emerging Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC (August 29, 2022) – Today, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) named 17 industry professionals to its 2022-2023 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) class. This is the largest class of emerging leaders since the program’s inception in 2015. The Emerging Leaders Program allows crop insurance and reinsurance professionals an opportunity to increase their knowledge of advocacy and communications while providing networking experiences with industry leaders.

“I am very proud to welcome this new class of emerging leaders,” said Brian Young, CIRB chairman. “The enthusiasm around CIRB’s Emerging Leaders Program is growing within the crop insurance community, which is illustrated by this record-breaking class. This program is a benefit of being a CIRB member, and I highly encourage all CIRB members to participate.”

The program officially kicks off in September with an “Introduction to CIRB” webinar led by Deputy Executive Vice President Tara Smith. The Emerging Leaders Program allows participants to experience multiple Executive Committee meetings, learn how to effectively advocate for the crop insurance industry with “lobby 101” seminars in Washington, D.C., and receive traditional and social media training. New to the program this year is instruction on utilizing LinkedIn to share the story of crop insurance.

The 2022-2023 CIRB Emerging Leaders Program Class includes:

  • Elizabeth Mauch, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services
  • Kaia Peterson, American Agricultural Insurance Company
  • Christa Luebke, AgriSompo North America
  • Ryan Johnston, AgriSompo North America
  • Kyle Simpsen, COUNTRY Financial
  • Matthew Miller, COUNTRY Financial
  • Jessica Carter, Crop Risk Services
  • Sara Wall, Crop Risk Services
  • Travis Krinkie, Crop Risk Services
  • Landon Shafer, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
  • Molly Eastman, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
  • Blaine Hanf, Hudson Crop
  • Adam Livers, Hudson Crop
  • Laura Stodola, Rural Community Insurance Services
  • Meg Yandell, Rural Community Insurance Services
  • Serena Navarro, Rural Community Insurance Services
  • John Kuhling, Watts and Associates

You can learn more about the new class at Please contact Perry Harlow with any questions about the program.

About CIRB:

Founded in 1964 and headquartered on Capitol Hill, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) is proud to provide unparalleled advocacy, support, and membership services to the crop insurance and reinsurance community. Today, CIRB members provide a vital component of the farm safety net, writing policies in every state and providing billions of dollars in crop protection.  Learn more about us at  To learn more about CIRB’s work, or to get involved, please contact CIRB staff.