William J. Hoffman is Chief Operating Officer. Before assuming this position in July 2008, Mr. Hoffman was Executive Assistant to Board Member and former Chairman and CEO Nancy C. Pellett. Prior to this, he served as the Associate Director for Examination and Supervision in the Office of Secondary Market Oversight, which oversees the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation. He began his career as a credit representative in the Louisville Farm Credit District. Mr. Hoffman first joined FCA in 1976 as a credit and operations officer and went on to work in various divisions of the Office of Supervision. In 1980 he became director of the Eastern Division, Office of Supervision, where he served for four years before being named Associate Deputy Governor for the Office of Examination and Supervision. In 1986 he joined the St. Louis Farm Credit Bank as vice president of risk assets. He later was the CEO of PennWest Farm Credit, ACA, which served western Pennsylvania. Before rejoining FCA in 2004, he was involved in agricultural finance in the private sector and several international projects.
Elizabeth M. Dean is Inspector General. Before assuming this position in 2013, Ms. Dean was the Deputy Inspector General and Counsel to the Inspector General since 1989. As Deputy IG and Counsel, she directed the investigative function of FCA’s OIG, periodically conducted inspections and evaluations, performed legal duties, and comanaged the OIG. From 1986 to 1989, Ms. Dean served as a senior attorney in FCA’s Office of General Counsel, Litigation and Enforcement Division. Ms. Dean served on active duty as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate from 1982 until 1986; she retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves in 2000. Upon completing law school in 1981, she worked for the Attorney General of the State of Ohio in the Criminal Activities Branch.
S. Robert Coleman is Director of the Office of Examination. Before being named to this position in October 2010, he was Director of the Agency’s Office of Secondary Market Oversight for five years. Mr. Coleman joined FCA in 1986 as an examiner in the Office of Examination. He held various positions in that office, providing technical and analytical support to the FCA field offices and in the Policy Development and Planning Division. During this period, Mr. Coleman completed the commissioning program and became a commissioned examiner in 1990. In 1994, Mr. Coleman transferred to the Office of Policy Analysis, where he served as a policy analyst specializing in regulation development, and then as a senior policy analyst. He was named Director of the Regulation and Policy Division in June 2003. Mr. Coleman holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation, which the CFA Institute awarded him in 2000.
Charles R. Rawls is the FCA General Counsel. Before joining FCA in March 2003, he was general counsel and vice president for legal, tax, and accounting at the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. During the consideration of the 2002 farm bill, he served as the General Counsel of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. From 1998 to 2001, he was General Counsel for the USDA, and from 1993 to 1998 he was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. From 1988 to 1993, he was Legislative Director and then Administrative Assistant to Congressman Martin Lancaster. From 1985 to 1988, he was Associate General Counsel of the House Committee on Agriculture. He was Counsel to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Forests, Family Farms, and Energy from 1983 to 1985.
Laurie A. Rea is Director of the Office of Secondary Market Oversight (OSMO). She was named to this position in January 2011. Ms. Rea joined FCA in 1986 after graduating from San Diego State University. She has held several positions with the agency, beginning with the Office of Examination where she became a commissioned FCA examiner in 1989. In 1992, she joined the Office of Policy and Analysis (now the Office of Regulatory Policy), where she gained experience in policy and regulation development. Since 2005, Ms. Rea has served as associate director and finance and capital markets team leader in the Office of Regulatory Policy, where she managed the approval of Systemwide debt securities and led the agency's regulatory capital and investment policy development. Ms. Rea is a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute and a Certified Risk Professional.
Stephen G. Smith is the Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Office of Management Services. Before accepting this position, he served as the Agency’s Inspector General. He joined FCA in 1981 as a technical specialist, became an examiner in 1984, and later served as staff assistant for the Chief Examiner. In 1989, he was named Associate Regional Director for the Agency’s New York field office and then served as Senior Staff Director for the Chief Examiner before being named Director of the Technical and Operations Division. In 1993, he assumed new responsibilities as Director of the Information Resources Division. From 1996 until May 2001, he served as Chief Information Officer, directing all technology and information operations for FCA. Before joining the Agency, he worked at the North Central Jersey Farm Credit Associations.
Michael Stokke is Director of the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. Prior to joining FCA, Mr. Stokke was founder and president of Prairie Strategies, a consulting firm based in Illinois, where he advised corporations and nonprofit organizations. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert from February 1998 to October 2007. Prior to this, Mr. Stokke served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Speaker in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998. He served as Chief of Staff for Representative Thomas W. Ewing of Illinois from 1991 through 1994. From 1987 to 1991, he was Assistant Director of Personnel for the Office of the Governor of Illinois, and he served as Assistant to the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation from 1985 to 1987.
Gary K. Van Meter is Director of the Office of Regulatory Policy (ORP). He was named to this position in June 2011 after having served as the Deputy Director of ORP for five years. Prior to this, he served in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) for 17 years. In OGC, he served first as a senior attorney and later as senior counsel before joining ORP. Mr. Van Meter holds a J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law and a master of law in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a certified public accountant. From 1972 to 1974, Mr. Van Meter was an enlisted member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and he was an officer in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps from 1981 to 1986.
Dale L. Aultman became Secretary to the FCA Board in January 2011. He began working at FCA in 1988. For the first 10 years, he worked in the Office of Examination, where he became a commissioned examiner. Then for 12 years, he was in the Office of Regulatory Policy, where he became a senior policy analyst. Mr. Aultman is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. In 2010, he became Virginia's eighth electronic notary. In 2007, he completed FCA's Supervisory Development Program. Mr. Aultman graduated with distinction from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at the Southern Methodist University and holds a finance degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Wendy R. Laguarda is the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO). As DAEO, Ms. Laguarda administers the ethics program for FCA and the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. This involves providing for the review of financial disclosure reports, creating and conducting ethics training programs, counseling Agency staff on ethics issues, and monitoring compliance with ethics rules. In addition to her responsibilities as DAEO, Ms. Laguarda serves as assistant general counsel in the Office of General Counsel and administers the Agency's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Before coming to FCA in 1990, Ms. Laguarda was an attorney advisor at the Office of Thrift Supervision and its predecessor Agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. A graduate of Tufts University and George Washington University National Law Center, she is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars, as well as a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Thais Burlew is Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Inclusion. Before joining FCA in September 2011, she served as Executive Manager in the Office of EEO and Inclusiveness at the U.S. Postal Service. From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Burlew held several positions at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including attorney advisor to Chair Naomi Churchill-Earp and Acting Chief for the Intake and Compliance Branch. Prior to this, she served as Advocate for the Housing and Consumer Law Clinic and for the Juvenile Special Education Clinic. Ms. Burlew earned a J.D. magna cum laude from David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, where she served as managing and associate editor of the school’s law review. She also holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University.
Mark L. Johansen is the Special Advisor for YBS and Local Food Systems for the FCA Board. In this position, he provides advice on issues related to lending to young, beginning, and small farmers and ranchers and borrowers involved in local food systems. He is also a senior policy analyst. Mr. Johansen began working at FCA in 1986 as an examiner, became an examiner in the Enforcement Division in 1988 and joined the Office of Regulatory Policy in 1999. Before coming to FCA, Mr. Johansen served as a loan officer with USDA's Farmers Home Administration. He graduated from the Banking School of the South at Louisiana State University and holds an animal science degree from the University of New Hampshire, as well as an applied science degree from State University of New York at Cobleskill. Mr. Johansen also served in the Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent in animal health from 1981 to 1983.