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William J. HoffmanWilliam J. Hoffman is Chief Operating Officer. During Mr. Hoffman’s tenure as FCA’s COO (from 2008 to the present), the Agency has issued several significant final rules, including a rule that updates and modernizes the Agency’s capital regulations and a rule requiring System institutions to include strategies in their business and marketing plans that emphasize diversity and inclusion. As COO, Mr. Hoffman has also supported diversity and inclusion programs and events at FCA. Before taking this position, Mr. Hoffman was Executive Assistant to 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. 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. Before joining FCA in 2004, he was involved in agricultural finance in the private sector and several international projects.

S. Robert ColemanS. 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.

Wendy LaguardaWendy Laguarda is Inspector General. From May 2015 to July 2017, Ms. Laguarda served as executive assistant to the FCA Board Chairman and CEO. She joined FCA's Office of General Counsel in 1990, eventually becoming assistant general counsel and the designated agency ethics official. She served as legal counsel for personnel issues and undertook assignments on rulemaking and policymaking. Before coming to FCA, Ms. Laguarda was an attorney adviser at the Office of Thrift Supervision and its predecessor agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. In 1995 and again in 2004, she was detailed to the White House Counsel’s Office for brief periods to work on ethics issues. A graduate of Tufts University and George Washington University National Law Center, she is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars and is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Jerome FowlkesA. Jerome Fowlkes is Chief Human Capital Officer and Director of the Office of Agency Services. Previously, from April to October 2016, he served as Acting Director of the Office of Agency Services. From March 2014 to April 2016, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management Services. From September 2012 to March 2013, he served as the Associate Director and Team Leader of the Credit and Mission Team in the Office of Regulatory Policy. He joined FCA in 2010 as a senior financial analyst. Before that, he managed a portfolio of venture capital loans and investments for the Small Business Administration's Office of Liquidation and was responsible for negotiating and collecting outstanding obligations from portfolio companies. He has served as a commercial lender and vice president at the predecessors to Bank of America and SunTrust. He has also worked as an investment banker at BIA Capital Strategies. He holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and a B.S. in finance from Virginia Tech.

Jerald GolleyJerald Golley is Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Information Technology. Before joining FCA in November 2015, Mr. Golley had 25 years of IT management experience. Most recently, he was the Deputy CIO for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for six years. In 1996, he founded AMI Technical Consultants, Inc., a software development, Internet hosting, and technical consulting company based in Denver; he served as CEO there until 2009. He began his career as a programmer and geographic information system specialist at American Management Systems in Rosslyn, Virginia, where he worked from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Golley served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army based out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, from 1982 to 1984. He holds a bachelor's degree in geography, with a minor in computer science from the State University of New York at Oneonta, as well as a Master of Arts in geography and geographic information systems from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Charles R. RawlsCharles 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. ReaLaurie 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. SmithStephen G. Smith is Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Previously, from 2005 to 2016, he served as the Agency’s Director of the Office of Management Services. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Agency's Inspector General. He joined FCA in 1981 as a technical specialist. He is a commissioned FCA examiner and served in several leadership roles, including Associate Regional Director for the Albany, New York field office, Senior Staff Director for the Chief Examiner, and Director of the Technical and Operations Division. In 1993, he assumed responsibilities as Director of the Information Resources Division. He was named Chief Information Officer in 1996, directing all technology and information operations for FCA. Before joining the Agency, he worked at the North Central Jersey Farm Credit Association.

Michael StokkeMichael 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 MeterGary 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. AultmanDale 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.



Thaiss Burlew 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.

Philip J. Shebest
Philip J. Shebest is the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO). As DAEO, Mr. Shebest administers the ethics program for FCA and the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. In addition to serving as DAEO, Mr. Shebest  is an Assistant General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel and the Agency Contracts Officer. While at FCA, he has held the position of Alternate DAEO, as well as Acting General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Capital Officer. Prior to joining FCA in 1990, Mr. Shebest was a senior attorney with the Drug Enforcement Administration and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and Temple School of Law, he is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, as well as a certified mediator. 


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