Chris Gould, Board Chair
Chris began farming in 2002 and is a third-generation farmer in Maple Park, IL. He farms several thousand acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat and raises hogs. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural engineering and served for ten years as a U.S. Navy pilot.
Chris and his wife, Dana, have two daughters, Kelsey and Vanessa, and a son, Drew. He is currently serving on the Elburn Planning Commission and is on the Kaneland School Board’s Citizens Advisory Committee.
Richard Biddle, Vice Chair
Richard Biddle was elected to the CHS Elburn Board in 1985, and has previously held the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Richard and his three brothers operate a family farm of corn and soybeans in Elburn and in surrounding areas. His son, Clint, and nephew, John, work with him. Their farm business also maintains a small calf herd and a trucking operation, hauling grain. Richard and his wife Diana live on a farm about two miles east of Maple Park.
Tracy Jones, Director
Tracy Jones has been on the CHS Elburn board since 1996. Tracy has served as President, Vice-President, Board Chair and Secretary.
Tracy operates a fourth generation family farm. Currently the farm produces 2900 acres of corn, 100 acres of wheat and feeds 1200 head of cattle in a confinement facility.
Tracy and his wife, Beth, live six miles west of the Sycamore Agronomy Plant on Old State Road. They have three daughters, Kristen, Katie, and Kortney.
Denise Ramm, Director
Denise is a fifth generation farmer of Ramm Farms Inc. in Maple Park, IL. With her cousins, they farm 1,300 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, and sell freezer beef. Denise received her Bachelors in Ag Business from Western Illinois and also has an MBA.
Denise and her husband, Chris, have two sons, Claude and John, and a daughter, Leigh Ann. She has been very active in the community, volunteering with Kane County 4-H and at a community hospital. She also serves on the board of her high school’s alumni association.
Bob Barkei, Director
Bob has served on the CHS Elburn Board since 2005, and currently holds the position of Director. Bob has over 40 years of farming experience, initially working with his father on the family farm.
After taking over the family farm, Bob expanded it to more than 2000 acres of corn and soybeans in Lee and Ogle counties.
Bob and his wife, Shelly, have been married 22 years and have two children: Kelsey, a high school student, and Brandon, who is graduating from high school this year with a desire to farm.
Kent Kleckner, Director
Kent Kleckner began farming in 1994 with his father in Maple Park, Illinois. In 2011 his father retired, and Kent is now farming 1,400 acres of corn and soybeans. He graduated from Joliet Junior College with a degree in Agricultural Business.
Kent has experience being on a board for nine years with the Kane County Corn Growers. Three of those years Kent was the Vice President of the Board. Kent and his wife Tracy live in Maple Park with their two daughters Kathryn and Lauren.
Roger Nelson, Director
Roger began farming in 1975 with his brother as Nelson Partnership in Malta, IL. He farms 1,200 acres of corn and soybeans. Roger and his brother were farrow to finish hogs until 1997 and joined a sow center and presently are wean to finish marketing 3000 plus per year. Roger received his Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Ag Economics from University of Illinois Champaign Urbana.
Roger and his wife, Ann, have a son, Michael and daughter, Christine. He currently serves as President of the DeKalb Area Pork Producers.