Board of Trustees

A Welcome from the Chairman of the Board

Rod Giltz

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, I welcome you to our website.

The Institute began in 1951, with support from the William H. Miner Foundation. It seeks to improve the status and success of Agriculture through research, education, and demonstration and to carry on the heritage of the early 20th Century philanthropist, William H. Miner.

Our site is constantly being updated, so check back often for calendar events, the latest Farm Report or Stable Sheet, or newly published research. In addition, we have a wonderful history section, which is complemented by our Heritage Exhibit page. Whether you are in the equine or dairy industry or a history buff, this site has something of interest for you.

We hope you enjoy your visit. Thank you for your interest in the Institute.

Rod Giltz

Front Row (L-R): Rod Giltz, Dr. Fred Woodward, Rocky Giroux, Geoff Yates, and Dick Eakins.
Back Row (L-R): Dr. Rick Grant, Kirk Beattie, Janet Duprey, Tony LaPierre, and Bernard Leerkes.
Absent: Dr. Ann Willey and Steven Frederick

Board Members and Trustees:


Janet Duprey
Retired New York State Assemblywoman

Richard Eakins

Steven G. Frederick
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Paul Smith's College

Roderic G. Giltz
Board Chairman, Northern Insuring Agency
Chair Miner Institute

Rocklyn Giroux
Retired Dairy Farmer

Tony LaPierre
Rusty Creek Farm

Bernard Leerkes, Jr.
Leerkes Dairy Farm

Brendan P. Owens, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley PLLC

Frederick Woodward, Ph.D.
Retired Chief
Collegiate Administrator

Geoffrey Yates
Retired Vice President
Yankee Farm Credit


John Ettling, Ph.D.
Retired President
Plattsburgh State University

Tom Overton, Ph.D.
Professor, Animal Science
Cornell University

William L. Owens
Retired U.S. Congressman
NY 23rd District

John Fairchild
Boquet Valley CSD

Kristy Kennedy
VP of Marketing/Director of Tourism
North Country Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Bull
Nutrition Consultant
Holtz Nelson Dairy Consultants

Mark McCullough
Environmental, Health, and
Safety Engineer


Richard J. Grant, Ph.D.

Rachel Dutil

Kirk E. Beattie
Vice President,
Administration & Finance