The Washington Wine Industry Foundation (WWIF) recently welcomed five new board directors to the team: Bill Shibley, Stephanie Meier, Bradley Walker, Simon Siegl, and Mark Wheeler.
WWIF is a nonprofit that focuses on meeting the needs of the grape and wine industry including scholarships, education, outreach, research and other information. The Foundation works in partnerships to accomplish the activities identified as priorities by the industry. The new board members each have a skill set to assist the Foundation in helping Washington wine industry grow.
Bill Shibley, regional vice president at Northwest Farm Credit Services, received his BS in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State in 1989 and his MBA from Nova Southeastern in 1998. He grew up on a cattle, hay and timber farm in western Oregon and after college started at John Deere in Denver, Colorado. He has worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services since 1992, moving to the Pasco office in 1994. He is the regional vice president for the Columbia Basin serving offices in southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. Shibley has served as the leader of both the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pasco Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the WSU CAHNRS & WSU Extension National Campaign Council. Shibley is also the club leader for Badger Mtn. 4-H club with 20 kids in his club raising, showing and selling market lambs at local fairs. He lives in West Richland with his wife Kim and four kids.