Ms. Kafer is vice president of human resources and strategy officer at GROWMARK, Inc. Since she joined the organization in 1993, she has served as a compliance officer and held manager and director positions in corporate communications, marketing services, and more. Most recently, Ms. Kafer served as director of communications for Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and as communications coordinator for the Illinois Soybean Association. In 2013, she earned designation as a certificated compliance and ethics professional. In 1999, the Cooperative Communicators Association recognized her with the Graznak Award as an outstanding communicator under the age of 36. Ms. Kafer graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications. She graduated with high honors from the Lincoln Christian Seminary with a master’s degree in biblical studies.