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joe_youngJoe Young – Chairman

Joseph (Joe) Young is Executive Director of the New England Apple Council, Inc (NEAC). Based in New Hampshire, NEAC is a grower association who manage the agricultural labor application and compliance issues for growers across New England and in several other US states. Joe, and NEAC, have many years of experience representing growers, advocating for the needs of agricultural employers with federal agencies, and have been active leaders in NCAE.


Jon DeVaneyJon DeVaney – Vice-Chairman

Jon DeVaney is currently the Executive Director of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association in the state of Washington. The Washington State Tree Fruit Asssociation is the consolidated association of the Yakima Growers-Shippers Association, Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association, the Washington State Horticultural Association and the Washington Growers Clearing House Association. Jon’s extensive legislative, regulatory, and trade association experience includes significant work with the Northwest Horticulture Council, the USDA Rural Development, and several roles on the staff of Washington State US Congressional Representative Doc Hastings.


 Michael Lalich – Treasurer

Michael Lalich is the President of Low Country Labor, a growing H-2A and B agency located in Charleston, SC. Michael is a longtime, active NCAE Member. Prior to starting Low Country Labor Company in 2004, Michael majored in Language and International Trade at Clemson University. Besides being an active NCAE Member, Michael is also involved with the South Carolina Ag Labor Advisory Board and the Language and International Trade Advisory Board at Clemson. Michael is continually engaged with all levels of government officials from the DOL, OFLC, USCIS, and DOS advocating on behalf of agricultural employers. He resides in Charleston, SC with his wife and two children.


dianekurrleDiane Kurrle – Secretary

Diane Kurrle is currently the Senior Vice President at the U.S. Apple Association (USApple). USAPple serves to provide all segments of the U.S. apple industry the means to profitably produce and market apples and apple products. At USApple, Diane oversees the work with federal lawmakers and regulators in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for educating members of the House and Senate and federal agenices on the important issues facing the domestic apple industry. Diane is also active in a number of coalitions working on the industry’s priority issues.


Fred Leitz – Immediate Past Chairman

Fred Leitz is part of the fourth generation to operate Leitz Farms LLC. Fred and his brothers also have a land holding company. He has been involved with labor issues on the state and national level for the better part of three decades. He has been on his township planning commission since 1989 and now serves as chairman. He also serves on the board of directors for US Apple.