Executive Board Officers


Jerry Ireland– CEO/President – UFV of Maine – July 2017

Jerry is an Army veteran and co-owner with his wife, Emily, of Ireland Hill Farms in Swanville, Maine. When not farming, Jerry runs the day-to-day operations at UFV of Maine and speaks several times each month at public forums on behalf of veterans in Maine agriculture.



Mark Wellman – Chief Marketing Officer/CMO- UFV of Maine – July 2017

Mark have spent most of his professional career helping Maine-based businesses succeed. Strategistics is a natural extension of his career as a trusted advisor and public champion of Maine businesses. Now since adding VISTAGE International skills, executive coaching and peer advisory board techniques Mark is a great addition to our executive team and he is best positioned and equipped to help UFV of Maine enter its next chapter of growth.

Mark leads the industry in communications/marketing  helping businesses and organizations with confidential consulting and overview analysis of operations, providing a second opinion on policies and programs in place. Mark has been a consultant to clients for over 30 years. He likes helping others achieve defined objectives.


Chris Phillips – Chief Financial Officer/CFO- UFV of Maine – January 2018





Bob Sousa  – Chief Operations Officer/COO – UFV of Maine –  July 2017




Tom Wagner – State Education & Mentorship Director – UFV of Maine- August 2016




Richard Brzozowski – Public Education Director – UFV of Maine – 

 United Farmer Veterans works closely with him in discovering how best to approach each educational aspect we implement. He currently serves as the Food System Program Administrator for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.