The Delaware Soybean Board consists of Delaware farmers who serve their fellow soybean farmers in three-year terms on the board.

Board of Directors


DSB Staff Team

The soybean checkoff requires specialized administration to oversee the funds entrusted to our care. To that end, the DSB has assembled a team to work on various aspects of DSB management.

Susanne Zilberfarb is the DSB Executive Director. She specializes in communications and management for nonprofit organizations, and has been working for the region’s soybean checkoff boards since 1993. Susanne has offices in both Maryland and Virginia. Raised on a small farm in Southern Maryland, she has spent more than 20 years on the Delmarva Peninsula, working in the agricultural industry.

Va. Office: (703) 437-0995
Md. Office: (410) 430-2613
Fax: (302) 264-8638

Sandra L. “Sandy” Davis is the DSB Financial and Compliance Coordinator. Sandy grew up on a 600-acre farm in Caroline County, Md., and began working for the soybean industry in 1980. In 1995, she was promoted to Executive Director of the Maryland, Pennsylvania and Northeast Region Soybean Boards. She is currently the Maryland Soybean Board executive director and handles Delaware’s financial and compliance matters.

Office: (410) 742-9500
Fax: (410) 548-5824
Mail: Delaware Soybean Board
P.O. Box 319
Salisbury, MD 21803

Jo-Ann Walston is the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s marketing specialist assigned to the Delaware Soybean Board. Jo-Ann joined DDA from the Delaware Economic Development Office, with a concentration on marketing tourism.

Office (302) 698-4522
Mail: Delaware Soybean Board
c/o Delaware Dept. of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Ryan Van Sant is the Delaware Soybean Board Soybean Ambassador, Middletown, Del. Now an ag student at the University of Delaware.

Michelle Johnson is the Delaware Soybean Board’s “Senior Soybean Ambassador.” The daughter of Mike and Debbie Johnson of Harrington, Michelle was the board’s go-to ambassador for five years as she completed her bachelor’s and graduate studies in speech pathology. A true farmgirl, Michelle attended Lake Forest High School and was active with the FFA, trained Paint horses, raised hogs and dairy cows and was a member of the Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club. Today Michelle remains an advisor to the ambassador program and volunteers her time as a spokeswoman with CommonGround, a program that connects farm women with their non-farming peers to create honest discussions about food production. Michelle is also the author of an occasional blog called “All Roads Lead to the Farm.”