The North American Craft Maltsters Guild (CMG) Board of Directors is a group of individuals dedicated to holding craft malting to the highest standards. The members of the board of directors are elected by the members of the Guild. The directors shall be responsible for the general administration of the association’s activities and with creating the policy on behalf of the Guild.

Current Board of Directors

President: Brent Manning, Riverbend Malt

Board of Directors - Craft Maltsters GuildI used to be an environmental consultant and still occasionally moonlight as one. Chasing this profession meant that I sat through a lot of school, got a few degrees to hang on the wall, and added a few letters after my name. Then the development bubble burst and I started to see the world through a different lens. This lens helped me focus on developing my current career, one that bridges the gap between farmers and consumers by creating a local food system. When I’m not turning malt, I run our fledgling R&D department, which consists of a five-gallon homebrew system and a few carboys. And when no one is watching, I slip out the back door to enjoy our wonderful mountains on foot or bike.

Treasurer: Jeff Malkiewicz, Great Lakes Malting Co.

Jeff co-founded Great Lakes Malting Company Board of Directors - Craft Maltsters Guildback in 2016. His mission is to support the Midwest’s small grains industry and produce the finest quality malts for breweries and distilleries. As a member of the Craft Maltsters Guild board of directors, Jeff’s goal is to oversee the continued growth in membership and support quality and technical assistance initiatives. He resides with his wife and two dogs in Traverse City, Michigan and enjoys hiking and spending time on Lake Michigan.



Secretary: Hillary Barile, Rabbit Hill Farms

Hillary Barile is a 5th generation farmer and headBoard of Directors - Craft Maltsters Guild maltster for Rabbit Hill Farms and Malthouse, a producer of NJ grown ingredients for craft brewers and distillers.  The family farm also grows sod and commodity grains on the 585 acres in southern NJ.  Along with her brother, Hillary initiated the farm’s transition from vegetable farming to the production of malting barley with the construction of their craft malthouse in 2016.  Since then, Rabbit Hill has focused on the production of base malts in their 1-ton floor malting facility with the goal of helping brewers and distillers explore what contribution grains can have to developing a regional flavor.  As a former student of Environmental Chemistry and Farmland Conservation Planner, Hillary is particularly interested in finding strategies to build more environmentally and economically sustainable farm systems – starting with her own land. She lives on the farm with her husband and two sons.

Dan Galvagni, Root Shoot Malting

Dan joined the Board in 2019 following his work with Root Shoot starting in 2017. Dan’s first involvement with craft beer was in 1994 when he worked for Old Saddleback Brewing Co in his home town of Pittsfield, MA.

Over the years, Dan has continued to gain a great regard for the brewing industry, as well as becoming an avid home brewer along the way. Since moving to Colorado back in 2004 he has seen craft beer grow to the thriving industry that it is today.

When not at work, Dan can be found with his wife, Melissa, and son, Conor, enjoying all of what Colorado has to offer. Be it hiking trails, climbing mountains, or taking advantage of a fresh powder day, Dan and his family love getting outdoors as often as possible.

Phil Neumann, Mainstem Malt

The CMG community met Phil Neumann back in late-2014 when his career in natural resources took a turn toward craft malt. Steeped in a lifelong love of agriculture, his idea was to use a malt house as a novel tool for landscape-scale conservation, connecting family farms to brewers and distillers who value their conservation ethic. Mainstem Malt was born in 2015.

Phil, his partner Alyssa, and a blue heeler named Stuart are happy to call Walla Walla, Washington their home. It’s pretty much paradise for grain nerds. When they’re not busy with food systems work, they enjoy a mix of outdoor sports, cooking, gardening, music, and relaxing with friends over the region’s never-ending stream of craft beer and spirits. Their door is always open.

Twila Soles, Grouse Malting

Twila Soles earned an undergraduate degree in Board of Directors - Craft Maltsters GuildNutrition from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Food Science & Food Safety from Colorado State University. For graduate studies, she focused on malting and brewing science and bioactive and probiotic compounds. She took second place in 2013s University of Northern Colorado’s Entrepreneur Challenge earning Grouse $15,000 and is a Founding Board Member of the North American Craft Maltster’s Guild.

Dave Thomas, Brewer Emeritus Dostal Alley

Board of Directors - Craft Maltsters GuildDave Thomas. Dave is Brewer Emeritus at Dostal Alley Brewpub in Central City, Colorado; Executive Brewing Consultant for Ecolab (St. Paul, MN) and a print journalist for The Brewer and Distiller International (London, England). He has written two books. The first, “Of Mines & Beer!” relates the history of 19th century Colorado breweries. His second book, The Craft Maltsters’ Handbook, was written to capture much of Dave’s malting experience for the 90+ startup craft maltsters in North America. He is currently consulting directly with several new craft maltsters on plant design and operations.

Hannah Turner, Montana State University

Hannah is the Director of the Montana State UniversityBoard of Directors - Craft Maltsters Guild Barley Genetics and Malt Quality Lab. This lab services the MSU Breeding Program and works to improve barley of all types with a focus on malt barley. The Malt Quality Lab also supports the region by providing barley and malt testing for farmers and craft maltsters. Hannah has a strong devotion to the agricultural industry of Montana and believes in fortifying the farming, malting, and brewing/distilling community through outreach and education. Hannah received an M.S. in Plant Science as well as a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture from Montana State University. In her free time, Hannah enjoys all things outdoors including snowboarding, hiking, camping, and particularly gardening.

James Weed, Solstice Malt

After only a few months of homebrewing, James Weed came home from an all-grain brewing demonstration asking the question, “Where does malt come from?” It didn’t take long before he became determined to open a malthouse of his own–the first in Utah since the 1960s. After four long years of research, collecting vintage equipment in his driveway, and building a malt house from the ground up,  James transitioned from working in the world of finance to running Solstice Malt full time. He is primarily motivated by the desire to connect local farmers with consumers here in Utah as a way to support the local economy. When he’s not tending to the malt, James enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.


Jesse Bussard, Executive Director

Jesse Bussard is the Executive Director of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild. Additionally, she is Co-Founder of Fermentana, a Montana-based events promotions company focused on using fermented craft beverages to create positive change in communities through unique and educational experiences. Previous to her work with the Guild and crafting beer events, Jesse has written about craft beer, agriculture, and conservation-related topics for over a decade. An avid homebrewer, she also serves on the board of southwest Montana’s Bridger Brew Crew and is a member of the Montana Chapter of Pink Boots Society.