Renewable Fuels Foundation

Meeting the education, research and strategic planning needs of the U.S. ethanol industry

The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) began in 1981 as the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association.  The RFF is dedicated to meeting the education, research and strategic planning needs of the U.S. fuel ethanol industry.  The goal is to assure a growing and healthy renewable fuels industry well into the future.  The focus of the RFF is toward academia, industry and public policy makers as we address issues related to new uses, new feedstocks and new technologies that will impact the future of ethanol.

The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) began in 1981 as the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association.  The RFF is dedicated to meeting the education, research and strategic planning needs of the U.S. fuel ethanol industry.  The goal is to assure a growing and healthy renewable fuels industry well into the future.  The focus of the RFF is toward academia, industry and public policy makers as we address issues related to new uses, new feedstocks and new technologies that will impact the future of ethanol.

RFF Board of Directors

Meet our Officers

Dana Siefkes-Lewis

Chairman

Dana Siefkes-Lewis is the Chief Administrative Officer at Redfield Energy, LLC, a 60 million gallon ethanol production facility near Redfield, South Dakota. Joining Redfield Energy shortly after its formation in 2005 gave Ms. Lewis the opportunity to be involved in almost all aspects of the company’s operations, from raising initial equity capital and weighing and probing trucks to managing the administrative responsibilities of the company and serving as the industry liaison. She also serves as the president of the South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in German and Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and worked in the accounting industry prior to joining Redfield Energy.

Chris Wilson

Vice Chairman

Chris Wilson is the General Manager for Mid-Missouri Energy, LLC in Malta Bend, Missouri.  Upon entering the renewable fuels industry, he served various roles for a prominent engineering and construction firm before joining Mid-Missouri Energy in 2004.  Mr. Wilson is a graduate of Truman State University at Kirksville, MO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor.  Mr. Wilson also serves on a local economic development board and the Missouri Renewable Fuels Association.

Derek Peine

Treasurer

Derek Peine is the CEO of Western Plains Energy, LLC in Oakley, Kansas.  He began his career with Cargill working in various unit operations within their grain processing business units.  He then transitioned into the dry-grind ethanol industry in 2005, where he has served in various roles until he joined Western Plains Energy in 2013.  Mr. Peine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University, and he serves on the board of directors for Renew Kansas which is the state biofuels trade association.

Research

The RFF funds research critical to advancing the RFF mission.  To see some of this research, visit the RFA Reports and Studies page.

Scholarships

As part of the educational mission of the RFF, scholarships are awarded annually to students in higher education to attend the National Ethanol Conference (NEC).  The aim of the “Robert Sather Memorial NEC Scholarship” is to reach students aspiring to a career related to ethanol and open new doors and present new perspectives on biofuels’ place in our world today and beyond. The program provides eligible students with opportunities to hear from and meet with top industry leaders, policy makers and academic and technical experts.  The scholarship is named for Robert “Bob” Sather, who was primarily responsible for creating the NEC scholarship when he served as chair of the Renewable Fuels Foundation.  Bob was also an educator, financial aid director, founding member of Ace Ethanol, and member of the RFA board of directors. For more information on the scholarship, visit www.nationalethanolconference.com.

Research

The RFF funds research critical to advancing the RFF mission.  To see some of this research, visit the RFA Reports and Studies page.

Scholarships

As part of the educational mission of the RFF, scholarships are awarded annually to students in higher education to attend the National Ethanol Conference (NEC).  The aim of the NEC Scholarship Program is to reach students aspiring to a career related to ethanol and open new doors and present new perspectives on biofuels’ place in our world today and beyond. The program provides eligible students with opportunities to hear from and meet with top industry leaders, policy makers and academic and technical experts.  For more information, visit www.nationalethanolconference.com.