1. Annual Report
  2. 2018

2018 Institutional Governance

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Role of the Member/Manager

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation serves as the sole member/manager of Noble Research Institute, LLC, an Oklahoma, nonprofit single-member limited liability company.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation provides the leadership for Noble Research Institute to carry out its charitable purposes, act as a good steward of its resources, and conduct and support its activities in accordance with the vision of founder Lloyd Noble. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation further directs management to formalize and implement Noble Research Institute’s strategic plan.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, as the member/manager of Noble Research Institute, and the employees of Noble Research Institute acknowledge and agree that the following principles apply to our association with and the activities we conduct on behalf of Noble Research Institute:

  1. Noble Research Institute exists because of the vision and generosity of our founder, Lloyd Noble.
  2. We are stewards of the resources and the vision of Lloyd Noble.
  3. Our conduct will be fair and honest, and our activities will adhere to the purposes for which Noble Research Institute was established.

Corporate Documents

The organization’s current articles of organization and operating agreement can be found at noble.org/about/governance.

Annual Internal Revenue Service Informational Return

Noble Research Institute, LLC annually files a 990-PF informational return with the Internal Revenue Service. Noble Research Institute’s current 990-PF may be downloaded at noble.org/about/governance. Historical returns for Noble Research Institute are available at guidestar.org.

Board of directors of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

D. Randolph Brown, Jr., M.D.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Susan Brown
Dallas, Texas

James Day
Fort Worth, Texas

Sam DuBose*
Atlanta, Georgia

Vivian Noble DuBose
Atlanta, Georgia

Bill Goddard
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Ginger Heckman
Atlanta, Georgia

Jessie Nance
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Cody Noble
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Russell Noble
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Marianne Rooney*
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Kate Parker*
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Patrick Rooney
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jack Waldo
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Stephen F. Young
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

*Advisory Member

2018 | Institutional Donor list

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

General Mills Foundation

McKnight Foundation

2018 | Leadership Team

Steve Rhines
President and
Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth Aldridge
Corporate Secretary and
Executive Assistant to the President

Hugh Aljoe
Director of Producer Relations

J. Adam Calaway
Director of Communications
and Public Relations

Charlie Canny
Director of Facilities

Alexis Carter-Black
Director of Development

Melanie Davis
Director of Enterprise Systems
and Informatics

Jeff Moen
General Counsel and
Director of Government Affairs

M. Teal Pemberton
Director of Human Resources

Michael Udvardi, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

A. Jill Wallace
Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

2018 | Nonresident Fellows

The Nonresident Fellows program brings together a distinguished panel of scientists, researchers and industry leaders to assist Noble Research Institute. These outside reviewers perform candid examinations of programs, offer objective advice and guidance, and provide fresh perspectives.

John Butler
Beef Marketing Group (BMG)

James Grimsley

Sarah Hake, Ph.D.
University of California-Berkeley

Shawn Kaeppler, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jimmy W. Kinder
Kinder Farms

Kendall R. Lamkey, Ph.D.
Iowa State University

Jonathan Lynch, Ph.D.
Penn State University

Scott Pegg, Ph.D.
Gladstone Institutes

Chip Ramsey
Rex Ranch

Lynn Sollenberger, Ph.D.
University of Florida

Gary Stacey, Ph.D.
University of Missouri

Cary Thomas
The Scripps Research Institute

Barbara Valent, Ph.D.
Kansas State University

Tom Woodward, Ph.D.
Woodward Cattle Company


Steve Rhines
President and CEO

J. Adam Calaway

Rachael Davis
Graphic Designer

Courtney Leeper
Writer/Copy Editor

Rob Mattson

Robyn Peterson

Jessica Willingham

Tim Woodruff
Web Version

Sarah Richardson
Financial Report


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