David Whitson joined the board of RAISE in the summer of 2016. David was raised on farms in Illinois, and taught in a rural Illinois school after marrying his wife Diana. David started working for the University of Illinois in 1974 as a county extension agent and farm management specialist. In 1997 they moved to Missouri where Dave served as an area farm management specialist for the University of Missouri until retirement. He has served in leadership positions in 5 churches prior to moving to Melbourne, FL and is currently serving as an elder at River Run Christian Church. David likes both hot and cold pie.