NCAE 2017 President
Cell: (320) 583-5056
Northland Community and Technical College
200 5th Street, Suite 106
Moorhead, MN 56560
Josh Tjosaas is one of two farm business management instructors at the Northland Community and Technical College based in the Moorhead, MN area. He provides individualized farm business management education to over 60 farms in the Red River Valley of MN as well as teaching a marketing course throughout the year. He has served as a farm management instructor for 4 years. He is currently serving as the NFRBMEA representative on the Council until 2017.
Prior to teaching farm management at Northland, he was a high school agricultural education instructor at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School located in Hector, MN for 13 years. He served as a director on the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators board, as well as serving as the Chair of the Career Development Event Committee for 12 years. He also served as a summer leadership coordinator for the MN FFA for several years working with the state FFA officer team in developing and delivering curriculum for workshops and summer conferences. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
He lives in Wolverton, Minnesota on a small hobby farm with his wife Alyssa. They enjoy showing their registered horses in Quarter, Paint and Pinto Horse shows throughout the upper Midwest. He is a certified MN 4-H horse judge as well as a judge for the MN WSCA open show circuit.
2017 Past President B&I Representative
Retired President, Firestone Agricultural Tires
(09/01/14 – 12/31/15)
Phone: (573) 372-2322
28923 Jasmine Rd.
Gravois Mills, MO 65037
As president of the agricultural tire/U.S. and Canada commercial tire sales division for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Kenneth Allen is responsible for the manufacturing, sales and marketing of Firestone brand agricultural, forestry and light construction tires.
In 2002, he joined then Bridgestone Firestone as export sales manager for Firestone Agricultural Tire. He transferred to their Off Road Products Group (ORPG) as general manager of export sales in 2003. Three years later, Allen was promoted to director, global OEM of engineering and export sales for ORPG. In 2007, he returned back to Firestone Agricultural Tire as executive director of sales and marketing.
In 2008, Allen was promoted to vice president and soon after was promoted to his current position.
Allen began his career in 1978 with Mid America Group. He also worked with Armstrong, Pirelli Armstrong and Titan Wheel International, which purchased Pirelli Armstrong’s agricultural unit.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s degree from Drake University.
Allen belongs to the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He also serves on the boards of the Science Center of Iowa and North America’s Corridor Coalition.
William “Buddy” Deimler
Adult Representing Secondary Students in Agriculture
Agricultural Education Management State Specialist/State FFA Advisor
(1/1/15 – 12/31/17)
Office: (801) 538-7856
Fax: (801) 538-7868
Cell: (801) 554-2366
Utah State Office of Education.
250 Est 500 South, PO box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
Buddy Deimler is the adult secondary student representative (FFA) for the National Council for Agricultural Education. Mr. Deimler is the Agricultural Education Specialist / State FFA Advisor for Career and Technical Education, Utah State Office of Education. Mr. Deimler has worked his entire career in several phases of agricultural education and is a prominent National and State leader in not only Team Ag ED but also Career and Technical education. Mr. Deimler has served on numerous committees, taskforces and as an official board member for his professional organizations.
(1/1/15 – 12/31/17)
Office: (717) 664-8552
Cell: (717) 808-3552
Manheim Central High School
400 Adele Avenue
Manheim, PA 17545
Manheim Central High School, Manheim, PA
Agriculture Education Instructor and Adult Young Farmer Advisor
Agriculture Department Instructional Facilitator/Lead Teacher 1990 through 2015
CASE NRE and APB (summer 2016) Certified Instructor
Rife Farm, Yellow Springs, Ohio; Rife Shropshire’s Shepherd
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Graduate Program: Instructional Certification-Agriculture Education
Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Doylestown, PA
Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry
1978 graduate Killingly High School Vo-Ag Program, Danielson , CT
National and Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE/PAAE) Leadership and Recognition:
National Association of Agricultural Educators Region VI Secretary 2011-2013
Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators 2012-2013 State President
Chairmen of NAAE Marketing Committee and Current Secretary NAAE Finance Committee
NAAE Region VI Award Recipient
- Outstanding Secondary Teacher
- Outstanding Secondary Ag Program
- Outstanding Adult Education Program
- Ideas Unlimited
PA FFA Foundation Board of Directors Member
PA Farm Show Advisory Board of Directors Member
CEO National FFA Organization
Phone: (317) 802-4412
National FFA Organization
6060 FFA Drive, PO Box 68960
Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960
Mark Poeschl is the CEO of National FFA and the National FFA Foundation. He joined National FFA in August of 2016.
Poeschl is a 1983 graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln who began his career at Ralston Purina, St. Louis, Mo. In 1987 he moved to the animal nutrition firm Carl S. Akey, Inc., in Lewisburg, Ohio, where he co-led the company’s sale to Provimi Holding BV. He served as president and CEO of North American Nutrition, a subsidiary of Provimi Holding BV, from 2007 to 2009. Poeschl then served as group vice president at Provimi Holding BV. In 2011 he moved to Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Poeschl and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Nathan and Christopher. Over the past few years, they volunteered to serve as judges at the National FFA Convention & Expo. They also established a scholarship endowment for FFA members through the National FFA Foundation. In addition, Poeschl assists in the oversight of a family farming operation in Nebraska.
FFA Alumni Representative
National FFA Alumni Association President
(1/1/16 – 12/31/18)
Office: (815) 716-6178
410 North 4th
Cissna Park, IL 60924
Ron Lynch was raised on a small farm in West Central Illinois where racing horses took up most of his summers. His FFA career started in 1969 when he became a Greenhand in the Cuba FFA Chapter and since then his life has been centered around FFA. Ron attended the national convention in 1969 and is proud to share that he has not missed a single one since 1976. Ron made a career of teaching high school agriculture for 33 years in small schools that never had more than 150 students in the high school. He taught for five years in Waterman, Ill. and 28 years in Cissna Park, Ill. In 1982 when Ron went to Cissna Park he was told he would have to rebuild the agriculture program. He was the fourth teacher in three years and only had seven students in the beginning. Within a few short years, Ron had grown the program to more than 70 students and he credits this success to the combined efforts of the school, parents and community support. In 1990 Cissna Park was selected as the top FFA chapter in the state of Illinois (the only single teacher program to win that honor). Success continued for the program as it was named the National Model of Innovations winner seven times.
Dr. Steve A. Brown
National FFA Advisor
Phone: (703) 838-5882
Ag Education National Headquarters
1410 King St., Ste. 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
As a Program Specialist in Agriculure, Food & Natural Resources for the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Brown serves as the National FFA Advisor, of the National FFA Organization, Brown was raised on a farm in Orrick, Missouri and was an FFA member and State FFA Officer in high school. All his degrees are from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served as a local agricultural education instructor for secondary and adult students. He served as a district supervisor in Agricultural Education and State FFA Executive Secretary at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education before accepting a position with the U.S. Department of Education.
National FFA Executive Secretary
Executive Secretary, National FFA Organization
1410 King Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314-2749
The U.S. Department of Education has appointed a highly experienced and accomplished education professional to help develop, implement and manage policy for the National FFA Organization.
Sherene R. Donaldson of Alexandria, Va., has been appointed National FFA executive secretary. In her leadership role, she will be primarily responsible for issuing charters to state FFA associations as directed by the organization’s national board of directors, keep official membership records, track progress of the organization and oversee state FFA association reporting to the board.
In December, she joined the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education in Washington, D.C., as an educational program specialist. The department administers and coordinates national programs related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education and community colleges. Previously, Donaldson was curriculum and adult education director at Central Nine Career Center in Greenwood, Ind., responsible for leading career technical education and adult educational programming in nine Indiana school districts.
“I have a passion for educating children and adults that stems from my belief in the power of education and life-long learning,” Donaldson said. “I believe that education is in need of transformative and compassionate leaders willing to challenge the status quo and prepare students with the college and career readiness skills they need for their future.”
Donaldson earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in secondary education from Indiana University and a Master’s of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also completed the Principal Leadership Program and an Educational Specialist degree. She is a licensed school superintendent in Indiana and a licensed teacher and building administrator for grades kindergarten through 12 in Indiana and Tennessee.
In Indiana, she was selected for the Leadership Excellence Academy and in 2010 earned a national title as a Certified Manager in Program Improvement. She was also appointed by the mayor of Greenwood as educational representative to the Central Indiana Regional Workforce Board and served as a member of the board’s Youth and On-the-Job Training committees.
“Donaldson has a rich, professional background that will serve her well as the National FFA Organization’s executive secretary,” said U.S. Department of Education official and National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve A. Brown. “She believes in the FFA mission and is excited about opportunities to connect with FFA members and with local, state and national leaders engaged in school-based agricultural education.”
Donaldson’s professional career also includes roles as a middle and high school science and biology teacher, education director at a post-secondary college in Indianapolis and a race relations facilitator for the city of Indianapolis.
Nancy J. Trivette
ACTE Agriculture Division Vice President
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
PO Box 330, 369 S. Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0330
Nancy Trivette is the State Agricultural Education Program Leader and State FFA Advisor at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, where she provides statewide leadership, services and resources to New Jersey’s agricultural education programs, teachers and students.
In that role, she serves the ACTE Board of Directors as Agricultural Education Division Vice President for a three year term (July, 2015 – June 2018). She also serves as National FFA Treasurer for the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation. She is the New Jersey State CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) Leader and a member National CASE Advisory Committee.
She has served career and technical education, specifically in a leadership role for agricultural education for over 30 years. She has served in various positions in professional organizations and on national boards including the Association of Career and Technical Education as a Regional Vice President, the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education as President, the National Council for Agricultural Education as President, the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees and the National FFA Board of Directors. She holds a B.S. degree from Delaware Valley College and an Ed.M. from Rutgers University.
She is part owner of the family grain and beef farm in New Jersey; enjoys photography; running; and traveling with her husband Randy, especially to visit their six grandchildren.
Wm. Jay Jackman
NAAE Executive Director
Phone: (859) 257-2224
or (800) 509-0204
Fax: (859) 323-3919
300 Garrigus Building University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
Jay Jackman is executive director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), a position he has held since March 1996. The NAAE executive director is an ex-officio, non-voting member of The Council. Before his current appointment, Jackman was a grant programs manager in the office of Higher Education Programs, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He holds the B.S. degree in agriculture from Western Kentucky University, the M.S. degree in agricultural education from the University of Kentucky, and the Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech.
Craig A. McEnany
Office: (515) 964-6866
National PAS Organization
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny IA 50023
Craig McEnany serves as the Executive Director for the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (NPASO) a position that he has held since July of 2012. In this role, he represents the National PAS on the National Council for Agricultural Education board (NCAE) and the National Coordinating Council for Career & Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO).
Upon completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in 1979, Craig was a high school agricultural educator for nine years. In 1988, he became an instructor in the Agribusiness program at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA where he has taught soils, soil fertility, agricultural economics, sales, marketing and a variety of courses as required. He has served in the position of Chairperson of the Agribusiness program with oversight for program budgets, classroom instruction and the college farm since 1995.
Highlights of his professional career include servicing on the NPASO board as a faculty advisor, Vice Chair of the National Council for Ag Ed as the NPASO faculty representative, Region III Vice President for the National Association of Agricultural Educators and numerous state agricultural education leadership positions.
Craig and his wife Lisa live near Nevada, Iowa. They have seven children, Melissa, Michael, Michelle, Maria, Megan, Morgan and Mary who have been active members in 4-H and FFA.
The value of leadership and agriculture plays a strong role in the activities and successes of the family.
President, National FFA Foundation
Phone: (317) 802-4357
The National FFA Organization
6060 FFA Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Molly A. Ball, CFRM, has served as vice president for development and college relations at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. Since 2010, she has directed all facets of fundraising for the college, including annual strategic planning, corporate and individual giving, board member cultivation and training, alumni relations, advancement services, marketing and communications and more.
Kincannon & Reed, a leading global executive search firm focused on the food and agribusiness sectors, conducted a nationwide search for the position. Ball will lead the foundation that last year raised a record $20.8 million through corporate and private contributions. She was selected based on achievements over the past 15 years while strategically managing major fund-raising campaigns in higher education and non-profit sectors.
“Ball brings a wealth of experience, proven philanthropic leadership and a diverse skill set to the National FFA Foundation,” said Mark Timm, chairman of the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees. “She is deeply committed to the traditions and mission of the National FFA Organization. She will bring passion, high energy and enthusiasm to our team of fund-raising professionals charged with securing critical financial resources required to provide premier growth, leadership and personal growth opportunities to FFA members throughout the country each day.”
Before joining Monmouth College, Ball held titles of executive director of development and senior major gift officer at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich.; executive director of the Michigan FFA Foundation; and regional representative with Farm Bureau serving both Lansing and Howell, Mich.
Civically, she serves on the policy committee of the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and is co-chairwoman of the capital campaign committee and a parent-teacher organization member at Immaculate Conception Church and School in Monmouth. Ball is a past board member of the Michigan chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; a former education committee member of the West Michigan chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and past member of both the Council for Advancement Support of Education and the Kalamazoo Area Junior league
Originally from Vicksburg, Mich., Ball earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources communications with emphasis on agribusiness management and marketing from Michigan State University. She received her Certified Fund-Raising Manager accreditation from the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy. A former FFA member in high school, Ball served an internship at the National FFA Organization after college, joined the organization as a communications specialist and later was named individual giving manager with the foundation.
Two-Year Postsecondary Level Instructor Representative
Office: (320) 222-5272
2101 15th Ave. NW
Willmar, MN 56201
Kim Lippert is an instructor in the Ridgewater Community and Technical College Agriculture Department in Willmar, MN. She also serves as the Department Chairperson. Kim teaches classes in agribusiness, applied communications, and employment preparation. The Ridgewater Ag Department includes 5 technical programs, as well as transfer degree options and serves over 200 students from the entire state of Minnesota and several out-of-state students. Kim is committed to the 2-year postsecondary system, having graduated with an A.S. degree in Agriculture from Willmar Community College (aka Ridgewater College), as well as having been an agricultural educator for 25+ years in the system. She received B.S. degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota.
Since 1999, Ridgewater College has partnered with four universities to create “2+2” articulation agreements in Agricultural Education majors. As advisor to pre-Ag Ed students, Kim has mentored over 20 Ag Ed students, 11 of whom have gone into teaching careers.
Kim, and her husband, Dan, live and work on a corn and soybean farm where they also feed and finish lambs.
Travis Park is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in teaching methods and agricultural education and coordinates student teachers in agriculture. Travis completed his B.S. and M. S. degrees in agricultural education from Purdue University. He taught high school agriculture at Tri-County High School in Wolcott, Indiana, where the program and FFA chapter were recognized for excellence at the state and national levels. He earned his doctoral degree in agricultural education from the University of Florida. Dr. Park’s research focuses on agricultural literacy and effective methods of preparing preservice agriculture teachers. He is the current editor of Career and Technical Education Research and coordinates DELTA, a 40-hour induction program for alternatively certified agriculture teachers in North Carolina. Travis served as the 1992-93 National FFA President and secured tenure and promotion at Cornell University prior to moving to North Carolina State University.
Agriculture Education Program Director
(1/1/16 – 12/31/18)
Cell: (317) 750-1677
Colorado Community College
9101 Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
Mike Womochil, serves as the NASEA representative on the National Council for Agricultural Education. Mr. Womochil is the Program Director for Agricultural Education/FFA in Colorado Community College System. Mike has been active at all levels of agricultural education. He was a very successful agriculture teacher, teacher leader and State FFA Camp accountability leader in Kansas. Mr. Womochil worked for the National FFA Organization where he served as a Local Program Success Specialist before moving to Colorado in his current position. Mike is a valued leader for Team Ag Ed as he serves on several boards and has been selected for numerous committees and task forces.