State FFA Officers Biographies
2014-2015 New Jersey State FFA Executive Board
State President - Kristianne Dowd
Kristianne attends Rutgers University an is studying Agriculture and Food Sciences with aspirations of becoming an agriculture teacher. Her SAE includes volunteering at a pet store, pet sitting, landscape design and maintenance, and sports field management. Kristianne has competed in various Career Development Events including Land Judging, Fruits and Vegetables, Forestry, and Job Interview. Additionally, Kristianne has received multiple New Jersey FFA awards including Treasurer’s Book of the Year and the 2013 Member of the Year. Previously, Kristianne served as Chapter Treasurer and President for Freehold FFA and most recently as New Jesrey State FFA Treasurer. Outside of FFA, Kristianne is involved with band, enjoys reading, as well as playing soccer and softball. When asked about her FFA involvement to this point, Kristianne says, “When I first entered my school’s program my freshman year, I had no idea how in love I would become with the FFA. When I look back, there is nothing I would change about the past four years and my involvement.”
State Vice President - Kelly Gangel
Kelly attends Rutgers University and is studying Environmental and Business Economics with a career goal of being involved with Environmental Economics/Agricultural Marketing. Kelly’s SAE includes working as florist at a flower shop. Kelly has participated in many Career Development Events including Floriculture, Floral Design, Fruits and Vegetables, and the Horticulture Exposition. In addition to FFA, Kelly is on traveling and high school softball teams and is a member of the National Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society. She has previously served as Chapter Reporter and Vice President for Northern Burlington FFA, served as the 2012 New Jersey FFA Nominating Committee chair, and most recently served as the 2013-2014 State FFA Secretary. Kelly is known for her contagious laugh and says that, “Being a state FFA officer allows me to help FFA members from all across the state and I hope to stand on stage at state convention and have them look at me and say, ‘One day, that can be me’.”
State Secretary - Jenna PinhasJenna has plans to attend Johnson & Wales University to study culinary arts upon the completion of her state officer year. Her SAE includes placement experience on her brother's produce and grain farm, Pinhas Farms. She is responsible for baling hay and straw, harvesting soybeans, cutting and planting potatoes, and selling product at local markets. She has participated in several CDEs including Land Judging, Farm Business Management, Parliamentary Procedure, Fruits & Vegetables, Floriculture, and Floral Design. Jenna has served as Chapter Parliamentarian, Treasurer and President for Allentown FFA. Jenna says, "Because of my FFA membership, I have been able to travel all over the country, meet so many other amazing FFA members, gain essential career and leadership skills, and have grown into the person I am today."
State Treasurer - Benjamin WainwrightBenjamin plans to attend Burlington County College in the fall to study Agribusiness. His SAE includes working at Helis Stock Farm where he operates machinery, tends to cattle, and helps with the grain operations. He has participated in several Career Development Events including Job Interview, Creed Speaking, Milk Quality & Products and Tractor Driving. He has also participated in Leadership Experience and Development, Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day, the Big E, and National FFA Convention. Benjamin has served as Chapter Secretary and President for Northern Burlington FFA. Benjamin says, "FFA is a great organization that molds young men and women into becoming successful, career oriented individuals."
State Reporter - Hope CahillHope works full-time for Conrad Smith Nursery where she is responsible for sales, customer service, and maintenance of the greenhouse and Koi pond. Hope's SAE includes gardening, lawn maintenance, and floral design. She has participated in the Nursery Landscape CDE and the Floriculture CDE. She has also participated in the Horticultural Exposition. She has previously served as Chapter Reporter, Vice President and President for Monmouth County FFA. Hope says, "The FFA will always have a place in my heart. I am proud to wear the Blue Jacket and will continue to serve the community and spread the story of how the FFA helped me to be who I am."
State Sentinel - Sean HamnerSean will be a senior at Northern Burlington County Regional High School in the fall. He has a career goal of agribusiness. His SAE involves raising dairy cattle for show, and his responsibilities include feeding, fitting, and training the animals. He has participated several Career Development Events including Dairy Judging, Dairy Handling, Land Judging, Turf Management, Forestry, and Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems. Sean has served as Chapter Historian, Parliamentarian, and Treasurer for Northern Burlington FFA. Sean says, "FFA taught me how to be a leader, build confidence in myself, become organized, become outgoing and friendly, and to take responsibility for my actions and my work."
State Parliamentarian - Kyle FisherKyle has the career goal of becoming a farmer. His SAE includes a placement experience at the Fur Shack, his family's fur buying business. His responsibilities include processing meat, skinning animals, and maintaining inventory. He has participated in the Farm Business Management Career Development Events and has participated in several leadership conferences such as Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day, 212, Leadership Experience and Development, and State Officer Candidates' School. Kyle has served as Chapter Parliamentarian, Treasurer, and President for Salem Co. Vo. Tech. Kyle says, "The effect that the FFA has had on me is truly profound. This organization truly changes a person, and I believe it is for the better."
State FFA Executive Committee Chair - Kyle Clement
Kyle attends Salem Community College where he is studying Biology and Chemistry with hopes to one day becoming a Biotechnologist or Agriculture teacher. Kyle’s SAE includes placement experiences at a horse ranch, working with the pet census, as well as working on a produce farm. He has competed in multiple Career Development Events including Parliamentary Procedure, Horse Judging, Agricultural Issues Forum, and the State FFA Essay Event. Kyle loves reading, running, playing piano, video games and riding horses. He has previously served as Chapter Parliamentarian, Secretary, and President for Salem County Vo. Tech FFA, as the 2012-2013 State FFA Reporter and most recently as the 2013-2014 State FFA President. Kyle says that “FFA has changed my life, plain and simple. It has opened up windows of opportunity for me that I never knew existed, and has helped me discover my true potential.”
State FFA Executive Committee - Delaney Gray
Delaney attends Delaware Valley College where she is studying agriculture education with aspirations to be an agriculture teacher. Delaney’s supervised agriculture experience program involves breeding, selling, and judging show quality rabbits. She has competed in numerous Career Development Events which include Fruits and Vegetables, Land Judging, Floriculture, and Agricultural Sales. Delaney enjoys the time she spends in FFA, being involved with social media, reading, and singing. Previously, Delaney served as Chapter Co-President and Chapter President for Freehold FFA, as the 2012-2013 State FFA Secretary and most recently as the 2013-2014 State FFA Vice President. Delaney says “I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t get involved in this amazing organization. I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”
State FFA Executive Committee - Catherine Cincotta
Catherine attends Rutgers University and is studying agricultural education. Catherine’s SAE includes raising and breeding sheep for show and market. Catherine was a national gold individual in the Floriculture CDE, has placed 1st in the New Jersey FFA Teach Agriculture Event and has also received the Member of the Month award. Catherine’s previous offices include Chapter Secretary, Chapter Vice President and Chapter President for Northern Burlington FFA, and most recently as the 2013-2014 State FFA Reporter. Away from FFA, she enjoys being a part of 4-H and the outdoors. When speaking about her year of service, Catherine says, “I am so excited to be a state officer and serve the New Jersey FFA Association for I believe I have the potential to work hard, stay positive, and benefit the future of FFA.”
State FFA Executive Committee - David Watts
David attends Salem Community College and studies Agriculture/Horticulture. His career goals include serving in the House of Representatives and starting a farm. His SAE includes a placement experience working as a farmhand at a Koi farm. David has participated in the Milk Quality & Products CDE, Parliamentary Procedure, was a recipient of a State Proficiency award and also served on the 2012 State FFA Nominating Committee. David has previously served as Chapter Treasurer for Penns Grove FFA and most recently as the 2013-2014 State FFA Sentinel. He is an outdoor adventurer and was a part of the 2011 American Legion Jersey Boy’s State Conference. David is quoted as saying, “The biggest reason I am excited to be a state officer is I have the opportunity to teach people, and step up and assume a leadership role. I am dedicated to New Jersey’s FFA members and giving back to the organization that has given me more than I could have ever imagined.”
State FFA Executive Committee - Stuart Faunce
Stuart attends Mercer County College this fall and is studying education, with future plans of becoming a part-time farmer as well as a teacher and eventually, a principal. His SAE includes being an agricultural education intern, as well as a placement experience at a local farm assisting with farm markets. Stuart has participated in multiple Career Development Events including Land Judging, Parliamentary Procedure, Milk Quality & Products, Forestry, as well as the 3-5 Minute Prepared and Extemporaneous Public Speaking events. Additionally, Stuart served on the 2012 State FFA Nominating Committee. Stuart has served as Chapter Reporter, Vice President, and President for Allentown FFA, and most recently, as the 2013-2014 State FFA Parliamentarian. When he’s not at FFA events, Stuart runs cross country and track and enjoys fixing old tractors and fishing. Stuart recently spoke about serving as a state officer and said, “The biggest thing I enjoy about being a state officer is the ability to lead my fellow officers and members into the glorious sunlight of brotherhood and cooperation.”