State FFA Officers Biographies
2016-2017 New Jersey State FFA Executive Board
State President - Myranda M. Bond
Myranda plans to attend Mercer County Community College this fall as she begins her journey of studying agricultural education with a minor in special education. Her supervised agricultural experience includes raising and breeding dairy cows. She served as the 2015-2016 New Jersey State FFA Treasurer and has traveled to South Africa for the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers. Myranda enjoys working with her cows and the dogs at her work. She aspires to be an agricultural educator and to work with special education students. To her FFA means, "Finding your passion."
State Vice President - Morgan M. Rutar
Morgan is currently studying Communications at Warren County Community College with the ambition of becoming a publicist. She served as the 2015-2016 New Jersey State FFA Secretary and the Phillipsburg FFA Chapter Reporter. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience includes raising and breeding Holland Lop Rabbits. She has competed in several Career Developments, including Parliamentary Procedure, Environmental & Natural Resources and Floral Design. She loves iced coffee, hard work and the National FFA Organization.
State Secretary - Renee Stillwell
Renee plans to attend Mercer County Community College in the fall. After two years, she plans to finish her degree at the University of Delaware where she'll purse a career in agricultural education. Her supervised agricultural experience includes breeding, managing and raising Hampshire sheep for show. She expanded her SAE to include the production of feeder hogs. Renee has served as the President of the Allentown FFA Chapter for two years and as chapter secretary. Renee has attended leadership conferences including Washington Leadership Conference, Leadership Experience And Development, and the 212 Conference. If Renee could sum up the FFA in one sentence, she would say, "FFA has changed me into the passionate, compelled and outgoing leader I am today."
State Treasurer - Jeremy D. Posluszny
Jeremy plans to attend Rutgers University in the fall to study Biotechnology and Public Policy. Jeremy has developed a business-oriented supervised agricultural experience with a focus in communications and woodland management. He has served as chapter treasurer, vice president and secretary for the Allentown FFA Chapter. Jeremy has participated in the Farm Business Management CDE and the Marketing Plan CDE. If there is one thing FFA has done for Jeremy, it is that the FFA has inspired him to break through limits and show off his passion.
State Reporter - Zuri A. Richmond
Zuri will continue her studies at Salem Co. Vo. Tech while being duel enrolled at Salem County Community College. She strives to graduate high school with her Associate's Degree in Biochemistry. Her supervised agricultural experience has included job shadowing a local florist, growing crops at home and taking care of her rabbit. Zuri has served as chapter secretary, chapter reporter and public relations committee chair for the Salem Co. Vo. Tech FFA Chapter. She has competed in various career development events including Agricultural Sales. Zuri believes that "working towards your goal is a growing experience."
State Sentinel - Josh D. Loew
Josh plans to study environmental science at Cumberland County College with aspirations of becoming a biologist. His supervised agricultural experience involves working at Beaver Dam Boat Rentals. Josh has served as chapter president and chapter vice president for the Cumberland Regional FFA Chapter. He has competed in numerous career development events including Environmental & Natural Resources and Turf Management. Josh enjoys running and making metal sculptures. Josh describes FFA as, "an amazing organization with endless potential."
State Parliamentarian - Kelsey L. Stockton
Kelsey will attend Rutgers University in the fall where she'll study Nutritional Sciences and Food Science. Her supervised agricultural experience is being a Project Management Assistant at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. She has served as chapter reporter, president and student advisor for the Salem Co. Vo. Tech FFA Chapter. She has competed in the National Agricultural Sales Career Development as well as various state level events. Kelsey's greatest result of her FFA experiences is finding her passion for food science and technology and obtaining a job in the industry.
State FFA Executive Committee Chair - Hannah Mann
Hannah currently attends Rutgers University where she studies Agriculture and Food Systems with the aspiration of becoming and agriculture educator. Hannah’s SAE includes working on a vegetable farm, A.T. Buzby Farm. She has competed in a variety of Career Development Events, including Environmental and Natural Resources, Farm Business Management, and the Agriscience Fair. Previously, Hannah has served as the Salem Co. Vo. Tech Chapter Secretary and Vice President. Outside of FFA, Hannah plays Quidditch for the Rutgers University Nearly Headless Knights. She says, “My participation in the FFA has taken me to places I never dreamed possible. I’m the person I am today because of my involvement in this organization.”
State FFA Executive Committee - Tyler Kohlhaas
Tyler plans on attending Richard Stockton University to study biology and education. His SAE includes incubating and raising baby chickens, as well as working at a local fish market. Tyler has previously served as the Cape May Tech Chapter President, Vice President and Sentinel. He has competed in several Career Development Events, including Team Demonstration and Individual Demonstration at the NJ State FFA Convention. Tyler enjoys socializing with his friends, skating, and being outdoors. Tyler dreams of becoming a teacher to help students excel in their futures.
State FFA Executive Committee - Alyssa Ferraro
Alyssa is currently taking courses at Sussex County Community College and plans to transfer to SUNY Cobleskill to study Livestock Science after her year of service. Her SAE includes taking care of her family farm, working at an equine training center, as well as working at a local garden center. Alyssa previously served as the Sussex Tech Chapter President and Secretary. Her favorite Career Development Event is Livestock Evaluation, although she has competed in many others, including Farm Business Management, Veterinary Science and Ag Sales. Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her cat. Alyssa’s life dream is to become a livestock specialist, and have a small farm of her own. Alyssa says, “If I could cry blue and gold, I would. I love FFA so much.”