State FFA Officers Biographies
2015-2016 New Jersey State FFA Executive Board
State President - Hope L. Cahill
Hope is a dedicated young woman who spent the past year as the New Jersey FFA State Reporter, in which she had the opportunity to travel to FFA chapters and meet new people. Hope works at Lowe’s Garden Center where she is responsible for customer sales, maintaining the garden displays and plant health. Her SAE includes gardening, lawn and landscape maintenance, and floral design. She participated in various Career Development Events and FFA conferences, including ILSSO in South Africa where she met with agricultural leaders to discuss ag issues. Hope continues to look for opportunities to pay it forward by motivating other FFA members.
State Vice President - 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 Secretary - Morgan M. Rutar
Morgan intends to study communications at Warren County Community College with the ambition of becoming a publicist. She has served as the Phillipsburg Chapter Reporter, and competed in several Career Development Events including Parliamentary Procedure, Environmental and Natural Resources and Floral Design. Her SAE includes raising and breeding her Holland Lop rabbits to sell to other FFA members to help kick-start their SAE projects. Morgan’s greatest passions are creative writing and serving FFA members. Through her years in the FFA, she has become a driven and dedicated leader.
State Treasurer - Myranda M. Bond
After her year of service, Myranda plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill to study Dairy Science and Agricultural Communications. She is currently serving as the 2015 New Jersey State Alternate Dairy Princess and Hunterdon County 4-H Ambassador. Myranda’s SAE includes raising and breeding Holstein dairy cattle. She has competed in several Career Development Events including Veterinary Science, Milk Quality & Products and Dairy Cattle Evaluation. She is involved with several organizations and plans to continue her involvement even after high school. To Myranda, the FFA means “leadership, career orientation, and the ability to express your passion.”
State Sentinel - Tyler E. Kohlhass
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 Parliamentarian - Alyssa F. 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.”
State FFA Executive Committee Chair - Kelly Gangel
Kelly attends Rutgers University where she studies Environmental and Business Economics with a career goal of being involved with Agricultural Marketing. Kelly’s SAE includes working as florist at a flower shop, as well as interning in the Office of Agricultural Education at the NJDA. Kelly has participated in many Career Development Events including Floriculture, Floral Design, Fruits and Vegetables, and the Horticulture Exposition. She has previously served as Chapter Reporter and Vice President for Northern Burlington FFA, served as the 2012 New Jersey FFA Nominating Committee chair, 2013-2014 State FFA Secretary and 2014-2015 State FFA Vice President. Kelly is known for her contagious laugh and hopes to continue helping FFA members across the state.
State FFA Executive Committee - Jenna Pinhas
Jenna attends Johnson & Wales University where she studies culinary arts. 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, and most recently served as the 2014-2015 State FFA Secretary. 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 FFA Executive Committee - Benjamin Wainwright
Benjamin attends Burlington County College studying Agribusiness. His SAE includes working at Stern Farms where he operates machinery 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, and has most recently served as the 2014-2015 State FFA Treasurer. Ben says, "FFA is a great organization that molds young men and women into becoming successful, career oriented individuals."
State FFA Executive Committee - Kyle Fisher
Kyle 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 Conference, Leadership Experience and Development, and State Officer Candidates' School. Kyle has served as Chapter Parliamentarian, Treasurer, and President for Salem Co. Vo. Tech. He most recently has served as the 2014-2015 State FFA Parliamentarian. 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."