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NJSA Junior Board of Directors

2017-2018 Junior Board of Directors

Front (l to r): Kevin Rogers Jr., AZ; Katherine Ramage, IN; Taylor Conley, PA; Dalton Smith, IN; Adrian Austin, IL; Whitney Whitaker, CA; Hannah Frobose, OH; Jake Sterle, IA

Back (l to r): Ellen Knauth, junior activities coordinator; Angie Ruffoni, CA; Lindsey Robinson, MO; Lexi Delaney, IA; Caleb Grohmann, IL; Morgan Mench, IN; Haley Stark, FL; Kaley Bontrager, director of junior activities

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NJSA Junior Board of DirectorsAssuming a national leadership role of an organization of nearly 12,000 youth from across the country is a big responsibility. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills, improve your communication skills, and develop decision-making skills that will help you the rest of your life. You’ll also work closely with a team of eight other talented individuals that may become some of your best friends for life. Serving on the NJSA Board is an awesome experience it’s also an experience that we want you to take seriously so the members of our organization are served by the best leaders possible.

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Ages of Junior Board Director Applicants:
Junior Board Applicants must be between the ages of 17-20 as of Jan. 1of the current year.

Meet the Officer Team

President

Angie Ruffoni

At-Large

Angie Ruffoni, of Santa Rosa, California, is the daughter of Dino and Teresa Ruffoni. Angie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree and double majoring in agriculture communications and animal science. After earning her bachelor’s, she plans on attending graduate school for agriculture communications. She looks forward to furthering her education and continuing to make a significant impact giving back within the industry she feels incredibly blessed and thankful for. 

As a member of the NJSA, Anige has enjoyed attending National Youth Leadership Conference (NYLC), as well as showing and participating at WPX Jr. National, NJSA Western Regional, National Junior Summer Spectacular (NJSS), Arizona National and several affiliate shows. Angie is also involved in Mentoring Values People (MVP) program where she loves building connections with members of the NJSA and serving as a role model for them.

In high school and college, Angie has joined various organizations and has held key leadership roles in those clubs. In high school, she served as Santa Rosa FFA Reporter and Secretary, as well as California North Coast Vice President At-Large. Angie served as a California FFA Nominating Committee member, participated on the livestock judging team and was a National FFA Proficiency Finalist in Vegetable Production. At the collegiate level, she has been highly involved in Agriculture and Natural Resources Ambassadors and the chair of community development, Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers, Sonoma County Farm Bureau Collegiate member, National Pork Board #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces member, Collegiate FFA, AgChat Collegiate Congress and California Junior Livestock Association. 

“Serving in prior leadership positions developed my leadership abilities and involvement within agriculture far past my expectations,” she says. “My time in these roles also helped me realize that service is a value that is rooted deep in my heart. My desire to serve as an NJSA Jr. Board of Director stems from my passion for agriculture and a yearning to serve others.”

Angie believes the agriculture industry provides so many rewarding opportunities; however, the greatest of all is the chance to work with so many talented people in the livestock industry.

“I am honored to serve on the Junior Board of Directors. Within this position, I hope to instill in others the same hard work, passion and dream-achieving aspirations that NJSA and other youth organizations have always given me,” she says. “Impacts last a lifetime, and through the NJSA Jr. Board, I anticipate making lasting impacts.”

Vice President

Lexi Delaney

At-Large

Lexi Delaney, 20, is the daughter of David and Tami Delaney from DeWitt, Iowa. Lexi is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in Animal science and agriculture communications.  Lexi’s career goal is to work in producer and consumer outreach while educating them on the importance of modern day pork production.

While in college at Iowa State University, Lexi has been heavily involved in the Block & Bridle Club, serving as an Executive Officer in 2016 and now serves as the 2017 President, a member of the Iowa State National Agri-Marketing Association Competitive Team and helped organize Iowa State’s Bacon Expo. She also served as a student on the Student Social Forces for the #RealPigFarming campaign through National Pork Board. 

Lexi has been a member of the NJSA since 2010, exhibiting at World Pork Expo, the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), American Royal and the National Western Stock Show.  She has attended three National Youth Leadership Conferences (NYLC) and helped host the 2016 Bootcamp at Iowa State.  Lexi is involved in the MVP program and enjoys getting to be a role model for younger members of the NJSA.  Lexi is excited to stay involved in youth development to help the next generation of the industry find their passion for the swine industry.

Secretary

Lindsey Robinson

At-Large

Lindsey Robinson, 21, of Wellsville, Missouri, is the daughter of Eddie and Tammy Robinson and is a senior at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) where she is majoring in agricultural journalism. After graduation, she is interested in working for a livestock magazine or advertising agency using her knowledge of agriculture to help companies in the industry. As a kid she loved getting the Seedstock EDGE in the mail and often raced her dad to see who got to read it first. Regardless of where she ends up after college, Lindsey plans to stay involved in the swine industry and one-day return to the family purebred Yorkshire operation.

Lindsey has been a member of the NJSA since it started in 2000, and has participated in the World Pork Expo Junior National, the National Junior Summer Spectacular (NJSS), the NJSA Southwest Regional and the NJSA Southeast Regional. She has also attended NJSA affiliate shows such as the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) and the American Royal, as well as participating in NSR shows and type conferences with her family. 

At Mizzou, Lindsey is involved in a variety of organizations.  She is part of the Mizzou Block & Bridle and currently serves as Swine Committee Chair, where she is in charge of hosting the club’s annual Black & Gold Jackpot Show. She serves as the president for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club, which focuses on communicating agriculture’s story on campus. She is also a College of Agriculture Ambassador and serves on the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board.

Lindsey says that because she had the opportunity to grow up in the NJSA, it has been a huge factor in shaping the person she is today. Showing pigs has helped her find her “why” and has pushed her to pursue her passions within the industry. One of her favorite parts of NJSA is the Mentoring Values People (MVP) program where she has been both a protégé and is now serving as a mentor. She believes it is important to build connections with other junior members and serve as a role model in their life.

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