What is your current role with PDA?
I am the State Fair Coordinator for PDA. I act as
a liaison between the Department and the 109 agricultural and community fairs
of Pennsylvania. I work with statewide agricultural organizations, 4-H
programs, and FFA programs to help promote agriculture.
your favorite part of FFA?
The friendships. I am still close friends with
kids who were FFA members from states all over the United States.
How did FFA
prepare you for the job you do today?
My day-to-day responsibilities require a lot of
public speaking, agricultural knowledge, and complex problem-solving skills.
Each one of those qualities were developed and enhanced while wearing my blue
jacket. I have also been a livestock judge for ten years, using skills I learned
and strengthened while a member of my FFA Program.
What is the
most important thing you learned from your time in FFA?
Be Bold! Never forget where you come from, but
always remember where you’re headed.