After completing her year as State FFA President, Mindy Bunselmeyer chose the University of Illinois to complete her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agricultural Education. Mindy commented that she had an opportunity to meet “some really amazing people from all over our state, country and world [due to the] tremendous amount of diversity” on the University of Illinois campus. “With that diversity came a huge range of clubs, organizations and events to take part in – so much to do and so little time to do it all in.” The well-rounded experience she had prepared her for a career with a wide-range of tasks and opportunities.
After graduation, Mindy took her talents first to the high school classroom as a very successful educator and FFA advisor. After several years in this position, she served as the District 4 Program Advisor for Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE). In this position, she worked with people from the ages of Pre-K through adult, and taught them about the importance and value of agriculture. Mindy says one of the things she enjoyed the most about her job as a program advisor was the people she worked with on a daily basis. “I truly enjoyed working with my county agricultural literacy coordinators, my agriculture teachers and their students.”
Often described by her peers as personable, knowledgeable and dedicated to agricultural education, she now holds the position of Associate Director of the Illinois FFA Center. Mindy says one of the things she enjoys the most about her job is the opportunity to work with young adults in leadership positions. She works closely with the Illinois Association FFA and Illinois Post-secondary Agriculture (PAS) officer teams. Her responsibilities also include overseeing and guiding the Illinois PAS, Illinois FFA Alumni, and American FFA Degree Review Committee. She also assists with organizing Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) Student Branch workshops, IAVAT State Conference, Illinois FFA Convention, and several state Career Development Events (CDE) and conferences. Mindy said the variability in daily and weekly tasks, combined with the opportunity to work with agriculture teachers, students, and alumni from across the state, are some of the most enjoyable aspects of her job!