Katie Duitsman
  • Katie Duitsman
  • Graduation Year: 2012
  • Hometown: Paxton, Illinois
  • Career: Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, St. Joseph-Ogden School District
  • In her role as agriculture teacher at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Mrs. Duitsman educates students about agriculture, food and natural resources. She also provides opportunities for students to learn through classroom or laboratory instruction...

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Brittany Brown
  • Brittany Brown
  • Graduation Year: 2014
  • Hometown: Calumet City, IL
  • Career: Head Start Teacher, Children's Home Center
  • As a Head Start Teacher at Children’s Home Center, Brittany Brown is responsible for teaching infants and toddlers ages 0-3 years old. She uses teaching and leadership strategies that she learned in her agricultural education classes at the...

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David Fulton
  • David Fulton
  • Graduation Year: 2014
  • Hometown: Lincoln, IL
  • Career: Champaign County Farm Bureau
  • David Fulton chose the University of Illinois Ag Leadership Education Program because he knew it would help him be successful in his current job at Champaign County Farm Bureau. In his position, his responsibilities include assisting the manager...

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Catherine Riley
  • Catherine Riley
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • Career: Assistant Manager for the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE)
  • Internship: North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE)
  • Catherine Riley is the Kentucky Fair Board Manager for the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). She resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Her responsibilities include coordinating and facilitiating one of the largest and most...

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Joe Melisi
  • Joe Melisi
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
  • Career: Farm Bureau Manager
  • Internship: Champaign County Humane Society, Congressman Rodney Davis, University of Illinois Extension
  • “Agricultural Education gave me the opportunity to expand on my strengths as a natural leader and gain knowledge in leadership theory.” Joe is from the suburbs of Chicago, originally born in California. His interests include history, government...

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Andrew Nagy
  • Andrew Nagy
  • Graduation Year: 2015
  • Hometown: St. Joseph, Illinois
  • Career: Tree/Plant Health Care Technician at Swingle: Lawn, Tree, and Landscape Care
  • Internship: Bayer Crop Sciences
  • Andrew found Agricultural Leadership Education after a summer working for Bayer Crop Sciences. He said his experience with Bayer was so enjoyable he wanted to make a career out of something similar. Looking back on his experiences at the...

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Sarah Luce
  • Sarah Luce
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Strasburg, Illinois
  • Career: Social Media Intern, Marketing/Sales Intern
  • Internship: Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Agri-Gold
  • Sarah Luce is the Ag in the Classroom Chair for Sigma Alpha. In this position, she uses skills from her Ag Leadership Education classes to offer the very best to the members and stakeholders of this activity. She also anticipates using these...

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Devin Daugherty
  • Devin Daugherty
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Brighton, Illinois
  • Career: Assistant to Sarah Albert in Animal Sciences
  • Internship: Champaign County Humane Society
  • Devin says she has always had a passion for animal science that she has wanted to share. To do this, she decided to double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Leadership Education to combine her passion of working with animals and...

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Ashley Warfield-Oyirifi
  • Ashley Warfield-Oyirifi
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Florissant, MO
  • After earning her Master of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership and Science Education in May 2016, Ashley Warfield-Oyirifi continued with her educational endeavors by pursuing a doctoral degree within the College of ACES at UIUC. As an...

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Ashley Davis
  • Ashley Davis
  • Graduation Year: 2015
  • Hometown: Park Forest, IL
  • Ashley is from the South Suburbs of Chicago called Park Forest, just 15 minutes away from city hub.  Agricultural Education was something Ashley didn’t know about but was eager to learn about something completely different from what she was...

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