Alumni

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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Sarah Moore
  • Sarah Moore
  • Graduation Year: 2015
  • Career: Agriculture Teacher at Athens High School, Athens, IL
  • Sarah grew up surrounded by agriculture on her family farm. As a kid, she always wanted to be a teacher and had some teachers she admired throughout her years in school. With her background in agriculture and her desire to be a teacher, Sarah ...

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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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Hannah Raver
  • Hannah Raver
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Elburn, Illinois
  • Career: Agriculture Teacher at Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL
  • Student Teaching: Marengo
  • “I chose to major in Ag Ed because it gives you the opportunity to see all parts of agriculture instead of focusing on one aspect.” Growing up on a small horse farm, Hannah has always had a connection to agriculture. She found her passion for...

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Jake Ekstrand
  • Jake Ekstrand
  • Graduation Year: 2014
  • Hometown: Yates City, Illinois
  • Career: Monsanto Chemistry Account Manager
  • As a Sales Representative at Monsanto, Jake promotes Monsanto Chemical Sales through retail locations spread across the state of Indiana. He says the University of Illinois prepared him for this position by exposing him to diversity on campus...

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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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Nataly Sandoval
  • Nataly Sandoval
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Career: Nature Camp Counselor
  • Internship: Chicago Park District
  • Nataly chose Ag Leadership Education for a reason much bigger than her own career goals. Her goal is to help urban youth establish a better understanding of agriculture and how it affects us every day. She hopes her influence will encourage...

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