With 33, Ohio has the most National FFA Officers of any state. For National FFA Week, we thought we would highlight Ohio’s talented former National Officers.
Here are Ohio’s National FFA officers:
Lawrence Augustine, from Ashley, served as the National FFA Second Vice President in 1928-1929.
Ralph Bender, from Waldo, served as National Eastern Region Vice President in 1930-1931. From 1948-78, he was Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Education at OSU. He taught agricultural education at several universities in the United States and worked with other countries to help them develop agricultural education programs.
Bobby Jones, from Radnor, served as National FFA President in 1933-1934 and then worked at World’s Natural Science in Rochester, NY.
Stanley Tschantz, from the Wayne County JVS, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1935-1936.
William Stiers, from the Twin Valley South Chapter, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1937-1938.
Carl Fought, from the Fremont Chapter, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1941-1942.
Philip Shober, from the Mohawk Chapter, served as the National Secretary in 1946-1947.
Glenn Lackey, from the Berlin Township (now Olentangy) Chapter, served as Vice President in 1949-50. After WWII, he started the VoAg Program at Pickerington High School.
Dallas High, from the Van West-Marsh Chapter, served as a National Vice President in 1951-1952.
Dale Ring, from the Wooster Chapter, served as a National Vice President in 1955-1956. He then raised dairy cattle and row crops and served as the president of the Ohio Holstein Association and Ohio Beef Council.
Jerome Donovan, Jr., from the Delaware Chapter, served as National Vice President from 1960-1961. He taught science at Delaware Hayes H.S. in 1963 and then ag business at Delaware Area Career Center in 1973, where he became an administrator. After 39 years of teaching he retired in 2004.
James Stitzlein, from the Loudenville Chapter, served as a National Vice President from 1965-1966. Jim works with Consolidated Grain and Barge and lives near St. Louis.
Keaton Vandemark, from the Elida Chapter, served as a National Vice President in 1966-1967.
Dennis C. Sargent, from the Bradford Chapter, served as National Secretary in 1971-1972. He devoted his career to working in education, industry and business. He served as the executive director of the FFA Foundation.
Doug Loudenslager, from the Ridegdale Chapter, served as the 1975-1976 National Eastern Region Vice President. He went on to serve as an agricultural instructor at Cory-Rawson High School, communications manager for the Ohio Farmers Grain and Supply Association, executive director of the Ohio Soybean Association, and COO of the National FFA Organization. He is now secretary on the Board of Trustees for Evolution Ag, LLC and principal for the Delaware location.
Rick McDaniel, from the Wynford Chapter, served as the 1976-1977 National Eastern Region Vice President.
Rob Hovis, from the Lakota Chapter, served as the 1977-1978 National Eastern Region Vice President. He now serves as a financial officer for Edward Jones of Millersburg.
Mark Sanborn, from the Grand Valley Chapter, served as the National FFA President in 1978-1979. He is now president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. He is also an international bestselling author and noted authority on leadership, team building, customer service and change.
Susie (Barrett) Bline, from the Warren Chapter, was Ohio’s first female National Officer, serving as the 1980-1981 National Eastern Region Vice President. She resides with her husband on a Champaign County farm where they raise sheep. She is also an elementary math teacher.
Bruce Kettler, from the Anna Chapter, served as the 1982-1983 National Eastern Region Vice President. He now serves as the Director of Public Relations for Beck’s Hybrids.
Warren Boerger, from the Fairbanks Chapter, served as the 1988-1989 National Eastern Region Vice President. He now is the head of North American Business Services for Syngenta Seeds.
Dan Schroer, from the New Bremen Chapter, was the 1989-1990 National Eastern Region Vice President. He now serves as the Superintendent of Springboro Schools in Warren County. He also served as the superintendent for the Greene County Career Center in Xenia with over 900 full-time equivalent secondary and adult students. He has served as the program director for Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and a teacher and administrator for various schools around Ohio as well.
Rick Perkins, from the Sentinel CC Chapter, served as the 1992-1993 National Eastern Region Vice President. He is now Vice President at PNC Financial Services.
Lee Schroeder, from the Leipsic Chapter, was the 1994-1995 National Eastern Region Vice President. He graduated from Ohio State’s College of Law in 2002. He is currently an agriculture attorney in real estate, business, and estate/succession planning for northwest Ohio farmers and agribusinesses at the firm “Schroeder, Blankemeyer and Schroeder, LLP” in Ottawa.
Holly (Bentley) Wagner, from the East Clinton Chapter, was the 1996-1997 National FFA Secretary. She is now a mom and elementary school teacher.
Shannon (Wilcox) Donnelly, from the Upper Scioto Valley Chapter, served as the National FFA Secretary in 1997-1998. She worked in agribusiness and as a K-12 educator. Now she is currently co-owner/operator of WD Land & Livestock with her husband, Bruce, and daughter Meredith.
Emily (Buxton) Adams, from the Riverview Chapter, was the 1998-1999 Eastern Region Vice President. She graduated from OSU with a BS and MS in food science and worked in product research and development for Abbott Nutrition in Columbus from 2003-2011. She now serves as an OSU Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources and the County Extension Director for Coshocton County.
Joe Shultz, from the Indian Lake Chapter, served as the Eastern Region Vice President in 1999-2000. Shultz now serves as the senior economist for the U.S. Senate Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in Washington, D.C.
Katy (Poth) Endsley, from the Liberty Union Chapter, was the 2000-2001 Eastern Region Vice President. She currently works for the Ohio FFA Association, serving as program manager. She also teaches public speaking at Ohio University.
Julie (Tyson) McNaull, from the Hillsdale Chapter, was the 2002-2003 Eastern Region Vice President. She graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics in 2005 and with a Masters in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics in 2007. She and her husband reside in Ashland, Ohio with three daughters. She is a stay-at-home mom on McNaull Family Farms, a grain operation with a contract swine finishing barn.
Anne Knapke, from the Talawanda Chapter, was the 2003-2004 Eastern Region Vice President. She is a certified health coach and current MA/MPP graduate student at the University of Chicago, with a background in international and community development, focused on global health and food policy.
Hannah Crossen, from the Hillsdale Chapter, was the 2008-2009 Eastern Region Vice President. She graduated from OSU in 2012 with a degree in agricultural and Extension education, then worked as a curriculum sales consultant for CEV Multimedia out of Lubbock, Texas. She is currently an agricultural educator and FFA advisor at North Union High School in Richwood.