NJAA Board Members

The National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors offers leadership development beyond the boundaries of local or state groups. Six new directors are elected to the twelve-member board each year at the annual meeting held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show. During their two-year terms they develop and carry out programs and events to serve junior members and the Angus breed across the nation. The NJAA Board also makes recommendations for new programs and ideas to the Board of Directors of the American Angus Association, helps to develop leadership potential of the junior members, and promotes the Angus breed. The first NJAA Board of Directors was elected in Wichita, Kansas at the 1980 National Junior Angus Show.

Madison Butler

Hailing from the great state of Indiana, Madison Butler is the daughter of Rob and Casey Butler of Vincennes. Madison attends Oklahoma State University and is majoring in Animal Science with a focus in biotechnology. She hopes pursue a career in the animal genetics industry. In her spare time, Madison enjoys spending time with her family, working cattle, and showing pigs with her younger sister, Mallory.

Will Pohlman
Vice Chairman

Will Pohlman is a fourth generation Angus breeder from the town of Prairie Grove nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. He is the son of Dr. Fred and Tami Pohlman, and has been involved with the National Junior Angus Association since 2006. Will recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with degrees in Animal Science and Biochemistry. He currently resides in Durham, NC and will begin medical school at Duke next year to earn a Medical Degree as well as a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Catie Hope
Communications Director

Catie Hope from Berryville, Virginia is the daughter of Beecher and Gina Hope. She grew up on a show cattle and cow/calf operation which lead to joining the National Junior Angus Association in 2006. Catie is currently a senior at Ferrum College where she is pursuing a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Photography.

Corbin Cowles
Foundation Director

Corbin Cowles, the son of Gil and Mary Cowles, was born and raised on his family’s farm located in Rockfield, Kentucky. Corbin has been a part of the Kentucky Junior Angus Association and the National Junior Angus Association since 2002. Currently a junior at Oklahoma State University, Corbin is pursuing a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Economics, and is also a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity at OSU. He is a member of the meats judging team and plans to be a part of the livestock judging team at OSU as well. His end goal is to obtain his auctioneering license and work in the agricultural industry in purebred livestock marketing and sales.

Jordyn Wagner
Leadership Director

Jordyn Wagner from the Big Sky Country of Billings, Montana, is the daughter of Darryl and Kari Wagner. Jordyn grew up raising and showing Angus cattle with her sister Jena. She has been an active member of the Montana Junior Angus Association and National Junior Angus Association since 2006. She is currently a junior at Rocky Mountain College majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading. Jordyn is a dog, cow, and kid lover! Her goal is to teach today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Michaela Clowser
Membership Director

Michaela Clowser from Milford, Nebraska is the daughter of Blaine and Sharon Clowser. She has been an active member of the National Junior Angus Association and Nebraska Junior Angus Association since 2005, and has chaired numerous committees and held many officer positions. Currently, Michaela is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is on the livestock judging team and majoring in Agriculture Economics with a minor in Animal Science. Upon earning her degree, she plans to continue her education in Ag Econ and expanding her Angus herd. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and helping coach her local 4-H livestock judging team.

Jera Pipkin

Jera Pipkin from Republic, Missouri is the daughter of Jim and Joann Pipkin. Raising Angus cattle is in her blood. Jera is a fifth generation Angus breeder, where her family has owned Angus cattle since 1933. She has been actively involved in the National Junior Angus Association and Missouri Junior Angus Association since 2007. Jera is currently a junior at Oklahoma State University, where she is pursuing double majors in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science, as well as a minor in Agricultural Business. Outside of school and raising Angus cattle, she enjoys graphic design, photography, and watching Cowboy football. Her future plans involve continuing her education and eventually returning to continue the family farm and open her own agricultural marketing firm with her mother, Joann.

Madison Sundsbak
North Dakota

Madison Sundsbak from Des Lacs, North Dakota, she is the daughter of Josh and Josie Sundsbak. Growing up with her brothers Peyton and Xander, they spent time on the farm and in the show barn. Madison has been showing Angus cattle since she was four years old, and has been an active member in the North Dakota Junior Angus Association since 2007. She is currently a sophomore at South Dakota State University majoring in Agriculture Education with a minor in agriculture business. Madison is combining her dream of becoming a teacher and her passion for agriculture in her future career and hopes to teach the youth of the industry about all facets of agriculture. While not in the show barn, Madison enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Sydnee Gerken

Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain is where you’ll find this Oklahoma girl. Sydnee Gerken is the daughter of David and Cara. She and her two younger sisters have been actively involved in the state and national Angus Association for the past ten years. Gerken is currently attending Butler Community College. There she is on the livestock judging team and majors in Agribusiness. After graduating this spring, she plan on transferring to a four year university and focusing on ruminant animal nutrition.

Brody Fitzgerald

All the way out east from the Keystone State, Brody Fitzgerald is from West Grove, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Tim Fitzgerald and Andrea Fitzgerald, and has one younger brother named Bryce. Brody has been an active member in the National Junior Angus Association since 2008. He currently is attending Oklahoma State University studying Ag-Business with a minor in Marketing. With this he plans on getting involved with international trade or eventually go into the field of agricultural law.

Hayley DeHaan

From McMinnville, Oregon, Hayley DeHaan is the daughter of Pete and Jennifer DeHaan. Hayley grew up on her families Dairy Farm with her older brother, Petey. In 2010, she began her journey with the Angus family and bought her first two Angus heifers. Today, Hayley attends Purdue University, dual majoring in Ag Sales and Marketing and Ag Communications. At Purdue, she is active in her Sorority, Kappa Delta, as well the National Agri-Marketing Association. You can catch her studying at the Library or getting coffee with her friends. She hopes to go into Food Marketing and to be able to advocate for the Ag industry.

Dawson Dal Porto

Dawson Dal Porto, from the Golden State of California where he is a 3rd generation Angus Producer and his family runs a registered and commercial cow herd. He has been showing Angus cattle for 11 years now, and is currently at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas where he is majoring in Agriculture Communications. He is a sophomore there and is a part of the Livestock Judging team. Once he has graduated with his associate’s degree he is going to transfer to a university and obtain his bachelor’s degree

NJAA Advisors

Mary Greiman
American Angus Auxillary

John Grimes
American Angus Association Board of Directors

Jerry Cassady
American Angus Association Representative

American Angus Association Events & Education Department

Jaclyn Upperman
Director of Events & Education

Caitlyn Brandt
Events Coordinator

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