President – Elaine Jordan
Hello everyone! I am Elaine Jordan, the president for this 2015-2016 school year. I am originally from a small mountain town in California. This is my junior year, studying Environmental Economics and Policy with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. I am a member of the AAEA Student Section Academic Bowl and Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority. My love for agriculture began in the fourth grade when I joined my local 4-H club, and grew exponentially when I donned the blue and gold jacket of the FFA. I truly believe that agriculture is the best industry anyone can be involved in, and is the most vital part of a prosperous future. I am excited for all of the events that will showcase the clubs, develop professionalism, and promote agriculture this year. The whole team has planned an exciting year, all with the goal to better our selves, the council, and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Please, feel free to contact myself or any of the team members with questions and comments. This team is here to serve the council, and we welcome your feedback.
Vice President – Gabrielle Redhead
Gabrielle Redhead is a sophomore in the College of Agricultural Sciences studding Agricultural Business Management with a minor in Leadership. Born and raised in Southern Oregon by her loving family, Gabrielle has cultivated a passion for serving her community. Throughout her years in the National FFA Organization she served on a multitude of student leadership teams within the organization. She attended State and National student leadership development contests and conventions in order to further her knowledge of the agricultural industry, leadership, and personal development. During her first year here at Oregon State, Gabrielle has become a part of the Collegiate FFA Club, the Pursuing and Exploring Agricultural Careers Club, will be serving as the Vice President on the Agricultural Executive Council, she the recruitment manager her house, the courtyard, and will be participating in the College of Agricultural Sciences Leadership Academy this year. After college Gabrielle would like to return to her home and find a way to serve the community that gave her so many opportunities.
Director of Correspondence – Emily Hopfer
Emily Hopfer is the Director of Correspondence for the College of Agricultural Sciences Executive Council. She graduated from Days Creek High School in 2014 and is a Sophomore at OSU majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in Forestry. She is involved in Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, CFFA, PEAC Club, and Oregon Collegiate Cattlewomen. She raises Gelbvieh cattle and Boer meat goats. She plans to pursue a career in environmental policy, specifically the timber industry.
Director of Finance – Aundriea Mason
Hello my name is Aundriea Mason (also known as Red) and I am the Director of Finance for the 2015-2016 year. I grew up in the small town of Clarksburg, California therefore being part of a small community has always been something I strive to look for. I was highly involved in the Future Farmers of America program in high school and that has led me to where I am today. I am highly involved on campus: I am the recruitment chair for Sigma Alpha (professional agricultural sorority), Web Designer for Steer-a-Year, member of the Young Cattleman’s Association, Collegiate Cattlewoman’s Association, Leadership Academy, and I am also a Tour Ambassador for the University. I have been told I am a pretty friendly person so please do not hesitate to introduce yourself! I look forward to an amazing year ahead of us!
Director of Public Relations – Callahan Anderes
Hey all! I’m Callahan Anderes, Director of Public Relations. This is my third year at Oregon State where I am double majoring in Agricultural Sciences and Digital Communication Arts and minoring in Leadership. In the future I would like to either be a high school agriculture teacher or be an agricultural journalist in print. I grew up in a small town in Eastern Oregon where I was extremely involved in 4-H and FFA. I showed sheep, did sewing, cooking, and leadership in both organizations. Over my 10 years in the organizations I developed passions for agriculture and helping others. When I arrived at Oregon State I went through sorority recruitment and joined Kappa Delta sorority. This year I am serving as the Vice President Finance and living in the house for the second year. I am also currently the Vice President of Collegiate FFA and I can’t wait for Oregon State to host the state FFA convention during spring break. I am looking forward to this year and representing the College of Agricultural Sciences as Director of Public Relations!
Director of Ag Days – Trinity Shodin
I grew up in Sherwood, Oregon with little to no agricultural knowledge or background until I reached high school. My interest in agriculture began when I joined FFA my Freshman year and has only grown since. Through many career development events, officer positions, and my supervised agricultural experience of raising market hogs, I have built a passion for the industry and teaching others about it. I am currently a sophomore with a major in agriculture sciences, minor in leadership, and plan to eventually teach high school students and instill the same passion that I was given in high school. I am involved in the Agricultural Education club and CFFA, but am always looking for opportunites to get more involved in the College of Agriculture Sciences. I am excited to serve as the Director of Ag Days this year and I look forward to a wonderful year!
Director of New Fields – Bennett Wahl
Bennett Wahl is from Langlois, Oregon, where her family owns and operates a sheep, aggregate and timber operation. As a sophomore majoring in Environmental Economics & Policy she is involved in several groups on campus including the Student Section of the AAEA Academic Bowl Team, Chi Omega Fraternity, and the Blood Drive Association. In her free time, Bennett enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her family. Inspired by her passion for community service, she also volunteers with the non-profit program, Girls on the Run. Her experience with agriculture began on her family farm and continues at OSU within the College of Agricultural Sciences. After earning her degree, Bennett plans to pursue a career in the agriculture industry where she can utilize the skills she has learned here at Oregon State University to make a difference in the field of agriculture. Meanwhile, she will be taking photographs and writing articles for the web blog, so look out for her and contact her if you have any questions or concerns!
Advisor – Josh Stewart
Prior to moving to Oregon in August of 2014, I was blessed to serve as the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for 13 years in Ralls, Texas. I received a B.S. And M.S. In Agricultural Education from Texas Tech University. I am currently an Instructor in Agricultural Education and Agriculture Sciences. I am also a PhD student, working towards a career in agriculture teacher education. My wife Amanda was the high school art teacher and cheerleading coach for 11 years at the high school where we both taught, and we now have two wonderful daughters. Baylee, the gymnast, is 8 years old and Adilee, the dancer, is 4. We have truly enjoyed our time in Oregon, and feel very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Oregon State University family. My favorite thing about teaching agriculture and being involved with the Agricultural Executive Council is the opportunity to develop lifelong relationships and make a lasting impact on others through agricultural education.
Advisor – Katie Gaebel
Because my dad was in the Coast Guard, I grew up seeing and appreciating the beauty of the natural environment in many different parts of America (including Puerto Rico, California, and the Midwest). My background in international education (I’ve visited more than 14 countries and have also taught and researched abroad) has led me to understand the importance of connecting our educational institutions to the communities in which they’re located – this is something the College of Agricultural Sciences does so well!
In my role as Experiential Learning Coordinator, I work to provide many opportunities for students to connect with our industry and agency partners. I coordinate professional development workshops and events and other experiential learning opportunities, including one-day industry tours and the Branch Experiment Station Experiential Learning Initiative Internship Program. I am honored to be a co-advisor for the Agricultural Executive Council and look forward to the upcoming year!