The International Junior Brangus Board of Directors for 2014-2015 was announced at the conclusion of the National Junior Brangus Show Banquet on Friday, July 25, 2014. The IJBBA Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing and managing the entire IJBBA as well as coordinating and hosting the annual National Junior Brangus Show. For more information about the Brangus juniors, visit junior.gobrangus.com.
The 2014-2015 IJBBA Board of Directors consists of:
President, Racheal Sharp, Konawa, Oklahoma
At the helm of the IJBBA this year will be Racheal Sharp. Sharp returns to the IJBBA Board for her third year of service and continues Oklahoma’s longtime representation on the IJBBA Board of Directors and in IJBBA leadership positions. Sharp brings a unique personality to the IJBBA Board and provides true leadership by example. A proven asset to the IJBBA Board, Sharp played a key role in the success of the 2014 NJBS by providing constant support to her fellow board members. She is destined to achieve great things and really provides the compassion, honesty and integrity to propel the IJBBA forward. Entering her senior year at Konawa High School, Sharp has been active in the Oklahoma Junior Brangus Association for several years, serving as royalty and holding several offices. Sharp’s value will continue to increase as the NJBS heads to Duncan, Okla., in 2015.
IJBBA Ex-Officio and IBBA Queen, Kacie Wallace, Bryan, Texas
In just two years of service on the IJBBA Board, Wallace has proven herself to be a valuable asset to the IJBBA Board of Directors. She has been a driving force in IJBBA’s recent financial success and is excited to continue to build on the momentum she helped establish. Wallace is eager to share what she has learned about IJBBA fundraising with all the new members of the Board, and the IJBBA Advisory Committee is excited about the level of enthusiasm Wallace brings to the association. As IBBA Queen, Wallace will serve as an integral part of the IJBBA Board of Directors and provide a unique link between the show community of the IBBA and the members of the IJBBA. Excitement for the upcoming year surrounds the newly elected Queen as she prepares for a year of travels around the nation serving as the ambassador of our great breed. Wallace will begin her sophomore year at Tarleton State University this fall and plans to double major in Animal Science and Pre-Medicine.
2013-2015 Director, Quinn Carter, Haines City, Florida
Returning to the Board for her second year of service is Quinn Carter. A freshman majoring in Animal Science at Florida, Carter is rather new to the Brangus breed but brings a huge amount of motivation and drive with her to the Board. In her first year on the Board, Carter excelled in NJBS fundraising, accounting for $6,500 in sponsorships. She is excited about the opportunity the IJBBA Board provides junior members to meet breeders across the nation as well as the opportunities to travel and learn more about our industry as a whole. Carter plans to work toward obtaining a Veterinary Medicine degree and specialize in large animal treatment.
2013-2015 Director, Colby Davis, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
The second of three Oklahoma juniors serving on the IJBBA Board of Directors is Colby Davis. Davis brings a super strong work ethic and entrepreneurial drive to the IJBBA Board of Directors. Davis has deep family roots in the agriculture industry and has been raising commercial Brangus cattle since the early ‘80s. Davis was the first in the family to venture into the registered side and is excited about the future of the Brangus breed. He will be a senior at Tahlequah High School this year and intends to continue his education at Oklahoma State University majoring in Horticulture while continuing his involvement in the Brangus breed.
2013-2015 Director, Meghan Pickett, Robeline, Louisiana
Meghan Pickett provides a spark of enthusiasm to any group she participates in, and the IJBBA Board is no exception. Her high energy and excitement about the breed shows through everything she and her family do. Pickett brings one of the longest tenures with Brangus cattle to the Board of almost any member as she started showing Brangus at age eight. The leader of a strong, dynamic family of Brangus enthusiasts, Pickett has a solid knowledge and understanding of younger IJBBA members’ interests and desires. Pickett graduated from Many High School this May and plans to attend McNeese State University majoring in Animal Science and Beef Nutrition.
2013-2015 Director, McKenzie Posey, Wayne, Oklahoma
The youngest member of this year’s Board will be McKenzie Posey. With a solid foundation of Brangus showmen in her family, Posey brings a wealth of knowledge and tenure with the Brangus breed. In her first year on the Board, she brought a lot of new and exciting ideas to the table. Posey will also add to the entrepreneurial drive possessed by several other members as she has several years of egg production and marketing already on her résumé. She is excited to grow and develop new leadership skills while helping advance the IJBBA. Heading into her junior year at Wayne High School, Posey plans to attend Oklahoma State University and obtain an Agri-Business degree.
2014-2016 Director, Kendra Brull, Atchison, Kansas
Following in her older brother’s footsteps, Kendra Brull joins the elite group of IJBBA Directors. Brull will be a senior at Maur Hill – Mount Academy this fall. Brull has been a staple of the NJBS barns since she was old enough to get around and has been actively involved in IJBBA for more than 10 years. Active in varsity basketball and softball, Brull also has experience showing numerous other species. She currently serves as the president of her 4-H Council and the Atchison Shamrock 4-H Club vice president. Brull will bring a vast amount of level thinking, motivation and dedication to the IJBBA Board this year.
2014-2016 Director, Kourtney Gardner, China Spring, Texas
Entering her freshman year at Butler Community College, Gardner brings eight years of experience with the Brangus breed to her second year on the IJBBA Board. Last year, Gardner served in the dual capacity of IBBA Queen and IJBBA Director and excelled at both. A very passionate individual, Gardner is a strong, quiet leader who has a wealth of ideas for improvement. Additionally, she brings a solid sense of good functional cattle from her experiences and success with livestock judging which she intends to continue in college. With a long list of leadership positions under her belt, she looks forward to an increased role on the national level with the junior association.
2014-2016 Director, Emilee Garza, Spring, Texas
Relatively new to Brangus breed and showing cattle, Emilee Garza did not hesitate to go after a position on the IJBBA Board. Motivated by the mentorship of past IJBBA Advisors, Garza feels the IJBBA Board will allow her to grow and learn more about the breed she feels is the “ideal standard for future genetics”. While new to the breed, Garza is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the way IJBBA functions. Already ahead of the game as a Level 1 Veterinary Technician, she plans to attend Texas A&M University majoring in Veterinary Medicine with the intention of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
2014-2016 Director, Allyson Polston, Lakeland, Florida
Returning to the IJBBA Board of Directors for the next two years is Allyson Polston. In just her first year on the Board, Polston was elected Secretary. Polston also helped double Florida’s NJBS representation by encouraging more Floridians to attend. With a solid résumé of achievements and leadership with Brangus cattle and in other agricultural and community organizations, Polston is eager to help build a bridge between NJBS and regional associations to hopefully increase participation at both levels. Polston will be entering her freshman year of college this year at Hillsborough Community College and has future plans to attend the University of Florida and major in Veterinary Medicine.