Board of Directors

National 4-H Congress is governed by a Board of Directors who over sees the management and direction of the event. Working cooperatively with National 4-H Headquarters, USDA, National 4-H Council, and the State 4-H Programs the board of directors strives to ensure the event provides the educational experiences and opportunities for a national level leadership event.

  • Dr. Chris Boerboom, North Dakota State University
  • Manola Erby, Alcorn State University
  • Carolyn Fernandez, National 4-H Council
  • Dr. Jeff Howard, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Kevin Kesler, Utah State University
  • Dr. Gary Jackson, Mississippi State University Extension
  • Dr. Lisa A. Lauxman, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
  • Dr. Dale A. Leidheiser, University of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Renee McKee, Purdue University
  • Dr. Javiette Samuel, Kentucky State University
  • Dr. Fred Schlutt, University of Alaska
  • Dr. Kathy Sutphin, Virginia
  • Dr. Lisa Townson, University of New Hampshire
  • Dr. Susan Stewart, Executive Director

Design Team

  • Noor Alshafie, Ohio, Youth Member
  • Kirk Bloir, Ohio, Headquarters Co-Chair
  • Dr. Chris Boleman, Texas, Program Co-Chair
  • Madeleine Bretey, Iowa, Youth Member
  • Dallin Bunnell, Utah,, Youth Member
  • Tony Carrell, Indiana, Facilities Chair
  • Connie Cecil, Colorado, Operations Chair
  • Tina Cowger, West Virginia, Operations Co-Chair
  • Justin Crowe, Tennessee, Service Learning
  • Joel Dahms, North Carolina, Youth Member
  • Dr. Mitzi Downing, North Carolina, Headquarters Chair
  • Dr. Toby Lepley,Texas, Information Technology
  • Rachel Lyons, New Jersey, Program Chair
  • Ramankit (Ankit) Madhira, Washington, Youth Member
  • Ged Matthews, Georgia, S. Stewart and Associates
  • Leah McLean, Maryland, Youth Member
  • Amy Parrott, Arizona, Facilities Co-Chair
  • Ashlee C. Smith. West Virginia, Youth Member
  • Andy Smyth, Idaho, Volunteer
  • Dr. Susan Stewart, Georgia, S. Stewart and Associates
  • Charles Weber, Tennessee, Youth Member