JABGA Board of Directors

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.

-Bill Owens

The opportunity to be involved with the JABGA Board of Directors will enhance leadership skills, teach teamwork, and provide preparation for a successful career. Junior members elect two candidates by ballot from each of the five areas to represent their area.  The responsibilities of a JABGA Board member are to provide governance, direction, fundraising ideas and promotion of Boer goats.  Approval of implementation of programs within the Junior American Boer Goat Association is provided by the Youth Committee and the ABGA Board of Directors.

 

Click Here for information on the 2017 JABGA Board of Director Nominees

 

2016-2017 JABGA Board of Directors

AREA 1

  • Maddie Fenton- Vice President
    Touchet, Washington
    maddie.fenton7@gmail.com
    Term Expires – June 30, 2017

    Maddie is the owner and operator of Dust Devil Ranch located in Touchet, WA which she started in 2005 and has grown to consist of around 85 brood does. She is 17 years old and a senior at Walla Walla High School, where she is the President of the 100+ member FFA Chapter. She is also a member of the Cascade Boer Goat Association and the Snake River Meat Goat Association. Maddie is a returning officer/director for JABGA in Area 1 for the fifth year now, and will serve as the 2016-17 Vice President. She attends ABGA/JABGA shows in the Northwest and around the country, and is continuously striving to meet the needs of the members within JABGA. The Boer goat industry is all she’s ever known and she looks forward to it being an ultimate part of her future!
  • Cole Melgar
    Cole City, Oregon
    colemelgar@gmail.com
    Term Expires – June 30, 2018

    Hi my name is Cole Melgar and I am one of the Area 1 JABGA Directors. I currently live in Oregon City, OR on a 10-acre goat farm. I am 18 years old and this is my second year on the Board of Directors serving a 2 year term. In my spare time when I’m not working on the farm or at work I like to spend as much time as I can on the lake fishing. I have been raising goats for close to 9 years now and enjoy every minute of it. I would like to learn more about the breed and share my knowledge with others who have questions.

 

AREA 2

  • Mikayla Wetherell-Secretary
    Tolono, Illinois
    mmwether@yahoo.com
    Term Expires – June 30, 2018

    Mikayla Wetherell is a Senior at Unity High School and a returning JABGA director for Area 2. She has been raising and showing fullblood Boer goats with her family for the past ten years. Mikayla is an active member and participates in 4-H, FFA, and the newly formed Junior Illinois Meat Goat Producers (JIMGP) board. This year Mikayla is serving as the Illinois Meat Goat Producers Ambassador and represents the industry at state wide ABGA shows. Mikayla currently serves on the JABGA board as Secretary and looks forward to meeting new people, learning, and growing in an industry that she has been involved in and passionate about on the local, regional, and national level.
  • Trevor Clemens- President
    What Cheer, Iowa
    trevor9716@gmail.com

    Term Expires – June 30, 2017

    Trevor Clemens of What Cheer, Iowa is the 18 year-old son of Tim Clemens and Lisa Icenbice. His start in the goat industry began as a small 4-H project and quickly evolved into something much larger. He works closely alongside Honey Hollow Farms, Dust Devil Ranch, and Capriole Goat Ranch in the areas of farm labor, fitting, marketing and showing. Trevor has been a JABGA member for seven years and is currently the JABGA President. He loves all aspects of the goat industry; production, reproduction, showing, etc. Trevor says, “The goat industry is currently my passion, and is ultimately my future!” He plans to study Animal Science with an emphasis on small ruminant reproduction in the fall of 2016 at Washington State University.

 

AREA 3

  • Seth Goodwin
    Lewisburg, West Virginia
    goodwinl35@yahoo.com
    Term Expires – June 30, 2018

    My name is SJ Goodwin, I’m very proud to be representing region 3 on the JABGA board! I’m 16 years old & I live in LEWISBURG, WV. My parents Doug & Leigh Ann along with my brother Henry & sister Bryleigh & myself own & operate our family farm Goodwin Farms where we raise quality America Boer goats, grass feed beef & we have a small registered cattle herd! I’m getting ready to start my sophomore year at Greenbier East High School! I’m a member of the Central Willing Workers 4-H club where I’m a member of Greenbrier Co. Livestock judging team & I’m also a member of the LEWISBURG United Methodist church youth group!After high school I hope to continue my Livestock Judging & major in agricultural field! I enjoy showing & being involved in the Boer goat industry & look forward to my next two years on the JABGA Board promoting positive attributes of the American Boer goat and striving for ways to archive economic growth in our industry!
  • Frank Burner- Treasurer
    Inwood, West Virginia
    wvjohndeere@yahoo.com
    Term Expires – June 30, 2017

    Frank is a returning JABGA director for Area 3.  Frank is a junior at Musselman High School in Inwood, WV. He is very active in FFA, serving as Vice-President this year. He is also the President of Southern Cross 4-H Club. He has been in Boer goats for 9 years. He also enjoys raising pigs. Frank really enjoys helping other breeders show at ABGA and JABGA shows. His passion is livestock judging, as can be evidenced with his success in judging contests this past year. He was honored to be part of the WV 4-H Livestock Judging team and compete at the National contest in Louisville. He is very pleased that goats are being added to more of these contests. This shows the trend of Boer goats gaining more respect in the livestock world. Frank looks forward to working on new ideas for the JABGA and building programs that all youth can benefit from.

 

AREA 4

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    Justin Lee
    Winder, Georgia
    leefarmsboers@aol.com
    Term Expires – June 30, 2017

    Hi, my name is Justin Lee and I am excited to represent the JABGA for regional area 4. I am 15 years old and I’m a sophomore at Winder Barrow High School. My family has raised Boer goats my entire life and I have been showing since I could walk. In addition to goats, I have shown pigs through 4 H and FFA. In addition to spending time with my family and being around livestock, my interest involve working on motors and mechanics. I’ve been blessed to live on the same farm my entire life where I help my family with the daily care of not only our goats but also our pigs, cows, rabbits, dogs and horses. This will be my first year on the board of directors but I am looking forward to this opportunity to learn, meet new people, help and represent the association. If there is ever anything I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If I don’t know the answer then I will try to get in touch with the correct person to get you an answer if at all possible.
  • Morganne Savage- Reporter
    Harrison, Arkansas
    mlsavage01@hotmail.com
    Term Expires – June 30, 2017

    Hello, my name is Morganne Savage. I am 16 years old, and I am a junior at Valley Springs High School. I live on a small farm in Harrison, Arkansas, where I currently own 40 head of Boer goats. I started raising and showing Boer goats 9 years ago. I am very active in all school clubs, including FFA, FBLA, and FCCLA. This is my second year representing Area 4 on the National JABGA Board, and I am excited to hold the office of reporter for this year’s.

 

AREA 5

  • Sydney Baty
    Loveland, Colorado
    sydbaty@gmail.com

    Term Expires – June 30, 2018

    Sydney Baty is a senior at Berthoud High School. She plans to run for a state FFA office this coming spring. She is heavily involved in 4-H and FFA. She has served as her 4-H clubs treasure
    and had been the secretary of her FFA chapter where she is the president now. She shows both breeding and market goats and any show she gets the chance to got to. Sydney also shows steers and rabbits. She has been on the Latimer county judging team the past few years and has become successful. She plans to continue in the agriculture industry and also the goat industry.
  • Clint Demmitt
    Bridgeport, Texas
    clintdemmitt@yahoo.com

    Term Expires – June 30, 2017

    I am 14 years old and a Freshman at Paradise High School. I am actively involved in basketball and baseball, as well as FCA and FFA. I am the 2nd Vice President of my 4-H club, and participate on the Wise County Livestock Judging Team. I am a current member of the OBGA, ETGRA, and have been a member of the JABGA for 9 years. My family and I have raised goats as long as I can remember. Currently we have around 30 does and 5 bucks. I enjoy showing my goats at ABGA/JABGA shows.
    I have been blessed to show and win both at the county and state level. This past year I had both the Grand Champion Fullblood Doe and Buck at the State Fair of Texas. I also had the Reserve Grand Champion Percentage doe in the youth show at San Antonio. Showing has allowed me to meet a lot of people and make some really good friends. I am excited about the opportunity of serving on the JABGA board this year. I will do everything I can to represent our organization well.