CFAES Outstanding Seniors of 2006 and 2007; Where are they now?

Each year the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences recognizes 20 outstanding seniors at the annual recognition program. Join us in taking a look back of the outstanding seniors from our department over the past few years.


Rob Brokaw
Graduating in 2006, Rob Brokaw earned his bachelor’s degree, majoring in Agricultural Education. Currently located in Zanesville, Ohio, is now and Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor in New Lexington Middle School. Brokaw is also a hunter safety instructor, coach, father, husband, and a farmer.

Marlene Eick
Majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education, Marlene Eick earned her bachelor’s degree in 2006. She is now located in Radnor, Ohio as the co-owner of Herdmark Media.

Other students recognized as Outstanding Seniors from our department include:
Rebecca (Gibbs) Converse
Grant Davis
Caryn (Hoerst) Filson
Cara Lawson
Jenny (Engle) Wensink
Stephanie Zimmerman



There were eleven students from the Department of Human and Community Resource Development (now Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership) recognized as Outstanding Seniors at the 2007 CFAES Annual Recognition Program.

Mike Derringer
Graduating in 2007, Mike Derringer majored in Agricultural Education. He is now living in Oxford, Ohio, employed with Talawanda High School/Butler Technology CDC. Since graduation, Derringer married Alison (Gentry) Derringer in 2009, has had two children, Miranda and Audrey, with a third on the way! He is also active in Preble County Farm Bureau, West Elkton United Methodist Church, and is an OHSAA football referee. He loves his career and would like to give credit to CFAES and HCRD for getting him started.

Leah (Finney) Curtis
Leah Curtis graduated with a degree in Agricultural Communications in 2007, and is currently employed as the Director of Agricultural Law at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Located in Columbus, Ohio, Leah oversees the legal policy activities of Ohio’s largest general farm organization. Her favorite part of the job is coordinating OFBF’s involvement at the Ohio Supreme Court as an amicus party in cases that could have substantial effect upon agriculture. Leah is married to another ACEL graduate, Ryan Curtis, and has one child.

Katy (Wuthrick) Mumaw
Majoring in Agricultural Communications, Katy Mumaw earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007. She is now located in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving as the Online Experience and Senior Content Manager for the National FFA Organization. Her responsibilities include overseeing the websites and keeping the users’ online experience consistent and friendly. She also writes and edits a copy for their various communication channels. Since starting at the National FFA Organization more than eight years ago, Mumaw has had at least one fellow Buckeye in her office! She says, “Buckeye Nation is alive and well!”

Cassandra (Yantis) Palsgrove
Majoring in Agricultural Education, Cassandra Palsgrove earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007. She then continued to further her education and earned her master’s degree in 2010. She taught Agricultural Education for six years, before heading to Columbus to work with state level programming. She is now located in Pickerington, Ohio as the Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Education Program Specialist with the Ohio Department of Education. She has been happily married to Brent Palsgrove since 2009 and they have two children, Carter (age 5) and McKinley (age 3).

Laura (Stacklin) Ringler
Laura Ringler majored in Agricultural Education and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007. She is now an Agricultural Educator, in Shelby, Ohio, and an FFA Advisor at Plymouth High School. Earlier in 2015, Ringler was also selected at the 2015 Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators as an Outstanding Young Member.


Laura Stacklin Ringler and two of her agricultural education students.

Emily Wickham
Emily graduated with a degree in agricultural communication and now resides in Grandview Heights, Ohio and is the student service coordinator for the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at Ohio State. She also advises several student organizations. In the past 8 years, Emily has spent her personal time crossing items off of her ‘bucket list’ including running half-marathons and traveling to new cities around the country. Her current office in Agricultural Administration was her academic advisors office when she was a student.

Other students recognized as Outstanding Seniors from our department include:
Alison (Gentry) Derringer, Agricultural Education
Stacey (Mullins) O’Diam, Agricultural Communication
Carmen Russel, Agricultural Education
Whitney (Beck) Short, Agricultural and Extension education
Anna (Leis) Smith, Agricultural Education
Deanna (Lennartz) Wenning, Agricultural Education 


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