State 4-H Leadership Teams
Meet the Leadership Team
2014-2015 State 4-H Officers
The 2015-2016 New Mexico 4-H state officers were elected during the 4-H State Conference in July. They have begun planning many activities for their fellow 4-H members. This year’s officers are Britt Dixon of Eddy County, president; Abby Spindle of Santa Fe County, vice president; Clay Bob Stearns of Lincoln County, secretary; Sean Owensby of Union County, treasurer; Kaly Cone of Roosevelt County, reporter; Joshua Knight of Bernalillo County, parliamentarian; Kaitlin Spradley of San Juan County, song and recreation leader.
As members of the state officer team they will plan and conduct Youth Get-Away, State Conference and provide county and multi-county leadership workshops. They will also contact public officials on 4-H-related matters and help at the New Mexico State Fair.
President - Britt Dixon
Britt Dixon, from Chaves County, was chosen as the 4-H state president at this year’s 4-H State Conference. He has served as the State 4-H Treasurer, Chaves County council officer and Berrend 4-H club president. “To me, 4-H is leaders training leaders for our future.” Said Dixon, 17, of Roswell. Son of Barry and Traci Dixon, Britt shows lamb and goats on county, state and national levels.
Vice President - Abby Spindle
“I have had so many opportunities through 4-H and I want to ensure that others enjoy and participate in them just as I have,” said Abby Spindle, 15 of Moriarty, in Santa Fe County. “I have applied what I’ve learned in 4-H in every aspect of my life.” Spindle was elected as the 4-H state vice-president. Daughter ofTom and Becky Spindle, Abby shows steers, heifers and pigs and has received high awards in those classes.
Secretary - Clay Bob Stearns
“4-H has given me so much and this is my way of giving back,” Clay Bob Stearns of Lincoln County said. “I want to serve.” Stearns holds the state secretary position. Son of Robert and Michelle Richardson, Clay Bob participates in many different projects. He is the Lincoln County 4-H Council Vice President, as well as his clubs vice - president. He has also received overall novice, junior, and senior awards, livestock and achievement awards.
Treasurer - Sean Owensby
Sean Owensby, 17, of Des Moines was elected as the 4-H state treasurer. Son of Raymond and Kathy Owensby, Sean has held office seat as a state 4-H diplomat, county council president, and club president and treasurer. “Through 4-H I have experiences many things and want to help others have similar experiences,” said Owensby.
Reporter - Kaly Cone
“I would like to strengthen all my leadership skills, but I would particularly like to focus on positive communication skills and on collaborating effectively with individuals who are very different than me or have very different interests than I do,” Kaly Cone from Roosevelt County, said. Cone was elected as the 4-H state reporter. Daughter of Mike and Karen Cone, Kaly has received grand champion honors with her steers, beef heifers and dairy heifers as well as a number of showmanship awards. She has also competed in wildlife, dairy and livestock judging, livestock skill-a-thon, favorite foods, prepared public speaking, and poetry, winning top honors either individually or as a team. “4-H has provided me with many skills and qualities that I will need to be a successful adult.”
Parliamentarian - Joshua Knight
Joshua Knight, 18, from Bernalillo County, son of Josh and Jennifer Knight, was elected as the 4-H state parliamentarian. Josh is very involved in the shooting sports projects and has placed high in competitions he has entered. He is also enrolled in the beef, lamb, goat, and leadership projects. “4-H is a program that helps young people grow and develop themselves into great leaders while helping them develop skills they can use later in life to further themselves in their career paths” said Knight.
Song and Rec - Katelin Spradley
“I want to inspire and enable other 4-H members to become leaders in their own clubs, counties, and state,” says Katelin Spradley, newly elected state song and recreation leader from San Juan County. Daughter of Craig and Casey Spradley, Katelin is currently enrolled in the beef, lamb, public speaking and leadership projects. She has received many awards in livestock judging and livestock skillathon contests as well as the overall agriculture record book award, and first place in prepared and impromptu public speaking at the county level.
2015 Ambassadors and Diplomats
Diplomats Top Row: Lilly McCarty-Valencia County, Tanah Lowe-Grant County. Bottom Row: Carli Allbright-Dona Ana County, Madison Sutliff-McKinley County,
Ambassadors Top Row: Elisa Davidson-Dona Ana County, Nicky Litherland-San Miguel County, Kara Burton-Colfax County. Bottom Row: Bobby Woodall-Dona Ana County.
State 4-H Leadership Team Applications
The leadership team consists of senior 4-H members that are officers, diplomats, and ambassadors. Certification and/or applications for State Officer positions are sent out by the State 4-H Office in late spring and must be returned to the State 4-H Office by mid June. Certification and/or applications for State Ambassador and Diplomat positions are sent out by the State 4-H Office in August and must be returned to the State 4-H Office by mid November.