Selected from the 90 nominations received from county Farm Bureaus across the state, 18 promising young Farm Bureau members have been selected to take part in the 2020-21 ProFILE program:
- Kathleen Blust — Oakland County
- Emily Boeve — Ottawa County
- Casey Bozung — Van Buren County
- Sara Bronkema — Ottawa County
- Marianne Buza — Huron County
- Jacob Carruthers — Manistee County
- Alisha Gibson — Kalamazoo County
- Brandon Hotchkin — Jackson County
- Charles Loveland — Jackson County
- Matt Marston — Livingston County
- Michael Mathis — Oakland County
- Nathan McGuire — Antrim County
- Dirk Okkema — Mecosta County
- Terry Page — Ionia County
- Michael Sell — Wayne County
- Brenda Sisung — Clinton County
- Amanda Sollman — Saginaw County
- Cody Tyrell — Huron County
ProFile’s 15-month agenda of leadership and professional development activities, including expert speakers, involvement opportunities and visits to ag-industry sites in Michigan and nearby states. It gets under way in January 2020 with orientation at the MFB home office in Lansing and a visit to Carhartt’s headquarters in Dearborn.
Meetings in February and March will include participation in MFB’s Washington Legislative Seminar. The busy summertime offers an optional picnic outing before the schedule ramps back up again in September and a flurry of activity the following winter.
In January 2021 participants will embark on a five-day multistate bus trip, then take part in MFB’s Lansing Legislative Seminar the following month before the program concludes with a graduation ceremony in March 2021.
Established in 1990, ProFILE is an intensive leadership development course for the best and brightest young Farm Bureau members ages 25-35. Prospective participants are first nominated by their county Farm Bureaus then selected by an MFB staff panel based on the strength of their applications.