Angus names director of events and education

Farm Forum

The American Angus Association announces Jaclyn Upperman as the breed organization’s new director of events and education. Upperman will manage the Association’s event schedule and further develop educational programs for its more than 25,000 members.

“For a kid who grew up in the Angus community, my role with the Association is the definition of the perfect career,” Upperman says. “I am beyond thrilled to serve our members by bringing them top-notch events, valuable educational programs and so much more.”

A Pennsylvania native, Upperman was an active member of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and was a representative on the NJAA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. She joined the American Angus Association in July 2013 as the director of junior activities.

“During her past year of service to the junior program, Jaclyn has shown great dedication and commitment to our breed and its entire membership,” says Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer. “She is well equipped to bring fresh ideas and energy to both the youth and adult programs.”

Upperman will be responsible for managing, organizing and implementing the Association’s educational activities, livestock exhibitions and junior programs. Upperman will work with members to coordinate events, including the annual Beef Leaders Institute, Cattlemen’s Boot Camps and the National Junior Angus Show, as well as provide assistance in planning the first-ever Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show, scheduled for Nov. 4-6 in Kansas City, Mo.

Together with Ashley Mitchell, assistant director of events and education, the department targets activities for both youth and adults alike, which is a change in the organization’s previous departmental structure. Combining the junior and adult activities planning will allow staff to streamline processes, provide faster responses, and overall, better serve members across the country.

Upperman also oversees the Association’s award programs, including the Angus Heritage Foundation, Historic Herd and Century Awards. In addition, Upperman is responsible for coordinating more than 15 nationwide Roll of Victory Shows throughout the year.

Prior to joining the Angus team, Upperman was employed by the American Chianina Association as the director of activities and junior programs.

Contact Upperman with any questions relating to the upcoming National Junior Angus Show in Indianapolis or other Angus activities held throughout the year.

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