JRA Board Biographies

President

Kacey Koester - Steele, North Dakota

Kacey Koester is a 19-year-old college sophomore who resides in Steele, North Dakota, and attends North Dakota State University where she is majoring in Animal Science. After completing the first year of her two-year term, she is very excited to serve another year on the board and act as president for the JRA. Kacey grew up raising registered Red Angus and her family markets 18-month-old fall-born bulls through their annual production sale. In high school, she was very active in 4-H, FFA, sports and various other leadership roles. In college, she stays busy with the Saddle & Sirloin club as well as the Judging Club. She is proud to be serving as one of the Region 2 directors and cannot wait to meet more junior members.

Director and First Vice President

Genna VanWye - Atlanta, Illinois

Genna VanWye of Atlanta, Illinois, will be representing Region C in the coming year. This is Genna’s second year serving on the board of directors and she is excited to see what the year has in store. Genna is an 18-year-old college freshman. She graduated from Olympia High School and will be attending Iowa State University this fall. She plans on majoring in Animal Science. Genna grew up on a registered Red Angus cow-calf and commercial operation. In high school Genna was involved in FFA, National Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, Student Bank Board, Class Board, Freshman Mentor Program, softball, volleyball, 4-H and church activities. Genna plans on being involved in several cattle and agriculture oriented clubs in the coming year. Genna is most excited to meet more junior members and to help plan junior events.

Director and Second Vice President

Joseph Groce - Lexington, North Carolina

Joseph Groce is a 21-year-old college Junior who attends North Carolina A&T State University where he is studying Animal Science with a concentrate in Industry. He lives in Lexington, North Carolina, where he has a small herd of registered Red Angus, Black Angus and Herefords, along with a small herd of feeder steers in which he sells the meat to restaurants. While maintaining and showing cattle, Joseph has also been very active in FFA, 4-H and special-needs shows in which he has shown with his friend Emily for nine straight years. Serving his second year on the National Board as second vice president, Joseph is very excited to meet many new Juniors who have the same mindset as him!

Director

Royce McPhee-Bayha - Lodi, California

Royce McPhee-Bayha is a fourth-generation cattle rancher that lives on 350-head mother cow pPurebred Red Angus operation. At just over 18, Royce has been a heavily involved showman since he began his showing career for the first time at the Red Western Classic at just eight years old. Royce currently owns a herd of 24 mother cows and continues to focus on raising performance Red Angus. He has successfully consigned bulls and females to various bull tests and consignment sales across the country. He also sells yearling bulls and heifers at his family’s annual sale in September. Royce looks forward to his first year as a National Junior Red Angus Board member, and he is excited to meet new members of the JRA.

Director

Savannah Howard - Shelby, North Carolina

Savannah Howard is 18 years old and from Shelby, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Crest High School, and will attend North Carolina State University in the fall. Savannah plans to double major in Poultry and Animal Science. She is excited to be serving the Eastern Region for the next two years as a JRA representative. Savannah has a passion for the Red Angus breed and spends much of her time in the show ring in and around North Carolina. Her family has helped her to develop a small herd of registered Red Angus cattle for breeding. Savannah is eager to learn from this opportunity and excited to serve on the JRA Board.