Mitchell VanderWal is the son of Jeff and Beth VanderWal of Brentford, South Dakota. In May 2021, Mitchell graduated from Northwestern High School where he was involved in FFA, FBLA, FCA, track, football, band, chorus, drama, robotics, and Student Council. He has shown cattle, sheep and pigs through 4-H and numerous breed associations since a young age. As a board member he hopes to be an influential leader in the breed and agriculture. He believes his extensive experience and passion for leadership, cattle, and agriculture will provide a foundation for his board service.