JRA Board of Directors

2022-2023 Junior Red Angus Board of Directors

Cameron Ison

  • Cameron Ison

Cameron is the son of Rob Ison and Jenny Wallin of Paducah, Kentucky, where he is a senior at McCracken County High School. Cameron currently serves as the Purchase Region FFA President as well as the Jr. President of the McCracken County FFA chapter. He uses both of those opportunities to advocate for the beef industry and the Red Angus breed. As a board member, he hopes to learn from successful beef industry leaders and further the work toward sustainable beef production in the fescue fields common to the Ohio River Valley.

Leah Evans

  • Leah Evans

Leah Evans is the daughter of Tom and Julie Evans of Washington, Iowa. Leah graduated from Kirkwood Community College with a degree in agricultural business, works on the family farm and provides design and marketing services for agricultural companies. Leah is very active in the agricultural industry through Iowa Junior Red Angus, Washington County Cattlemen’s and other activities. As a board member, Leah plans to advocate for the Red Angus breed, get more juniors involved and expand her knowledge in the industry

Peri Andras

  • Peri Andras

Peri Andras is the 17-year-old daughter of Will and Kim Andras of Manchester, Illinois. She will be starting her senior year of high school this fall. Peri is active in FFA and 4-H, where she serves as President and Vice President, respectively. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Morgan-Scott CEO program. Peri looks forward to serving the Red Angus breed and encouraging others to pursue leadership roles.

Mitchell VanderWal

  • Mitchell VanderWal

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.

Emma Ahrendsen

  • Emma Ahrendsen

Emma Ahrendsen is the daughter of Brian and Karla Ahrendsen and is from Sioux Rapids, Iowa, where she graduated from Sioux Central High School in 2021. During high school, she was involved in football and basketball cheer, individual and large group speech, student government, NHS, FFA, 4-H, track and field, band and choir, and the Iowa Junior Red Angus Association. As a board member, Emma hopes to encourage members to get more involved. She is very excited to serve on the board and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Natalie Evans

  • Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans is the 17-year old daughter of Sean and Amy Evans. She and her family run a small commercial and registered Red Angus cattle operation near Jacksonville, Illinois. Natalie is a junior at Routt Catholic High School where she has been on the High Honor Roll for five semesters, competes in varsity track and is a member of the cheer squad. She has been a part of the East Side Juniors 4-H club for the past eight years, where she has held the office of president, vice-president and secretary. Additionally, she is a member of the Morgan/Scott County 4-H Federation. Natalie is very passionate about Red Angus and wants to become even more knowledgeable about the breed while developing strong relationships with other members and breeders.