State 4-H Leadership Teams
Meet the Leadership Team
2014-2015 State 4-H Officers
Officers for 2014-2015 are, front from left, Makayla Richardson of Dona Ana County, Secretary; Britt Dixon of Chaves County, Treasurer; Sullivan Woodall of Dona Ana County, Song and Recreation Leader. Back row from left to right: Wade Roberts of Taos County, Parliamentarian; Wade Stearns of Lincoln County, President; Jami Maestas of Guadalupe County, Reporter, and Rhett Grant of De Baca County, Vice -President.
President - Wade Stearns
Wade Stearns, from Lincoln County, was chosen as the 4-H State President at this year’s 4-H State Conference. He has served as a State Ambassador, Lincoln County Council officer for three years and Rockin’H 4-H Club officer for four years. “4-H has made me who I am today,” said Stearns, 16, of Capitan. Son of Robert and Michelle Stearns, Wade has received honors as outstanding novice, junior and senior for his record books. He shows hogs, lamb and dairy heifers, and was honored as senior showman at the New Mexico State Fair for his dairy heifers.
Vice President - Rhett Grant
“The 4-H Program has taught me a lot in the years I have been involved” said Rhett Grant, 17 of Fort Sumner, in De Baca County. “This is my way of giving back.” Grant was elected as the 4-H State Vice-President at this year’s 4-H State Conference. Son of Kevin and Renee Grant, Rhett has received honors as De Baca County 4-H Council Vice President, 2014 State 4-H Record Book winner, De Baca County Valley 4-H Club President, and De Baca County Outstanding Senior in 2013.
Secretary - Makayla Richardson
“I want to make a difference in someone’s life and help them with their goals,” Makayla Richardson of Dona Ana County said. “I wanted to be a 4-H State Officer because of all the opportunities that come with this job.” Richardson holds the State Secretary position. Daughter of Rick and Janelda Richardson, Makayla participates in showing beef cattle, rodeo and competing in leadership and public speaking events. She is the Dona Ana County 4-H Council President, representing youth at statewide events. She has also received the Novice Honor Award, Junior Honor Award, took 3rd place as part of the State Parliamentary Procedures Team and was the 4-H State Portfolio winner.
Treasurer - Britt Dixon
Britt Dixon, 16, of Roswell was elected as the 4-H State Treasurer. Son of Traci and Barry Dixon, Britt has received honors as vice president of Chavez County 4-H Council and Berrendo 4-H Club. He has held office seats as President, Secretary, Reporter, Parliamentarian, Recreational Leader and a Council and State Representative. “I strive to leave an impact on an organization that has helped in defining who I am,” said Dixon.
Reporter - Jami Maestas
“I want to promote 4-H throughout New Mexico and get more youth involved with this amazing program that has done so much to better tomorrow’s future,” Jami Maestas from Guadalupe County, has said. Maestas was elected as the 4-H State Reporter for the 2014-2015 year. Daughter of Kenneth and Teresa Maestas, Jami has received honors as State Song and Recreation leader, received outstanding 4-H member award and several excellence certificates. She has been the junior leader for 4-H Home Ec School, twice, and won the 4-H mousepad design contest in 2012. Jami is also a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, showing rabbits throughout the state. She shows various animals throughout the Guadalupe County Fair, New Mexico State Fair and the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.
Parliamentarian - Wade Roberts
Wade Roberts, 16, from Taos County, son of Carl and Sheila, was elected as the 4-H State Parliamentarian. Wade has received honors as the 2013 New Mexico State 4-H Diplomat, and 2014 president of Taos County 4-H Council. “I enjoy the camaraderie of everyone,” said Roberts.
Song and Rec - Sullivan Woodall
“I wanted to be a State 4-H Officer because I want to make 4-H as much fun for other members as it was for me,” says Sullivan Woodall, newly elected State Song and Recreation leader from Dona Ana County. Son of Christopher and Melissa Woodall, Sullivan is currently enrolled in the horse, shooting sports, leather craft, photography, and poultry projects of 4-H. Woodall is home schooled. He has received three honors for his record books. He holds a seat as Dona Ana County council treasurer and has been a State 4-H Ambassador.
2014 Ambassadors and Diplomats
Left to Right:
Molly Thomas-Bernalillo County, Ambassador, Kaitlyn Eldred-Bernalillo County, Ambassador, Kelsey Hayes-Bernalillo County, Diplomat, Sean Owensby-Union County, Diplomat, Ethan Grant-Bernalillo County, Ambassador and Kylie Hutchison-Lincoln County, Diplomat
State 4-H Leadership Team Applications
The leadership team consists of senior 4-H members that are officers, diplomats, and ambassadors. Certification and/or applications for State Officer positions are sent out by the State 4-H Office in late spring and must be returned to the State 4-H Office by mid June. Certification and/or applications for State Ambassador and Diplomat positions are sent out by the State 4-H Office in August and must be returned to the State 4-H Office by mid November.