In my very first blog to anything, I thought I would introduce Chad and I as the new Region 1 Officers and give you some background on what makes us tick!
Chad Massar from Montana was elected as the Region 1 Secretary:
Chad was born and raised in a small agriculture community in the mountains of Southwest Montana called Sheridan. Living and working on the family owned beef cattle ranch instilled the love of agriculture in him. Growing up he swore he'd never be a teacher as his mother was, but in high school realized that his love of agriculture and working with teenagers was his calling.
After receiving his BA in Agriculture Education from Montana State University in Bozeman, Chad began teaching in Chinook, MT in 1997, where he stayed for four years. Since then he has been teaching agriculture education at Joliet High School in South Central Montana. This is a small school with 130 students grades 9-12, of which about half take one or more of the agriculture education classes. The curriculum includes every aspect of agriculture included in the career cluster model.
Chad has been very involved in the leadership of the Montana Agriculture Teachers and NAAE. He served as MAAE President 2008-09, has served as Regional and National Marketing Chair, is a State Trainer for National Quality Program Standards, currently sits on the National Teach Ag Campaign Advisory Board, and is a DuPont Agriscience Ambassador.
Chad has one son, Cayson (6) whom is the delight of his life. Chad enjoys spending time with his son in the outdoors of Montana through fishing, hunting, and camping as well as helping family and friends involved in the livestock and crop production industries.
Nick Nelson from Oregon was elected as the Region 1 Vice President:
The career goal I had set when I was in high school was to become a veterinarian. This was spurred by my dad, who was a high school agriculture teacher. I had the opportunity to serve as an Oregon State FFA Officer and through that year of leadership and promotion of FFA, I learned that I liked working with students. From that point I entered college with the career choice of agriculture education.
I received an Associates of Science Degree from Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA, and then transferred to California State University at Chico where I earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Agriculture. I was on the livestock judging team at both schools and was elected to the publicity chair of the California Young Cattlemen's Association. Upon graduation at Chico, I decided to come back to Oregon and get my Masters of Teaching at Oregon State University.
I have taught high school agriculture at two outstanding programs, both of which were entirely different from each other. North Clackamas was Portland suburbia and Hermiston was a very progressive agriculture community. While teaching high school agriculture I was fortunate enough to have a student win the National FFA Public Speaking CDE and a student selected as a National FFA Officer.
Upon moving to the college ranks at Blue Mountain Community College, we have expanded the student population to all-time highs and are looking at expanding our offerings to a Veterinary Technician Program in the next couple of years. I re-established the livestock judging team that travels and competes on a national level and also serve as the Young Farmers and Ranchers Advisor.
I am married with two kids. My wife, Chrissy, is the manager of the Pendleton Round-Up. My daughter Kelli is in the second grade and is very active in Jr. Rodeo. My son Vance is in Kindergarten and is becoming a tremendous wrestler and calf riding champion. We are very active in Red Angus cattle offering bulls in cooperation with Lorenzen Ranches Bull Sale. In my spare time I judge junior livestock shows in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Idaho. I also am a professional auctioneer and a leather-crafter.