Meet the 2018-19 AQHYA Officers and Directors
Olivia Tordoff to lead AQHYA as president after elections at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar.
By Larri Jo Starkey | June 25, 2018
The American Quarter Horse Journal
New AQHYA officers and directors for 2018-19 were named June 30 during the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar in Bryan, Texas.
Candidates went through an interview process, gave speeches and were asked questions throughout the seminar.
After the extensive process, these are the new officers and directors:
President: Olivia Tordoff of Powell, Ohio
First Vice President: Kylie Good of East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Second Vice President: Charles Lee of McAllen, Texas
Executive Member: Caleb Sturgeon of Beloit, Ohio
Executive Member: Sierra Walter of Hydro, Oklahoma
AQHYA directors for 2018-19 are:
Isabella Laguna of Snoqualmie, Washington
Jacqueline Potwora of Eugene, Oregon
Samantha Pratt of Monroe, Oregon
Delaney Dickens of Omaha, Nebraska
Shelby Holmes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Adilynn Friesen of Sutton, Nebraska
Justin Eddy of Rocheport, Missouri
Lauren Lounsbury of Cumming, Iowa
Abby McCormick of Indianola, Iowa
James Heitzner of St. Clements, Ontario
Kendall Manlief of Rushville, Indiana
Maggie Sever of Hebron, Indiana
Morgan Hipkens of Kirkville, New York
R.J. Shepard of Harrington, Delaware
Trinity Packard of Slatington, Pennsylvania
Morgan Farrell, of Mesa, Arizona
Alexis Tretschok of Tucson
Claire Lee of McAllen, Texas
Jessi Monnin of Winnsboro, Louisiana
Macy Blackwell of Loranger, Louisiana
Bailey Carwile of Kilmichael, Mississippi
Sydney Nicholls of Harrisburg, North Carolina
Olivia is a high school senior who also serves as president of the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association and president of the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association. Olivia is dedicated to representing the voice of youth membership. Her goal is to encourage a supportive and positive atmosphere in all facets of AQHYA.
Kylie returns for her second term as AQHYA first vice president. She is a freshman at York College. Active involvement in her community has brought Kylie an awareness of the importance of members being heard. She strives to make AQHYA an association that members choose to be active in by shaping it to their liking. She is committed to being the voice of the organization and hopes to continue to do so in her last year in AQHYA.
Charles is a freshman at Texas A&M University. Active in both AQHYA and the Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association, Charles understands the value of communication in an organization. He strives to strengthen membership by promoting youth programs and scholarships while maintaining open communication between AQHYA and its affiliates.
Caleb is a high school senior who returns for a second term as an AQHYA officer. In 2017-18, he was second vice president. As chairman of the international committee, Caleb aspires to bring connectedness to youth members around the world. He feels that it is important to reach every member, regardless of location. Caleb’s goal is to continue promoting international communication.
Sierra is a high school senior. As a director, Sierra has worked to promote AQHYA at various horse shows. She wants to amplify youth membership through team-building activities at large shows and bring connectedness to the organization. Sierra plans to continue her outreach and education, hoping to expand her reach as a national officer.