Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp Graduate Leaders

Sixteen women farm and ranch executives graduated today from the spring session of the Women’s Communications Boot Camp hosted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The intensive four-day course taken by agricultural leaders included practical sessions related to public speaking, working with the media and messaging. Graduates will use their training in a variety of ways, such as participating in local media opportunities to strategically support Farm Bureau policy work, sharing information with elected officials, and joining social media campaigns that highlight the farming today.

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Row 1 (left to right): Barbara Rogers-Scharneck, Massachusetts; Megan Jernigan, Tennessee; Therese Gottbrath, Indiana; Stacey Lauwers, Michigan; and Melanie Fink, Pennsylvania.
Row 2 (left to right): Isabella Chism, Indiana, AFB Women’s Steering Committee Chair; Jana Carroll, Arkansas; Emma Alexander, Missouri; Allison Cooper, North Carolina; Jennifer Duvall, Georgia; Sharla Mortimer, Ariz.; Sara Scyphers, Virginia; Melissa Huggett, Kentucky; Shawn Wood, Ariz.; Carie Moore, North Dakota; Kayla Griffith, Maryland; Roxi McCormick, Colorado; and Margaret Gladden, member of the AFB Women’s Steering Committee.

“Through this training, we are equipping women leaders with tools and skills they can use to effectively communicate about agriculture in their communities and to the Farm Bureau at local, state and national levels,” said Isabella Chism, Indiana row crop farmer and president. of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee.

The Boot Camp graduates are Sharla Mortimer, Arizona; Shawn Wood, Ariz.; Jana Carroll, Arkansas; Roxi McCormick, Colorado; Jennifer Duvall, Georgia; Therese Gottbrath, Indiana; Melissa Huggett, Kentucky; Kayla Griffith, Maryland; Barbara Rogers-Scharneck, Massachusetts; Stacey Lauwers, Michigan; Emma Alexander, Missouri; Allison Cooper, North Carolina; Carie Moore, North Dakota; Melanie Fink, Pennsylvania; Megan Jernigan, Tennessee; and Sarah Scyphers, Virginia.

“The AFBF is proud to continue to offer this training, which provides a framework for participants to increase their engagement with consumers and elected officials while exploring new leadership roles,” said AFBF President, Zippy Duvall.

This is the 16th year of the program, which has 239 graduates and is open to all women involved in Farm Bureau.

“It was such a privilege to attend the Women’s Communication Boot Camp to learn how to communicate on agricultural issues,” said Barbara Rogers-Scharneck. “I am excited to use my skills to help consumers as well as elected officials better understand the importance of agriculture.” Rogers-Scharneck owns a farm and garden center in Massachusetts and is a member of the AFBF Promotion and Education Committee.

The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, in partnership with AFBF staff, organizes and delivers training for the Women’s Communications Boot Camp. A fall session of Boot Camp will take place from October 31 to November 3, with applications opening in June.

Photos from this event can be downloaded at after 4 p.m. EDT.


mike tomko
Director, Communications
(202) 406-3642
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Bailey Corvin
Media Relations Specialist
(202) 406-3643
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