Ag Promotion Conference Speakers
During the New York Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl run, much of their inspiration is attributed to Gian Paul Gonzalez (pronounced John-Paul). Prior to the Giant’s Christmas Eve game with the NY Jets, Gonzalez delivered the now famous “ALL IN” rally cry message during the Giants’ chapel service and is now widely recognized as having inspired the New York Giants to their Super Bowl victory and was featured on ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday, and has had notable appearances on Fox News, ABC and CNN. He has traveled across the nation as a motivational speaker for the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, to the Army Cadets at West Point, United States Air Force, Anheuser-Busch, Sam’s Club, Patch.com, PNC Bank, DSW Shoes as well as many other corporate, athletic, government agencies, and educational institutions.
Gonzalez, a high school teacher in Union City, N.J., was asked to lead a chapel service for members of the New York Giants team the night before the team’s Christmas Eve 2011 game against the New York Jets. There was little hope then that the team would make it to the playoffs.
Jennifer is a transplant to Goldfinch Meadows. The farm has been in her husbands family since 1976. But her roots go back much further. Prior to becoming part of Swatara State Park, her great-grandparents owned the County Line farm in Pine Grove. The farmhouse was in Lebanon County, the barn In Schulkill County.
In 2015, Jennifer and her husband purchased Goldfinch Meadows from her mother in laws estate in order to make sure it stayed a farm and stayed in the family. Shortly after the birth of her son in 2016, Jennifer left her off-farm career to stay home and wrangle toddlers and her grass fed beef herd.
Heidi Flory is a wife, mother, and co-owner of a nursery swine and hereford cow-calf operation in Hegins, PA with her husband Steve. She founded PA Farm to Family Table +, a facebook group dedicated to connecting producers and consumers directly in Pennsylvania, as well as educating consumers on common agriculture practices. She holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security: Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense, and is an outspoken advocate for modern agriculture. Heidi is also an animal and poultry welfare officer and has recently completed training as an odor and nutrient management specialist. In addition to farming, she works in biomedical research and is the Administrative Director of Cardiac Surgery Research for the Penn State College of Medicine.
Jessica Herr grew up on her family’s generational dairy, poultry, and crop farm in the heart of Lancaster County, PA. Through high school, she was an active member of the FFA and held leadership positions both at the local and county level. After graduating from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 2020, Jess interviewed and was elected to serve as the 2020-2021 Pennsylvania FFA State Secretary.
Following her year of service within the FFA, Jess currently attends Penn State University, Berks Campus, where she is studying Agricultural and Extension Education, pursuing minors in Leadership Development and Corporate Communication. In the future, Jess plans to work in the agricultural industry in a role that allows her to effectively tell the story of American Agriculture. In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time with friends and family, journaling, and working in her flower garden.
Emma Musser is a freshman at the Pennsylvania State Majoring in Agricultural Sciences. Having a passion for agriculture education, Emma served as the 2020-2021 State Chaplain on the Pennsylvania FFA State Officer Team. A Lancaster County native, Emma was active in the 4H clubs livestock clubs and participated on the livestock judging, skillathon and square-dancing teams for many years. Starting her own custom art business a year ago and completing 110+ projects in her first year, Musser enjoys painting, calligraphy and using her God-given gift. She is a part-time art teacher at the Lancaster Academy for the Performing Arts and also works at Floral Designs of Mount Joy. Emma has a heart for agriculture, art, faith and education. She is excited to see what the Lord has in store for her future.
Julia Recko serves as the Director of Education Outreach for the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Catholic University of America and her Masters of Education from George Mason University. In her current role with the Foundation Julia manages Feeding Minds Press, marketing, educational resource development, and the Book of the Year program. Julia currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Nick and their two daughters
Raechel Sattazahn is the knowledge center director with AgChoice Farm Credit, which serves more than 10,000 customer-owners located throughout central, western and northern Pennsylvania. At AgChoice, Raechel is responsible for the Association’s customer education efforts, programs for young, beginning and small farmers, industry relations and government relations.
Raechel Sattazahn is part of Zahncroft Dairy LLC with her husband, Doug, and his family. The farm is located in Womelsdorf, Pa. and has about 250 milking cows. Raechel is also part of her family’s farm operation, McCalls Ferry Farm, LLC, in Airville, Pa. that sells beef to local consumers.
Raechel graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and a minor in Agribusiness Management. She also holds a MBA in Food and Agribusiness from Delaware Valley University.
Christopher Szkutak is an award winning program developer and certified educator who specializes in developing standards based educational programs for students and adults. He has worked with a variety of different organizations from local historical societies to state and national organizations. Currently, Christopher is a high school math teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, where he developed a class that incorporates hands on activities and agriculture to help students make mathematical decisions. He also serves a member of the Board of Directors and Technical Consultant for Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom. He has a BA in Political Science and Math from College of the Holy Cross and a MSC in U.S. History from the University of London.