Young Ag Professionals State Committee

Young Ag Professionals

Committee Director
Justin Clapper

Committee Chair
To be determined

Vice Chair
Simon Itle, District 12

Leadership Co-Chair
Simon Itle, District 12
Sarah Kerstetter, District 10

Promotions Sub-Committee Chair
Zach and Brittany Speer, District 15 

Secretary
Chloe Sees, District 7

Please note: home county is italicized.

District 1
Zach Jones
570.267.8239 | zjones@waynecountypa.gov
Susquehanna, Wayne/Pike, Wyoming/Lackawanna

District 2 
Matt La Brie
Bucks, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton

I grew up in Lehigh county, working on a local farm that has been around since the 1800’s. As we have a little of everything going on the farm with angus cattle, hay, corn, wheat and Christmas trees that are distributed locally. I’m currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University, hoping to go into the agriculture industry.

Courtney LoveDistrict 3
Courtney Love
610.621.7836 | cdl51590@gmail.com
Berks, Chester/Delaware, Montgomery

Courtney Love aims to balance life on her family’s SimAngus cow-calf operation in Plowville, Pa., and work as the Special Sections Editor for the Lancaster Farming Newspaper. Love has always been active within her Berks County agricultural community as a member of Berks County Dairy Beef Club 4-H and Twin Valley FFA in her youth. Today, she volunteers with the Berks County Fair, Berks County 4-H Development board and Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association. As a committee member, she looks toward meeting and working with other Pennsylvania Young Ag professionals within her region.

District 4
Vacant
Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill/Carbon

District 5
Philip Lehman
814.367.8167 | philip.lehman2@yahoo.com
Bradford-Sullivan,McKean/Potter, Tioga

District 6
Lauren Brooks
Centre, Clinton, Lycoming

Chloe SeesDistrict 7
Chloe Sees
570.317.7095 | SeesCs8852@delval.edu
Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union

Chloe Sees grew up in Montour County, active in her county 4H. Currently Chloe is majoring in Agricultural Education at Delaware Valley University with hopes to become a high school Ag teacher. On campus she serves as the Inter-Club Council president, Ducks Unlimited vice president, and Collegiate Farm Bureau treasurer. Chloe has competed in the Collegiate Discussion Meet representing DelVal and PA at the 2019 Fusion Conference. At home, Chloe lives with her boyfriend Kyle Whitmoyer and their blue heeler puppy Krone. The couple, along with Kyle’s younger brother Ethan, operate a cow to calf operation. Additionally, the trio have recently taken on the challenge of converting 160 acres of fields to organic grains and forages. Beyond their own farming, the group runs a custom hay business during the summer months. When not at school or on the farm, Chloe can be found traveling the country competitively racing outboard speedboats.

District 8
Kaleb Long
717.875.3663 | CMeyer@murrayins.com
Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York

J Harrison FrantzDistrict 9
J. Harrison Frantz

717.418.5802 | johfrantz@pa.gov
Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton

Harrison Frantz is a native of Franklin County and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for over ten years. Harrison’s family has been involved in agriculture since the 1800’s and he has been involved in hay, grain, and corn production as well as draft horses. Harrison is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. He currently serves as the Show Manager, Competitive Agricultural Events for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture overseeing the Al-American Dairy, Show, Keystone International Livestock Exposition, and Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Sarah KerstetterDistrict 10
Sarah Kerstetter
Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry

My name is Sarah Kerstetter, your District 10 Rep. I grew up on a small farm in Juniata County where my family has horses, goats, chickens, and rabbits. We also make and sell grass hay for our customers in the summer time. Growing up I was very active in 4-H and FFA showing animals and competing in a variety of events. I have recently graduated from Delaware Valley University with a degree in Secondary Agricultural Education. Upon recieving my degree, I am looking to be an Agricultural Science Teacher, teaching at the high school level. In the mean time, I am working at Tractor Supply Company where I have worked throughout both my high school and college career. When I am not working you can find me on the back of my horses or crafting with my Cricuit, sewing machine, or making things with power tools. I am an agriculture advocate with intentions to educate the public about the importance of agriculture.


District 11

Vacant
Bedford, Blair, Somerset

Simon ItleDistrict 12
Simon Itle
814.932.4356 | ItleSimon@hotmail.com
Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana

Simon is a 4th generation family member of Vale Wood Farms, comprising of a 200 dairy cow herd along with a processing plant to produce and home deliver a full line of dairy products to the local area.  He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Food Science.  Applying his degree, Simon is working full-time in the dairy processing facility with an emphasis on food safety.

District 13
Vacant
Armstrong, Clarion/Venango/Forest, Elk, Jefferson

District 14
Vacant
Crawford, Erie, Warren

Zach & Brittany SpeerDistrict 15
Zach & Brittany Speer, Promotions Chair
district15yap@gmail.com
Beaver/Lawrence, Butler, Mercer

Zach and Brittany Speer are co-chairs of District 15 and the YAP Butler County Program. Zach was raised on his family’s dairy farm in northern Butler County. Brittany was raised on her family’s cash crop farm in southern Butler County. Zach currently works full time at Brittany’s family farm: Har-Lo Farms Inc. Brittany is involved with the family farm by providing marketing advice and maintaining social media platforms for the farm. Brittany works full time off of the farm but helps during the harvest season. Zach hopes to own his own herd of long horn cattle. Brittany would like to have a micro pig as a pet. Zach and Brittany have the same values and love of agriculture. They hope to start a family someday and pass along their passion for agriculture.

Drew MankoDistrict 16
Drew Ross Manko
724.986.1607 | Drew@TheRossFarm.com
Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland

Drew Manko, District 16 Rep. (Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene, Allegheny)! Drew also serves as Washington County’s YAP chair and on the Washington county board of directors. Drew resides on his family’s PA century farm in Eighty Four, Washington county. He raises several breeds of rare and heritage breed livestock including 11 sheep breeds, 2 breeds of hogs, American Milking Devon cattle, and poultry. The farm’s main commodity is wool by selling it to a niche market and at their yarn and fiber shop in Washington, PA. Finally, Drew manages his own business of selling processed meat to local restaurants and businesses. Drew has a passion of advocating to support local businesses and agriculture.