2016-2017 State Officers
State Officers of the Ohio FBLA organization are elected annually at the State Leadership Conference. State Officers must be active local members, receive the recommendation of their local chapter, adviser and principal, have at least one full year remaining in high school, and must file an official application with the State Adviser by the appropriate deadline. Below is a list of the current, 2016-2017 state officer team:
Lebanon High School
Morgan will be a senior at Lebanon High School in Southwestern Ohio. Morgan joined FBLA his Freshman year to enhance his leadership skills and improve his business knowledge. He has been a local officer at Lebanon both his Sophomore and Junior years, serving as Treasurer and Parliamentarian respectively. He was elected to the office of Ohio FBLA State President at the 2016 SLC. He is on the school’s’ varsity football team, Junior Council on World Affairs (JCOWA), and the National Honors Society. Morgan is incredibly proud and thrilled to be a part of the new State Officer team. And the team is very excited to be working on making Ohio FBLA’s 70th year in existence the best year possible for our members.
Vice President of External Affairs
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Melissa Stone is the Vice President for Ohio FBLA and a Senior at CVCA. This is her fourth year in FBLA, and her third year being a State Officer. At her school she is very active. Melissa is a two year Varsity Bowler. She has a season average of 142. Melissa is planning on continuing her bowling career in college. At school she is also a member of Color Guard and symphonic band. She has been in Color Guard and band since her freshman year, she plays the Alto Sax. Out of school Melissa is a dancer. She has danced for almost 6 years now. She performs at church functions and goes to different dance competitions. Her favorite kind of dance is Hip Hop and that is what she is am currently training in. In her free time she loves spending time with her friends. In School Melissa is apart of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship. In the Future she plans to have a career in International Business and hopefully travel to different countries all around the world.
Turpin High School
Laura Burr will be serving as your 2016-2017 Ohio State Treasurer. She is a senior at Turpin High School in Cincinnati, and has been a part of Future Business Leaders of America for three years now. Laura has competed in two national competitions, holds a position on the National President’s Council under the Legislative Affairs Committee, and currently serves as her school chapter President. Outside of FBLA, she is President of Key Club, an intern for the Better World Collective, a math tutor, coaches two young soccer teams, a member of National Honor Society, a lifeguard at Coney Island, and a Varsity football and basketball cheerleader. She enjoys volunteering through peer counseling and Whiz Kidz for her local school district. Laura is very excited about the upcoming year and motivated officer team, and is honored to serve as your State Treasurer!
North Vice President
Solon High School
From organizing business oriented immersion trips for his local chapter all the way contacting multiple organizations as a state representative, Milan has seen all the perks that FBLA has to offer. Holding local office since his freshman year, Milan feels that FBLA can be one of the most rewarding organizations one can be a part of. Aside from State officer meetings, you can catch him down at the Quicken Loans arena cheering on his Cleveland Cavaliers, interning for Senator Rob Portman, or even in the middle of a heated debate defending his country in a Model United Nations conference. Milan channels heavy importance into giving back to his local community, which is why he sits on his school board as the Key Club Vice President, allowing him to facilitate volunteer opportunities for him and his fellow peers. Milan strongly believes in his personal philosophy that “one only succeeds in the things they take interest in.” Therefore, his main goal this year is to connect with all FBLA members and help them evoke their passions in the business world.
Central Vice President & Secretary
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Tyler Thomas is proud to serve as your 2016-17 Central Region Vice President. He most recently has served as 2015-16 Secretary and has enjoyed “connecting” with members across the state. He now hopes to help Ohio develop its “Legacy of Leadership” in the Central Region. He also has served on the National Secretary’s Council. Tyler also accepted the position of Secretary again when Cameron Goodwin stepped down in June, 2016.
South Vice President
Kings High School
Spencer Kinkelaar is pleased to serve as your 2015-2016 Vice President of the Southern Region. He is currently a sophomore, and has participated successfully in FBLA through both of his years in high school. He attends Kings High School, but recently moved to Ohio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to FBLA, Spencer competes on his school’s Mock Trial and Academic Teams. He also has an internship in politics and works as a lifeguard. In the future, he hopes to be a corporate lawyer, stockbroker, or a hedge fund manager. Spencer looks forward to connecting with the members of Ohio FBLA!
Turpin High School
Kait Howard is serving as your 2016-2017 Ohio FBLA State Reporter. Kait lives in the Cincinnati area and attends Turpin High School and will be graduating this year. Along with being her local chapter vice president, she also is a varsity swimmer and the varsity cheerleading captain. Outside of school she likes to write for her own blog, or the website which she writes for “The Undeniable Life”, and work at the local middle school assisting with their theatre department. Kait has a huge passion for writing and being organized. She plans on attending either The University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, or The University of Alabama in hopes to study Public Relations or Communications while minoring in Information Technology. She is not a shy person so don’t be afraid to say hi if you ever see her out and about!
Brunswick High School
McKenna Bitner is once again your Ohio State historian. McKenna has a passion for FBLA and she has been part of this organization since 8th grade. This was the first club she joined when she was new to CVCA. McKenna invited her peers to join the program and feels that her passion allowed others to also join FBLA. She also loves swimming and hanging out with my friends.McKenna loves helping people and volunteering. She is a Senior, this will be her last year being in FBLA. She plans on staying active in FBLA and kickstarting a PBL chapter at the college she attends. Her favorite memory of FBLA was going to the 2014 NLC in Nashville, Tennessee. I love being a part of the state officer team.
Turpin High School
Camryn Mort is this year’s 2016-2017 Ohio FBLA State Parliamentarian. Born and raised in Cincinnati, she will graduate from Turpin High school in 2017. She was Turpin’s chapter secretary last year, and is Turpin’s Vice President of External Affairs for this upcoming year. At last year’s State Leadership Conference she placed first in the Community Service Project, as well as fourth in the Management Decision Making prompt. She takes part in many of Turpin’s extracurricular activities such as National Honor Society, Key Club and lacrosse. Camryn can’t wait to build a legacy with all of you!