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Meet the LTT Members!
Ariana Lake is originally from a small town in Montana, and is currently a freshman at Boston University, where she plans to major in broadcast journalism. Her FCCLA journey began in 2008 when she started high school. That year, Ariana attended her first National Leadership Conference, and received a silver medal for her STAR Event. Ariana later served as the 2010-2011 Montana State President and then as the 2011-2012 National First Vice-President. Now, she is a cheerleader at Boston University, where she cheers for basketball and competes with her team on the weekends. When she's not at the library studying, you'll find Ariana shopping, getting froyo with my friends, reading, or exploring Boston. She also loves outdoorsy activities, like four-wheeling, horseback riding, and camping. Ariana is extremely excited to be on the FCCLA Leadership Training Team, and looks forward to aiding in the development and implementation of trainings that positively impact FCCLA members, and contribute to the future success off FCCLA.
Trent Misak is currently a sophomore at Southwestern Oklahoma State University majoring in Mass Communication and minor in Public Relations. He is very involved on campus, serving as an Orientation Leader Advisory Board Member, in the Chi Alpha Student Ministry, University Media Association, and will be in SWOSU's production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Trent also works in the Career Services, New Student Orientation Office on campus and enjoys every minute of it. His FCCLA involvement began in the 8th Grade when he competed in STAR-Events. He served as a district officer his freshmen year, and then served as a state officer his sophomore and junior year. During Trent's senior year, he had the privilege of serving as the 2010-2011 National Vice-President of Membership. Trent hopes that serving on the LTT will not only allow him to improve on his personal leadership skills, but also inspire members.
Laura Pennington is currently working on completing her PhD in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech, where she also received her master's in political science in 2010. She received her bachelor's degree in 2008 from Randolph College. Laura currently resides in Maryland, but came from Ohio, where she was involved in FCCLA throughout high school. One of her fondest memories in FCCLA was competing in the Entrepreneurship STAR Event with her best friend Amy, in which they received gold-level recognition at the 2004 National Leadership Meeting. Laura currently manages a freelance writing/editing business part-time. In her spare time, Laura really enjoy swimming, spending time with her pets, and reading. Laura is excited to continue her involvement in FCCLA and engage with the organization's members on her LTT journey.
Joey Platt is a sophomore at Kansas State University in the "Little Apple" of Manhattan, KS. She is seeking a degree in Nutrition and Health with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. Joey's involvement in FCCLA started when she was a freshman in high school, and consisted of everything from participating in STAR Events, to leadership roles and community service. Throughout her FCCLA career, she served as District President, State Vice-President of Membership and Recognition, and the National Vice-President of Community Service. As a member, one of the things Joey enjoyed most about FCCLA was the national leadership trainings she attended. She believes that they are a vital part to the leadership development of our organization's members, and that's why she is so excited to be a part of the LTT experience. Outside of school and FCCLA, Joey's interests include working with the March of Dimes, student government, spending time with her family, traveling, and trying new foods.
Molly's passion for FCCLA was sparked as a 7th grade student in rural North Dakota. Throughout high school Molly served in various leadership positions on local, district, and state FCCLA boards. In 2003 Molly was participated in the FCCLA-Kikkoman Japanese Exchange Program. After graduating from high school Molly continued her involvement in FCCLA and in 2008 she served as the program intern at FCCLA national headquarters. Molly currently works with Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson as a Government Affairs Specialist where she specializes in state and federal grant writing and provides hands on assistance through the grant proposal development process. Molly's work with clients extends into all aspects of economic development including project coordination and facilitation, as well as community strategy development. Since 2007, Molly has been working with a wide range of grass-roots businesses to build infant concepts and integrate them into the marketplace through the IDEA Center. Currently, Molly is serving as the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network Chairman. In her free time, Molly works with the God's Child Project and serves as a Junior Achievement Facilitator where she focuses on connecting the youth of North Dakota with the global business community. Out of the professional scene, Molly is an avid traveler, fleeing North Dakota frequently to get a taste of the bigger picture from a different culture's perspective.