Florida 4-H Foundation Board of Directors
Ronda Ott Banner
Ronda is a lifetime 4-H’er who lives in Micanopy, Florida. Both of her parents were 4-H leaders, and she was involved with 4-H as a youth member for 10 years. She served for two years as a State Council Officer, in the positions of secretary and president. She then went on to Florida State to obtain a degree in visual arts and interior design. In 2019, Ronda was inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.
She has been happily married to her husband, Toots, for 33 years. He is a veterinarian and currently is the primary vet for the Marion County Humane Society. Her husband is also a Licensed Auctioneer. They have three daughters who are each now 4-H alumni.
Leann was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. Both of her parents came from farm and nursery backgrounds, and she joined 4-H when she was nine years old, involving herself in horticulture, gardening, and sewing. She was also a member of her high school band. After high school, she received her bachelor’s in finance from the University of Washington and led a successful 35-year career in corporate technology.
After returning to Florida about 12 years ago, she started working with child welfare issues as guardian ad litem. In this position, she realized the benefit these youth could have from 4-H, so she reached out to a Broward County 4-H Extension agent who then invited her to join the board. Her 4-H club focuses on gardening, sewing, and food and nutrition. She has also just started a club at MacArthur High School, and it has about 20 members in its agricultural science program. She has a vision of developing this club to reach into the community to teach about food and nutrition. She also has established and serves as Executive Director of Made in Broward, a 501c3 organization supporting youth through entrepreneurship programs.
Vice President of Finance
Adam serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Florida Farm Bureau, serving with FFB for more than 16 years. He grew up on a family farm in Jackson County, which he lives on today after spending 10 years in Gainesville. Adam earned his bachelor’s in organizational communication with minors in political science and leadership from the University of West Florida, and would go on the receive his master’s in agricultural communication from the University of Florida.
Adam is passionate about his work in agricultural advocacy knowing the direct impact of public policy on agriculture as it relates to his own family. He believes in the 4-H mission and its relation to leadership development and agricultural advocacy that it takes to move the agriculture industry forward. Adam and his wife Laura have six children, who help to keep them busy and moving.
Vice President of Development
Originally from Gadsden County, Todd joined 4-H at age 10 and grew up in the program participating in projects including health, consumer education and citizenship-leadership. Todd served as Florida 4-H State Sergeant-At-Arms 1985-1986, and also attended National 4-H Congress in Chicago. He has a 34-year affiliation with Camp Miniwanca in Shelby, MI, serving 30 years on the NLC Summer Camp Staff with the American Youth Foundation. He became connected with the camp when he won the Florida 4-H State Danforth Award.
Todd graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor's in agronomy. He currently works at the Leon County Property Appraiser's office and Wal-Mart in Tallahassee. Todd joined the Board in 2014, has served as VP of Development since 2019, and an additional 16 years on the planning team for the Florida 4-H Silent Auction in Tallahassee. Todd resides in Tallahassee with his wife Kelli, they have been married 27 years and have two daughters ages 26 and 20.
Isaac was born and raised in a 4-H family. His late father, Mr. Isaac Chandler, is a 2002 Florida 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee. Since 2009, Isaac has worked as an educator at Suwannee High School. Prior to this position, he was an Extension agent for UF/IFAS. Isaac is a FAMU and UF alumnus, with a bachelor's in biology from FAMU and master's in wildlife ecology and conservation with UF. Isaac remains involved with FAMU fraternity activities and community affairs locally and nationally, as well as local and state 4-H activities. In high school, he served as Florida 4-H State Council Vice President from 1987-88. Isaac is a distinguished and accomplished 4-H alumnus who remains actively connected with his 4-H peers and colleagues.
Gary F. Clark
Gary is currently the Chairman of the Public Service Commission. Prior to this role, he worked as the Deputy Secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. From the panhandle of Florida, Gary was very involved with FFA as a youth, and received his bachelor’s in business administration.
Today, Gary is a proud parent of two 4-H alumni, volunteer club leader, coach and member of the Washington Co. 4-H Association. In 4-H, he is most passionate about the shooting sports program and the life skills youth gain by participating in these programs.
Valerie B. Dailey
Valerie is originally from Sarasota, Florida. Growing up, she participated in 4-H horse show activities. After graduating, she served as a 4-H Horse Instructor at Camp Timpoochee and Camp Welaka, volunteered at state 4-H horse shows, and worked at the state Extension office.
Her husband lived and breathed 4-H and currently is a meat judging coach in Marion County. She has served as a volunteer coach for horse judging teams, and coached a state champion 4-H Horse Judging Team in the early 80’s. Her favorite aspect of 4-H is seeing the kids develop and grow into great people. Her family continues to be active volunteers and supporters in Marion County and Florida 4-H.
Valerie has been active in the real estate industry since 2005 and is the owner and broker for Showcase Properties of Central Florida, specializing in equine properties.
Katherine serves as Director of Development with UF/IFAS Advancement. Her focus areas include fundraising for Extension, including 4-H programs. She earned her bachelor’s in animal science with a minor in food and resource economics from the University of Florida. Katherine was involved in 4-H as a youth and remains passionate about the program. Now her kids, ages six and eight, are involved in 4-H, and she hopes she can foster that passion even more with them.
Whitney is the President of the Florida 4-H Foundation Board. She is very proud to be a sixth generation Floridian and is raising a seventh generation Floridian. She lives in Orlando where she works as a construction law attorney, representing contractors who build major infrastructure projects.
Whitney joined the board in 2014. She was not involved in 4-H while growing up, so she considers this her first 4-H project and brings a fresh perspective to the board.
Stacey is the Associate Program Leader for Florida 4-H. She considers herself very “green” as she became involved with
4-H at the age of eight in Gilchrist County. While in 4-H, she served as District Council President, as well as served on the Executive Board with the National 4-H Congress. Her proudest 4-H achievement was winning the 1994 National 4-H Poultry Judging Competition as part of the Florida 4-H team!
Stacey attended the University of Florida, receiving a bachelor’s in history, master’s in agricultural leadership, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in extension education. While an undergraduate student, she worked at 4-H State Headquarters with a desire to become a 4-H Agent. She has served as a 4-H Agent in several counties, as well as County Extension Director in Houston County, Georgia. Stacey, her husband Larry, and their two children live on their farm. Her eight-year-old son, Nicholas, is also involved with 4-H, something she is most proud of.
Michael Gutter, PhD
Chief Operating Officer
Mike is the Chief Operating Officer for the Florida 4-H Foundation as Associate Dean for UF/IFAS Extension. He serves as State Program Leader for three divisions: 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Community Development. He is originally from Columbus, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University for both hisbachelor'sand doctorate, studying family economics. This is also where he met his wife, Jessica. Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Gutter worked in youth programming in Wisconsin. However, upon moving to the state, Dr. Joy Jordan brought him fully in as a 4-H Agent Specialist. With expertise is financial literacy and family economics, he started working with the 4-H consumer choices program. He continues his work with focuses on family and youth financial literacy curriculum.
Kathy is the Comptroller for the board, a position she has served in for more than 9 years. Coming from Muncie, Indiana, her background is in not-for-profit organizational administration. Prior to her current position, she worked for the Ball State University Foundation. Kathy is married with five children and 13 grandchildren.
Karen is an extension agent in Seminole County, Florida, and she has been an extension agent for 15 years. She grew up in Hillsborough County, and was involved with youth organizations, such as Girl Scouts.
Karen attended the University of Florida, which is where she was first introduced to UF/IFAS Extension. Through a student project with Dr. Joy Jordan, she was connected to Florida 4-H. While attending UF, she took courses in the Department of Agriculture Education and Communication with Dr. Nick Place who is now the UF/IFAS Dean of Extension. Karen serves as the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents (FAE4-HA) representative to the Board, connecting 4-H professionals at all levels with the Foundation.
Caylin is the Associate Director of Development with UF/IFAS Advancement, working with UF and Florida 4-H Foundations, and serving as Secretary of the Florida 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. She is passionate about 4-H and her role, and even more excited to enroll her daughter as as a new 4-H cloverbud.
Caylin was an active member of 4-H in Marion County, FL where she participated primarily in judging and leadership programs, including poultry and forest ecology. It was her involvement in the 4-H Forestry Ecology program that led her to study forest resources at the University of Florida. She also received her master's in political science with certificates in public affairs and non-profit management from UF.
Clay is the Chief of Staff for the Port of Tampa Bay. Originally from Polk County, Clay was involved with the Boy Scouts as a youth, achieveing the rank of Eagle Scout. He studied public policy with a minor in music, receiving a bachelor's from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Clay previously worked alongside Adam Putnam during his service as Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture. In this function, Clay networked with many 4-H alumni and developed an interest in the 4-H youth development program.
Dr. Muthusami Kumaran has a teaching and research appointment in the Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, teaching courses on fundamentals of nonprofit management, fundraising for nonprofit organizations, risk management in nonprofit organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). His areas of research interest include: roles & impacts of nonprofits/NGOs, community development, management capacity building for nonprofits/NGOs. He has trained numerous nonprofit leaders in the U.S.A and NGO leaders in nine countries through various projects and grants.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Kumaran worked for a nonprofit organization, and as an official of a state government. He currently serves on the Boards of two additional Florida nonprofit organizations and two international NGOs.
Terra teaches agriculture at the middle school level in Osceola County. She has worked with the Fresh from Florida program through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, serving as the liaison for agricultural education programs. Terra is committed to a focus on agricultural education and supporting programs for young people to discover and learn about agriculture through 4-H, FFA and other programs.
Terra is a sixth generation Floridian and agriculturalist. She grew up in Christmas, Florida, with two agriculture teachers as parents. She has been in 4-H and FFA for most of her life, showing every animal you could possibly imagine, as well as participating in the many leadership development events offered in both 4-H and FFA. Terra attended the University of West Florida, majoring in communications, and is proud to be putting her education to work for the future of the agriculture industry.
Morris G. Steen Jr.
Morris grew up as a 4-H'er in Taylor County, Florida. He was active in 4-H since he was 10 years old, camping at Cherry Lake every year from the ages of 10 to 19. He attended the University of Florida studying agricultural economics before serving as a pilot in the United States Navy for 27 years and earning rank of Captain. He would also receive his master’s degree in administration from George Washington University. In 2002 Morris was selected to serve as President of the North Florida Community College, where he oversaw tremendous growth and development before retiring in 2008.
Morris and his wife Judy serve as advocates and volunteers with the Taylor and Madison County 4-H programs. They recently celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary.
Terry joined the board in 2019 and is proud to serve Florida 4-H. He was born and raised in Gay County in southern Ohio, and grew up working for Bob Evans farms. He also raised hogs and cattle, growing tobacco, woodworking, electrical services, and more. Terry would earn his bachelor’s from Embry-Riddle, his master’s from Troy University, and has completed coursework toward a doctorate in education leadership from Northwest Florida University.
Terry retired from service in the United States Air Force after 24 years and then would work with Lockheed Martin for another 23 years. During this time, he became involved with 4-H leadership and management programs in Okaloosa County when his daughter was 6. He has been a volunteer ever since, including as co-leader for the Eglin Sand & Spur 4-H horse club, Okaloosa County 4-H Advisory Board and on the county, district and state horse advisory board. Both of Terry’s daughters were very involved with 4-H. He was inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame in 2015.
Robert Angus Williams
Immediate Past President
Robert, or Angus as many know him, was born and raised in Imperial Polk County. He grew up on a farm with 4-H projects ranging from citizenship to dairy. However, he believes the truer growth he experienced was in his citizenship, leadership, and public speaking skills. Robert served two terms as a 4-H State Council Officer. Robert went on to the University of Florida, then to law school at Stetson University College of Law where he met his wife Amber. He and his wife have been married for 24 happy years and have two sons, 22 and 15. The family lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where Robert practices law with a focus on land use and environmental law with Lewis, Longman & Walker PA.