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2010-2011 State Officers



FBLA State President
Taylor Sarman 

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FBLA Executive Vice President
 
Gabrielle Pendleton 

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Cascade Region Vice President
Francis Rojina 

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Mt Hood Region Vice President
 
Kevin Krautscheid 

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Rogue Umpqua Region Vice President
CJ Severson 

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Willamette Valley Region Vice President
Rachael Miller 

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Officer Biographies

Taylor Sarman
President 

Taylor Sarman, a member of the class of 2012 at Union High School, has had the privilege of serving as a two year local chapter officer, a member of two national boards, and on various state committees and programs.  However, he has never been more excited than he is now to serve the members of Oregon FBLA as your 2010-2011 State President.  Taylor’s passion for FBLA is derived from an early involvement with our organization as a freshman, and since then, his passion has only amplified.

Taylor has completed his Future and Business level of the Business Achievement Award, and has also competed in Parliamentary Procedures at the national level and Emerging Business Issues at SBLC. When Taylor is not busily working on FBLA projects, he enjoys following elections and political debates around the country. After the FBLA work is done and the election results are in, Taylor enjoys serving his local community in any capacity he can and spending time with his family and friends.

After high school, Taylor plans to attend college and major in Political Science and then attend law school. Taylor’s passion for politics is derived out of a desire to improve the lives of others.  This passion is one of the main reasons Taylor was inspired to become a better leader.

Your State President lives by the idea that we only deserve what we work hard enough to get, and after watching the members of Oregon FBLA for the last two years, Taylor is confident that our organization has a very bright future ahead of it. Taylor is honored to serve as your State President and looks forward to expanding his passion for FBLA to other people and providing students across Oregon with the same opportunities he has been lucky enough to experience.

Gabrielle Pendleton 
Executive Vice President

Gabrielle Pendletson is a member of the Class of 2011 who has a passion and a strong sense of purpose for FBLA because of the great involvement she has had over the years living in Grants Pass, Oregon. Ever since Gabrielle was 3 years old she has been around FBLA activities, including participating in fundraisers and community service activities for the benefit of Oregon FBLA.

Gabrielle Pendleton has lived a happy life with her family of seven; she spends her free time with her friends and family, playing sports (soccer and golf in particular), and is now working to improve the FBLA organization during her term as Executive Vice President.

During her freshman year in FBLA, Gabrielle worked on improving communication throughout the State of Oregon as the 2008-2009 State President.  During her year as State President, she learned much about the importance of time management, how to speak and present in front of various types of audiences, and the importance of always working her hardest.

Gabrielle last year also had the honor of serving not only as Executive Vice President, but also as National Secretary. Serving as a National Officer was one of the greatest experiences Gabrielle has ever had the opportunity to experience. She was able to work with a variety of leaders in order to make sure that each and every FBLA member had a year that was Simply the Best

This year, Gabrielle has high hopes for her future in FBLA and is excited to continue serving the great members.  She wants to do all she can to make each FBLA member successful and to work with her new State Officer Team to Break Barriers in 2010-2011.

Francis Rojina
Cascade Region Vice President

Francis Rojina is a member of the class of 2012 with a growing passion for FBLA. Her interest in FBLA was sparked during elementary school by her two older sisters, who were both members.  As she learned more about FBLA growing up, and eventually became a member, the spark for FBLA morphed into a flame that remains lit by the wonderful things the organization has taught her during her three years as a member. 

Living in Malin, a small town nestled in the southern outskirts of Oregon, Francis attends Lost River Junior/Senior High School and serves as the Student Body President.  She has a deep love for sports, and you can often find her on the basketball court, soccer field, or even swimming! Outside of FBLA she is involved in the Leo’s Club, National Honor Society, student government, Youth Peer Court and she also volunteers as a candy striper through the Junior Guild program at her local hospital. 

After high school Francis plans to attend a university and pursue her goal of becoming a pediatric heart surgeon. She is passionate about helping others and improving other peoples' lives.  

Francis is thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with the State Officer Team and serve Oregon FBLA as the 2010-2011 Cascade Region Vice President. She is thankful to her family who inspires her by saying “Si se puede!” which translates into “Yes, it can be done!” and to her adviser, Mr. Drew, for his support.   Francis is looking forward to a great year and is excited to work with the wonderful members of Oregon FBLA!

Kevin Krautscheid  
Mt Hood Region Vice President 

Serving as the 2010-2011 Mt. Hood Region Vice President, Kevin Krautscheid is motivated to make the most of his experience as an Oregon FBLA State Officer.   A member of the class of 2011 at Centennial High School, Kevin has been a dedicated member of the Future Business Leaders of America since his sophomore year. 

In his spare time, Kevin has served as the Centennial Student Body Treasurer, FBLA Treasurer/Secretary, and a member of the National Honor Society.  Kevin also participates in two sports:  cross-country and track and field.  In addition to his many activities, Kevin works extensively as the Centennial Community Service Co-Chairman, and is always willing to assist in local service projects.  As a student with a 4.0 GPA and an Academic Scholar, Kevin has distinguished himself within his school and community as a well-rounded individual and dedicated leader. 

In his second year as an FBLA member, Kevin enjoyed many successes and achievements.  At the 2010 State Business Leadership Conference, Kevin was honored as the State Champion in Accounting I and Community Service Project.  In addition, Kevin has earned Business Achievement Awards at both the Future and Business levels, and is currently working extensively to attain recognition at the Leader and America levels.   

With the support of his parents, sister, and adviser, Adriann Spencer, Kevin continues to develop his writing, speaking, and leadership abilities.  Kevin would like to thank the entire Mt. Hood Region for allowing him the opportunity to serve Oregon FBLA in 2010-2011.  Kevin is very excited for the coming year, and awaits many more opportunities to network with fellow state officers and Oregon FBLA members.  He is dedicated to continuing the long tradition of serving members of Oregon FBLA.  Kevin is always available to answer any and all questions, and appreciates feedback or ideas on improving the FBLA program for all members. 

CJ Severson 
Rogue Umpqua Region Vice President 

CJ Severson, your 2010-2011 Rogue-Umpqua Region Vice President is an exuberant member of the Class of 2013 who attends Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass. He was born in Belleview, Washington, and moved to Grants Pass when he was just one year old, where has lived ever since.

CJ has been in FBLA since he started attending Hidden Valley High School.  In his first year of FBLA, he placed 9th in the Emerging Business Issues event at the Student Business Leadership Conference, and was elected to be a State Officer.  CJ has also completed his Future and Business levels for the Business Achievement Awards.

CJ joined FBLA in order to make a difference in the lives of others. He feels that the most important part of being a leader is service. In his year of service as a State Officer, CJ would like to help make Oregon FBLA bigger and stronger that ever. He would like to recruit as many members and state partners as possible, and he wants to help support the goals of FBLA. 

In addition to FBLA, CJ participates in his local 4-H group, and runs track for Hidden Valley High School. After high school CJ plans to attend Cornell University in New York, in order to pursue his passion for business.  He deeply appreciates his parents, two brothers, two FBLA advisers and his wonderful chapter members for their continued support and compassion.  CJ can not wait to serve and help all of Oregon FBLA as the 2010-2011 Rogue-Umpqua Region Vice President!

Rachael Miller  
Willamette Valley Region Vice President

Rachael Miller is a member of the class of 2012 at Silverton High School and is eager to serve as the 2010-2011 Willamette Valley Region Vice President.  She lives in Silverton with her mom, stepdad and three younger siblings.

Rachael first heard about FBLA at the end of her freshman year in a business class and immediately wanted to join what sounded like an exciting organization. She applied for and was chosen as a Board Member for the Silverton chapter.  In this position, her main responsibilities were recruitment and helping with communication between chapter members. Her year was full of connecting with other members, participating in activities, and attending leadership conferences.  She especially enjoyed her amazing time at the Oregon Leadership Institute in Bend. 

As a sophomore in her first year as an FBLA member, she and her partner were awarded the second place trophy in Desktop Publishing at the State Business Leadership Conference, and earned the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference. One of Rachael’s personal goals is to gain further leadership skills, and she plans to be an active member of FBLA throughout her high school career.  She is thankful for her advisers, Mrs. Bartels and Mrs. Rufener, for their encouragement throughout her time in Oregon FBLA.

When not working on FBLA, Rachael enjoys spending time with her family. She especially loves visiting her grandparents’ house where she plays games and watches movies. She also loves to attend her church and local youth group in her spare time.  Rachael is committed to her education, and hopes to attend Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee after she graduates from high school.

Rachael is looking forward to a great year and is excited to work with the wonderful members of the Willamette Valley Region!