Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

The CFAES Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. It has representatives from every academic department, from every region of Ohio and out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly and sponsors events throughout the year.

Get to know a few of our board members each month.

Jim Shertzer Jim Shertzer, ACEL Representative 

  • BS '97 Agricultural Education 
  • Head of NK Seeds Marketing, Syngenta 

Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? A: My favorite memory from CFAES would have to be the connection and engagement with the professors and their willingness to challenge you beyond the status quo or where you thought your limit was.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your first year on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 
A: Giving back to the CFAES Alumni Society and continuing to connect the society with its alumni in a fun and engaging way.


Mary KlopfensteinMary Klopfenstein, 2019-20 Academic Year Representative 

  • BS '20 Agribusiness and Applied Economics 
  • Youth and Collegiate Program Coordinator, Illinois Farm Bureau 

Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? 
A: My favorite memory was meeting the two scholarship donors seated on either side of me at the CFAES Fall Scholarship Dinner my freshman year. Over the course of dinner, these two ladies transformed from mere strangers to role models for me. They reminisced on their college days, and then told story after story of the endless adventures that happened in their lives since. These ladies had lived grand lives of global travel, achieved remarkable feats, and most impressively, did everything for the betterment of others. These ladies had hearts of gold and didn’t know a stranger. They serve as living testaments for me of what it means to live a life rooted in faith for the greater good. When I think about the person I am striving to become in 30 or 40 years, I hope it is a person with even half the heart, warmth, and altruism as these ladies.

To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, 
click here.

To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, 
click here.