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2017 NAE4-HA Conference

November 12-17, 2017


JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN  46204


 Pit Stop

Keynote Presentation
Super Seminar Presentation 

Banquet Photos

Conference Proceedings
2016 Minutes
2017 Business Meeting
Slate of Officers

Conference Schedule


Seminar & Poster Session Info



Begin planning your trip to Indianapolis today! 

 Where To Eat | Things To Do

Ladies and gentlemen, start your (pinewood derby) engines!

The Special Risk Division of AIL is excited to be sponsoring the Opening Event for the 2017 NAE4-HA Conference in Indianapolis and providing a pinewood derby as one of the fun activities for attendees. Show off your creativity and engineering skills and win pride for your State and prizes for you or your team! Please review the information and e-mail Erin – ebain@americanincomelife.com with any questions.

Opening Event Pinewood Derby


Conference Information 

It's time to pack!

What to wear | What to pack


Downtown Indy Parking
JW Marriott Parking

Indianapolis International Airport
Ground Transportation Options


Don't just be a spectator - join the pit crew! Sign up to volunteer.

State's Night Out Planning

Ready to start exploring all of the possibilities to enjoy a night out in Indy with your colleagues? Check out all the options and seating capacities! 

Downtown dining map 

Seminars and Presentations

2017 Seminars | 2017 ePosters

Learn how to make a great e-poster

ePoster Presenter Information

Templates and Resources for ePosters

Upload your ePoster 


To register after November 1, please contact Ethan Kingery, Purdue Conferences, (ekingery@purdue.edu or 765-496-3667)

 Keynote Speaker


Nehrwr (pronounced "nay-wah") Abdul-Wahid is a highly sought after consultant, facilitator and keynote speaker. Nehrwr is both a Qualified Administrator (QA) and Qualifying Seminar Instructor of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) – the premier intercultural development assessment tool used all over the world. As a resident trainer with the Blandin Foundation of Grand Rapids Minnesota, he designs and implements leadership programs for rural community leaders. Nehrwr’s client list includes AARP, Southwire, Ingredion, Best Buy, Honeywell, Lockheed-Martin, universities, colleges, school districts of all sizes, large and small city, county and state governments across the country.

Nehrwr has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and several professional certifications conflict mediation, program design, adult learning, leadership development and team-building.  Nehrwr is a Chapter Degree member with the National FFA Organization and has won several local and national science and math competitions as a high school student. Nehrwr was born in Washington D.C., raised on Chicago’s South Side and currently resides in Fridley, Minnesota.  He founded One Ummah Consulting in 2003 and co-authored "The PIOOYA (Pie-OO-YA) Principles" which he calls the 21st century’s ultimate "anti self-help book”. 

Capnote Speaker


Question:  What does a former talking Christmas Tree, a man who was Walt Disney’s Goofy (for a day), and the hopefully-soon-to-be Guiness Book of World Record holder for the most hugs given by an individual in 60 seconds have in common?  

Answer:  He is Kevin Wanzer, an out of this world speaker, who is thrilled to speak at your closing general session.

Kevin began his speaking career as a sophomore in high school, after being inspired by his mentor, Mark Scharenbroich. Since then, Kevin has visited well over 2,500 audiences around the world, empowering young people and adults who empower the lives of young people - through laughter, inspiring audience members to become better versions of themselves. Often described as organized chaos, Kevin’s message is a roller coaster of laughs that touch your heart and tickle your funny bone.

Kevin is a former staff member of the David Letterman Show, has spoken at the White House, and has addressed the United Nations. To this day, Kevin is still one of the youngest presidential appointees in American history.

Inspired by the spirit of ALOHA, Kevin’s message is one that will last long after the laughter as he reminds you of the importance of choosing to love what you do, choosing to love with whom you work and choosing to love those you serve.

Visit Kevin’s website at www.KevinWanzer.com or follow him @KevinWanzer


PLATINUM ($25,000+)

American Income Life
Purdue Extension

GOLD ($10,000-$24,999)

JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts

PALLADIUM ($5,000-$9,999)

A & T Industries
Indiana 4-H Youth Development
National 4-H Council
National Afterschool Association

SILVER ($2,500-$4,999)

Environmental Systems Research Institute
The Fair Publishing Company
Indiana 4-H Foundation
Indiana Extension Educators Association
NAE4-HA – North Central Region
Rixstine Recognition

 BRONZE ($1,000-$2499)

Alflex USA
Anonymous Friend of 4-H
Alpha Lambda (Indiana) Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi
Beck’s Hybrids
Country Meats
Elkhart County 4-H
Grandstand Apps
Hodges Badge Company
Indiana State Fair
K & K Insurance
LaGrange County 4-H
Nature Watch
River City Supply
Squishy Circuits
Verified Volunteers

COPPER ($500-$999)

4-H History Preservation
4-H Military Partnership
Ag Reliant Genetics
American Horse Council
Civilian Marksmanship Program
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
Grant County 4-H
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
Gutwein Popcorn
Hamilton County 4-H
IFYE Association of the USA
Jackson County 4-H
Journal of Youth Development
The Ohio State University –
       Ohio 4-H Youth Development
The Ohio State University –
        Curriculum Materials Service
Dr. Renee McKee
National 4-H Common Measures
National 4-H Conference Center
NCTI, Inc.  Real Colors
Noisy Planet
Progressive Agriculture Foundation
Purdue Extension – Agricultural Safety
Purdue University College of Agriculture
Quilts of Valor
Recreation Workshops –
     Buckeye, Hoosier, Black Hills & Great Lakes
Shop 4-H
States’ 4-H International Exchange Program
Steuben County 4-H
John Swank Scholarship Fund –
      Kentucky 4-H Pottery
U.S. Space and Rocket Center –
     Space Camp
Vanderburgh County 4-H
Wells County 4-H

FRIEND OF 2016 NAE4-HA CONFERENCE   ($499 and below)

Jean Akers
Albanese Confectionary Group, Inc.
Allen County 4-H
Amber Banks
Cindy Barnett
Jane Ann Beard
Kathleen Bohde
Lori Bouslog
Angela Braden
Sarah Burke
Tony Carrell
Andrea Cole
Abigail Creigh
Caren Crum
DeKalb County 4-H Council, Inc.
Daviess County 4-H
Heather Dougherty
Julie Elsbury
Curt Emanuel
John Emerson
Mike and Paula Ferree
Fifi’s Lunch Box
Franklin County 4-H
Scott Gabbard
Dana Galdelen
Gibson County 4-H

Stehle Greybar

Joan Grott
Megan Hoffherr
Becky Holbert
Oscar Hopkins
Brian Howell
Nancy Hudson
Malea Huffman
Julie Jones
Simon Kafari
Carla Kidwell
Donya Lester
Lonnie Mason
Cheven May
Mindy Mayes
Mark and Judi Merkel
Amanda Mosiman
Terri Newcom
Gayle O’Connor
Kelly Pearson
Jeff Pell
Susan Plassmier
Purdue Ag Alumni Association
Purdue Extension - Area II Educators
Purdue Extension - Area III Educators
Purdue Extension - Area VI 4-H Youth Educators

Purdue Extension - Area IX 4-H Youth Educators
Purdue Extension - Area XI Educators
Purdue Extension - DeKalb County
Purdue Extension – Greene County
Purdue Extension – Jasper County
Angela Rathert
Art Redinger
Catherine Richard
Dr. Robert and Cecilia Ritchie
Angie Riffle
Katie Richard
Denise Schroeder
Mary Schuman
Nancy Schuman
Roger Sherer
Katie Sweet
Darrel Thomas
Barb Thuma
Tulip Trestle Community Restoration, Inc.
Amanda Veenhuizen
Hiram Wallace
Windy Ridge Vineyard and Winery
Mindy Wise
White County 4-H
Whitley County 4-H
Pandora Woodward

The Pit Crew 

Kathleen Bohde, Co-Chair

Extension Educator
4-H Youth Development
2003 Pleasant Street
Noblesville, IN  46060
Phone: 317-776-0854

Ryan Wynkoop

Kelsey Meyers

Ryan Wynkoop

Evening Programs/Entertainment/Decorations
Rebecca Wilkins

Awards and Recognitions
Anna Williams

Kati Sweet

Steve McKinley
Bill Horan

Tony Carrell, Co-Chair

Extension Specialist
Purdue Extension - State 4-H Office
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN  47906
Phone: 765-494-8435


Exhibitor Recognition
Roger Sherer
John Emerson

Tony Carrell

Carla Kidwell, Co-Chair

County Extension Director
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth
Purdue Extension Warrick County
107 W Locust Street, Suite 111
Boonville, IN  47601
Phone: 812-897-6100

Angie Riffle

Megan Hoffherr

General Sessions/Speakers
Renee McKee

Poster Sessions
Cheven May

Tours/Seminar on Wheels
Steve Wagoner

Family/Retirees/Life Members
Bryan Metzger

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190 | Raleigh, NC 27607 | T: (919) 232-0112 | E: execdir@nae4ha.com