2023 NextGen Apple Fellowship Class announced

The U.S. Apple Association announced the 2023 class of its emerging leader program, the NextGen Apple Fellowship. Six fellows from across the country have been chosen to participate in the 2023 class. In its second year, the program focuses on providing fellows with professional and leadership development, one-on-one mentoring, hands-on advocacy and community engagement.

The 2023 NextGen Apple Fellows include:

  • Kostas Batziakas, senior scientist/technical project manager, Crunch Pak (Washington)
  • Ely Giroux, production manager, Chazy Orchards (New York)
  • Emily Kropf, associate crop insurance specialist, GreenStone Farm Credit Services (Michigan)
  • Aimee Peters, business development manager, West Coast, First Fruits Farm (Washington)
  • Jesus Rodriguez, horticulturalist/assistant area manager, Washington Fruit and Produce Company (Washington)
  • Jennie Strong, communications and outreach specialist, Washington Apple Commission (Washington)

“Following an extensive interview process with applicants from across the country, we are excited to name the 2023 class of the NextGen Apple Fellowship,” said USApple board member and chair of the NextGen Advisory Committee Elizabeth Pauls of Wittenbach Orchards in Michigan. “Each of the fellows was chosen because of their distinguished work in the apple sector, their tremendous potential and their enthusiasm for the fellowship. USApple is excited for this class of individuals who come from diverse careers in the apple industry and balance one another with a vast collection of strengths and expertise.”

The 2023 NextGen Apple Fellowship will have its kickoff meeting in Washington, D.C., March 14-17, in conjunction with USApple’s Capitol Hill Day. The program runs through December 2023. To learn more about the fellowship, click here.

For more information: 
Tracy Grondine
U.S. Apple Association
Tel: +1 (703) 442-8850

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