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USApple Announces 2024 NextGen Apple Fellowship Class

Falls Church, VA (Jan. 30, 2024) — The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) announces the newest members of its leadership development program, the NextGen Apple Fellowship. Seven fellows from across the country have been selected to participate in the 2024 class.

The 2024 NextGen Apple Fellows include:

  • Amanda VanBergen

Laboratory Technician

Riveridge Produce Marketing, Inc. (Michigan)

  • Austin Benson

Export Sales

Chelan Fresh (Washington)

  • Brannon Frankel

Fixed Asset Manager

AgriMACS, Inc. (Washington)

  • Joseph Strippoli

Orchard Manager

Geig’s Orchard (Ohio)

  • Madison Schaefer

SafePod Account Manager

Storage Control Systems, Inc. (Michigan)

  • Max Farrell

H-2A Account Executive

Seso Labor (Texas)

  • Shelby Miller

Marketing & Sales Specialist

Applewood Fresh (Michigan)

The NextGen Apple Fellowship focuses on hands-on experience with legislative and regulatory issues, professional development, a one-on-one mentorship program, opportunities to network with top industry leaders, community engagement, and more.

“Each member of this new class showed tremendous potential in their profession, enthusiasm and energy for the NextGen program, and a passion for the apple industry,” said USApple Board Member and Chair of the NextGen Advisory Committee, Elizabeth Pauls of Wittenbach Orchards in Michigan. “We are thrilled to see how they develop as a class and as professionals. As the national apple association, we’re looking forward to harnessing their skills and voice for the betterment of the industry.”

The 2024 NextGen program will kick off in Washington, D.C. in March in conjunction with USApple’s Capitol Hill Day. The program will run through December 2024. To learn more about the fellowship, and to see past alumni, click here.

USApple will be introducing each member of the class on Instagram over the next month. Follow along here.

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