Spirit of Ruth

2021 Spirit of Ruth Recipients

The Spirit of Ruth Award recognizes Sigma Alpha Alumnae who embody the spirit of Ruth through active involvement, leadership, and commitment to the field of agriculture.

Recipients of this award demonstrate the ideals of Sigma Alpha by living the four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship, and Service in their personal and/or professional lives.

Join us in congratulating the 2021 recipients!

Lisa McCutcheon

After growing up on her family farm in West Virginia with her parents, Lisa attended West Virginia University to pursue an undergraduate degree in Agriculture Education. During her time there, she was active in Mountain Honorary, Block & Bridle, Collegiate 4-H, Collegiate FFA, and was a charter member of the Chi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Sorority. Lisa served as Charter President of the Chi Chapter, then Membership Candidate Educator, and was later involved in the Alumni Chapter after graduation. In 1994, Lisa was recognized as a recipient of the Sigma Alpha National Leadership Award. While attending graduate school at The Ohio State University, Lisa also served as an Advisor for the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha.

Beginning her career within OSU Extension in 1999, Lisa McCutcheon has served twenty-one years as the 4-H Youth Development Educator in Licking County. Her specializations fall within the areas of teen leadership development, livestock quality assurance programming, and food allergy awareness education. Within Licking County, Lisa maintains leadership for the community club program, selection and screening of adult volunteers, management of residential camping activities, camp counselor development, oversight of junior fair programming, junior fair board member development, livestock quality assurance education, horse safety & ethics education, and facilitates both the 4-H advisory committee and Extension advisory committee.

Lisa is married to Jeff McCutcheon, who serves as Director of Operations for OSU Extension, and they reside in Saint Louisville, Ohio. They have two children. Their daughter, Morgan, is a junior nursing student at OSU. Their son, Sean, is a senior in high school.

Casey Hushon

Mainer. Hokie. Cheesehead.

Mainer.

Casey was born and raised in North Yarmouth, Maine. Early in life Casey found one of her true passions at her aunt and uncle’s dairy farm: registered Ayrshire cattle. At the age of 7, Casey was given a calf as a Christmas present, which fueled her passion for all things dairy, and led her to be active in local, regional and national 4-H activities.

Hokie.

That love for the dairy cow and the dairy industry also led Casey to Blacksburg, Virginia, where she pursued a degree in Dairy Science and Professional Writing at Virginia Tech. Casey was an active member of the Pi Chapter of Sigma Alpha at Virginia Tech, serving in multiple offices, including secretary and president. During her collegiate tenure, Casey was also involved in the Dairy Club, College of Agriculture Ambassadors and Alpha Zeta.

Cheesehead.

Upon graduation, Casey moved to Wisconsin to pursue a career in marketing at Charleston |Orwig, a full-service agricultural and food agency. During her 12 years at C|O, she worked with numerous well-known clients, including ARM & HAMMER, Zoetis Animal Genetics, Novartis Animal Health (now Elanco), McCormick Spices, and Vytelle. In 2019 Casey was named a National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) NextGen Award recipient, an award bestowed on the next generation of leaders in agriculture. In July of 2019, Casey decided to pursue another passion in life, joining the staff at Hope Church in Oconomowoc, as Engagement Director. Today she is responsible for social and digital communications channels, first-time guest experience and follow-up, and volunteer engagement. In her free time, Casey enjoys endurance sports like ultramarathons and half iron triathlons. She and her husband Josh raise and show registered Ayrshire and Brown Swiss dairy heifers.

Lisa Campion Sullivan

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Management, Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State Universityin 2007. Her love of the outdoors and dedication to personal and professional development lead her to the beautiful state of Vermont where she then pursued her law degree at Vermont Law School. After graduating from Vermont Law School in 2011, Lisa began practicinglaw and eventually opened her own firm, LMC Law, in 2017 where she represents Vermont residents in real estate transactions, estate planning and probate matters. In 2018, Lisa was recognized with the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Award, giveneach year to an up and coming leader who is engaged in activities for the betterment of their community.

Lisa grew up in Fraser, Michigan, and now lives in Colchester, Vermont with her husband, John, their daughter, Addison, two dogs, Harper and Marty and cat, Bauer. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys getting outdoors with her family and exploring all her home state has to offer!

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