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State Officer Biographies
updated 10.01.16

Sarah Hohman, PA FBLA President 
North Penn-Mansfield High School
Sarah Hohman, your state president from North Penn-Mansfield High School, is an avid lover of FBLA, athletics, and community service. She loves developing her communication skills and meeting new people through her involvement in various activities. Back for a second year as a state officer, she is thrilled to be working with a brand new team of talented, motivated officers. Sarah has held numerous officer positions in FBLA, including local Reporter, Secretary, and Vice President, and Region 7’s Vice President. She also plays soccer, runs track, is Student Council President, a member of National Honor Society, and a lawyer on her school’s mock trial team. Sarah loves ice cream and making people laugh, but her passion for FBLA has brought her here to help lead such an incredible organization.

Vacant, PA FBLA First Vice President 
Vacant High School

Kaitlyn Carrelli, PA FBLA Secretary
North Penn High School
Kaitlyn Carrelli, your state secretary, likes to go by KC and is going to be a senior at North Penn High School.  She is so excited to be a part of the officer team. As a sophomore going into her first year at her high school, KC had no idea what FBLA was and still can't believe how many opportunities it has presented her with in such a short time. As a sophomore, she placed third in job interview at the state level and went on to compete at nationals in Chicago, IL. It was one of the most memorable experiences of her life. The club has introduced KC to so many new people and has taught her so much over the last two years. In her local chapter, she served as the historian her junior year and will be president her senior year. Outside of FBLA, KC is extremely involved in extracurricular activities. Her junior year, she was secretary of her ski and board club and will be the president this coming school year. For the second year in a row, KC will be a senator for her school's student government association, as well as a National Honors Society member and a third year Key Club member. She is on North Penn’s varsity track and field team and coaches girls gymnastics. KC also volunteers with the Family Readiness Group at the Horsham Air Guard Station. She is extremely eager to get involved as a state officer and meet with many new member this year, so please don’t hesitate to contact her!

Venkat (Ram) Palanati, PA FBLA Treasurer
Great Valley High School

Ram Palanati looks forward to leaving a legacy of leadership and is deeply passionate about FBLA and business education for students of all ages. He currently serves as your state treasurer, PA Region 9 President, and local treasurer. A four year FBLA member, Ram has successfully competed in Sports and Entertainment Management, in which he was a national finalist, Introduction to Information Technology, and Insurance and Risk Management. Outside of FBLA, Ram interns with a member of the PA House of Representatives, enjoys playing and watching baseball, and is an avid listener of Meek Mill and Hip-Hop Music. He is an officer of Great Valley’s Model UN and Science Olympiad teams and is also a member of National Honor Society and National Latin Honor Society. In school, he enjoys learning about economics, government, and physics. A little known fact about him is that he loves the TV show Suits and aspires to become an attorney. 

Allison McGeehan, PA FBLA Reporter
MMI Preparatory School
Allison is currently a senior at MMI Preparatory School and is so excited to serve as your state reporter for 2016-2017.  She has loved FBLA from the moment she joined it in her freshman year and is a regional, state, and national place-winner in Introduction to Business Communications and Business Law.  She has served as her FBLA local chapter secretary and also enjoys being a leading lawyer on her school’s mock trial team. Allison loves to learn, and last summer had the opportunity to study public policy at Brown University, a subject she plans to continue to focus on once in college, as well as business. When she isn’t in heels or her FBLA uniform, you can most likely find her in pointe shoes, as she has a passion for classical ballet and trains at the pre-professional level.  Allison is so excited to meet as many Pennsylvania FBLA members as she can this year, so don’t be afraid to reach out to her!

Shane Fagan, PA FBLA Vice President at Large 1
Delaware Valley High School
Shane Fagan, having been an active member of Pennsylvania FBLA for the past two years, is extremely excited to be a part of the executive committee and state officer team for the upcoming year.  He has qualified for states the past two years, having competed in Securities and Investments.  This past year, he placed first in the state for his work on the Local Chapter Annual Business Report and sixth for the Big 33 individual community service.  Shane has also completed the first two levels of the BAA, Future and Business and of the CSA, Community Service Awards.  When he’s not busy with FBLA, Shane is actively involved in varsity football and wrestling at Delaware Valley High School, as well as serving his class as president and being involved with organizations such as student council, Relay for Life, Special Olympics and his school band.  He has also participated in AMC and PFEW.  Shane loves FBLA because it has given him some of the most intriguing memories and experiences that have proven to be unmatched by other clubs and activities. A little known fact about Shane is that he has no boundaries when it comes to music taste!  He loves everything from classic rock and country to bebop jazz and rap.  Shane would like to thank all of Pennsylvania FBLA so much for allowing him to serve as State Vice President at Large and can’t wait for the upcoming year.

Gabriel Kessler, PA FBLA Vice President at Large 2
Wissahickon High School
It is Gabe’s honor and privilege to serve as one of your Vice Presidents at Large this year. Gabe is seen by others as a very passionate and outgoing person, and he is always eager to talk with his fellow FBLA members. He became interested in and knowledgeable about FBLA even before entering high school, when his older brothers held local, state, and national roles. There was never any doubt for Gabe that he aspired to become a business leader himself. In addition to FBLA, Gabe plays soccer year-round and is a very avid skier during the winter. He will happily talk to you about any sport, as he possesses true interest in many. Outside of school, Gabe is involved in CISV (Children’s International Summer Villages), a non-profit organization that works to build global peace through youth. He also volunteers for the Abramson Center, where he enjoys boosting the morale of their elderly residents. Gabe is so excited to meet as many of you as possible, and is looking forward to a great year!

Adam Sands, PA FBLA Vice President at Large 3
Wallenpaupack Area High School
Adam is so stoked to serve as a Pennsylvania FBLA Vice President at Large this year! He has a true passion for FBLA, baseball, swimming, and puppies. Adam accidentally joined FBLA freshman year, and the rest is history. He is currently the FBLA Region 22 Vice President, a member of National Honor Society, and a captain of his baseball team. Adam is also a volunteer at his local little league and borough building. He spends his free time with his friends, fishing, hunting, playing with his three dogs, or at a baseball game. He is an honor student, but his favorite class is ceramics. Many consider Adam to be an outgoing person who is not afraid to reach out, but he also loves when people reach out to him so do not be afraid. Adam loves to meet new people, and cannot wait to meet all of you this upcoming year!

Vineeth Voruganti, PA FBLA Parliamentarian
Downingtown STEM Academy
Vineeth Voruganti, your state parliamentarian is a student at Downingtown STEM Academy. He is an aspiring coder and magician with interests in technology, hackathons, and computer CTF’s. Outside of FBLA, he is involved with Boy Scouts of America, First Robotics, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and STEMHacks which is his school’s hackathon.  Vineeth likes to spend his free time with his friends either in person or online playing video games. When not with his friends, he likes to write code and practice magic tricks. Vineeth loves FBLA because he has been able to learn a wide variety of skills that he would have never dreamed of gaining without the club. Most important to him, however, are the incredible people he has been able to meet because of FBLA, and he hopes to connect with many of you this year.

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