Tennessee Cattlemen's Youth Association
Purpose of TCYA Ambassadors:
The purpose of the TCYA Ambassadors is to promote the well-being of the cattle industry, to further encourage youth involvement and cooperation in the cattle industry.
Collins is the 16-year-old son of Matt and Meredith Collins of Marshall County. Collins’ involvement in the cattle industry started at birth as he is a seventh-generation farmer and fifth generation Hereford cattle breeder. He is an active member of the Tennessee and National Junior Hereford Associations, in which he exhibits his cattle, holds leadership roles, and attends industry events. Collins is a junior at Marshall County High School.
Ferguson is the 16-year-old daughter of Kevin and Phyllis Ferguson of Rutherford County. Ferguson has been involved in the cattle industry since birth, however, her active involvement began 11 years ago. She enjoys raising Shorthorn cattle with her family and being involved in the Tennessee Junior Shorthorn Association and Rutherford County Livestock Club, among a host of other clubs as well. Ferguson is a junior at Eagleville High School.
Funderburk is the 18-year-old son of Jason and Kristy Funderburk of Decatur County. He has been involved in the cattle industry for seven years, as a 4-H and FFA member, showing cattle on the local and state levels, and competing in various Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association programs. Funderburk will be attending the University of Tennessee, Martin in the fall to study Animal Science.
Mills is the 16-year-old daughter of Gary and Brenda Mills of Decatur County. Mills has been a member of the cattle industry for four years. She enjoys raising and showing Shorthorn cattle. Mills is also active in the Tennessee 4-H Program where she currently serves on State 4-H Council as a junior representative. Mills is a junior at Riverside High School.