Whitney Thome, President Ag Marketing Communications major, Ag Business and Food Science minors, 2011 Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture, Whitney,
originally of Dorchester, WI, chose UW-River Falls. Once at UWRF, she
became involved with organizations such as the Agriculture Education
Society and the Agriculture Business and Marketing Society. Immediately
following graduation, Whitney began working with John Deere. She has
been with the company for four years and has held
various roles within Remarketing (used equipment), Order Fulfillment
(combine manufacturing) and Parts (metric analysis). Currently, she
works within the Parts Division as a Dealer Parts Management Analyst. In
this role, Whitney works directly with agriculture and construction
dealer accounts to manage their part inventory at a location level.
Jenni (Drinkall) Skiba, Vice President Dairy Science, 2003 Having focused her studies on the dairy management option, Jenni
currently works with her husband and his family on their family farm,
Diamonds S Farm, and is the owner of Silver Star Jerseys. She was also
previously employed by Land O'Lakes and the Minnesota Farm Bureau
Federation. Jenni advises students to get as much out of their
coursework as they can, and to take advantage of the opportunities and
resources that are open to them during their college years. Come with an
open mind, she says, you never know what course might change your
career path. Skiba lives in North Branch, Minn., with her husband and
three young children.
Stephanie Jens, Secretary Dairy Science major, Chemistry minor, 2005
Stephanie grew up on a small beef farm in southeast Minnesota and graduate from UWRF in 2005. After college, Stephanie worked for six years at a small agriculture research and development company, providing technical support across the U.S. Since 2012, she has worked at Lallemand Animal Nutrition as a Territory Business Manager. Stephanie enjoys being involved with CAFES again, as it gives her the chance to give back to the school that created the foundation for her career in the agriculture industry. The connections she made at UWRF and beyond have been invaluable, not only for her career, but also in creating life-long friendships. Stephanie lives with her husband, Josh, and three sons, Cade, Mason and Zach in Randolph.
Kory Duerst Dairy Science, 2006
Kory is currently a Dairy Account Manager for Chr. Hansen in Milwaukee where he supports local suppliers with technical advice for silage inoculants and dairy probiotics. Kory grew up on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin. Prior to attending UWRF, he served as a state FFA officer for one year which confirmed his desire to pursue a degree in agriculture. At UWRF, Kory participated in several clubs and activities, including Alpha Gamma Rho and Dairy Club. As a member of the Board, Kory is excited to help lead and grow CAFES so that other prospective and current students can have the same opportunities for success that he has had as a graduate of CAFES.
Wendy Kannel Ag Education, 2003
Wendy has been with the
Wisconsin Farm Bureau since 2010 and is the Director of Training and Leadership
Development. She coordinates the Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Agriculturist
Program (YFA) for members ages 18-35, oversees the Collegiate Farm Bureau
chapters at UW-River Falls, Madison and Platteville, and facilitates the
Leadership Institute, a year-long leadership development program for Farm Bureau
members. After graduating from UWRF in 2003, Wendy was the Agriscience
Teacher and FFA Advisor for the Mishicot School District and also served as an
adjunct instructor for Lakeshore Technical College. Wendy states that UWRF
offered not only great instruction but also opened many networking
opportunities and experiences that have helped her in her current position.
Lindsay Knoebel Animal Science-Meat Animal major, Horticulture minor, 2013
Lindsay grew up on a cattle and grain farm in Helenville. In 2001, her family started Jelli's Market, a fresh produce business growing and promoting pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples and other fresh produce throughout the summer. After attending UWRF, she returned to work on her family farm and is an independent sales representative for DuPont Pioneer. She is also currently serving as the Farm Bureau YFA representative for Jefferson County. Lindsay looks forward to being an advocate of CAFES to younger generations.
Ashley (Sollman) Gausman Agricultural Business major, Agronomy minor, 2009 Ashley currently works as a business representative for BASF, a global
leader in crop protection products. BASF helps farmers to sustainably
increase the yields and quality of their crops. Ashley, who grew up on a
dairy farm in Turtle Lake, credits her professional career largely to
the experiences she gained in CAFES. While a CAFES student, she was
exposed to many facets of agriculture and people who shared the same
interests and desires for the industry as she. It was through these
experiences that she gained an awareness of what it really meant to be
an agriculture graduate and how it opens the doors to endless
opportunities. Ashley lives in Baldwin with her husband Bill where they
have a corn and soybean operation.
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