UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Alumni

Meet the Board

Derek Husmoen 

Derek Husmoen, President
Agricultural Engineering Technology major, Soil Science minor, 2008
Background: Grew up on a dairy farm in west-central Wisconsin
Student Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho, Crops and Soils Club, McNair Scholars program and Alpha Zeta.
After Graduation: Attended Texas A&M University where he earned his M.S. degree in Soil Science. Derek also farms with his family. While they no longer have dairy cattle, they still raise corn, soybeans, and alfalfa.
Employment: Since 2011, Derek has worked with the USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). He started out in north central Kansas, then moved to southeast Minnesota and now work in western Wisconsin.

Gary Beastrom

Gary Beastrom
Agriculture Education, 1966
Background: Grew up on a dairy farm in rural Ellsworth.
Student Involvement: Charter member of the Alpha Psi Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho and hold the Number One Pin.
After Graduation:
Served as an Officer and President of the WAVAI (WAAE) and the Wisconsin FFA Alumni and am currently a Life member. Gary is currently a Supervisor on the Marathon County Board and has served the Athens Fair as Secretary for 53 years. He has also been and EMT with the Athens Area Ambulance for 47 years.
Employment: Taught at Athens High School, North Central Technical Institute/College, Tomorrow River Schools and returned to Athens to finish my career. Gary was also an Ag. Loan Officer at the Bank of Athens for 6 years.

Erin Kamm

Erin (Nelson) Kamm, Secretary
Agricultural Business major, Dairy Science minor, 2004
Background: A native of Dassel, MN.
Student Involvment: She says that CAFES made her college experience so memorable. The friends and acquaintances she has from her time at UWRF continue to be her friends and contacts in the agriculture industry.
After Graduation: After graduating from UWRF in 2004 with a degree in ag business and minor in dairy science, Erin spent 10 years working for Tom Morris, LTD and the Cattle Connection in Amery.
Employment: Erin is an Associate Dairy Consultant with Compeer Financial in Baldwin.
Erin currently lives in New Richmond with her husband and son.

Sara Schaefer

 

Sara Schaefer
Master of Science Agriculture Education, 2009
Animal Science, 2007

Student Involvment: In her spare time, Sara judges horse shows around the Midwest at various levels and train and show my own horses. She gained those skill sets while at UW-RF from participation on the Horse Judging Team.
After Graduation: After earning her Masters Degree in 2009, Sara spent nearly 8 years working for UW-Extension as a 4-H Youth Development Agent. She received tenure in the UW System in the Dept of Youth Development in July of 2015. While at UW-Extension, Sara served as president of the Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (WAE4-HYDP), the Growing With Agriculture state work team, a Joint Council of Extension Professionals board member, and traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators on behalf of stakeholders through the Public Issues Leadership Development conference. Additionally, sje was fortunate enough to receive National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Agents national awards and was a presenter at multiple national conferences.
Employment: Following the time working in the UW System, Sara spent two and a half years at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI teaching courses in Animal Science, Agronomy, and Horticulture. When she got engaged to her now husband, also a UW-RF alumni, they moved to Iowa and Sara began teaching at NICC in Calmar, IA. where she is responsible for courses in Animal Science, Agronomy, and Ag Business. She advises all students and serve as the program director for the Beef Science Technology program.

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Marcus Qualle
Agriculture Business - Crop Science, 2020
Background: Balsam Lake, WI
Student Experience: Marcus wants to serve to help brighten the experience of the students through faculty connections. He didn't grow up on a farm but now has a passion for agriculture, attributing a lot of that to his experience at the university level. Marcus states - "Part of the reason I would like to be on the board is just that - I want to encourage students who didn't grow up on a farm to have the same passion River Falls taught me to have."
Employment: Burnett Dairy - Sales Agronomist 

Greg Golombeski 

Greg Golombeski, Communications Chair
Animal Science – Dairy Emphasis, 2002
Student Involvment: Delta Theta Sigma, McNair Scholars and Dairy Club. From these activities he made connections that helped in his career and also made life-long friendships.
After Graduation: In 2005, Greg earned his M.S. Dairy Science from South Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Science in 2011 from the University of Minnesota. He joined Hubbard Feeds in 2011.
Employment: Greg Golombeski currently resides in Byron, Minnesota where he is a senior dairy nutritionist for Hubbard Feeds in Mankato. Responsibilities include on farm nutrition consulting, ration balancing and assisting dairy producers on issues regarding nutrition and management.
In his free time, Greg likes to golf, travel, spend time with family and friends, and help his brother with their small registered Jersey herd. Greg wants to share his great UW-River Falls experience with others, help give back to CAFES, and be a resource for prospective and current students to help shape the next generation of the agricultural industry.

Cary Sifferath

Cary Sifferath
Agribusiness major, Animal Science minor, 1998
After Graduation: Before joining the Council in 1993, Sifferath was a district sales manager for Kent Feeds, Inc., of Muscatine, Iowa.
Employment: Cary Sifferath serves as the senior director of global programs for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). In this capacity, Sifferath is responsible for oversight of the Council’s 10 international offices and all worldwide programs. Sifferath has held various positions within the Council since joining in 1993.

  • From 1993 to 1995, Sifferath was the manager of international operations/Asia at the Council’s Washington, D.C., office. He was responsible for managing all programs within the Asia region. He was promoted in 1995 to assistant director for the Southeast Asia office, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and in 1997 was promoted again to regional director for Southeast Asia. In that capacity, he was responsible for market development activities throughout the Southeast Asia region.
  • From 2001 to 2008, Sifferath served as the senior director in the Council’s Tokyo, Japan office and carried out market development and trade activities in Japan.
  • From 2008 to 2010 he was the senior director in the Council’s Beijing, China office. During this time, he managed the Council’s market development programs and office operations in China.
  • From 2010 to 2015 he served as the regional director of Middle East, Africa and Europe in the Council’s regional office in Tunis, Tunisia before taking on his current position based back in the Council’s Washington, D.C., office in August of 2015.

During the last 28 years, Sifferath has lived and traveled extensively in and outside of the U.S. collecting information and firsthand knowledge of world grain supply and demand from regular contacts with local feed grain importers, processors, end-users and various agricultural agencies.

Chad Peterson

Chad Petersen
Ag Engineering Technology, 1986
Background: Grew up on a corn, soy, beef, hog farm in Redwood Falls, MN.
Student Involvment: Intramural sports, AET club, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity 
After Graduation: Chad began his career in the feed/grain industry for the first 11 years after graduation.
Employment: In 1997 Chad began his engineering career and currently works for Toro, Standards Engineer V.
Chad states: "I look forward to promoting this amazing college, encouraging Alumni to remain conntected, and creating measurable career links for UWRF graduates by engaging Alumni."

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Kristin Pronschinske, Vice President
Master of Science Agricultural Education, 2005
Ag Marketing Communications major, Animal Science Minor, 2004

Background: Kristin grew up on a dairy farm in western Wisconsin where she was involved with showing cows and judging dairy shows.
Student Involvement: While attending UWRF, Kristin was involved with the Dairy Club, ACT (Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow) and Alpha Zeta.
After Graduation: Kristin was a Field Representative with AMPI, Inc., she then moved into sales and consulting roles with animal pharmaceutical and dairy genetic companies where she developed new sales territories. Kristin is also a member of the Milk Quality Animal Health team for DeLaval where she worked with the dealer network. Kristin moved into the National Member Relations Trainer for Land O’Lakes, Inc. based out of Arden Hills, Minn. Kristin’s responsibilities include milk quality and technology training, staff development and is the Member Relations intern lead.

In 2019, Kristin completed her second Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.
Employment: Currently, Kristin is employed with DeLaval, Inc. on the Robotics Team where she trains and consalt with the dealer network. Kristin is also attending the Stockholm (Sweden) School of Economics Executive Education for Advanced Leadership.

In her free time, she enjoys anything outside from skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, motorcycling, weekend road trips, traveling and attending cow shows.
Kristin is excited to give back to UW-River Falls what it provided her during her time as a student and help provide guidance for the next generation!

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College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
laura.walsh@uwrf.edu
715-425-3535
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210 Agricultural Science
611 S. 3rd St.
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