UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Alumni

Meet the Board

Derek Husmoen 

Derek Husmoen, President
Agricultural Engineering Technology major, Soil Science minor, 2008
I grew up on a dairy farm in west-central Wisconsin and have always had a passion for agriculture. UW-River Falls was the only college I applied to and knew it was where I wanted to go. During my time at UWRF, I was involved in many student organizations including Alpha Gamma Rho, Crops and Soils Club, McNair Scholars program and Alpha Zeta. Following graduation, I attended Texas A&M University where I earned my M.S. degree in Soil Science. Since 2011, I have worked with the USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). I started out in north central Kansas, then moved to southeast Minnesota and now work in western Wisconsin. I also farm with my family. While we no longer have dairy cattle, we still raise corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. In my spare time, I like to run, golf, play sports, garden and spend time doing just about anything outside!

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Gary Beastrom
Agriculture Education, 1966
Born in 1944 in rural Ellsworth on a dairy farm. Attended schools in rural Ellsworth through 8th Grade and High School in Ellsworth. Attended College at UW-River Falls from 1962-1966 and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education. Taught at Athens High School, North Central Technical Institute/College, Tomorrow River Schools and returned to Athens to finish my career. I was also an Ag. Loan Officer at the Bank of Athens for 6 years. We have 3 grown children and 4 Grandchildren. Served as an Officer and President of the WAVAI (WAAE) and the Wisconsin FFA Alumni and am currently a Life member. I am a Charter member of the Alpha Psi Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho and hold the Number One Pin. I am currently a Supervisor on the Marathon County Board and have served the Athens Fair as Secretary for 53 years. I have also been and EMT with the Athens Area Ambulance for 47 years.

Erin Kamm

Erin (Nelson) Kamm, Secretary
Agricultural Business major, Dairy Science minor, 2004
Erin is an Associate Dairy Consultant with Compeer Financial in Baldwin. 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. 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. A native of Dassel, MN, Erin currently lives in New Richmond with her husband and son.

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

After earning my Masters Degree in 2009, I spent nearly 8 years working for UW-Extension as a 4-H Youth Development Agent. I received tenure in the UW System in the Dept of Youth Development in July of 2015. While at UW-Extension, I 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, I was fortunate enough to receive National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Agents national awards and was a presenter at multiple national conferences. Following the time working in the UW System, I spent two and a half years at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI teaching courses in Animal Science, Agronomy, and Horticulture. When I got engaged to my now husband, also a UW-RF alumni, I moved to Iowa and began teaching at NICC in Calmar, IA. I am responsible for courses in Animal Science, Agronomy, and Ag Business. I advise all students and serve as the program director for the Beef Science Technology program. In my spare time, I judge horse shows around the Midwest at various levels and train and show my own horses. I gained those skill sets while at UW-RF from participation on the Horse Judging Team.

Kory Duerst 

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.

Greg Golombeski 

Greg Golombeski, Communications Chair
Animal Science – Dairy Emphasis, 2002
Greg Golombeski currently resides in Byron, Minnesota where he is a senior dairy nutritionist for Hubbard Feeds in Mankato. 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. Greg's 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 really enjoyed his college experience at UW-River Falls. He participated in several clubs and activities, including 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. 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.

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Cary Sifferath
Agribusiness major, Animal Science minor, 1998
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. Before joining the Council in 1993, Sifferath was a district sales manager for Kent Feeds, Inc., of Muscatine, Iowa. During the last 28 years, Sifferath has lived and traveled extensively in and outside of 8the 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.

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Peter Morrow
MBA, 2016
Animal Science major, Chemistry minor 1997

Peter was born and raised on a dairy farm in River Falls. After graduating from UWRF, he then attended Veterinary School at UW-Madison, graduating in in 2001. He practiced veterinary medicine for 17 years before accepting a Technical Services position in Jan of 2018 at Milk Specialties Global Animal Nutrition in Eden Prairie, Minn. Peter's experience at UWRF was a profound turning point in his life and he is beyond proud to be an alumnus.

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

Kristin grew up on a dairy farm in western Wisconsin. 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 and was a Milk Quality Animal Health Specialist for DeLaval. In 2019, Kristin completed her second Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. Currently, Kristin is 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 her free time, she enjoys anything outside from skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, motorcycling, weekend road trips, traveling and attending cow shows. While attending UWRF, Kristin was involved with the Dairy Club, ACT (Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow) and Alpha Zeta. 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
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715-425-3535
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210 Agricultural Science
611 S. 3rd St.
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