UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Alumni

Meet the Board

Whitney Thome 

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.


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Stephanie Jens, Vice President
Dairy Science major, Chemistry minor, 2005
Stephanie grew up on a small beef farm in southeast Minnesota and graduated 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.

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.

Jeff Betley

 

Jeff Betley
Ag Business and Ag Engineering major, 1990
Jeff Betley is from Pulaski, Wisconsin where he is the owner of Betley Farms, LLC. After graduation, Jeff went to work for Cargill before deciding to return to the family farm. Since then they have grown from 240 to 2000 cows and new barns are in the works for the next expansion with a focus on labor and resource efficiency. They are also a partner in a cropping business that covers about 7000 acres per year. Two years ago the Betley's started a heifer raising operation in western NE with a few dairy partners. That operation is growing rapidly with about 11,500 dairy heifers in their care. Jeff stated that UWRF gave him a great base to build on and, as a board member, he would like to bring some of his talent and experience back to the next generation.

 

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
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.

Derek Husmoen

Derek Husmoen
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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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
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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