Livestock Program Manager
I grew up in Council Bluffs and always dreamt of being a vet, so attending Iowa State was an easy decision. During my years at ISU, my interests shifted towards livestock nutrition and international animal agriculture. Through study abroad opportunities, I traveled to many different parts of the world studying animal production systems. After graduating, I worked in the nutrition lab at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and then left Iowa to attend graduate school at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
I received a master’s degree from Cornell in nutritional toxicology, studying mycotoxin contamination in peanuts and corn. During grad school, I worked closely with agriculture extension staff and became interested in the diversity of farms in the Northeastern US. After graduation, I took a position as a dairy/livestock extension educator in the Catskill Mountains. Working for extension in a rural county with many dairy farms, I became a dairy calf health specialist. The county I worked in is part of the NYC watershed and my work on farms focused on manure and pathogen management for water quality. I helped dairy, beef, sheep and goat farmers plan and design livestock facilities, organized farmer education events, conducted on-farm research and collaborated on whole farm management plans.
I couldn’t be more excited to be back in Iowa and working for PFI, as I’ve been admiring the organization from afar for many years. I look forward to learning from farmers and contributing to sustainable livestock production in the region I’m most passionate about.