Meet the Ambassadors

Ag Ambassador Group

2020-2021 Ag Ambassadors

Magdelene Alford :

Magdelene Alford

malford@uwyo.edu

Hi y'all! My name's Magdelene Alford and I came to UW from my hometown of Lawrenceburg, TN. I'm a sophomore here studying Agricultural Education and Animal Science with a focus in range livestock. My love for agriculture started when I was about five of six and I got my first bottle calf. He was adorable and just made me fall in love with cows. I grew up spending summers and weekends on my family's assorted farms feeding cows and fixing fence, and when I wasn't doing that, I was riding or showing horses.When I'm not in class or busy studying, I like to spend my time working on things for Alpha Tau Alpha, the Ag Ed club on campus. When I graduate from UW, I plan on teaching high school ag in Wyoming and eventually teaching at a university or doing some kind of research work.

Andrew Anderson :

Andrew Anderson

aander94@uwyo.edu

Hey, I’m Andrew Anderson and I’m a second-year Ag-Ambassador and junior at the University of Wyoming! Currently, I’m studying Ag Business Management, but I also plan to major in Accounting as well. I am from Wray, Colorado, which is a very small town located in the northeast corner of the state. Agriculture has always been a huge part of my life due to the fact that our family business is selling center-pivot irrigation systems for farmers all across the plains. I started working for my father and grandfather at age 12, and have been connected to it ever since. I plan on returning to Wray after I graduate, however, I am currently looking forward to my next few years in Laramie and supporting the college of Ag!

Kyla Baldridge :

Kyla Baldridge

kbaldrid@uwyo.edu

Hi everyone, my name is Kyla Baldridge and I am a sophomore. I am double majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. I plan on eventually getting my doctorate in Wildlife Biology so I can work in the National park system studying our wildlife. I am a member of the wildlife society, range club, and apart of sigma alpha the ag professional sorority. I am originally from a small farming town in northern Illinois. I personally did not grow up on a farming operation but I quickly gained experience through many different jobs and opportunities that FFA presented me. My interest in agriculture really sparked when I joined my highschools FFA chapter, I quickly became an officer, thriving in competitions and soaking up as much information as I could. I knew I found my passion when I looked forward to work before school and on the early weekend mornings at a swine production operation. I am so happy to be a student at the University of Wyoming and I can't see what other opportunities it has to offer.

Madison Blaeser :

Madison Blaeser

mblaeser@uwyo.edu

Hello! My name is Madison Blaeser and I am a first year Agriculture Ambassador. I am a sophomore here at the University of Wyoming studying Animal Science with a concentration in Animal Biology and American Sign Language. I grew up in a small town in Colorado where I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by an agriculture focused community which enabled me to be involved in 4H and FFA. I currently work at the Wyoming Sate Veterinary Laboratory as a lab technician where I am learning to run qPCR tests. I am a member of the Pre-Veterinary club and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In the future I hope to become a large animal veterinarian and am beyond grateful for the opportunities that the University of Wyoming and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has given me as I work towards my goal!

Codi Jo Broten :

Codi Jo Broten

cbroten@uwyo.edu

Hello everyone, my name is Codi Jo Broten and I am a third year PhD student in the Department of Animal Science with a food microbiology focus. Originally, I am from Montesano, Washington. In 2016, I graduated with a BS in biology from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. My graduate research with Dr. Bledar Bisha focuses on the development of paperbased rapid diagnostics for the detection of foodborne bacterial pathogens. Besides serving as an Ag Ambassador, I am an INBRE fellow and member of the C4 college ministry and Animal Science Graduate Student Association. Outside of school, I enjoy fly fishing, hiking, hot yoga, and volunteering weekly at the Laramie Animal Welfare Society. My appreciation of agriculture developed as a student here at the University of Wyoming, as I realized its importance for all of the country and the direct link between food safety and production. As an Ag Ambassador, I am looking forward to interacting with students, alumni, and the community in order to communicate the wonderful opportunities available within the College of Ag and Natural Resources.

Joseph Cook :

Joseph Cook

jcook34@uwyo.edu

Whether it be growing up in France kayaking the local canals and rivers, taking a gap year doing voluntourism building wells in drought ridden Namibia, or simply choosing college classes, a fascination with water was often at the centre of decision making. Over my college years this has led me through a French agricultural college coming out with a dual master’s in engineering and hydrology, before arriving at the University of Wyoming for a PhD researching irrigation management and scientific support to help improve irrigation efficiency and reduce conflict. Fully smitten with the wide-open spaces and mountains of the West, my wife and I intend to remain in the West. For me this will ideally lead to an extension role working with irrigation stakeholders on local issues trying to provide scalable solutions for dissemination throughout the state and West. In my spare time I train as part of the University of Wyoming triathlon club. I am also a firm believer in the need for Universities to be anchored in their local communities with students stepping beyond the bounds of their campuses, and as such I serve as President and board member of the Laramie Railroad Depot.

McKenzi Davison :

McKenzi Davison

mdaviso3@uwyo.edu

Hey there! My name is McKenzi Davison and I am currently a junior here at the University of Wyoming. I am an Animal Science major with a Pre-veterinary concentration. As a Wyoming native, growing up in a highly agricultural community and participating in 4-H for many years has allowed me to see the importance of agriculture in Wyoming. I could not be more honored to be a member of the Ag Ambassadors Team to promote the College of Agriculture. Along with being an Ag Ambassador here at the University, I am also an active member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track team, the Pre-veterinary Club, and work in the Necropsy department of the Wyoming State Vet Lab. After I finish my education at the University of Wyoming, I plan on attending Veterinary school and would like to eventually return to Wyoming to serve the agricultural community as a large and small animal veterinarian.

Clara Delahaye :

Clara Delahaye

cdelahay@uwyo.edu

Hey there! My name is Clara Delahaye, and as a third-year Ag ambassador, I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I am currently a senior here at the University of Wyoming studying Animal and Veterinary Science with minors in Honors and French. Born and raised in Wyoming, I was very involved with 4-H for nine years which sparked my interest in agriculture and now drives my passion for veterinary medicine. In addition to Ag ambassadors, I am the Vice-President of the Pre-veterinary club, tressure of the Best Buddies RSO, and Student Advisor for the Collegiate 4-H club. I am also employed by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory as a student necropsy technician where I work with the veterinary pathologists in the diagnostic portion of the lab. I am very fortunate to be a part of the UW College of Ag and it has been amazing to have such incredible access to a wide variety of opportunities that can be tailored to specific interests. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, biking, or playing basketball.

Joseph Duncan :

Joseph Duncan

jdunca16@uwyo.edu

Hi everybody, my name is Joseph Duncan and I am a sophomore here at UW. I am doing a concurrent major with Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from the College of Ag and Environment and Natural Resources from the Haub School. Looking forward, I am hoping to conduct research on invasive plant species in the Western United States and become a range manager. I am involved in the Fly Fishing Club, Range Club, Precision Shooting Club, and Navigators here at UW in addition to Ag Ambassadors. I came to UW from a suburb of Minnesota which seems a little out of place but the West, particularly Wyoming, has always felt like home. Unlike many of my fellow Ag Ambassadors, I do not really come from an Ag background. I have always been an avid hunter and fly fisherman which was what led me to Wyoming, but I did not realize that agriculture was actually going to be my path.  Ever since the first meeting with the Ag college faculty, I knew I was in the right place and am so excited to help incoming students, from an ag background or not, find the right fit for them here in the College of Agriculture.

Erika Eckhardt :

Erika Eckhardt

eeckhar1@uwyo.edu

Hello Everyone, my name is Erika Eckhardt and this is my second year as an Ag Ambassador. I am a senior at the University of Wyoming, pursuing a dual major in Animal and Veterinary Science with a concentration in Pre-Vet Medicine as well as Ag Business. I grew up by Sterling, Nebraska on a small acreage and helped my grandparents farm a mile down the road. This is where my passion for agriculture was truly able to shine. Having participated in 4-H, FFA, and growing up by such a small town I was able to experience all sides of the agriculture industry. Since coming to the University of Wyoming, I have been able to become more involved in agriculture than I could have ever imagined. I currently work in the Parasitology Lab at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory and am also a Supervisor for Half Acre Campus Gym. Upon graduation from UW, I plan on attending graduate school majoring in animal science.

Makenna Greenwald :

Makenna Greenwald

mgreenwa@uwyo.edu

Hello! My name is Makenna Greenwald, I am a junior here at the University of Wyoming studying Agricultural Business and Marketing. I grew up on my family farm/feedlot just outside of Lingle, Wyoming and this is where my passion for agriculture was began. I was active in 4-H and FFA through meats and livestock evaluation as well as exhibiting market goats. I am currently a member of the 2019 University of Wyoming Meats Judging team, Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, and Ag Ambassadors. Laramie is the perfect place for me to enjoy mountain biking, skiing, and hiking. Once I graduate, I hope to work in marketing for an agricultural based company, and give back to the industry that I love.

Go Pokes!!!

Emilee Inez :

Emilee Inez

einez@uwyo.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Emilee Inez, and I am an Animal and Veterinary Science major, dual concentrated in Production and Communication. I am a senior this year and serving as Chairman for the Ag Ambassadors. Growing up in Santa Paula, California exposed me to some agriculture, but it was not until I joined a local 4-H club that I found my passion for livestock production. As well as being an Ag Ambassador I work with the LeaRN program, am an Admissions Student Ambassador, in the Collegiate 4-H club, and the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association. In the future I hope to work in California and help bridge the gap between farmers to consumers.

Jordan Johnson :

Jordan Johnson

jjohn261@uwyo.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Jordan Johnson and I am a sophomore majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science. I grew up just a little way from Laramie in Cheyenne, Wyoming. While growing up, I spent a lot of time out on my grandparent’s ranch moving cattle, fixing fence, and helping however I could. It was here that I learned the true importance and impact of small family agriculture. I was active in 4-H in both static exhibits and livestock, as well as being an active volunteer through Cheyenne Frontier Days. Since moving over the hill to Laramie, I have found myself active in many parts of the university, including the Alumni Association, various leadership councils, and both Ag Ambassadors and UW Brand ambassadors. After graduation, I plan to attend grad school for veterinary science and plan to end up in the community that I grew up in. Go Pokes!

Megan Lovitt :

Megan Lovitt

mlovitt@uwyo.edu

Hi! My name is Megan Lovitt and this my first year being an ag ambassador. I grew up on my family’s ranch outside of Douglas, Wyoming and have two younger brothers. This is my third year in college, but I am planning on graduating this year with a major in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. Growing up, I was involved in 4-H and FFA and found a passion for pigs and plants. For the past couple of summers, I have had the opportunity to work with the Forest Service and I hope to go permanent there after graduation. I am a Resident Assistant in Orr Hall here on campus for the Animal Science floor and enjoy using that platform to share my love of agriculture. I am honored to be a part of the University of Wyoming and I am excited to be an ambassador for agriculture!

Chase Markel :

Chase Markel

cmarkel1@uwyo.edu

Hello, my name is Chase Markel and I am a senior at the University of Wyoming studying animal science. I grew up in Wheatland, Wyoming and was involved in 4-H and FFA showing and judging livestock. Prior to attending the University of Wyoming, I received an associate degree from Northeastern Junior College where I competed on the livestock judging team. Currently, I am a member of the 2019-20 University of Wyoming Livestock Judging team, a transfer peer mentor and an Ag Ambassador. I enjoy advocating for agriculture and helping youth get involved in the industry. I am looking forward to representing and promoting the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Elizabeth Martinez :

Elizabeth Martinez

emarti32@uwyo.edu

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Martinez this is my first year as an Ag ambassador I am a senior here at the University of Wyoming. I am studying Farm and Ranch Business Management, I am originally from Worland, WY and grew up on a cow-calf operation. I was heavily involved in FFA in high school and that is where my love for the agriculture industry grew. I went to Casper College and received my Associates of Science in Agricultural Business and transferred here to the University of Wyoming. I am involved in Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, WYOGOLD Leadership Council, and the UW Range Club. I am very excited to be an Ag Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources this year!

Hannah Michalski :

Hannah Michalski

hmichals@uwyo.edu

Hello! My name is Hannah Michalski and I am very excited to be an ag ambassador! I am a junior studying Animal & veterinary sciences, Zoology, and Biology with a minor in Psychology. Livestock has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember but developed into an appreciation for all things agriculture after I moved to the midwest. I am heavily involved both in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and around campus with groups such as Collegiate 4-H, Pre-Vet Club, and playing piccolo in Western Thunder Marching Band. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Amy Newman :

Amy Newman

anewman8@uwyo.edu

Hey guys! My name is Amy Newman and I’m a Senior studying Agriculture Business and Animal Science. I grew up in Northern Colorado, where I was fortunate enough to be very involved in my local 4H program, where I competed in Livestock Judging, and showed goats and steers. I am on the current Livestock Judging team here at the University of Wyoming, and I am also involved in Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, Collegiate Wool Growers, and I am an assistant coach for the Wool Judging team. Upon graduation next spring, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Agriculture Economics. I have loved my time so far in Laramie and look forward to representing the College of Ag as an ambassador! Go pokes!

Courtney Newman :

Courtney Newman

cnewman4@uwyo.edu

I’m Courtney Newman, I’m a Junior at the University of Wyoming studying Agriculture Business and Economics with a minor in Animal Science. I have been lucky enough to grow up in the Agriculture Community around Fort Collins, Colorado. Growing up I was heavily involved in 4-H, ultimately sparking a passion for Agriculture! Upon graduation I hope to continue my education by pursuing an Agriculture Law degree and give back to the community that has made me who I am! I have enjoyed my time at UW so far and I’m looking forward to the next two!

 
Sierra Shelit :

Sierra Shelit

sshelit@uwyo.edu

Hi there! My name is Sierra Shelit and I am currently a Senior here at the University of Wyoming. I am studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences, with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and a minor in Agriculture Business. I come to the University from Pine Bluffs, Wyoming where my father manages a club calf operation and my mother is a receptionist at a vet clinic. My passion for agriculture, especially veterinary medicine, stems from my rich upbringing in the agriculture industry. As a child, I was involved in 4H and in high school, I was involved in FFA. Along with being an Ag Ambassador, I am also a member of the Pre-Vet Club, serving as the President, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I am employed by the University at the Wyoming Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where I work as a student necropsy technician, assisting Veterinary Pathologist in performing autopsies on animals. I am very thankful for the University of Wyoming and the education and opportunities I am receiving during my time here. As this school year gets into full swing, I am excited to promote the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and to share my experiences on my journey as an Ag Ambassador!

Shaylin Stein :

Shaylin Stein

sstein7@uwyo.edu

Hello! My name is Shaylin Stein, and I am from a small town in Colorado called Elizabeth. I’m a junior at the University of Wyoming studying Agricultural Business with a concentration in Livestock Management and a minor in Animal Science. I actually didn’t get fully involved in agriculture until I was in middle school and high school, where I started showing in the NRHA. From there, I joined the University of Wyoming Ranch Horse team and for the past two years have been showing with my horse Chexie. I’m very excited to be an Ag Ambassador and that I get to represent the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources on a daily basis.

Darci Tamlin :

Darci Tamlin

dtamlin@uwyo.edu

Hi all! My name is Darci Tamlin, I am from Wheatland, Wyoming. I am a senior at the University of Wyoming where I am studying Agricultural Communications with a minor in Animal & Veterinary Science. Growing up, I have always been active in the agricultural way of life through 4-H, FFA and rodeo. The university has been a great fit for me, broadening my horizons more than I could’ve ever imagined. I am excited for the rest of the year and to represent the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as an Ag Ambassador!

 
Wes Taylor :

Wes Taylor

wtaylor7@uwyo.edu

My name is Wes Taylor and I'm excited to start my second year as an Ag Ambassador! I am currently a junior and an executive member of Alpha Gamma Rho, the agricultural fraternity. I became passionate about the world of agriculture through FFA in high school. In that, I competed in the agronomy, agribusiness management, and vet science career development events. I even went on to compete at the national level in the first two. My love for agriculture followed me out of high school, and since graduating, I have held internships in the agronomy and precision agriculture software industries. My most recent internship took me all the way out to New York for a summer to work under an Ivy League professor and expert reviewer for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. My goal is to graduate with my bachelors in Ag Business and attend grad school for Ag Econ. After that, I hope to become an extension agent working in economic development before, ultimately, pursuing a doctorate in Ag Econ. I'm thrilled to continue being a part of this incredible group of students!

Jordan Williams :

Jordan Williams

jwill139@uwyo.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Jordan Williams, I am a junior from Telluride, CO. I am currently studying Animal and Veterinary Science with a concentration in Production. I was exposed to Agriculture by growing up on a cow/calf operation in Bedrock, CO. As well as being an Ag Ambassador, I also currently serve as the Vice President of the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association and work as a Youth Development Professional for Greater Wyoming Big Brother Big Sisters. After graduation I am hoping to attend graduate school and study either Animal Genetics or the Physiology of Reproduction. I love representing the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources! I think it is the greatest place to be with the greatest group of people! Go pokes!