Meet the Ambassadors

2017-2018 Ag Ambassadors

Rob Ziegler : Ag Ambassador Chairman

Rob Ziegler

Ag Ambassador Chairman

My name is Rob Ziegler and this year I am a senior at the University of Wyoming finishing my degree in Pre-veterinary medicine and my minor in Ag. business. This year I am happy to be serving as the Chairman for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources student ambassadors. I am also involved with the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association. I recently retired from my position at the Wyoming State Vet Lab and am now working on an undergraduate research project in the Animal Science Department. When I’m not studying, or working on my research, I enjoy outdoor activates such as, hunting and fishing. After graduation, I plan to peruse a degree in veterinary medicine. When school starts next fall, there is no doubt I will miss being at UW.


Chelsea Anglen :

Chelsea Anglen

Hey all! My name is Chelsea Anglen. I am currently a senior at the University of Wyoming, majoring in Agricultural Business, and will be graduating in the spring of 2018. Along with Ag Ambassadors, I am a member of Wyoming Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Associations, Fish ‘n Chicks, and SHERM. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to grow up on a cattle operation in Fort Bridger Wyoming, which allowed me to be active and involved with agriculture. I am excited to be a part of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Ambassadors and look forward to learning and growing, and promoting with the rest of the Ambassadors.

Carson Averill :

Carson Averill

Howdy! My name is Carson Averill, I am a junior here at the University of Wyoming and this is my first year as an Ag ambassador. I am currently majoring in Ag Business with a concentration in Farm and Ranch Management as well as a minor in Communication. I am an avid outdoorsman and I also love building things! You can usually find me hunting and fishing somewhere in Colorado (my home state) or Wyoming. I am also the Senior Resident Assistant for Orr Hall so I am on campus quite a bit! During the summers I work on a dude ranch in northern Montana as a wrangler. I plan on owning my own ranch right here in Wyoming after I graduate!

Madison Clark : Ag Ambassador Secretary

Madison Clark

Ag Ambassador Secretary

Hi everyone! My name is Madison Clark and I am a junior at the University of Wyoming. I am majoring in Agricultural Communications, with minors in Journalism and Horticulture. I plan to go to law school when I am done here, and then represent ranchers and farmers from a legal standpoint. Somewhere between growing up on a horse ranch, competing in rodeo, and being active in FFA, I caught a bug for agriculture, whether it was working in it, studying it, or representing it, and it inspired me to work to get to where I’m at today. I am looking forward to the rest of my time in the UW College of Ag and the future that’s in store for it!

Kristy DeGering :

Kristy DeGering

Kristy DeGering here,
I’m Wyoming born and raised and am currently attending the University of Wyoming for my bachelors degree. My major is Agricultural Communication with minors in Farm and Ranch Management and Agricultural Business, and Public Relations. I am the recruitment officer for Sigma Alpha as well as the Co-public relations officer for the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association.

I’m from a ranch north of Lusk, Wyoming. My brother and I are the fifth generations on our family ranch. Ranching isn’t just a career, it is a way of life. It has taught me so much including hard work, love and loss, and that I cannot simply just be a rancher. While I want to continue the tradition of my family to raise quality beef cattle, I also want to promote agriculture in all aspects of my life. Using all the resources available to me, I strive to become the best agriculture advocate I can be.

Lexie Dockery :

Lexie Dockery

Hello!  My name is Lexie Dockery, and I am a Sophomore here at the University of Wyoming.  This is my first year as an Ag Ambassador and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity!  My major is AgBusiness with my concentration also in AgBusiness, I am minoring in Finance as well.  I grew up on a cattle ranch in Niobrara County, Wyoming and have always loved agriculture and the outdoors.  I love going camping, fishing, and hiking with my family and friends!  After graduation, I hope to work in a bank in Wyoming specializing in Ag-Lending.

Emilee Elwood :

Emilee Elwood

Hey all! I’m Emilee Elwood from Gordon, Nebraska. I am a senior majoring in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I am currently holding offices in the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, UW Block & Bridle, and Alpha Tau Alpha. My interest in agriculture was sparked at an early age when I was able to become part of my local 4-H program. I was very fortunate to grow up in a very heavily influenced agricultural community that impacted my life and future for the better. I am so excited and honored to be a College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Ambassador and look forward to working with current and future students! Go Pokes!

Laura Fereday :

Laura Fereday

Hey! My name is Laura Fereday. This is my first year as an Ag ambassador. I am studying Ag Business here at the University of Wyoming and I love it! I grew up in a farming and ranching community in Utah before I moved to Estes Park, Colorado, where there is no Ag, that was a huge culture shock to me, which really made me see the importance of it. I grew up around horses and have competed on them since I was 6 years old from paints to hunter jumpers. I am the treasurer on the Equestrian Team and find myself at the barn with my 2 horses all of the time. Laramie is a great place to live, especially because there is something for everyone. I love this town and this school! The classes that I have taken are all applicable and really help further my knowledge. All in all its a great place to be with great people.

Blake Ferris :

Blake Ferris

My name is Blake Ferris, and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Wyoming. I am studying Animal Science with a minor in Ag Business, a combination that provides an optimal balance for me. Originally, I am from Wiggins, Colorado where I grew up on my family’s cattle ranch. After I graduate from UW, I plan on returning to the family operation where I will continue my family’s ranching heritage. Given my interest in production agriculture, I am a member of the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, Block and Bridle, and the Ag Ambassadors. All of these clubs, combined with my school work, have provided me a tremendous opportunity to learn and expand my horizons during my time here. I have thoroughly enjoyed UW so far, and I am looking forward to the next couple years in Laramie.

Abby Gettinger :

Abby Gettinger

Hi, everyone! My name is Abby Gettinger, and I’m a junior studying Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management with minors in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management and Soil Science. I’m a Christian who loves just about anything in the outdoors! From hiking to horseback riding, being in the outdoors is like coming home to me. I chose the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources because I was impressed with the down-to-earth, personable attitude of the professors. After seeing the broad range of major and minor options that the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offered, I felt excited about going to college for the first time. I love that Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management allows me to pursue my passion for the outdoors through learning about good stewardship of natural resources. I also enjoy that my degree allows me to connect with people over things which individuals from all backgrounds can value: healthy, productive land, clean water, and space in which to enjoy yourself. I never knew that I could enjoy working so much! I am excited and honored to serve as an Ag Ambassador, especially since I believe that pursuing a major in this college is both rewarding and worthwhile.

Lane Hageman :

Lane Hageman

My name is Lane Hageman and I am a senior at the University of Wyoming, studying Agriculture Business. I am from Ft. Laramie Wyoming where I grew up on a ranch. We run approximately 900 cows, put up around 300 acres of hay, and have approximately 60 head of horses. I graduated from Lingle- Ft. Laramie high school in 2014. My interests include working on the ranch, riding colts, rodeoing, hunting and fishing, and leatherwork. I have been on the University of Wyoming rodeo team the last three years. I plan to receive my bachelor’s degree and return the family ranch, eventually taking it over. I will be the third generation of operate it. I really enjoy being involved in Agriculture and fully understand the importance of it. Throughout my life my goals are to learn more about agriculture, promote it, and protect it. I believe it is the backbone of this country.

Lacey Hill :

Lacey Hill

Hello! My name is Lacey Hill and this is my first year as an Ag ambassador. I am originally from Sacramento, Ca which is pretty different from Wyoming. I am a Junior here at UW and am dual majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Animal Biology and also majoring in Physiology. Because of my passion for nutrition and science, I plan on applying to medical school to continue my education. In addition to being busy taking those awesome Organic Chemistry classes, I work in the Metabolism lab in the Animal Science building which is pretty awesome. Working in the lab gives me a closer relationship with some of the faculty at UW and give me hands on experiences which I can’t find elsewhere such as putting my hand in a cow’s rumen aka its stomach! It is pretty cool. When I’m not working in the lab, I enjoy showing livestock, reading, volunteering for events run by the College of Ag as well as showing my passions for agriculture through Ag Ambassadors.

Shelby Hodges :

Shelby Hodges

Hey! My name is Shelby Hodges. I am from Worland, WY. As a junior at the University of Wyoming, I am pursuing a degree in Design, Merchandising, and Textiles from the Family and Consumer Science Department. I have a passion for design and creativity that I love being able to apply to my classes and my future career! Along with being an Ag Ambassador, I am the Vice President of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences RSO and a member of PHI Upsilon Omicron. Outside of class I enjoy running, hiking, and traveling. The College of Agriculture has helped me to widen my skill set and understanding of my field through many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. I am excited to take these experiences and use them to develop my career in the future!

Mackenzie Holmberg :

Mackenzie Holmberg

Hey there, I’m Mackenzie and I’m a senior here at the University of Wyoming. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Communications and and minor in Farm & Ranch Management. I love my major because of its’ versatility and flexibility. I have focused more on Public Relations within ag and my goal is to help educate the public on the importance of agricultural industries. I am obviously involved in Ag Ambassadors (which I LOVE) and also with the UW Ranch Horse Team. When not in class, you can find me out riding my horses or playing ball with my dog, Whiskey.

If you have any questions on the Ag Communications degree program, any of the horse-related teams (Rodeo, Ranch Horse, Equestrian), or just Laramie living in general, let me know!

Quade Palm :

Quade Palm

My name is Quade Palm and I am from Medicine Bow, Wyoming. I am a 6th generation Wyoming Rancher and and truly cherish the opportunities and experiences that way of life provides. This upbringing pushed me to pursue my major of Animal Science, focused in production with an Ag Business minor. I am a senior and this is my first year as an Ag Ambassador. I will be graduating in Spring of 2018. I began school at Casper College, where I received my Associates in Animal Science in 2016, then transferred to UW that fall. Coming to school at UW as in in-state student was an easy decision and I have grown happier with my decision as time has gone on. After school I plan to find work on a farm or ranch before returning home to work on my folk's ranch. I served as the Wyoming FFA State President, and the Ag Ambassador program was a prime opportunity for me to advocate for the ag industry, College of Ag, as well as aid in college recruitment. Ag Ambassadors has also taught me about other programs and majors within the College of Ag that I was unaware of. When I am not busy with my school and extracurricular activities, I usually find myself at home working cattle, in the mountains skiing, or snowmobiling. UW has been one heck of a ride. Powder River, Let 'er Buck!

Emily Poss :

Emily Poss

Hello! My name is Emily Poss. Originally, I am from a farm/ranch right over the border in Nebraska. I am studying Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal and Veterinarian Medicine and an endorsement in biology here at UW! I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm that sparked my passion for agriculture and for parents that have helped me learn everything I possibly can from hands-on experiences. Aside from farming we also have a herd of Scottish Highland cattle, which has allowed me to become very active with the American Highland Cattle Association. There are a handful of clubs I am involved in such as the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association or Alpha Tau Alpha (Ag Education club). The opportunities are endless here at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and I can’t wait to put them to use in the “real world”!

Emma Rovani :

Emma Rovani

Hello! I’m Emma Rovani, and I’m a Laramie native in my junior year at UW. As a Microbiology major on a pre-veterinary track with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and Management, you can find me active on campus as the president of the Wyoming Pre-Veterinary Club and a violinist in the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, I have been lucky enough to have been employed by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory since my freshman year—initially involved in Brucella ovis research, and more recently as a student employee in Necropsy/Trimming/Receiving and contributing to a study investigating disease/predation as factors contributing to Wyoming mule deer mortality. These hands-on experiences only affirmed my decision to attend UW, and are the reason I whole-heartedly recommend the COANR to anyone looking to take an active role in their own education. In my (rather limited) free time, I take full advantage of the outdoor opportunities around Laramie, and can be found skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, or fishing.

Brookely Schamber :

Brookely Schamber

Hi, my name is Brookely Schamber and I am currently a junior at the University of Wyoming majoring in Animal and Veterinary science with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. I am involved in several clubs and organizations here on campus in many different capacities. I currently serve as president of the pre-veterinary club, am a member of collegiate 4-H and, of course, am an Ag ambassador. In addition to participating in these wonderful RSO’s I have been fortunate enough to work part time in the necropsy department of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL). The WSVL is a research and diagnostic laboratory that houses the UW College of Agriculture’s Veterinary Sciences department. Students in the UW College of Ag have an extremely unique and amazing opportunity to learn hands-on at the WSVL and I am beyond thankful for my experiences there. As a Wyoming native I can’t help but love the outdoors and the various wintertime activities that Laramie has to offer. Some of my favorite activities here include hiking Medicine Bow peak with my dog Jazz, attending UW football and basketball games, swimming, and skiing. I look forward to serving on the 2016-2017 Ag Ambassador team and am extremely honored to represent the UW College of Ag. Go Pokes!

Katie Shockley :

Katie Shockley

Hello! My name is Katie Shockley and I am currently a Junior here at the University of Wyoming. I am pursuing a double major in Agricultural Communications and Business Management with my concentration in Entrepreneurship. I am also minoring in Agriculture Business and Agriculture Economics. Along with Ag Ambassadors, I am a member of Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Honors Organization, and Alpha Kappa Psi. I am beyond thankful that I have had the opportunity to grow up on a farm/feedlot in Wheatland Wyoming, which allowed me to take an active and involved role in agriculture from a young age. I showed in 4-H and FFA and found a true passion for the agriculture industry. I am excited to be a College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Ambassador and look forward to promoting the college and agriculture industry.

Corinne Vaughan :

Corinne Vaughan

Hi, my name is Corinne Vaughan and I am a third year student majoring in Microbiology and Pre-Veterinary Science. I came to the University from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but I spent my time growing up all over the US as the proud daughter of an Air Force officer. I developed a love of animals from an early age and decided to return to my father’s alma mater to begin the process of becoming a Veterinarian. Aside from being an Ag Ambassador, I am also a member of the Pre-Vet club, colligate 4H, and the club tennis team in addition to working as a student necropsy technician at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. While at the University I have also had the opportunity to help with Brucellosis research currently being conducted in the Department of Veterinary Sciences, and to serve as a TA for General Microbiology. I love the role that I get to play as an advocate for agriculture and the sense of community that it brings to the already amazing experience that I have had at the university thus far.

Emily Violini :

Emily Violini

Hi there! My name is Emily Violini, and I am a junior here at the University of Wyoming and a second year Ag Ambassador. I am studying Animal and Veterinary Science, with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary medicine. Additionally, I am minoring in Honors through the University Honors Program and beginning to pursue another minor in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. Though I have fallen in love with Wyoming, I am originally from Salinas, California. I know what you’re thinking, “Why is she in Wyoming when she could be sitting on the beach somewhere?”. To be honest, when it’s really cold I sometimes ask myself the same question. Though it may be known for Hollywood and hippies eating kale, California has a large agricultural economy, and there’s a pretty good chance you may see a cowboy or farmer on the beach sometime. I grew up on my family’s cow/calf operation in Salinas, and was heavily involved in 4-H for 9 years. I am passionate about agricultural issues, particularly in the livestock industry, which is one of the reasons why I would like to go to veterinary school after graduating from UW to become a food animal veterinarian. I am an officer in the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association and the Pre-Veterinary Club, two of the many awesome RSO’s you can join in the College of Ag and Natural Resources! I also work as a student necropsy technician at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory, one of the amazing opportunities UW has that many other schools don’t! In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, and drinking coffee. I love the experiences that the College of Ag has given me so far, and am excited to see what more is in store!

Jessica Windh :

Jessica Windh

My name is Jessica Windh and I am a graduate student in the department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management in December of 2016 from UW and I just couldn’t bring myself to leave! I am an active member of the Range Club and am the assistant coach for their URME (Undergraduate Range Management Exam) team. During my undergraduate education I helped with some research projects on how producers are affected by things like drought or predators, and that fueled my decision to go to grad school. My graduate project is and economic analysis of adaptive management via grazing rotations. I am really excited to work on projects that have a direct impact on producers, and being an Ag Ambassador has really helped me become more connected with the Wyoming agriculture community.

I grew up in the central valley of California where my family grows grapes and citrus, and transferred to UW from Fresno State in 2014. When I’m not at school or busy studying, I enjoy hanging out with friends, spending time with my dogs, and being outdoors! Upon graduation I hope to work for an agricultural extension service in the intermountain west region so that I can help producers find solutions to their problems. I am proud to be an Ag Ambassador for the College of Ag because I believe it is important for everyone to realize how important agriculture is to our society and how our students are going to help shape the future!

Zoe Yount :

Zoe Yount