Meet the Ambassadors

2020-2021 Ag Ambassadors

Magdelene Alford :

Magdelene Alford

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

Hey, I’m Andrew Anderson and I’m a first year Ag-Ambassador and sophomore at the University of Wyoming! Currently, I’m only studying Ag Business Management, but I could tack on a minor or two along my journey. 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

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
cant see what other opportunities it has to offer.

Codi Jo Broten :

Codi Jo Broten

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

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.

Clara Delahaye :

Clara Delahaye

Hey there! My name is Clara Delahaye, and as a second-year Ag ambassador, I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I am currently a junior 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 agricultural and now drives my passion for veterinary medicine. In addition to Ag ambassadors, I am the public relations officer of the Pre-veterinary club, tressure of the Best Buddies RSO, and member of the Collegiate 4-H club. I was also recently 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.

Erika Eckhardt :

Erika Eckhardt

Hello Everyone, my name is Erika Eckhardt and this is my first 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. Along with being a first year Ag Ambassador, I am a member of the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, the Pre-Vet Club, the Block and Bridle Club, and lastly was a member of the 2018 Meat Judging Team. In my free time, I volunteer for the Laramie Animal Welfare Society, and work in both the Parasitology and Virology Lab at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. I am also a Rover/Supervisor for Half Acre Campus Gym

Makenna Greenwald :

Makenna Greenwald

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

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.

Hannah Michalski :

Hannah Michalski

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.

Courtney Newman :

Courtney Newman

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

Hi there! My name is Sierra Shelit and I am currently a Junior 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 Executive Committee, 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 preforming 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

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

Hi all! My name is Darci Tamlin, I am from Wheatland, Wyoming. I am a junior at the University of Wyoming where I am studying a duel major in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science with a concentration in communication. 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

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

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!