Meet the Officers

Lisa JanakPresident
Lisa Janak

Year in School: Junior
Major: Animal Science – Industry & Business Emphasis
Hometown: Northfield, MN
Email: janak004@umn.edu

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I decided to take on a larger role in the club for two reason. First, since I was a freshman, I have dedicated many hours to club activities and events, and as I head into the last year of my college career, I wanted to give as much as possible. In my opinion, encouraging students to create a network within the dairy industry is beneficial for life-long relationships, both personally and professionally, and the Gopher Dairy Club helps facilitate that. Being a part of the executive team will allow me to contribute to the club and encourage others to be involved, too.

How are you involved on campus and in GDC?
In Gopher Dairy Club, I have had the opportunity to serve as banquet chair and senior trip co-chair, along with being on the yearbook committee, attending ADSA-SAD, participating in the Food Animal Networking Evening, and volunteering at the dairy bar and FFA judging contests. On campus, I am involved in Beta of Clovia Sorority, where I am currently the secretary and former vice president; Block and Bridle Club, where I am a banquet co-chair; and MN Royal Exec, where I hold the position of assistant events chair.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to work in a sales specialist position where I will have the opportunity to work directly with producers to better their operations.


Crystal Siemers-PetermanVice President
Crystal Siemers-Peterman

Year in School: Junior
Major: Ag & Food Business Management
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Cleveland, WI
Email:  sieme019@umn.edu

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
After my very first meeting in Gopher Dairy Club, I knew that I wanted to be on the exec team. I find it important to represent the dairy industry at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and make a positive impact on all of the events that we work hard to plan and execute. Additionally, I find it important to represent the club and help make decisions that will help GDC have an even larger representation on campus.

How are you involved on campus and in GDC?
In Gopher Dairy Club I have served as the senior editor of The Topline, planned the 2014 Alumni Reunion at World Dairy Expo, and attended numerous events like ADSA-SAD and judging contests. On campus I am a member of Lambda Delta Phi, National Agri-Marketing Association, National Grocers Association Marketing Team, and the University of Minnesota Collegiate Dairy Judging Team.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation I hope to attain a career in the dairy food industry either as a customer category analyst or a sales representative.


Nicole KrumrieSecretary
Nicole Krumrie

Year in School: Junior
Major: Agricultural Communications & Marketing
Hometown: Litchfield, MN
Email: krumr008@umn.edu

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I become extremely involved in the dairy project in both 4-H and FFA when I was in high school. During these experiences, I discovered my love for the dairy community. Freshman year, I joined the Gopher Dairy Club right away and felt an immediate sense of belonging to the club. I want to make sure that new members of the club feel the same way I did when I first joined.

How are you involved on campus and in GDC?
Currently in the Gopher Dairy Club, I am serving as the secretary and a co-chair for the Gopher Dairy Camp. I have participated in the Food Animal Networking Evening (FANE), working in the dairy bar, and helping with the FFA judging contests. On campus, I am involved in Beta of Clovia, Delta Theta Sigma Little Sisters, Agricultural Education Club, and an Agricultural Communications and Marketing Ambassador.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on working within the communication and public relations field for a dairy-related company. My long term goal is to dairy farm and be involved in local agriculture groups.  


Matt DitschTreasurer
Matt Ditsch

Year in School: Junior
Double Major: Agriculture Food Business Management; Agriculture Industries & Marketing
Hometown: Cologne, MN
Email: ditsc005@umn.edu

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I wanted to take on a leadership position with the Gopher Dairy Club because the club has helped me gain knowledge and experience about the dairy industry.

How are you involved on campus and in GDC?
I am currently serving as the Gopher Dairy Club Treasurer and as Gopher Dairy Bar Manager, and I have participated in several events such as washing cattle for the 4-H and FFA conventions.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan on getting a job in the agriculture industry working in the agronomy division.


Annie CulbertsonReporter
Annie Culbertson

Year in School: Junior
Major: Agricultural Communications & Marketing
Hometown: Pine Island, MN
Email: culbe028@umn.edu

Annie:

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
After serving as chair of the GDC social and clothing committees, I wanted to become more involved in GDC. The club has provided me the opportunity to strengthen my ties both inside and outside the dairy community. By taking on a leadership role, I will get to better know our members and give back to the club that has helped me grow so much during college. I look forward to the next year serving as the GDC Reporter.

How are you involved on campus and in GDC?
On campus, I am involved in Lambda Delta Phi Sorority and National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). In the Gopher Dairy Club, I have served as chair of both the social and clothing committees.

What are your future plans after graduation?
To work in the agriculture industry in a communications or marketing position.


Luke WernerOfficer at Large
Luke Werner

Year in school: Junior
Major: Animal Science – Dairy Production Emphasis
Hometown: Caledonia, MN
Email: werne380@umn.edu

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I decided to take on a leadership position in the Gopher Dairy Club due to my love of the dairy industry.  I want to give back the club this same passion and help every one else grow to become future leaders in the industry.

How are you involved on campus and in GDC?
I hoped to be elected to a leadership position in the Gopher Dairy Club due to my love of the dairy industry. I want to give back to the club with passion in order to help the members grow and become future leaders in the industry.

What are your future plans after graduation?
My future plans after graduation involve staying in the production industry by finding employment on a large dairy operation as a herdsman or general manager.


Dr. Les HansenClub Advisor
Dr. Les Hansen
Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor