Meet the Officers

Krista Styer, PresidentPresident
Krista Styer

Year in School: Junior

Major: Agricultural Communication and Marketing; Minor in Animal Science

Hometown: Menomonie, WI

Dairy background:
I grew up helping out on my family’s dairy farm where we currently milk 2,000 cows. Starting at a young age, I began showing dairy cattle and dairy judging. My involvement with these two activities has continued on into college. I am currently a member of the University of Minnesota dairy judging team. Growing up, I also participated in other dairy activities through 4-H, FFA, and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
The Gopher Dairy Club has been an incredible organization to be a member of during my time in college. It has provided me with countless opportunities to broaden my professional network, be involved on campus, and gain new friendships. Seeing that the club has been such an instrumental part of my college experience, I wanted to get involved with the executive team and help continue those great experiences for other students.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
On campus, I am involved with Beta of Clovia sorority, the Agricultural Education club, the University of Minnesota dairy judging team, and the Gopher Dairy Club. Within the Gopher Dairy Club, I am currently serving as the Alumni Relations committee chair. I have also worked at the Gopher Dairy Bar, assisted with the FFA judging contests, and served on the judging contest committee.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to find a job within the agricultural communications and marketing field that allows me to incorporate photography, design, and writing into my daily work. Eventually I plan on returning to my family’s farm.

What is your favorite dairy product?
Chocolate milk from Kwik Trip.
 

Brooke Roberts, Vice President, Gopher Dairy ClubVice President
Brooke Roberts

Year in School: Junior

Major: Agricultural Communication and Marketing; Minor in Animal Science

Hometown: Whitelaw, WI

Dairy background:
I began exhibiting dairy cattle at just 4 years of age. My sisters and I first showed replacement heifers that our grandfather raised, and later began working with Siemers Holsteins. I also became heavily involved in dairy judging and was fortunate to be a part of a very successful 4-H team; likewise for my team at the University of Minnesota. This past fall, I concluded my judging career as the High Reasons Individual at World Dairy Expo, as well as 2nd High Individual and a member of the High Team at the NAILE contest in Louisville, Kentucky.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I have had many positive experiences within the club and always looked up to past executive team members. I felt that I would like to give back to the club and its members by serving on the executive team.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
On campus, I am a member of Lambda Delta Phi Sorority, Block and Bridle, the livestock judging team, and the Gopher Dairy Club. In the Gopher Dairy Club, I have served as an ADSA Co-chair, and a member of the scholarship committee, banquet committee, and yearbook committee.

What are your future plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a career in livestock marketing - whether that involves working with a breed association, checkoff program, marketing agency, or freelance work. I’d like to utilize my creativity to aid farmers in profitably marketing their livestock.

What is your favorite dairy product?
Ice cream, but cheese is a close second!
 

Lauren Hendel, Secretary, Gopher Dairy ClubSecretary
Lauren Hendel

Year in School: Junior

Major: Animal Science - Dairy Production

Hometown: Caledonia, MN

Dairy background:
I am the fifth generation on my family’s dairy farm. We currently milk around 350 cows, including Holsteins and Brown Swiss. Growing up I was involved in many different dairy activities through both 4-H and FFA including dairy judging, dairy quiz bowl, and showing. At the University of Minnesota I am an active member of the U of M dairy judging team and have participated in Dairy Challenge.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
After attending my first Gopher Dairy Club meeting, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the club's executive team someday. The Gopher Dairy Club is my favorite club on campus, and I wanted to be involved in the club's planning and decision-making process. I hope that I can bring new ideas and opportunities to the club through serving on the executive team.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
Within the Gopher Dairy Club I am currently the Chair for the Food Animal Networking Event, and also one of the Co-chairs for the 2019 Senior Trip. In the past I have been a chair for the Alumni Committee and chair of the ADSA contests.

Other than my involvement within the Gopher Dairy Club, I am an active member of Lambda Delta Phi, where I serve as the philanthropy committee chair, and the MN Royal Executive team where I serve as the dairy species chair.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation I hope to work within the dairy industry, potentially in the A.I. industry. With my passion for dairy cattle genetics and interest in reproduction I feel that a job within this industry would be a great fit for me.

What is your favorite dairy product?
My favorite dairy product is cheese, it completes any dish!
 

Mike Slater, TreasurerTreasurer
Mike Slater

Year in School: Junior

Major: Agricultural Communication and Marketing - Crops and Soils, and Animal Science - Industry and Business

Hometown: Chisago City, MN

Dairy background:
I am not from a dairy farm, nor have I worked on one. My background is more in beef and horse hay, but I admire the dairy industry and love eating ice cream.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I decided to accept an executive position in the club because in the last two years I’ve been the Dairy Bar co-manager in charge of helping the club make its money and since my time is up in that role, I decided I would take on the role of treasurer and manage the club's money.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
Within the Gopher Dairy Club I have been heavily involved with the Gopher Dairy Bar at the State Fair and helping out with the FFA judging contests. The last two years I have served as a Dairy Bar co-manager, ordering product and making sure the stand runs smoothly all twelve days of the State Fair. Ever since freshman year, I’ve gotten up early to help get the animals ready for the judging contests.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation I intend to enter the agronomy field with either a co-op or some other ag company.

What is your favorite dairy product?
Ice Cream
 

Morgan Krause, Reporter, Gopher Dairy ClubReporter
Morgan Krause

Year in School: Junior

Major: Agriculture Communication and Marketing; Animal Science - Dairy Production

Hometown: Buffalo, MN

Dairy background:
I grew up on my family’s sixth generation dairy farm where we milk around 215 dairy cows. I led my first calf into the show ring when I was five years old and instantly fell in love with exhibiting dairy animals. My love for dairy cows drove me to become involved in organizations in which I could share dairy farm family stories. Starting in 4-H and moving into FFA, I also served as a county dairy princess for 4 years and then a Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist. All of my past dairy experiences have led me to studying communications and animal science in the hopes of continuing to engage others in the story of dairy farming.  

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
The Gopher Dairy Club is an organization I have always admired. From the professionalism to the many events the club holds, I knew from the beginning I wanted to be as active in the club as I could. I decided to take on a leadership role in the club to help further the vision of where this club can take the members. I am excited to spend the next year serving club members!

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
In the Gopher Dairy Club, I serve as the Editor of The Topline yearbook, and served on the clothing and banquet committees. On campus, I am the Secretary of Beta of Clovia Sorority, serve on the executive team for the Agriculture Education Club, and participate in the National Grocers Association team.  

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation I would love to work in dairy communications. Ultimately, I want to help farmers succeed while engaging consumers in farm family stories. I also plan to stay involved with my family dairy farm alongside my brother and dad.

What is your favorite dairy product?
Chocolate Milk!
 

Haely Leiding, Officer at Large, Gopher Dairy ClubOfficer at Large
Haely Leiding

Year in School: Junior

Major: Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science

Hometown: Fountain, MN

Dairy background:
I am the fourth generation on my family’s farm, Shir-Man Registered Holsteins. My family milks 65 Holsteins in a tie stall operation and raise corn, alfalfa, and soybeans. I was involved in many dairy activities growing up including 4-H and FFA where I was involved in showing, dairy judging, and Dairy Quiz Bowl, and I was the 2016 winner of the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase. I am also very active in the Minnesota and National Junior Holstein associations where I am finishing my year as the Minnesota Junior President. At the University of Minnesota, I am an active member of the dairy judging team.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
Being involved in the Gopher Dairy Club was one of the first steps I took when I came to the University of Minnesota and has provided me with so many opportunities. I wanted to be able to learn more about the behind the scenes of the club and add my input in the planning parts of the club.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
In the Gopher Dairy Club I am very active on several committees, serving as a co-chair for the banquet, a member of the scholarship committee, and a part of the dairy judging committee. Outside of the Gopher Dairy Club, I am involved in Beta of Clovia Sorority, serve on the executive team for the Agricultural Education Club, serve as co-chair of Ag Awareness Day, and I am active in NAMA.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan to be a high school agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor. My career choice reflects the passion I have for educating others and is fueled by my love for agriculture and the dairy industry. I hope to inspire all types of students about agriculture and how it impacts our daily lives.
 
What is your favorite dairy product?

My favorite dairy product is milk. It goes well with so many different foods and is always refreshing!
 

Dr. Les Hansen, Advisor, Gopher Dairy ClubClub Advisor
Dr. Les Hansen
Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor

Dr. Les Hansen serves as the Gopher Dairy Club's faculty advisor as well as coach of the dairy cattle judging team.