Meet the Ambassadors

2013-14 Ag Ambassadors

2013-14 Ag Ambassadors


 
 
 

Shane Bell

Shane Bell

 
Shane Bell
Hey there! My name is Shane Bell, I’m a Junior and I’m majoring in Agriculture Communications with a minor in Farm and Ranch Management.  I grew up in Paradise Valley, Nevada where I spent my time raising and showing Purebred Herefords, playing high school sports, and competing in 4-H and FFA.  Agriculture has been one of the most important aspects of my life; it’s given me a work ethic that I’m extremely proud of.  Agriculture has also taught me patience, which is something that is often overlooked and unused in this fast paced world we live in.   After school I plan on more school! I would like to attend law school and eventually tackle legal issues pertaining to the world of agriculture.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Emilee Brinton

Emilee Brinton

Emilee Britton
Emilee is a Sophomore from Newnan, GA and is dual majoring in Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Communication. She plans to attend veterinary school and become a food animal practitioner, specializing in bovine genetics with a special interest in providing a consultation service to producers. Emilee is currently working in the Necropsy department at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. Consumer education and appreciation of United States agriculture is one of her primary advocacy platforms. While not in classes or working, Emilee enjoys spending her time outdoors, whether it’s riding, shooting, camping, or fly-fishing, and is very involved with a local campus ministry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Abbey Davidson

Abbey Davidson

Abbey Davidson
My name is Abbey Davidson, and I am from Encampment, Wyoming. I am studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences at UW, and am currently looking at starting my own business running a dude ranch, to run a trail ride/horse lesson business. I grew up on a ranch, and absolutely could not fathom the idea of not returning to an agricultural lifestyle when I obtain my degree. I would definitely recommend to any new agricultural majors to look into the Ag Ambassador team! It’s a great team experience, and our team this year is a power house team! Oh, and I’m not really good at these bio deals, so I’ll do the typical thing: I like long walks on the beach, romantic movies, and moonlit horseback rides!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Claire Dinneen

Claire Dinneen

Claire Dinneen
Hello all! I am Claire Dinneen from Cheyenne, Wyoming. I am a sophomore with a dual major in Molecular Biology and French. I immensely enjoy being a representative of the College and Agriculture and being a student at the University of Wyoming. I am interested in pursing further studies in health administration and pathogenic studies with an international emphasis. I enjoy being a ASUW senator for the College of Agriculture and Natural resources. I take any opportunity I can to travel and be outdoors.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Carolyn Hageman

Carolyn Hageman

Carolyn Hageman
Hey all! My name is Carolyn Hageman and I am a Senior here at the University of Wyoming. I grew up on a ranch outside of Ft. Laramie, Wyoming and have loved every minute of it. I am majoring in Agriculture Communications with a General Economics minor. I have loved the last three years of school here at UW and am sad that my days here are almost over, but I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bailey Hallwachs

Bailey Hallwachs


Bailey Hallwachs
I am a senior at UW, studying Agroecology and Horticulture. I come from Cheyenne, Wyoming and Ardmore, Alberta, Canada. Both sides of my family are rooted in the field of agriculture including; livestock, alfalfa, hay, chickens and gardening. As a youth, I was a member of 4-H and FFA. I believe the University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is an outstanding department. They have collectively afforded me the opportunity to work with respected faculty, staff and students. While finishing off the remainder of my college education, I serve as a Residents Assistant and Freshman Interest Group leader for Exploring Sustainable Futures and Energy Systems in White Hall. In addition, I have previously served as secretary and love to volunteer with ACRES Student Farm. To explore my options career wise, I interned with Cheyenne Urban Forestry during the summer of 2012. For the summer of 2013, I worked in the grape genetic engineering and biotechnology research lab located at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tyler Harran

Tyler Harran

Tyler Harran
Hello, My name is Tyler Harran, I am currently a senior in the Agroecology program. I came to the University of Wyoming from North Carolina in 2009, starting in the Business Administration program before discovering a much greater interest in plants, soils, and the science of agriculture. I will graduate in the spring of 2014 and am very excited to pursue ways in which Agricultural and Food Production systems can be improved upon. My hobbies include reading, camping, brewing wine, and gardening.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sami Jo Heitsch

Sami Jo Heitsch

Sami Jo Heitsch
Howdy! My name is Sami Jo Heitsch! I am a senior pursing my bachelor of science in Agriculture Communications with a double minor in Marketing Communications and Agriculture Economics. I am a third-generation minister’s daughter and in 1999 the good Lord brought our family to the beautiful state of Wyoming. The FFA and 4-H organizations have allowed me to gain an appreciation and love for the agriculture industry! I plan to pursue a career in social media, public relations, and marketing for a large entertainment company. I would like to pursue working as a television personality and producer! Ten years from now I plan to start my own business motivational speaking on behalf of juvenile diabetics, and spreading my favorite message: “Let Your Light Shine!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alex Krug

Alex Krug

Alex Krug
I am a junior majoring in Agricultural Communication. I am from Chicago, IL. I also play violin for the UW Symphony Orchestra.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Lacey

John Lacey

 John Lacey
Hey there! My name is John and this is my first year as an Ag Ambassador here at the University of Wyoming. I am honored to be a part of our Ag Ambassador team because they represent something that I care very much about, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I study Animal Science with a focus in production through the College of Ag and what an experience it has been! I have learned so much comprehensive information from rangeland management to livestock nutrition and management that has helped me in my day to day life outside of the classroom. I work as a ranch hand and the material I have learned in my classes has helped me be a successful cattleman, as well as give me insight towards the production chain so that I can work with and manage a better beef product. I am currently finishing an amazing internship as a ranch hand for the Y Cross Ranch in Horse Creek, WY. Beef production and management is my passion and it is what I want to do for the rest of my trips around the sun. There is no better way of life and the best part of the College of Ag is that way of life is fostered through the things we learn, the doors we open, and the friends we make along the way. I call the University of Wyoming home, the friends I have met here my family, and all of my experiences here are memories that will last a lifetime. I look forward to my first year as an Ag Ambassador and representing agriculture as it should be. Like I said, it’s the best way of life there is.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Emily Lindly

Emily Lindly

Emily Lindly
Hi to you! My name is Emily Lindly and I am a senior studying Microbiology. I grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming the majority of my life! I thoroughly enjoy my major and the College of AG! After graduation, I hope to further my education and pursue a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Exercise Science. I have a love and passion for nature, music, traveling, running and yoga.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

McCall Linke

McCall Linke

McCall Linke
mlinke1@uwyo.edu
Greetings,
I’m enrolled for my third year at UW, studying Ag Communications. I grew up on my family’s ranch in the mountains of Granby, Colorado. I spent my childhood riding my horse, participating in rodeo, being an active member of 4-H and playing basketball. College has given me many opportunities and I am so grateful. The summer between my freshman and sophomore year I was able to intern with Always Mountain Time Radio Network in advertisement sales. The summer between my sophomore and junior year I traveled to Finland for a month of study abroad summer school. I currently work in the Student and Academic Programs office within the College of Ag and Natural Resources. I am the present chairwoman for the Ag Ambassadors.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jessica Los

Jessica Los

Jessica Los
My name is Jessica Los and I am a senior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources studying Textiles and Merchandising with a minor in Interior Design in the department of Family and Consumer Sciences. I am from Firestone, Colorado and am so happy to have called the University of Wyoming home for the past three years. I have had incredible opportunities to work personally with the staff in Family and Consumer Sciences and could not have imagined a better team of professors and students to have worked alongside while earning my degree. I also have been privileged to be a part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Honors Society Phi Upsilon Omicron currently serving as the President of the organization. After graduation I hope to pursue my career in Interior Design working with companies and clients to better the working and living environments we experience every day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marley Mardock

Marley Mardock

Marley Mardock
Hi there! My name is Marley Mardock and I am a junior studying animal science here at UW. I am from Estes Park Colorado and I love anything outdoors including skiing, fishing, hiking and most of all running. My concentration is in production, and I have enjoyed every one of my classes through the College of Ag and my animal science classes. This year I have switched it up a bit and am considering applying for vet school after I finish here at Wyoming. I cannot say enough good things not only about the University of Wyoming, but also about the College of Ag and the Ag Ambassadors program. I am not only proud to be a student here at UW and in the ambassador’s program, but also thankful for all the opportunities I have had and the more to come.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kailin McClung

Kailin McClung


Kailin McClung
Hello, my name is Kailin Ann McClung but I mostly go by KK. I am originally from Big Springs, Nebraska which I believe has a population of around 450 people in total. Growing up on my family’s farm was a blessing and will always be the reason that agriculture is so near to my heart. I am a sophomore this year at the University of Wyoming, majoring in Human Nutrition and Food. My goal is to become a registered Dietitian. I chose this major because I have a passion for health and nutrition and I love to help others. Currently I am living on campus in my sorority Delta Delta Delta. I am very active on campus and in the Laramie community which always keeps me busy. One fun fact about me is that I love to travel and have already studied abroad twice. I also love meeting new people and answering many questions about the College of Agriculture and Nature Resources!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Josh Messer

Josh Messer

Josh Messer
Hi! My name is Joshua Messer, and I’m proud to say that I represent the great College of Ag by being an Ag Ambassador. I’m currently a Molecular Biology and Chemistry double major, and I hope to use those degrees to get into an MD/Ph. D program. I’m also heavily involved around campus, most prominently representing the College in the ASUW Student Senate.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mandy O'Donnell

Mandy O’Donnell

Mandy O’Donnell
Hi there! My name is Mandy O’Donnell. I am a senior majoring in rangeland ecology and watershed management with minors in soil science and restoration and reclamation ecology. I am a native, born and raised, of Spring Creek, Nevada. I grew up in the ranching industry of northeastern Nevada working on the family ranch and participating in 4-H and FFA. My chosen major provided an avenue for me to work with both agriculture and the land. The University of Wyoming has one of the best range programs and excellent opportunities. I am a member of the UW Range Club and have met many professionals of the range professionals. While the Range Club exposed me to new people, I saw the opportunity to be an Ag Ambassador as one where I could promote the industry I love.

 
 
 
 

Brekke Peterson

Brekke Peterson

Brekke Peterson
Hey everyone! I am Brekke Peterson. Currently I am a Ph.D student in Agronomy. I grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming. After graduation I plan to teach and consult. I have greatly enjoyed my time at the University of Wyoming in the College of Agriculture. The college of Agriculture is a home away from home that has many educational opportunities and support for the students that call it home! In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, fishing and working in my garden. Go Pokes!

 
 
 

Kate Richardson

Kate Richardson


Kate Richardson
Hi, I’m Kate Richardson from Worland, Wyoming. I completed two years at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming before transferring to the University of Wyoming. I am working on my last year of a Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management degree with a minor in Reclamation. Although my time here has been short, I have managed to get involved with multiple student activities. Range Club and Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, and being Ag Ambassador, keep me busy when I’m not doing schoolwork. My future after school is uncertain, but I’m looking forward to the adventure. Wherever I end up, I plan to spend lots of time outdoors.

 
 
 
 

Katie Richardson

Katie Richardson

Katie Richardson
Hi! My name is Katie Richardson and I am a Senior at the University of Wyoming double majoring in Agricultural Business and Accounting. I feel extremely blessed to serve as an Ag Ambassador for UW as I get to share my knowledge and educate the community about agriculture. I currently own and run a farm in Erie, Colorado. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and horses. Once out of school I plan on pursuing a career in the Ag. Business sector helping farmers and ranchers applying for operating loans, and over all being a voice for the agriculture industry.
 
 
 
 
Cinnamon Smith

Cinnamon Smith

Cinnamon Smith
Hi There! I am Cinnamon Smith and I am a senior pursuing a dual degree in Agriculture Education and Agricultural Business here at the University of Wyoming. I am originally from Gillette, WY where I grew up away from the stoplights and traffic on our family black angus cattle operation. I hope to one day return to Gillette as a fifth generation rancher and help to sustain agriculture within my community while also using my degree to better serve my future students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lyndi Speiser

Lyndi Speiser


 Lyndi Speiser

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Megan Weisensee

Megan Weisensee

Megan Weisensee
Hi! I am Megan Weisensee and I am from the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado. I am currently a sophomore studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming. My family owns a farming and ranching operation, and I have been raised in agriculture my entire life. I am a member of the Pre-Vet club and the Block & Bridle club and immensely enjoy my time here at UW. Being an Ag Ambassador allows me to promote the way of life I know and love!