While Courtney Chabot Dreyer grew up in rural Iowa, she did not grow up on a farm. Her only exposure to farming was on school field trips, visits to relative’s farms and detasseling corn and walking beans in the summer to get money to buy school clothes. It wasn’t until she came to work for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., in 2001 that she understood why and how detasseling is a critical part of commercial seed production.
A city girl, gone country girl….Jenny Osguthorpe was born and raised in a metropolitan area. In her late teenage years, she attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah on a leadership scholarship as a Student-body Officer while studing Communications and Public Relations. Weber State not only gave her an academic education, but the opportunity to meet her husband, Brad.
Allison Boon will never forget her last day as a dairy farmer’s daughter.
Her family sat on the truck tailgate and watched trailer loads of cattle leave their farm yard in a 1986 buy out. Her dad was a third generation dairy farmer and she vividly recalls the somber feeling of watching a great dairyman say goodbye to his herd.
Jennifer Mengarelli (Rohrer) grew up on her parent's third generation dairy farm in Ridgefield, Washington, USA. At 18 years old, she was chosen to represent the Dairy Farmers of Washington as the Washington State Dairy ambassador or the Media Spokesperson. That experience sparked her desire to work in the media. After graduating from Washington State University, Mengarelli worked as a television news anchor at stations in Billings, MT and Spokane, WA.
Krista Knigge is an agricultural industry advocate, volunteer, and mentor. Growing up on her family’s dairy and cash crop farm in rural Wisconsin USA, Krista was actively involved in 4-H. In that youth program, she developed life skills showing cows and cats, and further rounded her skill set in demonstration contests, drama, photography, sewing and cooking, and many other projects.
Elea VanWeerdhuizen is an advocate for all things country and the kind of girl that fits perfectly in many country songs. With her quick smile, huge heart for animals, independent nature, dedication to family, small town life, appreciation for the simple things, and plenty dreams for the future - it just makes sense.
Jodi Hoynoski works for Holstein Association USA, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont as Executive Director, Holstein Identification and Member Services. She oversees registrations, transfers, membership, ear tags, and customer service. She coordinates the delegate election, is the liaison with state Holstein associations and the Show and Nominating committees.