Michigan State University
Bachelor’s Degree: Agriscience
Specialization: ANR Communications
Minor: Biology


AgChat Foundation, Event Planning Intern, Lansing, Mich., June 2011-August 2011

  • Negotiate lodging and meal arrangements with hotel for 100-person conference
  • Coordinate with conference planning committee to establish event budget and sponsorship packages
  • Pursue partnership opportunities with AgChat Foundation supporters
  • Publicize event and application procedures via Facebook, Twitter and the AgChat Foundation blog

Freelance Communications, Lansing, Mich., February 2011-present

  • Clients include Drive, Farm Progress Publications, Farmer’s Exchange, Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Farm News
  • Research topics, interview sources and write feature articles on issues about agriculture
  • Take print-quality digital photographs to accompany articles
  • Communicate with editors and graphic designers to ensure articles fit the tone and needs of each publication
  • Coordinate with researchers, MSU Extension educators and web designers to determine layout, write content for, populate and edit new website

Michigan Ag Council, Intern, Lansing, Mich., August 2010-June 2011

  • Created ‘MI Foodie News’, an entirely new e-newsletter distributed to more than 10,000 people
  • Work with commodity organizations in Michigan to develop an editorial calendar for ‘MI Foodie News’
  • Work with designers to finalize design and layout
  • Coordinate social media efforts for the Michigan Ag Council, Michigan Farmers Feed US and Farm Fresh Food blog, including Facebook (2,068 page ‘Likes’) and Twitter (606 followers)

Michigan State University, Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications Student Writer, East Lansing, Mich., August 2010-June 2011

  • Research topics, interview sources, take photographs and develop news releases, feature articles and technical pieces for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and MSU Extension under tight deadlines
  • Managed conversion of 87 pages of content to a new CMS for Project GREEEN, the state’s plant agriculture initiative
  • Coordinated social media efforts for the 2011 Agriculture’s Conference on the Environment (ACE) to improve publicity and efficacy of traditional media tactics

Michigan State University, Department of Animal Science Aide, East Lansing, Mich., August 2006-May 2011

  • Assisted with all aspects of Michigan Professional Pork Producers Symposium for three years: coordinated schedules and presentations for three to five speakers annually; developed and prepared agenda, evaluations and conference proceedings folders for 125 attendees; planned pre-event dinners for speakers and planning committee; and assisted with registration
  • Conduct preliminary literature searches for Dale Rozeboom, Ph.D., MSU Extension swine specialist
  • Designed and maintain MSU Extension Pork Team website ( and Rozeboom’s professional website (

National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), Communications Intern, Lexington, Ky., Summer 2010

  • Wrote more than 50 press releases for all state, regional and national award winners
  • Compiled more than 100 photos from 85 sources and reviewed 85 applications to create six, 30-minute award-presentation slide shows
  • Developed scripts for 16 speakers at four convention sessions
  • Updated NAAE website to reflect 2010 award winners
  • Gathered more than 75 photographs to be used for NAAE promotions throughout the year
  • Redesigned logo for National Teach Ag Day

National Swine Registry, NJSA Intern, West Lafayette, Ind., Summer 2009

  • Aided in all aspects of World Pork Expo Junior National (500+ youth exhibitors) and the National Junior Summer Spectacular (580+ youth exhibitors), including organization of eight youth educational events
  • Organized silent auction to raise money for youth programming
  • Obtained five new individual sponsorships for youth events
  • Coordinated preparation for two regional swine shows independently, following departure of supervisor

Gratiot County MSU Extension, 4-H/Agriculture Intern, Ithaca, Mich., Summer 2008

  • Planned one-day camp for 34 4-H members (5 to 8 years old)
  • Led swine showmanship station during county showmanship clinic
  • Designed Gratiot County 4-H Volunteer Handbook
  • Corresponded with 4-H members and volunteers by phone, e-mail, and mail

Michigan FFA Association, State Secretary, East Lansing, Mich., July 2007-June 2008

  • Facilitated diversity workshops to chapter officers from about 30 chapters
  • Presented to chapters across the state about leadership, teamwork and communication
  • Represented 5,000 Michigan FFA youth members on the Michigan FFA Association Board of Directors, comprised of 12 young-adults, 10 agriscience teachers and four industry professionals
  • Represented Michigan FFA Association in meetings with business/industry professionals
  • Served as secretary in business meetings

Bio-Systems, Office and Communications Assistant, Marlette, Mich., January 2006-January 2008

  • Clerical/managerial responsibilities for agricultural consulting business focused on sustainable agriculture

Skills and Additional Training

  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • FTP/FileZilla
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Expression Engine
  • WordPress/Blogger
  • Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube

Professional Development

National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), Student Member, East Lansing, Mich., September 2008-May 2011

  • Three-year member of student marketing competition presentation team, including 2010 and 2011 finalist teams
  • Chairperson for 3P Committee, responsible for all product development related to price, place and product
  • Contributor to significant portions of the written marketing plan
  • Club secretary (2009-2011)

AgChat Foundation Agvocacy 2.0 Conference, Chicago, Ill., August 2010

  • Expanded knowledge and abilities in numerous social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogging
  • Networked with farmers and other agricultural professionals interested in using social media to build relationships and share agriculture’s story

Michigan Small Farms Conference, Breakout Session Presenter, January 2011

  • Presented workshop to about 20 youth and adults on use of social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, blogs) in agriculture, specifically to network and publicize small farm businesses

MSU Collegiate FFA

  • Served as President, 2010-11, Vice-President, 2008-09
  • Organized Career Show at the Michigan FFA State Convention, including 10 vendors and more than 300 youth and adult participants, 2008-2010
  • Oversaw student trips to the National FFA Convention, 2008


  • Co-moderator and co-founder of semi-weekly chat on Twitter, hosting 10-15 weekly participants, focused on connecting agriscience teachers from across the country to discuss issues facing the profession, giving a sense of community and connecting early-career teachers with professionals throughout the country

National FFA Foundation, 2009-10 National FFA Convention Collegiate Host

  • Worked with Foundation staff to lead tours of convention with prominent agricultural and non-profit businesses, including Crop Production Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2010 Collegiate Host Team Leader
  • Coordinated on-site activities of seven collegiate host team members
  • Assisted National FFA Foundation staff with host training

MSU Block and Bridle Club

  • Chair of the Livestock Judging Contest, 2009-10
  • Designed and maintained webpages for 2010 National Block and Bridle Convention MSU Collegiate Dairy Judging Team
  • Competed at the World Dairy Expo (2nd High Individual in the Ayrshire breed with a perfect Oral Reasons score), All-American Dairy Show (4th High Individual in the Holstein breed) and North American International Livestock Expo

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