PhD Graduate Student
217 Weber Hall
Major Professor: Dr. Joel DeRouchey
Hometown: Red Bluff, CA
I grew up on a hog and dairy farm in northern California which has had a lasting impact on positioning me where I am today. As a result of being raised directly involved in production agriculture, perusing agriculture as an education and professional career was all I really ever knew. At a very young age, I was fortunate enough to identify the sincere passion I had for the swine industry. This ultimately led to my direct involvement in a variety of leadership organizations throughout the industry.
In 2011 I graduated from Modesto Junior College with a degree in animal science. During my time at MJC, I was fortunate enough to serve as the California Youth Pork Ambassador which is sponsored by the California Pork producers Association. I then moved on to California State University, Chico. During my time at CSU, Chico, I served on the Junior Board of Directors for the National Junior Swine Association as the President and Western Region director for two years. Additionally I had the opportunity to serve on the California Farm Bureau Animal Health and Welfare committee as the swine liaison. After graduating with a B.S. in Animal Science in 2013, I then went on to pursue a M.S. degree in Animal Science with a focus in swine nutrition, from Oklahoma State University.
Upon completion of my M.S. degree in 2015, I joined the Applied Swine Nutrition Team at Kansas State University to begin working on my PhD. My research is focused effects of dietary Copper and Zinc on nursery/finishing pig performance. I knew pursuing a degree at KSU was the right step as I neared towards the end of my education. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to visit family and friends, exercising, judging hog shows, and of course, college football!