Meet the Officers

Laura Jensen, PresidentPresident
Laura Jensen

Year in school: Senior
Major: Animal Science
Hometown: Comstock, WI
Email: jens1619@umn.edu

Dairy background:
I grew up on my family’s 125-cow, registered Guernsey farm in Comstock, WI. Throughout my youth, I was involved in 4-H, FFA, dairy judging, Junior Guernsey Association and Junior Holstein Associations.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I have enjoyed participating in club activities starting in my freshman year. I have had countless academic and professional opportunities through Gopher Dairy Club including working with 4-H youth and securing summer internships. I, in turn, would like to provide similar opportunities to the younger members of our club.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
Within Gopher Dairy Club, I have served as co-chair of the dairy judging committee and been a member of the scholarship committee. I have also participated in activities such as Regional ADSA, FANE, and working in the dairy bar. Additional roles on campus include treasurer of Beta of Clovia sorority, member of the dairy judging team, and working on an undergraduate research project with Dr. Chris Faulk.

What are your future plans after graduation?
Following graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and earn my Masters and PhD in dairy genetics and reproductive physiology.

What is your favorite dairy product?
Chocolate ice cream.


Gabriella Sorg, Vice PresidentVice President
Gabriella Sorg

Year in school: Senior
Major: Animal Science, and Agriculture & Food Business Management
Hometown: Hastings, MN
Email: sorgx013@umn.edu

Dairy background:
My upbringing on my family’s 300-cow dairy and diversified crop farm was my introduction the dairy industry. I gained more dairy experiences from my involvement in organizations like 4-H, FFA, and the dairy princess program.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
Gopher Dairy Club offers members many educational and professional development opportunities. I chose to take on a leadership position in the club to enhance those experiences and ensure they continue into the future. All students with an interest in dairy should be able to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind opportunity to promote dairy and network with peers and industry professionals.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
In Gopher Dairy Club, I have served as chair of Gopher Dairy Camp, on the scholarship committee, and as a dairy camp counselor. I have also been involved in other activities like regional ADSA, the Food Animal Networking Evening, dairy bar, and judging contests. I represented Gopher Dairy Club at regional ADSA as the secretary/treasurer and am currently the Midwest regional ADSA president. On campus, I am involved in Beta of Clovia sorority, where I am the President and former Recruitment Chair. I also compete on the University of Minnesota Collegiate Dairy Judging Team and Alpine Ski Team.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to either attend graduate school or hold a position with a company in the dairy industry.

What is your favorite dairy product?
2% milk.


Ethan Dado, SecretarySecretary
Ethan Dado

Year in school: Senior
Major: Agricultural Education and Animal Science
Hometown: Amery, WI
Email: dadox006@umn.edu

Dairy background:
I grew up on my family's 450 registered Holstein dairy farm with 1,300 acres of corn and alfalfa.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I decided to run for an executive position because I wanted to give back to the club and help lead it in a positive direction.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
In Gopher Dairy Club, I have been on outstanding senior committee and dairy judging contest committee. On campus, I am involved in FarmHouse fraternity, Agricultural Education Club, CFANS Student Board, CFANS Ambassadors, Gopher Dairy Judging, and Catholic Students United.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to teach high school agricultural education. 

What is your favorite dairy product?
Cheese.


Austin Schmitt, TreasurerTreasurer
Austin Schmitt

Year in school: Senior
Double Major: Agronomy and Agriculture Food Business Management
Hometown:
Email: schm3854@umn.edu

Dairy background:
I grew up on a 100-cow Registered Holstein farm in Central Minnesota that is owned and operated by my parents and my uncle. My interest in dairy was sparked at a young age when I entered the show ring for the first time at three years old. I have been showing ever since and have developed a great network of dairy enthusiasts along the way. They have led me to attend the University of Minnesota to further my education in dairy production.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I ran for a leadership role in the Gopher Dairy Club to use my talents to lead the club. This club is coming up on some very exciting times in the next year. We are hosting the regional ADSA in 2018, and I know that my experiences in and out of the dairy industry will help me contribute to the Gopher Dairy Club.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
In Gopher Dairy Club, I used my professional communication skills as the Chair and Co-Chair of FANE for two years. I have also served on the Outstanding Senior Committee, and will be helping to plan the senior class trip to California this winter. I have helped at the FFA Dairy Judging Contests and was a Gopher Dairy Camp Counselor. Outside of Gopher Dairy Club, I am involved on the leadership team at FarmHouse fraternity and as a member of the Agriculture Education Club.

What are your future plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to enter the dairy industry. As of now, I hope to work in the dairy nutrition and consulting industry for a few years before returning home to take over our farm.

What is your favorite dairy product?
Any kind of ice cream.


Megan Schulte, ReporterReporter
Megan Schulte

Year in school: Senior
Major: Agricultural Communications & Marketing
Minor: Animal Science
Hometown: Hammond, WI
Email: schu3235@umn.edu

Dairy background:
I was born and raised on a 150-cow dairy where my family had Holsteins and Jerseys. Growing up I was active in 4-H and FFA where I showed cattle at the county and state levels and was a member of both dairy judging teams.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I love how the club brings together students with the same passion for the dairy industry. From attending my first meeting, I knew I wanted to have a leadership position within the club, and Reporter was a perfect fit for my skill set. I knew this position would allow me to use my talents for photography and writing, while making an impact in the club.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
On campus, I am involved in the Beta of Clovia sorority. Within the club, I currently serve as the Banquet and Social Media Committee Chairs, as well as the Club’s Photographer.

What are your future plans after graduation?
I hope to work in the Agri-Tourism industry, and eventually create something on my own farm that allows people to have hands-on experiences while hearing the story of agriculture.

What is your favorite dairy product?
A tall glass of chocolate milk!


Fredrick Mansfield, Officer at LargeOfficer at Large
Fredrick Mansfield

Year in school: Senior
Major: Animal Science
Hometown: Kerkhoven, MN
Email: mansf042@umn.edu

Dairy backgound:
I leased dairy calves for 4-H, and learned about the dairy industry from my father who is a Dairy Nutritionist.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club?
I felt that I would add to the executive team as I do not come from the conventional background growing up on a farm and dairy judging.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
In Gopher Dairy Club, I also serve as one of the Senior Dairy Bar Managers. On campus, I am involved in Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Block and Bridle Club, and MN Royal Exec.

What are your future plans after graduation?
I plan on attending veterinary school at the University of Minnesota.

What is your favorite dairy product?
Strawberry greek yogurt.


Dr. Les HansenClub Advisor
Dr. Les Hansen
Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor