Whitney Place, President
2010, B.S. Applied Plant Science
After graduating from CFANS, Whitney received her M.S. in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Whitney was named the Director of Legislative Affairs at the MN Department of Agriculture in February of 2016. As a member of the CFANS Alumni Board, she serves as one of the alumni co-chairs of the Policy Engagement Program and the CFANS Mentor Program.
Annie Makepeace, Vice President
2015, M.S. Applied Plant Science
Annie currently serves as a Technical Marketing Specialist at Winfield, where she uses her knowledge of plant physiology and nutrition to help teach, explain and position the company's plant nutrition products. As a student, she was an active member of the student body, a member of the Interdisciplinary Food Studies Graduate Group and secretary and VP of the Applied Plant Sciences Student Board.
Becky Wahlund, Secretary
1982, B.S. Consumer Food Science
Becky is the Director of Test Kitchens & Consumer Affairs for Land O’Lakes. She has spent her entire career in the food industry in Test Kitchen and Marketing roles. She has been mentoring students through the CFANS Mentor Program for many years and assists in hosting an annual site visit to Land O'Lakes for mentors and mentees in the program. Mentoring students is an area of passion and her focus on the CFANS Alumni Society Board.
Roberta Ryan, Treasurer
2014, B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife
Roberta Ryan pursued her lifelong dream of working with wolves by studying Fisheries and Wildlife at CFANS and then becoming the Animal Care and Education Assistant at the Wildlife Science Center. "During my time at the college, I realized that I could pull so much more out of my undergraduate experience than just a degree. Being a student at the U of M challenged me, humbled me, excited me, and opened my mind up to a new way of thinking. I gained the critical ecology foundation I needed to be competitive with my peers, and I discovered how to learn in an effective and efficient way." Roberta was a student in the CFANS Mentor Program, and now serves as a mentor herself.
Bruce Hatteberg, Past President
1979, B.S. Agricultural Economics
Bruce is the Director of Lending for CHS Capital and has been involved in the agricultural industry for more than 30 years. His work currently focuses on consulting with agricultural co-ops to keep them strategically and financially viable. He is a life member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and interested in the areas of mentoring, advocacy, board leadership, academic excellence and scholarship fundraising. Bruce previously served on the CFANS Board Executive Committee as Treasurer, and has served as a mentor to CFANS students through the CFANS Mentor Program for 6 years.
2014, B.S. Nutrition
Rylee is currently employed by New Partners Consulting. He believe it is critical that the University of Minnesota, and especially CFANS, make strong connections with students while they are attending school and then capitalize on those connections to activate young alumni engagement. He believes that CFANS is stronger when its alumni are engaged and that the student experience is enriched when there is a large group of individuals who are advocating for them. He would like to use his experience as a professional communicator to bring these young alumni "into the fold" for the Alumni Society and that begins by working with students who are currently enrolled.
1987, B.S. Urban Forestry
Paul is currently employed by the City of Plymouth. He became an Alumni Society board member to make a difference in the lives of CFANS students, and to honor the memory of his late friend Art Widerstrom. Over the years, Paul has mentored many students through the CFANS Mentor Program. He hopes to help promote the program to fellow alumni and help foster overall alumni engagement. Paul has held leadership roles in the MN Society of Arboriculture, UMN Forestry Club, and NHCP Swim team. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys fundraising through his many bike riding adventures.
2008, B.S. Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management
Carla is currently employed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She is very interested in Classes Without Quizzes, as it makes continuing education very fun and accessible. It promotes constant learning and expanding your worldview. She is also interested in fostering a sense of community within CFANS, particularly with CFANS alumni, including those from CNR, COAFES, etc. She loves to golf and is interested in some pieces of working with current and prospective students as well.
2008, B.S. Applied Plant Sciences
Nathan serves as the Regional YieldPoint Specialist at CHS. In this role, he educates retailers on how they might increase productivity and efficiency with precision agriculture services. While at CFANS, he was an active member of FarmHouse and Gopher Crops and Soils Club, and continues to cultivate connections with students by coming back to campus as a speaker and sharing his perspective and experience in precision agriculture. As a member of the board, he enjoys attending events and promoting engagement.
2004, B.S. Natural Resources/Environmental Studies
Quincy Lewis is a noteworthy alumni of CFANS, he started a successful career on the basketball team at the University of Minnesota before playing professionally for 9 years. He wishes to promote CFANS by using his story and passion to help continue growth of the college. The area that he is most invested in is increasing he racial diversity of the college, especially through his endowment with the U of M Foundation and community programs.
1998, B.S. Agricultural Business Management
After graduating from CFANS and spending several years serving in a variety of roles at the college, Jess received her M.Ed. in Human Resource Development at the U. Jess currently serves as the Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking at BMO Harris Bank. Jess is passionate about the student experience, and believes students' time on campus will shape their future lives, personally and professionally. She currently serves as the chair of the Sponsorship Committee to raise sponsorship funds for Alumni Society programs.
2011, B.S. Agricultural Education
Michelle studied both Ag Education and Spanish while at the U, and quickly put her skills to work in several roles overseas in Costa Rica. She served as a New Business Developer for Variedades del Trópico Húmedo, EARTH University as well as the Director of Costa Rican Relations with Metamorphosis Corporate Sustainability Retreats. Back in the US, Michelle now serves as the Director of Renewable Energy at the Minnesota Farmers Union. As an active volunteer, both as a student and an alum, Michelle is eager to contribute as a CFANS Ambassador and mentor.
1981, B.S. Agricultural Journalism with an emphasis in Animal Science
Marlys is currently employed by M3 Wordshop and works as a self-employed freelance agriculture writer. She is passionate about alumni engagement, particularly as it relates to alumni not living in Minnesota. She is interested in the mentor program as she was recently involved with a one-on-one effort within her sorority and found it to be rewarding. Mentorship adds value to both the student and the mentor and deepens the ties to the university.
2008, Ph.D. Nutrition
David is currently employed by Cargill. Since graduation, he has stayed highly involved with the University and has contributed to various college programs and events. He has served as a mentor in the CFANS Mentor Program for over 7 years! As a board member, David hopes to continue supporting the Mentor Program, promote CFANS student development, and grow sponsorship efforts. David has a positive perspective and passion for success. He enjoys engaging in lively conversation- be sure to stop him for a chat!
2016, B.S. Plant Science
Megan is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. This spring, she is graduating from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a Master’s in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. She is passionate about student development and wants to help prepare the next generation of alumni for success. Megan is a strong proponent of science programs. She believes that “awarding achievements in science and encouraging science programs is vital to the future.” She has an extensive volunteer history and hopes to apply her passion for volunteering as an Alumni Society board member. As a recent graduate, Megan aspires to connect young alumni with the college.
2012, B.S. Nutrition
Lauren's powerful love of people and food brought her to CFANS. As a student, she participated in numerous student organizations - including Alpha Chi Omega, the CFANS Student Board, Habitat for humanity, and nutrition clubs.
1983, B.S. Food Science & Technology, 1990 Ph.D. Food Science
Dr. Jeffrey Stamp is the Chief Story Teller at Bold Thinking, leading a team that provides ideation, concept development, venture strategy, online and live training content and events to corporations and universities worldwide that desire to discover new opportunities or foster entrepreneurial thinking skills in their teams. Before this, he was the creator of Baked! Lays ® Potato Crisps, for PepsiCo’s snack division, Frito-Lay, and has led seven successful entrepreneurial start-ups. As a member of the board, Jeff is passionate about mentoring students and cultivating entrepreneurial thinking in students through the Agtastic Challenge on campus.
Brian Buhr, Dean of CFANS
Brian Buhr is Dean and Director of CFANS and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. As dean, Brian oversees the college’s administration and academics and works to advance the college as one of the world’s premier research and educational centers dedicated to agricultural and food productivity, biodiversity, forestry, and the preservation of natural resources. He also collaborates with key stakeholders to help address critical challenges in agriculture, food systems, and environmental and natural resources sciences. Brian is a professor of applied economics and became head of the applied economics department in 2008. An Iowa native, he earned his bachelor’s degrees in animal science and agricultural business and Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.
Mary Buschette, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations
Mary has served as the Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations at CFANS since 1996. Under her leadership, programming has expanded to reach more alumni and includes several signature programs and successful fundraising initiatives benefiting alumni programming and student scholarships. Prior to working in alumni realtions, Mary was a program coordinator for MAST international, an agricultural exchange program based at the U of M. She is a proud CFANS alumna, having earned her bachelor's degree in agricultural economics.
Jared Spackman, CFANS Graduate Student Board Representative
Jared received his B.S. from Brigham Young University- Idaho in Agronomy, M.S. from the University of Minnesota in Land and Atmospheric Science and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Land and Atmospheric Science. His research interests include soil fertility, nutrient management, and developing fertilizer best management practices. His Ph.D. work tracks 15N labeled urea fertilizer over two consecutive growing seasons to examine how nitrogen fertilizer applications impact soil nitrogen availability and nitrogen use efficiency in corn cropping systems. He serves as the Chair of the CFANS Graduate Student Board and is currently a mentee in the CFANS mentor program.
Sierra Williamson, CFANS Student Board Representative (President)
Sierra is from Sherburn, Minnesota. She is currently a junior pursuing a degree in Agricultural and Food Business Management. Sierra says that growing up in rural Minnesota “ingrained in her a strong appreciation for honesty, respect, responsibility and generosity in agriculture and community participation”. On campus, she serves as the CFANS Undergraduate Student Board President, Founder and President of the UMN Ag Business Club, Policy Engagement Program Fellow, and Cooking Matters Volunteer. She has a sincere interest in the agriculture industry and hopes to contribute to solutions that will alleviate food and nutrition insecurity in Minnesota and around the globe.