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CAFES Alumni Board Elects New Members

JULY 31, 2009 | The University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Alumni Association board has elected three new members.

Leah (Schliep) Addington, Chad Glaze and Krishona (Bjork) Martinson are joining the CAFES nine-member board of directors. The trio is replacing outgoing board members Ryan Timm, Jackie Matthiae and Dayton Hougaard.

Leah (Schliep) Addington is the leadership development coordinator for the Minnesota FFA Association. She graduated from UWRF with a degree in agricultural education in 2001. Addington is originally from Zumbrota, Minn. She currently lives in Kenyon, Minn., with her husband, Matt, and their two children.

Chad Glaze earned his B.S. degree in broad area agriculture from UWRF in 1997. Glaze is a crop insurance agent for VineVest Cropland Ag Insurance. Living in Merrill, Glaze covers the north-central and eastern portions of Wisconsin for VineVest, with clients in more than 14 counties. In addition to his experience in direct production agriculture on both large dairy farms and grain farms in Wisconsin, Glaze has many years of experience in the agriculture industry, ranging from feed and nutrition to auctions and real estate to crop insurance and risk management. He operates a small farm near Merrill with a diversified livestock operation.

Krishona (Bjork) Martinson graduated with a BS in agronomy from UWRF in 1998. She completed her M.S. in weed science from the University of Minnesota in 2000. In 2001, she joined the U of M Extension Service in Wright County as a county educator. In 2004, she became a crop and livestock regional extension educator based out of the Andover Regional Center. Martinson also completed her Ph.D. in weed science from the U of M in 2006. In 2008, she accepted the position of equine extension specialist for the U of M in the department of animal science as the first faculty member to hold this position. She has an extension, research and teaching appointment and is a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research focuses on optimizing equine forage utilization. Martinson lives in Otsego, Minn., with her husband, Chad, and their two children.

The UW-River Falls CAFES Alumni Association was organized in 1983. It functions with support from the UWRF Alumni Association and the UWRF Foundation. Upon graduation, all CAFES alumni become members of the CAFES Alumni Association. The purpose of the CAFES Alumni Association is to foster exchange of information and networking among alumni and friends of CAFES and to provide financial and other support for scholarships and projects that enhance student learning and faculty development.


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