Stephanie Hammerly
Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994
WALSAA Welcomes New Members and Student Representatives to Board of Directors
MADISON, Wis. (November 9, 2018) – The Wisconsin Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is pleased to announce David Cooper, Pierce Dopp, Taylor Fritsch, and Adam Gaspar as the newest members of the WALSAA Board of Directors. WALSAA also welcomes Lauren Jorgensen, Joseph Powalisz and Brooke Trustem as WALSAA Student Representatives.

David Cooper is the former general manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. He’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy science graduate and has participated in several volunteer leadership roles while on campus, locally, and throughout the Wisconsin and national dairy industry. He believes it is critical for current and future students to communicate with alumni about the accomplishments and needs of their alma mater. Cooper resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with his wife, Cindy. They have had three children, Ashley (an Angel now – passed at 18 months); Austin, a junior in high school; and Morgan, an 8th grader. Soccer and other school events have become hobbies, and he enjoys other sporting events, helping at his brother’s family farm, and volunteering at events.
Pierce Dopp is a financial advisor working for BMO Harris Bank. He’s a UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) animal sciences graduate, currently serving on the WALSAA financial management committee. He’s been actively involved in the Wausau community in various civic volunteer roles.

Taylor Fritsch is an associate attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin and was a UW-Madison CALS student from 2010 to 2014, graduating with degrees in agriculture and applied economics and life sciences. He then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focusing on agricultural and environmental law. He was very active in several student organizations while on campus.

Adam Gaspar is an agronomy research scientist for Corteva AgriSciences. He received his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University and his master’s and Ph.D. in agronomy from UW-Madison. He’s been an active agricultural industry and community volunteer and has been a contributing member on several successful fundraising and endowment campaigns. Gaspar and his wife, Kali, live in Janesville, Wisconsin and have an 8-month-old son, Isaac.

Lauren Jorgensen grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, where her dad worked for Syngenta. She is currently a junior at UW-Madison majoring in agronomy and community and environmental sociology, while also pursuing certificates in global health and environmental studies. Jorgensen is involved with the CALS Ambassadors, Badgers for Conservation, WUD Cuisine, Campus Kitchens and Urban Planning Undergraduates. She is thrilled to serve as a student representative and keep alumni connected to the wonderful CALS cohort.
Joseph Powalisz is a second-year Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) student. Although he did not grow up on a farm or have any ties to agriculture, Powalisz had the opportunity to learn every aspect of a large dairy farm while in high school, such as cleaning barns, milking cows, doing field work, feeding cows, and much more. Powalisz immediately found his calling within the agriculture industry. After one year of FISC under his belt, he was offered a job at Country Visions Cooperative as a custom applicator, where he operates a dry fertilizer machine in the spring and recently obtained his Class A CDL to drive trucks. Outside of work at the co-op, Powalisz enjoys working on his girlfriend’s parent’s dairy farm. He looks forward to representing FISC on the WALSAA board this year.
Brooke Trustem is a junior at UW-Madison from Evansville, Wisconsin. She is currently majoring in dairy science and pursuing certificates in agricultural business management and environmental studies. Trustem was raised on her family’s 2,500-cow dairy farm.  She is passionate about the dairy industry and ultimately plans to return home and work in a management role on the farm.  She would also like to help coordinate events for younger children to learn more about agriculture and the many benefits it holds for the human body and the economy. Through several internships, Trustem has gained interest in finding new ways to increase milk quality and efficiency and improve animal welfare. To help prepare for this career path, Trustem has become highly involved in many agriculture-related organizations on campus.  She is currently the president of College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Student Association and the Badger Dairy Club, secretary of the Association of Women in Agriculture, and director of public relations for the Collegiate Farm Bureau. In these roles, Trustem helps coordinate and run events that help educate the public about agriculture.
WALSAA plans events for alumni and friends of CALS and FISC. Major events being planned for next year include the FISC Reunion at The Coliseum Bar on January 26, which includes a speaker from Yahara Pride Farms. We will also host a Brewers game event; be sure to check the WALSAA website for details. Additional events include the WALSAA Summer Picnic on July 24 and the WALSAA Football Fire-Up on September 7.


2018/2019 WALSAA Board of Directors
Left to right (front): Sherryl Pertzborn (Secretary/Treasurer), Karen Martin, Kara Luedtke, Kim Jones, Brooke Trustem (Student Rep), Paul Patterson (Vice-President), Kristina Hopkins, Stephanie Hammerly (Membership and Events Coordinator), Scott Rasch, David Cooper; (back) Joseph Powalisz (FISC Student Rep), Adam Gaspar, Pierce Dopp, Taylor Fritsch, Cory Brown, Marjorie Stieve (Past President), Jill Makovec, Shawn Conley (President). Not pictured: Bob Behnke, Brandi Funk, Lauren Jorgensen (Student Rep), Julie Larson.
WALSAA (Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, known as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.WALSAA.org.

High resolution individual photos and group photo available upon request from admin@walsaa.org