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Neligh  Andersen

Neligh Andersen: President

Shaye Koester is currently a senior in the Animal Science program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she also minors in Engler Entrepreneurship and Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars. Shaye is originally from Steele, ND where her roots run deep in the beef industry. Shaye is passionate about innovation and communication in the beef industry. This has led her to start her podcast, Casual Cattle Conversations. Shaye spends her time on campus involved in the Block & Bridle club, Engler Program and Lutheran Center. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences, Shaye plans to continue building her career in the beef industry by using her passion and entrepreneurial spirit to navigate her path in life.

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Lauren Kaliff: Vice-President: Pork

Hello & welcome! My name is Lauren Kaliff and I am an agribusiness major with an animal science minor. Back home in York, Nebraska, my family farms corn and soybeans and I’ve raised and shown pigs since I was little. I joined Block & Bridle to learn more about agriculture and build long lasting connections with others who are also passionate about this great industry. This will be my second year as an officer and I’m excited to continue to get more involved in serving the club while making friendships and growing professionally. If you have any questions about joining or just want to chat, feel free to email me at kaliff.lauren@gmail.com


Chaylee Tonniges: Vice-President: Beef

Hello all, my name is Chaylee Tonniges. I am a Sophomore majoring in Animal Science with minors in Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars and Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship. I grew up in Gresham, Nebraska, on a cow/calf and backgrounding operation along with row crop commodities. I grew up helping on my operation and showing cattle and hogs. I joined block and bridle my freshman year(2020) to connect with individuals who share a passion for the livestock industry. My love for cattle and the beef industry interested me in this position. As a first-year officer and Vice President of Beef, I am striving to bring experiences and connections in the beef industry to our members. Outside of Block and Bridle I am an intern for Engler Entrepreneurship and manage my own cattle herd back home. I am excited to serve our Block and Bridle members, represent our chapter and UNL Animal Science. Feel free to contact me with any questions at ctonniges4@unl.edu

Sydney May

Sydney May: Secretary

My name is Sydney May, and I am currently serving as the secretary for Block and Bridle. I grew up in Aurora, NE where my family has a farrow to finish swine operation as well as a show cattle operation. I am an Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine Major with a minor in Agribusiness.  I thoroughly enjoy being in Block and Bridle and love attending the events and being an officer allows me to have a front row seat in planning these events to help make them better every year for our members. If you need to contact me for any questions my email is smay9@huskers.unl.edu

Brinn Space

Brinn Space: Treasurer

Hello everyone, my name is Brinn Space! I am a sophomore majoring in Plant and Landscape Systems with the Agronomy Option and minors in Engler Entrepreneurship and Ag Business. I grew up in Minden, Nebraska where my family farms corn and soybeans and cow/calf operation. I joined Block and Bridle my freshman year to learn more about the agriculture industry along with making friends that also share a love for the agriculture industry. This is my first year as an officer and I am looking forward to becoming more involved in the club and sharing my love for agriculture with others. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at brinnspace@gmail.com.

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Elizabeth Hodges: Historian

Hi! I am Elizabeth Hodges and I am a sophomore here at UNL and serving as Block and Bridle’s Historian this year. Here at UNL I am double majoring in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science, with these majors I am able to communicate effectively to consumers and producers alike. I am also on the Meats Judging team where I am learning so much more about the Meat Science Industry at every contest. I grew up on my family farm in Julian, Nebraska where we raise Purebred Berkshire hogs. My mom is also the Ag advisor at Johnson County Central, so I always grew up knowing how important the animal industry was, especially in Nebraska. I am excited to also be serving on the Tours and Promotions Committee for our upcoming National Convention that Nebraska gets the honor of hosting. I am excited to communicate to others how Nebraska “Stands out from the Herd”.

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Sarah Dilley: Marshall

Hello all! My name is Sarah Dilley and I am currently a sophomore at UNL studying Animal Science with the Food Animal Production and Management option and am also minoring in Engler Entrepreneurship and Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars. I grew up right outside of Lincoln, NE and found my passion for agriculture and livestock through my experiences with raising and showing sheep and goats. After learning about Block and Bridle in high school, I was beyond excited to join the club at the beginning of my Freshman year. I knew that Block and Bridle would be the place that I would meet like-minded students and create a network of friends who would help me learn and grow in my goals and passions within agriculture. I am looking forward to serving as the Marshall on this year's officer team and have the opportunity to share my passion and excitement for agriculture with current and prospective members, providing them with all the ways to be involved and engaged in Block and Bridle. Along with Block and Bridle, I also am on the UNL Meats Judging Team, the UNL Equestrian Team, and I serve as a UNL Animal Science Ambassador. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Block and Bridle club this year and I am excited for the experiences and opportunities our club will have this year! I love to connect and engage with new people so don't hesitate to reach out to me at sdilley2@huskers.unl.edu.

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Kylie Dierks: Ambassador

Hey! My name is Kylie Dierks and I am a current sophomore originally from Hastings, Nebraska. I grew up on a small acreage outside of Hastings where my passion for animals started. I am majoring in Animal Science with the Food Production Management option and have a minor in Agriculture Economics. After completing my undergrad, I would like to pursue my masters in reproductive physiology and hopefully work for a reproductive company in the future. I became a Block and Bridle member my freshman year to meet new people and get more involved on campus. As an Ambassador, I want to bring new members to the club and make meetings fun! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to talk, my email is kdierks2@huskers.unl.edu