Block & Bridle Officers

VP-Swine: Magdalene O'Brien

Magdalene O'Brien: President

Hello everyone! My name is Magdalene O’Brien, and I am a sophomore from Blair, Nebraska. I am double majoring in Grazing Livestock Systems and Animal Science with my option being Food Animal Production and Management along with the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Minor. I joined Block and Bridle my freshman year in the hope of making new friends that shared my same interest and passion for the agriculture industry. This past year Block and Bridle has helped me network with industry professionals, make new friends and has continued to help me grow my love for the agriculture community. This is my first year as an officer, and I am excited to continue to create opportunities for members to develop professionally as well as form new friendships! If you have any questions about joining or any concerns feel free to email me at magro99@gmail.com or call/text me at (402) 658-5393. 

Kelsey Phillips: Vice-President: Beef

Hello everyone, my name is Kelsey Philips! I am the fifth generation growing up on a cow/calf operation near Mullen, Nebraska. I am currently a senior studying Animal Science with a Food Animal Production option. After college, I hope to pursue a career in beef reproduction and genetics. I joined Block and Bridle my freshman year at Northwest Missouri State University to continue my love for animal agriculture outside of my college classes. I transferred to UNL last fall and wanted to continue my involvement with Block and Bridle. I am so excited for this year as an officer and the ability to continue sharing my love for agriculture while getting the opportunity to network with my peers and professionals within this industry. If you ever have any questions feel free to email me at kaphill16@gmail.com or call/text me at (660)-541-0750.

McCyla Mickelson: Vice President-Pork

Hi! My name is McCyla Mickelson;

Secretary: Chelsea Bryant

Chelsea Bryant: Secretary

Hello everybody, my name is Chelsea Bryant and I am a junior from Blair, Nebraska. I am studying Animal Science with an option Biology/Biotechnology with a double major in Fisheries and Wildlife with an option Conservation Biology. I am aspiring to further my education with grad school in the future. I joined Block and Bridle fall of my freshman year. I joined so I could find people who had a similar passion for agriculture as me. Also, so I could make connections for later in my future. This will be my second year as an officer. I hope to make this year a learning and enjoyable experience for all of you in the club. Outside of meetings and class I love to hang out with my friends, sorority sisters, and just relaxing with others. I can’t wait to meet everyone of you. If you need to contact me, my email is bryantchelsea17@gmail.com or call/text me at (402) 290-5300.

Treasurer: Megan Eickhoff

Megan Eickhoff: Treasurer

Hello! My name is Megan Eickhoff and I am a junior from Falls City, NE. I am majoring in Animal Science, Veterinary Science Option. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree I aspire to become a mixed animal veterinary practitioner in a rural setting. I joined Block and Bridle when I was a freshman because I wanted to meet other students and quickly became very passionate about the club’s activities. This club has allowed me to create new friendships, network with a variety of industry leaders and professionals, and obtain knowledge and skills throughout the agriculture industry. Outside of school I enjoy working on my family farm, hanging out with friends, and being outdoors. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me @meganeickhoff99@gmail.com/cell phone:  402-801-1652

Lauren Ahlers: Historian

Hi, my name is Lauren Ahlers, and I am a sophomore from Rosalie, Nebraska. I am currently majoring in Animal Science with both Pre-Vet and Food Animal Production and Management options, as well as, minoring in the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I hope to be accepted into Nebraska’s Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine and become a rural production animal veterinarian. I joined Block & Bridle during my freshman year in the hopes of staying in touch with my agricultural background while attending college in the city. The club’s activities and members helped me to network with industry professionals, give back to the agricultural community, and make new friends. This is my first year as an officer, and I am looking forward to capturing all the memories our members make. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at lauren.ahlers@huskers.unl.edu / cell phone: 1(402)380-6006.

Lindsay Peters: Marshall

Hi! I’m Lindsey Peters and I am a junior from Scribner, Nebraska. I am majoring in Animal Science with an option of Food Animal Production and Management as well as minoring in Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I aspire to further my education by attending graduate school. I joined the UNL Block and Bridle club when I was a freshman but did not get heavily involved until my sophomore year. As a first year officer, I look forward to recruiting new members, create new friendships, and exploring the endless opportunities that the agricultural industry has to offer. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hanging out with friends, crafting, and caring for livestock. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just would like to chat, feel free to contact me at lindsaykpeters98@gmail.com or call/text me at (402) 317-0671.

Fina Choat

Fina Choat: Ambassador

Hello friends! My name is Fina Choat and I am a third year student. I am from Saint Edward, Ne, where I come from a small operation where we run a cow/calf, farrow to finish, chickens and ducks, a few horses, and a goat. Alongside the livestock operation we raise organic crops. I am currently majoring in Animal Science with my options in Veterinary Science and Food Animal Production and Management with a minor in Grazing Livestock Systems. After I complete my undergrad I plan on studying to become a rural area mixed animal veterinarian or Extension Educator. I started my membership with Block and Bridle in the fall of 2016, when I began my freshman year. This will be my first year as an officer and I cannot wait to share my excitement about the club, agriculture, and accomplishing goals. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to drop a message, feel free to email me at finachoat@hotmail.com or call/text me at (402) 741-1250.

Faculty Advisors

Thomas Burkey

Dr. Tom Burkey

advisor

tburkey2@unl.edu

Gary Sullivan

Dr. Gary Sullivan

 Advisor

gary.sullivan@unl.edu

Benny Mote

Dr. Benny Mote

 Advisor

benny.mote@unl.edu

Andi Hallberg

Andi Hallberg

 Office Contact

andi.hallberg@unl.edu