Block & Bridle Officers

President of Block and Bridle Sheridan Swotek

Sheridan Swotek: President

Hello! My name is Sheridan Swotek and I am a junior at UNL majoring in Agricultural Education and minoring in Animal Science. I plan to be a high school Ag teacher and FFA advisor in a western Nebraska community upon my December 2019 graduation. I am from just outside of Lincoln and grew up actively involved in 4-H showing pigs and goats. This will be my third year with UNL Block and Bridle. Last year I was the club's secretary and I am very honored to be serving as president this year. I love sharing my passion for education and the livestock industry and I really enjoy seeing members loving what they are learning through Block and Bridle. Please don't hesitate to contact me with comments, questions, concerns, or just to say hi! I can be reached at or 402-430-6182.

VP-Swine: Magdalene O'Brien

Magdalene O'Brien: Vice President-Swine

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 or call/text me at (402) 658-5393. 

VP-Beef: Abby Durheim

Abby Durheim: Vice President-Beef

Hi! My name is Abby Durheim and I am a sophomore Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication major from Fredericksburg, VA. Growing up, I showed lambs and hogs and was active in promoting agriculture in my suburban community. I love being around people, public speaking and traveling and I'm excited for a great year and to serve as the 2018-19 Vice President of Beef for UNL Block and Bridle! 

Secretary: Chelsea Bryant

Chelsea Bryant: Secretary

Hello everybody, my name is Chelsea Bryant and I am a sophomore 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 wanted to join so I could find people who had the same passion for agriculture as me. Also, so I could make connections for the future. This will be my first 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 or call/text me at (402) 290-5300.

Treasurer: Megan Eickhoff

Megan Eickhoff: Treasurer

Hello!  My name is Megan Eickhoff and I am a sophomore Animal Science (Pre-Vet Option) major.  Upon completion of school I aspire to become a veterinarian.  I joined the UNL Block and Bridle Club when I was a freshman because I wanted to meet other students and quickly became very passionate about the club’s activities.  Over this year I want to interact with more people and promote our club’s activities so that everyone knows what our club is about.  Outside of the classroom 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 at phone:  402-801-1652

Historian-Kurt Nelson

Kurt Nelson: Historian

Hi, my name is Kurt Nelson and I am an ag business major with the livestock industries option. I grew up on a farm in Axtell, Nebraska and have intentions of going home upon graduation along with seed and equipment sales. Some of my hobbies include hunting, fishing and sports along with volunteering in my community. Block and Bridle is a great way to get involved in the animal science community by doing activities in the department, the community and the state of Nebraska as a whole. I joined Block and Bridle because I wanted to be a part of a community on campus that shared the same interests and goals as me and I found that in Block and Bridle.
Phone: (612)-723-8784

Marshall-Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe: Marshall

Hi! I’m Hannah Lowe and I’m the Marshall for Block and Bridle this year. I’m a sophomore at UNL majoring in Agriculture Education with an Animal Science minor. I joined Block and Bridle my freshman year because it was the club that everyone else was joining, but I stayed in the club because of the awesome learning experiences I got to participate in throughout the year. My favorite Block and Bridle  event is Little Aksarben because I got to do something that I really wanted to do but never had the chance to! My future goals will be to graduate college and teach agriculture at a high school in Nebraska.

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 or call/text me at (402) 741-1250.

Faculty Advisors

Thomas Burkey

Dr. Tom Burkey


Benny Mote

Dr. Benny Mote


Gary Sullivan

Dr. Gary Sullivan


Andi Hallberg

Andi Hallberg

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