Thank you to the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board Members, and Committees. I am deeply appreciative and honored to be recognized in a field in which my passions lay [Agriculture/Meat Science]. Your generosity has provided me the opportunity to continue working towards my foremost goal of graduating with a doctoral degree from The Ohio State University.
Currently, I am a student at THE Ohio State University under the direction of Dr. Lyda G. Garcia and am pursuing a doctoral degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Meat Science Extension Education. My roles as a graduate student include the development and implementation of numerous extension events, youth programs, conducting the first ever state-wide Beef Quality Audit, serving as a teaching assistant for the department, coaching the Ohio State University Meat Judging Team, and much more. My appreciation for the meat industry began as I competed on the 2018 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team. It was while competing that I quickly gained an immense appreciation and immediately realized this was an industry I wanted to be an integral part of and have the privilege of educating and sharing my own interests and experiences with others. My love for our industry continues to grow as I interact with meat producers, processors, cattleman, and the many others that dedicate their time to the meat industry. Through pursuing this advanced degree, it is my intent to not only expand my knowledge of meat science and the protein industry, but also learn to be an effective leader and grow as an individual. I believe the extension and departmental programs that I have been and will be exposed to will provide me with the skills needed to reach my career goals. Following my formal education, I intend to pursue an Assistant Professor position focused in my areas of education.