For Immediate Release
March 18, 2016
For more information, contact:
Julie Ellingson, executive vice president • (701) 223-2522 •
Laiken Aune, special projects director • (701) 223-2522 •
Trevor Graff, communications director • (701) 223-2522 •
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Mentoring Program enters 18th year
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Mentoring Program entered its 18th year with a kickoff workshop for mentors and protégés held at Farm Credit Services of Mandan in February.
The NDSA Mentoring Program pairs North Dakota students interested in a livestock-related career with local, established professionals to provide first-hand experience in the field of their interest. The 18th NDSA Mentoring Program class includes 15 students focusing on fields that include agricultural communications, ag lending, artificial insemination and veterinary medicine.
“Protégés have an opportunity through the mentoring program to explore their career options in agriculture and make informed decisions on their future,” said Laiken Aune, NDSA special projects director. “We are excited to have a large class of protégés this year and encourage interested students to apply for next year’s program.”
This year’s teams include the following: in artificial insemination, Haley Anderson of Milnor, N.D., with David Dockter of Mandan, N.D.; in ag communications, Cierra Dockter of Medina, N.D., with Sarah Heinrich of Medina, N.D.; in veterinary medicine, Gabriella Haroldson with Dr. Pat Bierman, Dr. Shaun Bouzis and Loah Clement, all of Mandan, N.D.; in ag sales, Haley Goodall of Stanley, N.D., with Paul Bichler of Washburn, N.D.; in ag communications, Jacy Hauge of Carson, N.D., with Julie Ellingson of St. Anthony, N.D.; in veterinary medicine, Kathryn Herring of Mott, N.D., with Dr. Annette Haas of Elgin, N.D.; in ag communications, Shaye Koester of Steele, N.D., with Trevor Graff of Bismarck, N.D.; in agricultural education, Aaron Lee of Wahpeton, N.D., with Desi Severance of Wyndmere, N.D.; in veterinary medicine, Kylee Nelson of Kenmare, N.D., with Dr. Ann Olson of Minot, N.D.; in ag communications, Paige Schmidt of Medina, N.D., with Sarah Heinrich of Medina, N.D.; in veterinary medical research, Mary Skjervheim of Nekoma, N.D., with Dr. Tessa Bergholz of Fargo, N.D.; in veterinary medicine, Kathryn Slavick of Mandan, N.D., with Dr. Beth Carlson and Dr. Jacob Carlson, both of Baldwin, N.D.; in veterinary medicine, Destiny Smith with Dr. Pat Bierman, Dr. Shaun Bouzis and Loah Clement, all of Mandan, N.D.; in veterinary medicine, Hope Smith of Mandan, N.D., with Dr. Del Rae Martin of Mandan, N.D.; and, in the area of ag lending, Audrey Wilhelmi of Mandan, N.D., with Steve Morris of Bismarck, N.D.
The teams will meet at least four times during the period. Protégés are asked to keep journals of their meetings and maintain a list of vocabulary words unique to their field of study.
Upon completion of the program, the class will meet a final time for a wrap-up session and recognition during the NDSA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Minot in September.
Applications for the 2017 NDSA Mentoring Program are due Nov. 2. For information or a copy of the application, call Aune at (701) 223-2522.



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