Spirit of Ruth

2020 Spirit of Ruth Recipients

The Spirit of Ruth Award recognizes Sigma Alpha Alumnae who embody the spirit of Ruth through active involvement, leadership, and commitment to the field of agriculture.

Recipients of this award demonstrate the ideals of Sigma Alpha by living the four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship, and Service in their personal and/or professional lives.

Join us in congratulating the 2020 recipients!

Kimberly (Stassen) Neumann

Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from North Dakota State University in December of 2009. She was activated on March 24, 2007 into the Upsilon Chapter and is an active member of the NDSU Sigma Alpha Alumnae Chapter. In 2018 she was the second member to be inducted into the NDSU Sigma Alpha Alumnae Hall of Fame. Kim served as a Chapter Consultant on the National Leadership Team from 2011-2014 and then served as the National Sorority Board’s Vice President from 2015-2019.

Kim is a loan officer at AgCountry Farm Credit Services. She is also a part of the Women’s Group which brings educational and networking opportunities to AgCountry’s female customers. She is a Director on the American Berkshire Foundation Board and is serving as the Treasurer of the Redwood County Corn and Soybean Growers Association Board.

Kim and her husband, Brad live on Brad’s family farm near Wabasso, MN. She loves hanging out with her friends and family, enjoys traveling with Brad and in her spare time she likes to read and paint.

Rachel Hickerson

Rachel has been in the meeting industry for close to 20 years in various roles and titles held. She joined Advocacy and Management Group (AMG) in 2013 where she brought her years of association conference and meeting management experience to a busy Association Management Company, focusing on overall execution of meetings and conferences. Most recently, she has taken on the task of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and managing a multiple CME events a year. Rachel has a BS in Animal Science with a minor in Business from CSU Chico and most recently, earned her CMP in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with multiple animal rescue groups and is the current President of the MPI Sacramento Sierra Nevada Chapter.

In 2015, she was named a Prairie Business Top 25 Women in Business, is a founding partner in CTB Women’s Leadership Program and volunteers on several planning committees.

Caitlin Cox

Caitlin is a Conservation Representative of Strategic Philanthropy for Disney Enterprise Social Responsibility at the Walt Disney Company. She supports governance, processes, communications and impact measurement for Disney Conservation Fund programs aimed at saving wildlife, inspiring action and protecting the planet. Caitlin hails from the wonderful state of New Hampshire and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriscience Communications from the University of New Hampshire, where she was also a founding sister of the Sigma Alpha Sorority Beta Kappa chapter. She began her professional career in 2010 as an education professional intern at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she inspired Guests to conserve nature and learn about wildlife. She also worked with the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Environmental Integration team on a variety of projects, including the development and launch of environment and conservation initiatives at the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai, China. Caitlin joined the Disney Conservation Fund team in 2017 and lives near Orlando, Florida.

She loves photography, gardening, working out in the yard, attending Purdue men’s basketball games, watching Nascar races and Purdue football on TV, and being involved with her mom’s activities.

Monica (Pase) Maxwell

Monica is an alumna of the Chi Chapter of West Virginia University. She served as the President and Vice President of the chapter and as recruitment chair, secretary, and vice president of the alumnae chapter. Monica completed her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science in 1996 and immediately went to work in the field, working as a research assistant, a veterinary assistant, and then an animal husbandry technician before becoming an animal research facility manager. Monica grew up in Kingwood, WV, but has made Morgantown, WV her home (Go Mountaineers!), where her family raises Boer goats, cattle, rabbits, and chickens on their small farm. She serves as an adult volunteer for her local 4-H club and is an active member of the Monongalia County Fair board. She enjoys planning for the livestock events for the fair and working with the 4-H and FFA children in the barn. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, reading, pottery, farming, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their 2 dogs.

  • I love Sigma Alpha because of the wide network of women in agriculture that is available to me.

    Kim Stassen
  • I love Sigma Alpha because of all the professional growth I have personally experienced within my membership both collegiate and alumna!

    Megan Lutrick
  • Sigma Alpha changed my life the day I became a member because it was then that I knew wherever life took me, I could always count on finding sisterhood there.

    Alacyn Cox
Ann MollSpirit of Ruth Recipients