National Leadership Team

National Sorority Board

The purpose of the National Sorority Board is to:

  • Oversee the Sorority’s national operations and management in accordance with the National Bylaws, policies and procedures.
  • Provide guidance to collegiate and alumnae chapters.
  • Facilitate bonds of sisterhood between members.
  • Serve as representatives of Sigma Alpha at sorority, industry and affiliated association events.

President

Kimberly Stassen Neumann

nationalpresident@sigmaalpha.org

Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from North Dakota State University in December of 2009. An alumna of the Upsilon Chapter and an active member of the Sigma Alpha NDSU Alumnae, she was inducted into the chapter’s Alumnae Hall of Fame in 2018. She served the Sorority on a national level as a Chapter Consultant from 2011-2014 and as Vice President from 2015-2019. Kim is a loan officer at AgCountry Farm Credit Services and serves on the Women’s Group bringing educational and networking opportunities to female customers. She is a Director on the American Berkshire Foundation Board and the Treasurer of the Redwood County Corn & Soybean Growers Association. Kim and her husband, Brad, live on Brad’s family farm near Wabasso, MN. Because of the tremendous impact Sigma Alpha made in her life, Kim wants to ensure that same experience is available to fellow sisters.

Vice President

Carmen Benson

vicepresident@sigmaalpha.org

Carmen is a proud alumna of the Alpha Omicron Chapter where she served as the Philanthropy Chairwoman and 1st Vice President. She is a Fulbright Specialist, Army combat veteran, and agricultural education specialist with 12+ years of project management and capacity building experience in the U.S and abroad. Carmen started her career as a middle and high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor after earning her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She served as the Curriculum Writer and as a Facilitator for the Sigma Alpha and AGR leadership seminars for three years. Carmen, her husband, and two dogs (Duke and Scout) recently resettled in Georgia, near family and old friends. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Program Evaluation and Non-Profit Management.

Treasurer

Christine Phipps

treasurer@sigmaalpha.org

Christine graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2011 with a double major in business administration and animal science. She was president of the Beta Kappa Chapter. Following graduation she moved around to continue her riding career and compete her beloved Connemara Thoroughbred mare “Zoe”.  In the fall of 2013 she moved to Southern Pines, NC and has lived there ever since. She currently works at the Carolina Horse Park Foundation as the development manager cultivating relationships with corporate and private sponsors and grantors.

Secretary

Brooke Carter Greene

secretary@sigmaalpha.org

Brooke received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Business from the University of Tennessee in 2011.  While there, she served as the Theta chapter Treasurer for two years.  Brooke currently works as a Key Account Manager for ADM in their Animal Nutrition division.  When not answering phone calls from customers, Brooke enjoys relaxing at her home in southern Indiana with her husband, horses, and chickens, or traveling to her beef farm in East Tennessee and visiting family.

Collegiate Membership Director

Lynn Bartholomew

collegiate@sigmaalpha.org

Lynn graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications. She was the Website and Social Media Chair at the Beta Zeta Chapter and also served as the Fundraising Chair at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls Alumnae Chapter from 2016-2018. Lynn served as the Region 5 Chapter Consultant from 2019 to 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in Student Affairs Administration. She also works as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Services office on campus advising and providing students with career advice. In her free time, Lynn can be found farming with her family, spending time with friends, and kayaking the rivers and lakes of northern Wisconsin.

Professional Development Director

Andrea Schroeder

professionaldevelopment@sigmaalpha.org

Andrea graduated from South Dakota State University in 2016 with a degree in Ag Communications and served as president and sisterhood chair at the Omega chapter. In 2020, Andrea served as an AGR/Sigma Alpha Leadership Seminar Facilitator. She is the owner of Avenue A by Andrea, focusing on weddings, portraits and livestock photography. When she isn’t behind the camera or computer, you can find Andrea playing with her son or traveling to visit extended family on their farms in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Development Director

Kate Hadley

development@sigmaalpha.org

Kate graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She was an active member of the Gamma Chapter where she served on the executive board for two years. After obtaining her master’s degree in 2014 in crop and soil science, Kate loaded up her truck and drove half way across North America to pursue a career as an agronomist in Western Canada. She currently works in the golden (canola) fields as a Dekalb agronomist for Monsanto in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In her free time, she enjoys playing hockey, curling, shooting sporting clays, and duck hunting with her black lab, Beau.

Communications Director

Angela Scott

communicationsdirector@sigmaalpha.org

Angela graduated in 2016 from California State University – Chico with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in agricultural business. She was vice president and recruitment chair of the Alpha Iota Chapter. She is currently a territory business manager for Zoetis and specializes in beef cattle health. Angela is building a “side hustle” of buying, growing, and selling feeder calves. In her spare time, she teaches Jazzercise and manages PR for the Oregon CattleWomen’s Association.

Outreach Director

Alyssa Clements

outreach@sigmaalpha.org

Alyssa is an alumna of the Theta Chapter. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2014 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Animal Science.  And, in 2015 she graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in Animal Science with a focus on beef cattle nutrition.  Alyssa currently works for Purina Animal Nutrition as a Livestock Production Specialist in Tennessee.  When she isn’t working with beef producers, Alyssa enjoys traveling to many of the U.S. National Parks and is working on her goal of visiting all 50 states!

Meet the Chapter Consultants

The Sigma Alpha Chapter Consultant program exists to:

    • Offer consistent and timely delivery of Sorority services, resources and communications.
    • Provide a consistent and timely review and evaluation of chapter activities for compliance with the Sorority’s mission, objective and policies.
    • Support, mentor and guide collegiate chapter officers in the performance of their duties.

Jennifer Webster

chapterconsultant1@sigmaalpha.org
Region 1: AZ, CA, ID, OR
Kappa, Lambda, Xi, Alpha Iota, Alpha Rho, Alpha Phi, Beta Epsilon

Jennifer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business with an emphasis in animal science. She was an active member of the Beta Zeta Chapter. She is working for CHS as a commodity merchandiser and volunteers on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus with students, many of whom are Sigma Alpha sisters, prepare for internships and full-time job interviews. She loves anything agriculture related, exercising and being outside.

Bryn Swearingen

chapterconsultant2@sigmaalpha.org
Region 2: CO, ND, SD, WI, WY
Nu, Upsilon, Omega, Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Tau, Beta Delta, Beta Zeta

Bryn graduated from Kansas State University in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. She grew up in Hiawatha, Kansas on a 6th generation family farm, which led to her research interest in commodity markets. She was an active member of the Alpha Omega Chapter and served on the executive board. She has completed two grain merchandising internships and is currently working on her master’s degree in agricultural economics at Kansas State. After graduation, she hopes to
pursue a career as a commodity market analyst or continue her education.

Katelyn Zeamer

chapterconsultant3@sigmaalpha.org
Region 3: IA, KS, MO, NE
Delta, Omicron, Alpha Beta, Alpha Delta, Alpha Xi, Alpha Chi, Alpha Omega, Beta Mu

Katelyn, originally from De Pere, WI, completed her BS in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin– River Falls in 2017 and earned an MS in Swine Nutrition from South Dakota State University in 2019. Katelyn was an active member of the Beta Zeta chapter and served as treasurer for two years. She is currently active with the Beta Zeta alumnae chapter, where she serves as president elect. Today, she resides in Ossian, IA with her golden retriever, Scout, and works for Purina Animal Nutrition as a Swine Technical Sales Specialist and Formulator.

Michelle Bufkin Horton

chapterconsultant4@sigmaalpha.org
Region 4: AR, TX
Iota, Rho, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Eta, Alpha Pi, Beta Pi, Beta Rho, Beta Tau

Michelle is an alumna of the Beta Eta Chapter at Auburn University where she received an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Communications, follow by a master’s degree in Agricultural Communications at a distance from Texas Tech University. Michelle currently serves as the Membership & Communications Director for the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, a role she has held for three years. She is also a freelance journalist, writing articles for AgDaily, ActionHub and Ranch House Designs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside kayaking, hiking, traveling, or playing disc golf with her husband. 

Abbie Cox

chapterconsultant5@sigmaalpha.org
Region 5: IL, IN, MI, OH, PA
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Sigma, Alpha Gamma, Alpha Mu, Beta Xi

Abbie is a 2021 graduate from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science, a minor in Education, and a focus in dairy management. She was an active member of the Alpha Psi chapter during her collegiate tenure, serving as the 2nd Vice President and President. She grew up in Central New York on a small dairy farm, and in her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with friends, family, and dogs! 

Mindy Gosselin

chapterconsultant6@sigmaalpha.org
Region 6: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC
Zeta, Tau, Alpha Theta, Alpha Omicron, Beta Gamma, Beta Eta, Beta Nu, Beta Upsilon

Mindy graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources with a focus in Fisheries Management. She was a member of the Eta Chapter where she served as President, Historian, and Fundraising chair. Mindy is currently a Wetland Agent and Erosion Control Officer for a municipality and also serves as the Program Coordinator for Connecticut Envirothon. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places, going for walks, listening to music and Pilates.

Taylor Thackston

chapterconsultant7@sigmaalpha.org
Region 7: KY, TN, WV
Theta, Chi, Psi, Alpha Upsilon, Beta Theta, Beta Omicron, Beta Sigma, Beta Phi

Born and raised in Goochland County, Virginia, Taylor quickly fell in love with agriculture on her family’s cow/calf operation. In May 2021, Taylor graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal & Poultry Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. While an undergraduate, Taylor was an active member of the Pip Chapter of Sigma Alpha, serving as the chapter President, as well as the Internal Philanthropy Chair. After graduation, Taylor moved to Basalt, Colorado, where she is pursuing her love for the livestock industry and the outdoors. 

Liz Grady

chapterconsultant8@sigmaalpha.org
Region 8: CT, DE, MD, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA
Eta, Pi, Alpha Kappa, Alpha Lambda, Alpha Psi, Beta Alpha, Beta Kappa, Beta Lambda

Liz earned her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in May of 2020. She currently works for Midwestern BioAg as a Marketing Coordinator in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. As an undergraduate, Liz was very active in Sigma Alpha, having served as President and Public Relations Chair of the Alpha Tau Chapter. Liz is a lover of personal and professional development and can often be found reading books or listening to podcasts. She lives on her family’s small dairy farm in the Madison, Wisconsin area. 

Sam (Klemme) Otten

chapterconsultant9@sigmaalpha.org
Region 9: All Newly Activated Chapters
Phi, Alpha Nu, Alpha Sigma, Beta Chi, Beta Psi, Beta Omega, Gamma Alpha, Gamma Beta, Gamma Delta, Gamma Epsilon

Sam is an alumna of the Beta Chapter at Purdue University where she served as First Vice President her sophomore year and President her senior year. While in school, she was a part of the National Agri-Marketing Team that ranked semi-finalist twice. She also served as an ambassador for the agriculture economics department at Purdue. After graduation, she started working for an equipment dealer full-time in training and employee development.

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