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.


Kimberly Stassen Neumann

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

Jessica Graham

Jessica graduated in 2006 from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science. She served as the social chair for the Alpha Pi Chapter. She recently received her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in instructional leadership and curriculum/instruction. She is currently an agriculture science teacher and primarily teaches veterinary science. She and her husband, Larry, have a daughter, Delanie.


Christine Phipps

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.


Angela Scott

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.

Collegiate Membership Director

April Burg

April graduated from the University of Delaware in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in food and agribusiness marketing and management. She served the Alpha Kappa Chapter as second vice president and represented Sigma Alpha as both founding member and public relations chair for the Special Interest Greek Council. She served two terms as a consultant for Region 8 and is excited to bring the knowledge and experience she gained from that role to her new position on the NSB. When she is not feeding her love for food and cooking, April works in supply chain and distribution for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Professional Development Director

Carmen Benson

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.

Development Director

Kate Hadley

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

Molly Lass

Molly graduated in 2014 from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in equine science. She was very active in the Upsilon Chapter, serving many roles, and currently serves as the North Dakota State University Alumnae Chapter president. She served as a Chapter Consultant from 2014-2016, supporting chapters in the Upper Midwest. She currently works for Land O’Lakes, Inc. in Arden Hills, MN as an Operations Quality Specialist. In her spare time, Molly enjoys traveling, participating in sports leagues and rooting for the NDSU Bison football team.

Outreach Director

Alyssa Clements

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
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
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
Region 3: IA, KS, MO, NE
Delta, Omicron, Alpha Beta, Alpha Delta, Alpha Xi, Alpha Chi, Alpha Omega, Beta Mu

Katelyn grew up on a hobby farm in De Pere, WI and developed an interest in agriculture and leadership through 4-H and FFA. She graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin– River Falls, and earned a master’s degree from South Dakota State University. Katelyn was an active member of the Beta Zeta chapter and served as treasurer for two years. She currently active with the Beta Zeta alumnae chapter, where she serves as membership chair. She currently works at Iowa State University as a lecturer in the animal science dept.

Katie Hodge
Region 4: AR, TX
Iota, Rho, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Eta, Alpha Pi, Beta Pi, Beta Rho, Beta Tau

Katie grew up in Slater, IA where she was involved in 4-H from a young age and in high school joined FFA.  She is an alumna of the Omega Chapter at South Dakota State University (SDSU) where she attained her degree in Animal Science and Agriculture Leadership in 2019.  As a collegiate member, Katie served the chapter as 2nd Vice President and President. In addition to her involvement with Sigma Alpha, she worked with Little International and served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at SDSU.

Lynn Bartholomew
Region 5: IL, IN, MI, OH, PA
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Sigma, Alpha Gamma, Alpha Mu, Beta Xi

Lynn grew up on a 60-cow family dairy farm.  She is an alumna of the Beta Zeta Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she received her degree in Marketing Communications in 2015.  She currently works for Kuhn North America, Inc., an agricultural machinery manufacturer, as a Marketing Communications Specialist.  Lynn is active in the University of WI-River Falls Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha and the Public Relations Society of America.  In her free time, she enjoys farming with her family, spending time with friends, writing, baking and traveling.

Casey Mikel
Region 6: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC
Zeta, Tau, Alpha Theta, Alpha Omicron, Beta Gamma, Beta Eta, Beta Nu, Beta Upsilon

Casey graduated from North Dakota State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural
communications. She served on the Upsilon Chapter board as public relations manager, by-laws chair and secretary. She is a customer care rep for Land O’ Lakes. She loves to be with friends, travel and bake.

Ashley Hauptman
Region 7: KY, TN, WV
Theta, Chi, Psi, Alpha Upsilon, Beta Theta, Beta Omicron, Beta Sigma, Beta Phi

Hailing from the small town of Downs, IL, Ashley developed an interest in agriculture at a young age.  An alumna of the Beta Xi Chapter at Illinois State University, she attained her degree in Agricultural Communications & Leadership in 2019.  Ashley joined Sigma Alpha during freshman year and was thrilled to find a group of women on campus who shared her background and interests.  During her tenure as a collegiate member, she served the chapter as Historian, 2nd Vice President and President.  Upon graduation, Ashley relocated to Indianapolis, IN where she is employed with Kohl’s as a Softlines Merchandiser and Online Order Lead.

Sydney White
Region 8: CT, DE, MD, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA
Eta, Pi, Alpha Kappa, Alpha Lambda, Alpha Psi, Beta Alpha, Beta Kappa, Beta Lambda

Sydney is an alumna of the Chi Chapter at West Virginia University (WVU) where she served as the chapter’s recruitment chair and sisterhood chair.  She is currently the President of the West Virginia University Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha.  Sydney completed her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in 2018 and her master’s degree in Energy Environments in 2019 – both from WVU. She grew up in the northern Virginia town of Bealeton where she learned to love the outdoors.  In her spare time, she enjoys weight lifting, hunting, fishing and hanging out with her Pomeranian, Ollie.

Sam (Klemme) Otten
Region 9: All Newly Activated Chapters
Phi, Alpha Nu, Beta Chi, Beta Psi, Beta Omega, Gamma Alpha, Gamma Beta

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.

  • I love Sigma Alpha for the opportunities it has given me to collaborate and achieve with empowering female leaders.

    Emily Bartusiak
  • I LOVE Sigma Alpha because it has provided me with opportunities, experiences, and sisters that I will cherish my entire life!

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

    Kim Stassen
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