Cara Donovan: “The Veteran”

Cara is a New Jersey native and a senior in Animal Science. 4 years before coming to CSU, Cara made the devastating decision to become a vegetarian. Two years into her employment here at Ram Country Meats, she came to her senses and reconverted to a full-fledged meat-eater. In her spare time, Cara enjoys the homely pursuits of rugby, power-napping at key locations on campus, and GTL (google it! #NewJersey4life). She is an avid lover of ugly dogs, trampolines, Christmastime, and well-priced airline tickets.

Holland Russo: “The Crazy Chicken Lady”

Holland is a senior at Colorado State University studying Animal Science, and she hopes to complete a masters in Meat Science upon finishing her undergraduate degree. She grew up in Broomfield, Colorado where she found her love for agriculture, livestock, and poultry. Her hobbies include: buying chickens, raising chickens, showing chickens, hugging chickens, eating Chick-fil-a, getting chicken tattoos, and watching videos of chickens. Holland will begin her journey within the poultry industry this summer at JBS Pilgrim’s Pride as a Research and Development Intern. Until then, she will just dream about chickens.

Motto: “Eat Mor Chikin”—Chick-fil-a

Kacey Buttrick: “The Trackstar”

Kacey grew up in Fairplay, CO and is now a senior at Colorado State University studying Animal Science and Agricultural Business. She had an internship with the company Ingredion this past summer located in Englewood, CO. There she developed starch ingredients and additives to improve various meat products. Her favorite cut of meat from Ram County Meats is the good ol’ ribeye!

Motto: “Will run for meat” –Kacey Buttrick

Jamie McKinley: “The Disney Nerd”

Jamie is an Animal Science and Agricultural Literacy major at Colorado State University, looking for a career in the Department of Agriculture. She is originally from the south end of the Golden State, where she learned that 1. sheep are the best creatures in the world, 2. Disney is life, and 3. the zoo is the best place to be. Her favorite cut from Ram Country Meats is the Beef Flat Iron Steak.

Motto: “If you can dream it… you can do it” – Walt Disney


David M. Saenz: “The Cowboy”

David grew up on a beef ranch in southern Texas, and is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business. In his spare time, David enjoys hunting, fly fishing, working with horses, skiing, snowboarding, motocross, surfing, cooking, learning about different cultures, and especially working on his family’s ranch. After David graduates, he plans on becoming an Emergency Medical Technician, get his helicopter pilot’s license, and own/operate a Red Angus cow/calf operation.

Motto: “Life is like a wave: surf it”

Sierra McCormick:

Sierra was a military child who traveled the United States. She never wanted to go into Agriculture, but has fallen in love with it. She is a senior Animal Science major with hopes of further study in Food Safety.

Motto: Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. – Beef Check Off

Danielle Wiechman: “The Jokester”

Danielle grew up in Conifer, Colorado where she raised cattle, swine, and sheep. Raising livestock in the mountains was a constant struggle of keeping bears out of the feed shed, mountain lions out of the sheep pens. She likes to think that she is a cow-whisperer, and is studying Animal Science and Spanish so that the imported cattle can’t talk about her behind her back. She wants to pursue a career in the commercial beef industry. Her hobbies include climbing mountains with her dog, making bad puns, and petting cows.

Motto: “The future is shaped by your dreams, so stop wasting time and go to sleep” -Google

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Tyler O’Donnell: “Just Tyler”

Tyler is from the western slope of Colorado, a small town called Olathe (yes, it’s where the sweet corn comes from). He is pursuing a degree in Animal Science and hopes to become a 4-H agent someday. His interest in agriculture began with 4-H, so it seems only fitting to give back to the program. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, and working with his show steers.


Belle Parra: “The BBQ Lover”

Belle grew up in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Colorado to study Agricultural Literacy and Meat Sciences. Growing up cooking with her parents, Belle knew from a young age she was meant to work in production agriculture and beef production. Belle’s hobbies include reading comic books, quoting superhero movies, and learning everything she can about beef! After graduation, Belle hopes to be an extension agent at Colorado State University and compete on the KCBS barbeque circuit.

Motto: “Cook it low, cook it slow, and serve no swine until it’s time” – Butch Lupinetti