Dairy Staff

Education Staff

Dr. Chris Harvey; Waterville, IA
Chris (Doc) graduated with his B.S. in Chemistry and Biology in 1985 from Iowa Wesleyan College, then from Iowa State University in 1990 with his DVM. Doc worked as a veterinarian for the Monona clinic for 6 years, Waukon for 8 years, and then his own clinic in Waterville for 6 years. He has been at NICC since 2002 and teaches courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Health, Animal Reproduction and Nutrition. He and his wife Nancy reside in Waterville, Iowa and also run a small crop farm. Doc’s three children Amy, Jacob and Katherine are grown and pursuing higher education.

Nate Gebel; Lansing, IA
Nate earned his B.S. in Agricultural Education in 1999 and his M.S. in Professional of Agriculture in 2006 both from Iowa State University. After college Nate was the ag instructor at Waukon High School for 10 years before joining the NICC team in 2008. He teaches courses in Ag Marketing, Ag Business and Ag Sales. Nate also operates a small sheep and grain operation near Lansing, Iowa where he lives with his wife Tami, daughter Alaina and son Marcus.

Tad Mueller; Fort Atkinson, IA
Tad obtained both his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 1981 and 1991. He then taught ag education at Audubon High School for 6 years, Cresco High School for 5 years, and then joined the NICC staff in 1992. Tad teaches courses in Agronomy, Grain and Forage and Precision Ag (GPS and GIS). Tad’s wife Lisa also teaches at NICC and they have a son named Luke. In addition, Tad owns and maintains a small vineyard.

Dave Lawstuen; Lanesboro, MN
Dave has his B.S. in Animal Science and M.S. in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics with a minor in Statistics from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to NICC in 1995 Dave worked as the Director of Sire Procurement for Eastern/Federated Genetics in Ithaca, NY for 9 years. He teaches courses in Genetics, Dairy Production and Animal Science. Dave is originally from a registered Holstein herd in Lanesboro, Minnesota where he now resides and operates the century family farm with his wife Debbie and two children Kirstin
and Kyle.

Dan Lane; Elkader, IA
Dan Lane earned his BS and MS degrees from Iowa State University in Education. Dan has been actively engaged in teaching for over 20 years at the secondary and post-secondary level. Dan lives in Elkader with his wife Peggy and their children Keaton and Melanie. Dan's family is actively engaged in a small show pig operation. Dan he enjoys judging livestock shows across the United States and has judged shows such as Houston Stock Show, San Antonio Stock Show and World Pork Expo. Dan teaches courses in the Agriculture Business, Beef, Dairy and Swine Science programs.

Foundation Staff

Mariah Schmitt, Dairy Center Coordinator
Fort Atkinson, IA 
Mariah grew up on her family's dairy farm outside of Fort Atkinson where her family milks 50 Holstein cows in addition to her small herd of Guernseys. Mariah graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in dairy science and agriculture & society. At Iowa State, she was a member of the ISU Dairy Science Club, ISU Dairy Judging and Dairy Challenge teams. Additionally, she was active in 4-H and FFA and served as the 2013-2014 Iowa Dairy Princess.

Production Staff

Jon Meyer, Feeding Specialist
Ossian, IA
Jon comes to the Dairy Center after many years of dairy industry experience. Through networking he worked for Genex Cooperative for 20 years and Accelerated Genetics for five years as an AI technician. He oversees herd reproduction, including breeding and synchronization programs, as well as the vaccinating of cattle and the management of the newly-acquired beef cows for the Beef Science program at Northeast Iowa Community College. In addition, Jon manages his own 35 head cow/calf operation.

Jennifer Huhe, Herdsperson
Cresco, IA
Jennifer grew up on her family's dairy farm outside of Cresco and is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned degrees in dairy science and agricultural business. At Iowa State, Jennifer was active in the ISU Dairy Science Club, Agricultural Business Club and was a member of the ISU Dairy Judging and Dairy Challenge teams. When she isn't working at the Dairy Foundation, she enjoys working alongside her parents and grandparents on their dairy farm.