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MEET OUR INTERNS
ALLIE DECKER | Field Atlas Intern
This summer, Allie will use her experiences to focus on advancing our emerging Field Atlas program, a platform to showcase the unending career opportunities in agbiosciences for students who might not otherwise pursue a career in the industry or are unclear as to their career path within the sector.
She adds to our long list of Boilermakers as she is currently pursuing an Agricultural Business Degree with a concentration in Management and a minor in Human Resources.
AMY KELSAY | Project Lead for Youth Entrepreneurship
Connecting young people to agbiosciences and their entrepreneurial spirit are vital to the future of our industry and there’s no one better than Amy Kelsay to lead those efforts for AgriNovus.
Leading our youth entrepreneurship efforts, Amy digs deeper with Indiana high school students on their opportunities in the agbiosciences and entrepreneurship as a career. Her experience owning and operating Kelsay Farm Tours helps, too, as the company employs around 20 youth employees to provide agricultural education and family-fun experiences to thousands of visitors each year. Amy also serves as coordinator for Leadership Johnson County –Youth Leadership Academy.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Purdue University in addition to a Master of Science degree in Ag and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois.
CARSON CANFIELD | Field Atlas Intern
Carson is an ambassador for Purdue University’s campus and has held various social media and marketing roles for local businesses in the past. He also served on the Best Buddies International Young Leaders Board where he contributed to their global programming.
Carson is studying General Management with a concentration in International Business at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.
CAYLA CHIDDISTER | Content Manager
Cayla Chiddister coins her upbringing as “farm-adjacent,” but she didn’t discover her passion for the agbiosciences until later in life when her career in broadcast led to telling the story of Indiana agriculture.
As content manager, Cayla works closely with strategic partners to produce timely and relevant information for stakeholders + partners and for public education + awareness efforts, too. You’ll hear her work on the Ag+Bio+Science podcast with Inside Indiana Business and read it in our monthly newsletter, among other places. Where there is content, there is Cayla.
A lifelong Hoosier, she has great pride in the welcome mat that Indiana has rolled out for collaboration among key industries, higher education institutions and startups. Cayla is a proud graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
SKYLAR CLINGAN | Agbioscience Talent Specialist
Skylar Clingan thrives when he’s helping others recognize their potential. His deep-rooted passion for helping students find their footing in a diverse agbioscience sector makes him the perfect fit as our new agbioscience talent specialist.
In his role, Skylar identifies needs and creates solutions. Growing a talent pipeline for the agbioscience sector requires knowing what’s going to be needed in the future and putting programs in place to prepare a younger generation for that skill set. Skylar shoulders this challenge with great excitement and loves the collaborative spirit that comes with being on the AgriNovus team.
Skylar previously served as the peer consultant supervisor at the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities. He also has experience in talent development at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and the Indiana FFA Association. Skylar graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Animal Science.
DAN DAWES | Senior Director of Strategy + Innovation
Prior to AgriNovus Indiana, Dan had an impressive 30+ year career at DuPont Crop Protection and served in a variety of sales and marketing roles. His extensive experience in business leadership, project management, marketing and sales makes him a critical asset to advancing Indiana’s agbioscience sector. He leads the efforts of building an agbioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem and serves as a catalyst for strategic collaboration among individuals, corporations, industry associations, government and universities.
Dan is a proud Boilermaker. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on Ag Economics and currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors for the Purdue Alumni Association.
MELISSA REKEWEG | Senior Director of Talent
Melissa’s unique background in both education and in the agricultural industry perfectly complement her role in launching these initiatives. She has served in multiple leadership roles with the Indiana Department of Education as the Indiana FFA Executive Director, a Perkins Specialist, and the Director of Secondary Career and Technical Education. During her career she also worked for Crossroads Bank, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Purdue University College of Agriculture.
Melissa is a Boilermaker at heart and lifelong agricultural advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education and today shares her extensive leadership development expertise on the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees –Indianapolis Campus and Purdue Extension Board –Boone County.
LIBBY FRITZ | Interim Director of Operations and Director of Communications + Engagement
In her role as our director of all things messaging, she leads our communication and marketing efforts, stakeholder engagement messaging and event development. If there is a way to tell our story—whether through fun computer stickers, airport advertising or bringing people together to engage in a conversation—she will find it!
Libby has been telling the Indiana agriculture story to several different audiences throughout her career. She understands the importance of sharing the story to legislators and elevating farmer success stories from her time at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the fun challenge of sharing the agriculture story to urban audiences from her time at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center. She is a Boilermaker through and through with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications.
BRIDGET O'REILLY| Digital Media Manager
Bridget is our online voice behind the #timetotell and #agbioscience social campaigns that share Indiana’s agbioscience story. She believes that change starts at a local level and has always chased careers promoting communities that are collaborative in economic development, public art and sustainable practices. Some of her past employment includes being a social media manager, an art gallery director and a marketing director at a hydroponics start-up.
She is the only “Hoosier” on #TeamAgriNovus with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Media Sciences from Indiana University.
TAMI KETCHEN | Field Atlas Manager
Tami’s background of developing future talent through Indiana FFA and Purdue University, along with her personal investment and commitment to student success, complements her role in promoting the available careers and industry-relevant skills needed in the Indiana agbioscience sector. Tami has served in education and organizational-related roles with the Indiana FFA Association and as a student teacher university supervisor for Purdue. She started her career as the agricultural educator at Mr. Vernon High School and most recently was the strategic coordinator for Adult Ministry.
Tami is a passionate Boilermaker with a Bachelor of Science degree is Agricultural Education from Purdue University.