IJBA Career Paths Virtual Meeting
November 10, 2020
Hear from past IJBA members on how they got to where they are today. Speakers will share their stories and then we will have a Q+ A session to answer any questions you may have!
If you have any specific questions for the speakers ahead of time, please email Mareah at [email protected] and she will make sure your questions are answered.
Watch the recording below:
Meet the Speakers
Layna is from a livestock farm of beef cattle and show pigs outside of Galatia, Ill. After finishing her associate's degree at Lake Land College, she continued her education at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Layna received a bachelor's in Animal Science-Business and a minor in Agriculture Economics. At OSU Layna was a member of the 2017 National Livestock Judging Team and the 2017 Reserve National Meat Evaluation Team. She has held a number of livestock industry internships with the National Junior Swine Association, National Western Stock Show, Oklahoma Youth Expo, and American Chianina Association.
Layna is now finishing her master's degree at Kansas State University in the breeding and genetics program, focusing on beef cattle. She has recently returned to Illinois to work for Hueber, LLC where she is the Roanoke Location Manager and Livestock Specialist. Layna is also President of the Illinois Club Pig Association.
Lena is the Global Product Manager for GSI Grain Storage at AGCO where she is responsible for leading the development of global product platforms that fulfill customer needs and profitability goals. Her professional experience also includes founding and managing AGCO's first university innovation center, the AGCO Acceleration Center.
Lena was raised and currently resides on a commercial grain and livestock farm with her husband Alex. She is a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, a member of the Cultivating Master Farms Program Class of 2021 and recently served on the advisory board for the Professional Science Master's Program at the University of Illinois. Lena received her Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Markets and Management and Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois.
Gracia is originally from Yates City, Ill. where she grew up showing cattle and participating in 4-H and FFA. Gracia attended Lake Land College and the University of Illinois where she was a member of both livestock judging teams.
Gracia graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2018 and a master's degree in Agricultural Education in 2020. While in graduate school, Gracia coached the 2018 Illinois State 4-H Team to win the national championship. She now resides in Reddick, Ill. and serves as the Livestock Judging Coach and Animal Activities Specialist at Joliet Junior College.