About Us

Women manage significant roles on dairy farms and vendor businesses, in addition to serving in leadership positions among industry organizations. The experience of professional women involved within the dairy industry is very unique. Passions, triumphs and challenges are somewhat different, compared to other agricultural sectors.

Many dairy women desire fellow connections and insights for success. The Dairy Girl Network aspires to help one another in continuing to move industry progress forward. The group offers opportunities for all women in the dairy industry to achieve personal and professional development.

Dairy Girl Network Leadership

The Dairy Girl Network Board of Directors includes elected representatives serving as dairy farmers and industry professionals.

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Laura Daniels
Dairy Girl Network Founder and President
Dairy farmer, Cobb, WI

 left-qtI have always been an advocate for advancing women to leadership roles within agriculture. The Dairy Girl Network influences women dairy farmers and dairy professionals and brings us together to build friendships, grow networking opportunities and unite us all by our passion .rt-quote

Industry Representatives


Kristy Pagel
GPS Dairy Consulting, Kewaunee, WI
 left-qtThe opportunity for me, both personally and professionally, to pay-it-forward to other passionate women is vitally important to building their confidence, support and skills toward a strong future.rt-quote

Michelle Philibeck
Diamond V, De Pere, WI
left-qtI’m happy to support any organization that makes our agricultural voice stronger. As women, we are inherently empathetic and passionate. A group of empathetic and passionate people is bound to carry our message of agriculture’s value, wholesomeness and sustainability to a broader audience.rt-quote

Dairy Producers


LuAnn Troxel
left-qtThe Dairy Girl Network provides a unique forum for women who love the dairy industry to share ideas and make connections. It’s just great to be involved and see how this organization can grow.rt-quote

carrie-mess-squareCarrie Mess (Dairy Carrie)
Milford, WI
left-qtWe all need a mentor or just a little support from someone who understands what we do everyday. The DGN brings women together from our unique industry to give that understanding, support and friendship.rt-quote


Sadie Frericks
Melrose, MN
left-qtDairy girls need other dairy girls. Someone to turn to when we have questions; someone who will listen when we need to celebrate a triumph or lament a challenge. I am positively thrilled to see the Dairy Girl Network bringing dairy girls together.rt-quote


Tami Smith
Williamsburg, PA
left-qtHaving learned about DGN in 2015 at the Western Dairy Herd Management Conference, I decided to check out the Dairy Girl Network networking event that was being held there. I quickly found myself in a group of women who were excited to share ideas, hardships, friendship, and were truly committed to the dairy industry I love.rt-quote


Katie Dotterer-Pyle
Union Bridge, MD
left-qtGrowing up on my family’s dairy, my sister and my female cousins were the only females on the farm. I knew there were other women out there that did what I did and enjoyed the cows and machinery. It was the foresight of the leadership of DGN that offered me an opportunity to meet these dairywomen.rt-quote

Michelle Schilter
Olympia, WA

left-qtI believe women involved in dairy today can not only provide great insight to the marketplace, but also what is happening in real time on the farm. There is such a demand from the consumer to know what we do everyday to bring them the products they want to prepare wholesome deliciousmeals for their families.rt-quote


Mary Knigge
Washington DC

left-qtI’m thrilled to be part of the Dairy Girl Network which shares my desire to foster collaboration, empower and the support of women involved in the dairy industry. This is something that not only benefits the women involved but the entire industry.rt-quote

Advisory Members

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Leah Hurtgen Ziemba
Michael, Best & Friedrick LLP, Madison, WI
left-qtI’ve found that the right mentor at the right time is vital to achieving personal and professional success. I welcome the opportunity to provide my perspective to the Dairy Girl Network and giving back to the agricultural industry that I love.rt-quote

Dr. Kelly Reed
Diamond V, Prosser, WA
left-qtI have a passion for the dairy industry specifically in education and collaboration, both within our industry and to our consumers. Dairy Girl Network provides an great opportunity to advance our industry in these ways and so much more. I am very excited for the opportunity to contribute!rt-quote

Anna-Lisa Laca
Farm Journal, Fallon, NV
left-qtIt’s an honor to be involved in an organization committed to inspiring, empowering and enabling women to lead their farm businesses to new levels of success.rt-quote


Brenda Gilbertson
Dairy Girl Network Strategic Lead
left-qtEarly roots on the farm shaped my career path along the dairy tanbark and empowered me to reach new heights. The DGN vision is exciting and I look forward to seeing my own daughters grow as dairy girls in the future.rt-quote




Renee Norman-Kenny
Dairy Girl Network Creative Development Lead
left-qtSharing a passion and love for the dairy cow is what brings these passionate, hardworking and remarkable Dairy Girls together. Yet it is each individual girl’s support, discussion and relationship with other Dairy Girls that truly makes each of us stand out and shine.rt-quote



Amanda Borkowski
Dairy Girl Network Interactive Media Lead
left-qtI learned about DGN in college during World Dairy Expo, and it immediately shaped my life. Not growing up on a farm, I fell in love with dairy during college, and having a support group of women in all different backgrounds but with the same passion really helped me dive into this industry.rt-quote

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Andrea Brossard
Dairy Girl Network Educational Resource Lead

left-qtMy passion for dairy farming and my drive to succeed is what keeps me moving forward. Dairy Girl Network has given me the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded women throughout the industry on new ideas, building confidence to be a strong advocate and educating ourselves on ways to be the best dairywomen we can be.rt-quote