Beef Day Presenters

Dina Chacon-Reitzel

Dina Chacon-Reitzel has worked with the New Mexico Beef Council since 1989 and served as the Executive Director of the council since 1991. She was raised on a ranch in northern New Mexico close to the Colorado border with family roots in the state going back over four hundred years. Dina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in Business and an MBA in Marketing and Management from New Mexico State University. In her capacity as Executive Director of the New Mexico Beef Council, she is responsible for the creation and implementation of beef research, promotion and consumer information programs. In addition, she is responsible for collection and compliance of the Beef Checkoff. Dina serves on the NCBA Beef Safety Committee, serves as the NMSU / USDA CARET Delegate and serves on the USDA-WRDC Board of Directors. Dina was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Agriculture and Home Economics College at New Mexico State University in 1996. Dina's two children, Elizabeth and Matthew are NMSU Graduates.

Jack Thomas
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Dr. Jack Thomas grew up in western Oklahoma. He received his BS degree from Oklahoma State University in 1974, MS degree from Kansas State University in 1976 and his PhD in Food Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980. Jack immediately went to work at New Mexico State University as an Assistant Professor in the Animal and Range Science Department. He has since been promoted to Full Professor. Jack's primary responsibility is teaching and advising students. Jack served as chair of the faculty senate in 2004 / 2005. He currently serves as Faculty Athletic Representative. In 2001 Jack received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and the Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Thomas received the Outstanding Advisor Award from the college in 2007.

Dr. John Wenzel is a New Mexico native. He attended New Mexico State University and graduated with a BS degree in Agriculture in 1982. He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1986 and then joined a mixed practice in the Albuquerque area. In 1987, Dr. Wenzel moved to the Silver City, NM area and joined a rural mixed animal practice as an associate veterinarian and purchased the practice in 1991.

John's professional career has concentrated on cow / calf medicine and preventative health programs for livestock producers in southwest New Mexico. In 2006, he joined the faculty at NMSU in the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources as the state's first Extension Veterinarian. He is the state coordinator for the NM-ALIRT (Ag / Livestock Emergency Response Team) and the NM Beef Quality Assurance programs. Dr. Wenzel is also on the NM Veterinary Medical Examining Board, the Veterinary Advisory Council of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, the Veterinary Advisory Committee for the Central NM Community College Veterinary Technician Program, the Advisory Committee for the NM Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Western States Livestock Health Association.

Steve Lucero

Steve Lucero is currently the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture and 4-H in Bernalillo, New Mexico, with over eight years of experience. He received his BS degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University and MS in Animal Science with an emphasis in reproductive physiology from New Mexico State University. Before joining the Cooperative Extension Service, Steve spent over 25 years in the dairy industry, primarily in management, where he was responsible for the artificial insemination and embryo transfer program. Currently, Steve is collaborating with the Jemez Pueblo Livestock Association on a grazing program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Other ongoing programs include: Cattle Artificial Insemination School, Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis School, and Bull Selection workshops.

Eric Scholljegerdes
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Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes is the Range Animal Nutritionist in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University. His area of specialty is cow / calf nutrition with an emphasis on strategic supplementation programs that not only improve cow reproduction and growth but also improve the longevity and growth performance of their offspring. Dr. Scholljegerdes has been with New Mexico State for three years and previous to this, worked as a Research Animal Scientist for the USDA-ARS in North Dakota.