The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) has hired Kasey Woolam, formerly of South Windsor, Conn., as its director of activities. She joined the staff May 17. In her new role, she will oversee the Medal of Excellence (MOE) Limousin show program; help advise the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA); provide a point of contact for state and regional Limousin associations; and help plan other events, programs and services for Limousin breeders.
“I am excited to be part of the team at NALF,” Woolam said. “I look forward to ensuring fun, safe and well-organized activities and working with Limousin youth in their development as competitors in the showring and leaders in the beef industry.”
Woolam received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural and Extension education, with a focus on leadership development and communications and a minor in animal science, from Pennsylvania State University. She grew up on a full-time Hereford farm in Maine, showed Hereford cattle and Southdown sheep, and was president of the New England Junior Hereford Association.
She was an active 4-H member and International Four-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) delegate to Estonia. She also was on the Fiber Festival committee within the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association and served as secretary for the Northeast Southdown Breeders Association.
At Penn State, Woolam worked at the beef barn and twice managed the university’s Little International Livestock Exposition. She had leadership roles with the spring judging workout and Pennsylvania Beef Expo Skill-a-Thon committees. For two years, she was involved in all aspects of the Penn State Ag Progress Days, which draws more than 50,000 attendees. She most recently was the beef and swine assistant superintendent at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., which includes the largest livestock show in the Northeast.
Woolam is from a noted New England livestock family. One of her grandfathers was the livestock superintendent at the University of Connecticut, where he managed regionally recognized Polled Hereford and Angus herds. Now deceased, he also was a renowned shepherd who showed numerous champion Southdown, polled Dorset and Shropshire sheep at national shows. Her other grandfather was an Appaloosa and draft horse enthusiast who was active in the American Horse Council. Both of her parents make their living in the livestock industry, and her aunt is executive secretary/treasurer of the Continental Dorset Club, that breed’s national association.
“We are glad to welcome Kasey to NALF,” said Bob Hough, Ph.D., the organization’s executive vice president. “She has a solid background in the livestock industry and an impressive record of accomplishments. I am confident that our members will enjoy working with her and that her experience, enthusiasm and creativity will benefit our programs and activities.”