Meet the team

Gina T.Gina T. Gina T. has been working with the Nutrena brand since 2001, and has held a variety of sales and marketing positions. She graduated from University of Wisconsin River Falls with a degree in Animal Science and has been riding and working with horses since she was young. Gina has ridden and shown dressage and reining, shown American Quarter Horses in pleasure events, and also rode Paso Fino horses for a summer. She’s currently horseless, but does have two dogs: Ripley, a semi-calm, elderly Viszla, and Kota, a not-so-calm, young Lab. The most memorable place Gina has been on horseback was trail riding in the mountains of Alaska.

Roy J. joined Cargill in 1993 and works with research teams at the Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Elk River, MN where he is responsible for the development and formulation of horse feeds and specialty products. Prior to joining Cargill, Roy was an instructor and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Waseca and taught equine management, evaluation, training and nutrition for 17 years.  He also enjoys announcing and judging horse shows.

Emily L. is the Innovation Development Manager on the Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation team – responsible for research and development in the areas of equine and pet nutrition. She holds a Ph.D. in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Rutgers. Emily volunteers with the Minnesota Search and Rescue Dog Association along with her husband and German Shepherd “Cleo.” She loves outdoor recreation and can be found hiking (snow shoeing in Minnesota), downhill skiing, or white water rafting whenever she gets a chance (or when she’s not at the barn). Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Animal Science and the Equine Science Society.

Carlos June 2014 Jump croppedCaitlin G. comes from an equestrian family, and grew up on a horse farm where they boarded, taught lessons and trained dressage and hunter/jumpers.  Her grandfather and his brothers were fox hunters, and her mother is a trainer. She graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2005 with a degree in Equine Studies and then from Post University in 2012 with a degree in marketing.  Before joining the Cargill Animal Nutrition team in 2010, she managed and taught at a full service A circuit hunter jumper facility in Connecticut.  Caitlin currently has a wonderful Holsteiner gelding named Carlos, who is kept at her sister-in-laws eventing farm.

HeidiA_blogHeidi A. works with the research teams at the Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Elk River, MN where she is responsible for the innovation and development of animal feeds including Equine. Prior to joining Cargill she spent 15 years in Veterinary Health. She is a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. Heidi holds a Masters degree in Public Health with a Nutrition emphasis, a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Heidi has previously shown horses in Dressage, Jumpers and Hunters on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association teams at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ.  Heidi enjoys riding in her leisure time at a local Equestrian Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Christine W. provides sales and technical leadership for the Diamond V’s equine and companion animal business. She holds a masters degree in equine nutrition from Texas A&M University and has worked with some of the industry’s leading equine nutrition and health experts. She enjoys team roping and riding hunters whenever possible.