Wisconsin Holstein Association taps new Executive Director

Wisconsin State Farmer

The editor of the Wisconsin Holstein News  has been promoted to executive director of the Wisconsin Holstein Association.

Laura Wackershauser

According to the WHA, as executive director, Wackershauser will lead the Wisconsin Holstein Association staff, manage the association financials, assist in event planning and lead strategic vision for the association. Wackershauser will continue to oversee publication of the Wisconsin Holstein News.

During  her 17-year association with the WHA, Wackershauser has extensive experience in the day-to-day operations and overall goals of the association. As the Editor of the Wisconsin Holstein News, she was responsible for full production of the magazine including advertisement sales and design, magazine layout and production scheduling. In that role, she also served as lead editor for the Midwest Holsteins publications.

In addition to her editor position, Wackershauser has also been WHA's resident photographer, capturing images from events and shows. She played a large role this summer coordinating efforts for district shows and managing the office.

"I'm excited to continue serving the members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association and look forward to working with the team to position WHA for success," Wackershauser said in a news release.

Wackershauser replaces former WHA Executive Director Larry P. Nelson who was charged with embezzling more than $15,000 from the Baraboo nonprofit. Nelson is awaiting a jury trial in Sauk County that is scheduled for Feb. 19-22, 2019.

"Wisconsin Holstein has been fortunate to have had Laura doing great work for its members for many years.  She continues to push herself and has proven more than capable to take on a new challenge as the Executive Director," said Craig Carncross, president of WHA. "Laura comes into her new role with many great ideas and strong sense of what needs to be done to lead WHA into the future."