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Meet the Staff

Administrative Staff

Mike Paul

Mike Paul

Chief Executive Officer
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Mike Paul

Mike serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the NSR. His responsibilities range from staff management to the planning and implementation of national shows. He works closely with the NSR Executive Committee and the Breed Association Board members to develop and administer strategic plans, goals and policies for the NSR.  Mike also looks over fiscal management, staff recruitment and program accountability. He represents the NSR as part of national organizations such as the National Pork Board, Animal Science Committee, National Association of Swine Records and the National Pedigreed Livestock Council. He serves as a great resource for the staff, for exhibitors and breeders in the purebred swine industry.

Mike and Sue have a daughter, Jamie and have been blessed with a granddaughter, Nicole

"Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man. I’m looking for the uncommon people."   — Cal Stoll

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Dr. Doug Newcom

V.P. of Global Technical Service
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Dr. Doug Newcom

The responsibilities Doug holds as the Vice President of Global Technical Service include overseeing STAGES™ genetic evaluation, DNA testing, and international breed promotion and marketing. Doug works with universities on the Genetic Advisory Committee to coordinate research development.

After attending Western Kentucky University, Doug received his master’s and doctorate degrees in animal breeding and genetics from Iowa State University. He was an active member of the livestock judging team, Block & Bridle Club and the ISU Boxing Club. After receiving his PhD, Doug began working for Genetic Improvement Services of North Carolina, in 2004. In 2008, he moved to Iowa to work for Newsham Choice Genetics before returning to his home state of Indiana, in 2013, to begin his work for the NSR.

Doug and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Olivia and Maella. He spends his free time golfing, tinkering in his garage, and coaching his girls in athletic activities.

"We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work."  
— Thomas Edison

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Mindee Pollard

Controller
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Mindee Pollard

Mindee was raised in Clinton County, Ind., and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Butler University. She has 22 years of public accounting experience, with a concentration in auditing financial statements for non-profits and establishing internal control systems. Pollard previously worked with non-profits in Indianapolis, Ind., and Atlanta, Ga., before returning to Lafayette, Ind., to work for Huth Thompson LLP as a Senior Accountant. She is an associate member of the Indiana CPA Society and former member of Certified Fraud Examiners.

In her spare time, Pollard enjoys playing cards, especially euchre, movies, fishing and bowling. She also assists her parents run their family business in Frankfort, Ind. Family is very important to her, and she and her husband, Brian, get together with their parents weekly for a good meal and memories.

“If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.” — Mary Browne

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Pedigree Staff

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Lisa Kennedy

Pedigree Department Director & Administrative Assistant
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Lisa Kennedy

Lisa has been working in the purebred swine industry for more than two decades. As the Pedigree Department Director she is in charge of coordinating the pedigree staff in their daily duties. As the Administrative Secretary, Lisa serves as a resource for not only the NSR staff, but also breeders and members of the NSR. She makes travel and meeting arrangements for CEO, Mike Paul, as well as Brian Arnold and Doug Newcom. Lisa facilitates the staff at shows by coordinating the pedigrees and clerking the sales.

She has three grandchildren, Macyn, Prestyn and Adelyn whom she loves to spend time with.

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself."  
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Whitney Hendricks

Whitney Hendricks

Yorkshire Secretary
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Whitney Hendricks

Whitney joined the NSR team in January 2014 as the Junior Program and Pedigree Department Assistant. She currently assists with all of the NSR shows and events and registers and transfers all Yorkshire litters.

An Iowa State Alumna, Whitney graduated with a bachelor’s in animal science. During her time in Ames, she was an active member of ISU Block & Bridle and the Swine Interest Group. Before joining the NSR team, Whitney interned with Beck’s Hybrids, the Indiana State Fair and the Iowa State Swine Nutrition Farm.

When she’s not in the office, Whitney enjoys heading home to spend time with her family and friends and help on her family’s purebred swine operation in Indiana. She also enjoys reading and baking.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."  
— Lou Holtz

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Whitney Webb


DNA Secretary

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Whitney Webb

Whitney provides DNA services for the breeders, including DNA testing and processing.

Before joining the NSR staff, Whitney received her associate’s degree from Black Hawk College-East Campus and then transferred to Western Illinois University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in agribusiness—animal science. She was a member of the livestock judging team at both BHE and WIU.

Whitney is still active in helping with her family’s showpig operation.

"Things will go wrong at times.  You can’t always control circumstances.  However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response.  Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better."   — Tony Dungy

Taran Hopper

Taran Hopper

Duroc Secretary
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Taran Hopper

Taran started part time in August 2014. In June 2015, she accepted a full time position with the registry and added Duroc pedigrees to her list of responsibilities.

Taran is a graduate of Purdue University, where she majored in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. When she’s not at the office, Taran enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her friends and family. She and her boyfriend have two puppies and a cat that keep them busy.

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."   — Albert Einstein

Jamie Bobell

Jamie Bobell

Hampshire/Landrace Secretary &
Junior Program Assistant

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Jamie Bobell

Jamie Bobell joined the NSR team in February 2017 as the Hampshire/Landrace Secretary and Junior Program Assistant. She records and transfers Hampshire and Landrace pedigrees as well as attends NJSA shows and assists with their programs and events.

She attended Lincoln Land Community College for two years on a livestock judging scholarship and then transferred to Western Illinois University and received a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science with a minor in Animal Science. She was also part of the judging team at Western Illinois.

Bobell was raised on a small swine farm. She was in the Illinois Club Pig Association and spent her summers traveling to all the jackpot shows. She also was a 4-H and FFA member. Outside of the barn or office, Bobell can be found out with friends or watching movies.

"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."   — Theodore Roosevelt

Seedstock EDGE Staff

Stephen Weintraut II

Stephen Weintraut II

Director of Marketing & Communications
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Stephen Weintraut II

Graphic design and web development are the major responsibilities Steve has as the Creative and Web Development Director. Steve creates the majority of the ads for Seedstock EDGE and produces material such as catalogs, fliers, and e-Blasts for the breeders. He also designs the promotional material for the NSR and NJSA and maintains the NSR website.

Steve attended Ball State University for graphic design and worked for McDonalds Advertising Service before joining the NSR team, in 2006.

Steve and his wife, Wendy, reside in Mulberry, Ind. Steve enjoys reading, playing his Xbox, working on his home and cooking.

"Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former greens keeper, now about to become the Masters champion."
— Carl Spackler, Caddyshack

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Cassie Godwin

Social Media Coordinator/Editor
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Cassie Godwin

Cassie serves as the Social Media Coordinator and Assistant Editor. She is responsible for promoting the mission and activities of the NSR and NJSA, thru its online platforms. Cassie also designs ads and writes feature stories for the Seedstock EDGE.

Cassie attended Texas Tech University where she received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a master’s degree in agricultural education. While at Texas Tech, she was a member of the livestock judging team, Block & Bridle and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. Prior to her time at the NSR, Cassie interned with Texas Pork Producers, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, Cargill and several livestock shows.

Growing up on her family’s cattle ranch gave Cassie her love for agriculture. Outside of the office, Cassie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to stock shows and cooking.

"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation."  
— Robert H. Schuller

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Field Staff

Michael Lackey

Michael Lackey

Northwest Field Representative
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Cell: 765.427.3733

Michael Lackey

Serving as the Field Representative of the Northwestern region of the U.S., Michael promotes purebred Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire swine. He provides technical assistance to breeders and attends NSR shows throughout the year. He helps promote advertisement in the Seedstock EDGE and travels to visit with breeders in his territory.

Michael holds degrees from Northeastern Junior College and Colorado State University as well as his master’s degree from Angelo State University in animal science. He was a member of the judging team at Northeastern and CSU.

Before working for NSR, Michael was the Youth Extension Specialist for Douglas County Colorado. He was the Pavilion Coordinator and Livestock Judging coach at Northwestern College.  He was responsible for the college’s farm and meat lab, and coached the highly competitive judging team.

"The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary."  
— Vince Lombardi

Blaine Evans

Blaine Evans

Eastern Field Representative
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Cell: 765.490.3731

Blaine Evans

Blaine started working for the NSR as the 2013 Field Staff Intern. Soon after he completed his summer work, he took on the role of being named the Eastern Region Field Representative. Blaine’s responsibilities include promoting the purebred swine industry, making herd visits, attending national shows and promoting breeder advertisement for the Seedstock EDGE magazine.

Blaine received degrees from both Illinois Central College and Western Illinois University. He was a member of the livestock judging team at both schools as well as a member of the WIU Hoof ‘N’ Horn and the WIU Ag Council.  He is a native of central Indiana where he grew up on his family’s showpig and breeding sow operation.

He previously worked as a feed dealer for Hoffman Brothers Feed and Supply Tipton, Ind., and was the 2013 Field Staff Intern for the NSR before taking on his current role.

"The harder I work the luckier I get."  
— Samuel Goldwyn

Mick Bellamy

Mick Bellamy

Southwest Field Representative
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Cell: 765.427.7741

NJSA Staff

Kaley Bontrager

Kaley Bontrager

Director of Junior Activities
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Kaley Bontrager

The responsibilities Kaley holds as the Director of Junior Activities oversees the largest youth livestock association in the country, the National Junior Swine Association (NJSA). She manages the partnerships of the NJSA and leads the long-term planning and growth of the organization. Her responsibilities include organizing regional and national shows as well as leadership conferences for youth members.  Kaley started with the NSR as the Junior Activities Coordinator and a year later took over her current position.

Kaley served a three year term on the Team Purebred Junior Board of Directors where she was vice president for two years. She is a recent graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and a minor in food and agribusiness management. While at Purdue, Kaley was a part of Block & Bridle, Indiana Association of Agriculture Educators and the National Association of Agriculture Education.

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."  
— E.E. Cummings

Ellen Knauth

Ellen Knauth

Junior Activities Coordinator
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Ellen Knauth

As NSR’s Junior Activities Coordinator, Ellen works with the Director of Junior Activities to facilitate the programs and events of the National Junior Swine Association (NJSA). Her position plays an integral role in the organization and development of NJSA shows, events and youth leadership conferences. She also coordinates and explores other opportunities for youth development within the swine industry. Ellen stepped into this role in 2014.

Prior to joining the NSR team, Ellen attended Lake Land College and the University of Illinois. She judged livestock at both schools and was an active member of the Hoof N’ Horn club. The youngest of the Olson siblings, she has a brother, Blane, and a sister, Mary Link. Ellen and her husband, Kyle, enjoy raising pigs together.

"Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up."  
— Rachel Carrie

Programming Staff

Nickolas Weller

Nicholas Weller

Software Developer
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Nickolas Weller

Nicholas joined the NSR team in February 2016 as the Software Developer/Database Administrator. He understands and maintains legacy software, while also planning and developing a new app to take over for the old one and ensuring the database quality and grabbing needed data from it when asked.

An RIT alum, Nicholas graduated with a bachelor’s in software engineering. While studying at RIT, he served as a QA engineer intern for Primavera Oracle and worked with an RIT client to develop a utility app to track room reservations within the college. When Nicholas wasn’t in the classroom, he could be found playing video games, board games, D&D, Magic: The Gathering and Warmachine/Hordes with friends.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Nicholas currently resides with his fiance, Michelle, in West Lafayette as she pursues her PhD in traffic Engineering from Purdue University. Besides spending time with Michelle, Nicholas still enjoys the games he played in college and hopes to be a regular at Sage’s Shoppe’s weekly Warmachine/Hordes game.

"A moment in the mind is worth nine in the fire."   "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss