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Colletti Named Interim Dean at Iowa State University
Joe Colletti, senior associate dean in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and associate director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, has been named the college’s interim dean, effective Nov. 20. He will also serve as interim director of the Experiment Station.

Colletti takes over for Wendy Wintersteen, who was recently selected as Iowa State’s 16th president.“Joe is familiar with every aspect of the college’s mission and operations, and its service to the people of Iowa,” said President-Select Wintersteen. “He will maintain the strong momentum in our academic and research programs, and work with stakeholders both on and off campus to share our expertise with the world.”


In making the appointment, Jonathan Wickert, senior vice president and provost, noted Colletti’s stature on campus will facilitate a smooth transition to the next permanent dean.

“Joe Colletti has a well-deserved reputation for collegiality and service that will help the college and university move forward during a critical time of record enrollments and budget challenges,” Wickert said. “I am confident he will do very well in the interim role.”

Colletti, who joined Iowa State in 1978, holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Humboldt State University in California, and master’s and doctorate degrees in forest economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was appointed senior associate dean in 2006 after serving as interim chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management from 2004-2005.

In his current positions, Colletti oversees budgets, resources and personnel for the college and Experiment Station; and facilitates research related to the bioeconomy, including development of the university’s BioCentury Research Farm.

“It has been a great privilege to watch the college grow in both stature and impact over the last 40 years, and I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the college during the interim period,” Colletti said.

A national search for the next permanent dean will be launched in the coming weeks.

Quality Technology International Welcomes New Staff Veterinarian
Sheilena Brookshire, DVM, has joined Quality Technology International as its newest Technical Sales Manager. QTI provides natural gut health products for conventional, organic or ABF production.

Sheilana Brookshire

Brookshire’s duties will be to support sales managers in the area of technical services. She will maintain relationships with industry leaders, university professors/DVM’s as well as existing or future customers.

Before joining QTI, Brookshire worked as a poultry technical consultant, mostly in the southeastern U.S. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Agriculture in Avian Biology at the University of Georgia, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

For more information, contact Quality Technology International at (847)-649-9300, or by emailing

Toni DeLancey Joins the Farm Credit Administration
The Farm Credit Administration has announced the selection of Toni DeLancey as the deputy director for the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. She succeeds Christine Quinn, who will retire at the end of March 2018. In this position DeLancey will be responsible for overseeing FCA’s public affairs activities and staff and assisting with certain congressional affairs activities.

“We are happy to welcome Toni to the Farm Credit Administration,” says Mike Stokke, director of congressional and public affairs. “Her experience as a seasoned communications practitioner both within and outside of government, along with her television broadcasting and military background, bring value to both the public affairs team and the agency.”

From 2005 to 2017, DeLancey held communications and leadership positions in the Department of the Army and the U.S. Postal Service, where she managed organization-wide public relations and communications activities, including media relations, media training, strategic communications counsel to organizational leaders, corporate spokesperson activities, crisis communications, and social media execution. From 1995 to 2004, DeLancey worked in broadcast journalism as a television news anchor, reporter, and producer at stations throughout the country. Prior to her career in journalism, she served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army in both active and reserve components from 1991 to 1998.

DeLancey is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, where she earned a B.S. in American studies in 1991; a graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she earned an M.A. in speech, communication, and theater in 1997; and a graduate of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she earned a Ph.D. in communication in 2010. DeLancey also holds an APR, the Accreditation in Public Relations, which she obtained in 2015.

Lehe Adds to Diamond V Swine Expertise
Diamond V recently welcomed Dr. Karen Lehe, DVM, DACVPM, who has joined the company as Director, Swine Business Development.

“I am happy to announce that Dr. Karen Lehe has joined the Diamond V team,” says Kevin Larson, Director, National Accounts for Diamond V. “In her new role, Karen will lead the development and execution of Diamond V’s swine business strategy in North America.”

Raised on a beef cattle and tobacco farm in southwest Virginia,  Lehe earned her BS in Biology from Virginia Tech and her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her studies, she served three years in residency at Michigan State University, conducting research on oxidative stress in pigs, as well as teaching and providing production medicine services.

Lehe then worked nine years in veterinary practice, becoming co-owner of Wolcott Veterinary Clinic/Indiana Animal Health in Wolcott, Indiana. She provided herd-health veterinary services to pork producers in a six-state area as well as industry expertise to animal health and genetics providers. During this time, she was also the veterinarian of record for Hickory Ridge Research and Consulting, LLC, where she served as the principle investigator, ensured animal welfare, maintained regulatory compliance, and managed research trial budgets.

Later, she moved to the animal health and nutrition industry, working in technical service and senior account management roles with Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health, Novus International, and most recently, Merck Animal Health. Lehe is based near Monticello, Indiana, and can be reached at:

“Karen brings more than 20 years of technical and industry experience to our team in the areas of swine production medicine and consulting, animal research and welfare, field based technical service, sales, development of training and intern programs, and account management," Larson adds. "Her wide-ranging experience in the swine industry will provide integral leadership for our business strategy.”