Sheryl and her family live on a beef and grain farm outside of Barneveld, WI. Sheryl grew up on a pig, beef and grain farm in Central Illinois and showed pigs and cattle through the Illinois 4-H program. Sheryl is proud to serve as your president and is passionate about all youth livestock events. She joined the WSPA to not only ensure the longevity of the program but to expand the program offerings and entice more Wisconsin youth to participate. Sheryl and her family also host the WSPA sanctioned Uff Da! Classic jackpot as well.
Sheryl has a background in financial accounting and internal auditing and is currently the Assistant Controller at Monroe Truck Equipment.
VICE – PRESIDENT
Russ and his wife Amy Jo, live on a farm in rural Poynette with their son Tyler, and daughter, Kaila. On their farm they finish show pigs and raise beef cattle. Russ has been a carpenter with Findorff for the past 14 years. Their family has been involved in the WSPA for the past 7 years. Through the WSPA their family has gained friends all over the state and country that have similar interests to them. He recalls going to his first symposium and seeing all of the youth from ages 5-18 heading to the game room together and looking after one another and was very impressed by their camaraderie. Russ enjoys being able to watch his kids do something they love together, working with and showing their pigs. He is looking forward to giving back to an organization that has helped his children become the young adults they are today.
Karlene and her family live at Campbellsport, WI, where they raise show pigs and beef cattle. Karlene grew up on a family farm near Chili, WI raising purebred Duroc and Hampshire hogs. She became involved in the WSPA a few years back and wants to help grow the organization continue to help support the youth at are involved in it. Karlene feels there is no better place to raise kids than in the livestock industry.
Courtney got started in the swine industry by default when she married Jayson. Together with the help of Jayson’s father Alan they run a 50 sow operation selling mainly Durocs and Crossbred show pigs to kids throughout the country. She has been involved with the WSPA for the past 6 years and looks forward to watching her kids grow up and continue to show through the WSPA.
Megan and her husband Jordan Tibbits reside in Mineral Point, WI. Megan grew up on a farm in Southeast Wisconsin and showed pigs through 4-H but married into Tibbits Show Pigs, selling pigs at a local, state, and national level. Megan works full time as a Territory Sales Manager for Elanco Animal Health, supporting a variety of veterinarians. Alongside Jordan, Megan helps manage WISCO ELITE.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Originally from Tipton, IN. I now live in Edgerton, WI with my wife Erica. We are expecting a little girl in March Halsey Jean Crouch. Erica and I own and operate Taylor Crouch Showpigs, we buy, sell and trade around 150 head a year to kids and their families. Along with reselling hogs we also own a handful of sows who are spread out among some breeders in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.
YOUTH BOARD MEMBERS
My name is Kaila Cross, I am 14 years old and attend Poynette Middle School. I started showing pigs through the WSPA in 2016. I love that through the WSPA we can show pigs as a family and I am able to compete with and against my brother, Tyler. Sometimes he comes out on top and sometimes it is me. Through the experience and connections, I have gained through the WSPA I have been able to show pigs in 3 states and am looking forward to adding a 4th this coming year. One of my favorite memories of the WSPA is heading to the World Pork Expo with 9 other WSPA families we all meet at the Wisconsin border and traveled together to Des Moines.
My name is Samantha Rake, I’m 17 years old and am a Junior at Lodi High School. I have been a member of WSPA for 7 years now and have met so many amazing people through all of my experiences! I have been actively involved in 4-H and FFA for multiple years now and have expanded my leadership skills tremendously. My family and I have been working very hard on growing our herd at Havin’ Fun Genetics the past 9 years and are to the point now that almost all of our show stock is bred and owned! We enjoy showing our hogs at the local, state, and occasionally national level as well as selling them all over the United States and being very competitive. I am very excited that I am the WSPA youth board president and cannot wait to see where this year takes all of us!!
Hello everyone! My name is Reece Theobald and I am a senior attending Mount Horeb High School. My family and I live on a 5th generation beef and grain farm and after graduation I am pursuing a career in the Diesel Mechanics and Welding industries. I have been a member of the WSPA for 5 years and have enjoyed showing pigs for 7. The WSPA families were so welcoming when we started that I joined the WSPA Junior Activities board in hopes of welcoming new families in the same way. I’m excited to get our 2021 show season underway!!
HI! My name is Isabelle Doherty, I am currently a junior at Johnson Creek High School in Johnson Creek, WI. About halfway between Madison and Milwaukee! I am the daughter of Shawn and Nancy Doherty and the youngest of four, TJ (27), Aubrey (24), and Elysa (21). I have been showing since I can remember, and I’m so happy to be apart of the WSPA Junior Board! My favorite breed is a landrace at heart, and my favorite part about WSPA is all the friends I have met that have turned into family.
My name is Talena Sprecher and I am 16 years old. I am currently a sophomore at Ithaca High School and am involved in several school activities such as FFA, FBLA, and sports. Over my 12 years of WSPA my love for show pigs and the livestock community has grown tremendously. I love to learn tips and tricks from others in WSPA and am very greatful for all the connections I have been able to make through this organization! One of my favorite opportunities WSPA has provided me with is getting to travel with other members and their families to national shows. The memories, friendships, and experiences gained through those shows and through the jackpot shows are priceless. I can’t wait to help make these next couple years just as memorable for other members as my time in WSPA has been for me!
Hello, my name is Brayden Peter. I am currently 16 years old and a Junior at Howards Grove High School. I am a part of FFA, National honor society, 4-H, and the Howards Grove High School Football team. Outside of showing pigs I love to play football, weightlift, go deer Hunting, and go fishing. I have been apart of the Wisconsin Show pig association for the past 7 years. I enjoy showing at the county, state, and national levels. I am happy to be apart of my family’s show pig operation. My favorite breed to show and raise is the duroc. I am so excited to be apart of the WSPA junior board.