Dairy Staff

Education Staff

Dr. Chris Harvey; Waterville, IA
Chris (Doc) graduated with his B.S. in Chemistry and Biology in 1985 from Iowa Wesleyan College, then from Iowa State University in 1990 with his DVM. Doc worked as a veterinarian for the Monona clinic for 6 years, Waukon for 8 years, and then his own clinic in Waterville for 6 years. He has been at NICC since 2002 and teaches courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Health, Animal Reproduction and Nutrition. He and his wife Nancy reside in Waterville, Iowa and also run a small crop farm. Doc’s three children Amy, Jacob and Katherine are grown and pursuing higher education.

Nate Gebel; Lansing, IA
Nate earned his B.S. in Agricultural Education in 1999 and his M.S. in Professional of Agriculture in 2006 both from Iowa State University. After college Nate was the ag instructor at Waukon High School for 10 years before joining the NICC team in 2008. He teaches courses in Ag Marketing, Ag Business and Ag Sales. Nate also operates a small sheep and grain operation near Lansing, Iowa where he lives with his wife Tami, daughter Alaina and son Marcus.

Tad Mueller; Fort Atkinson, IA
Tad obtained both his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 1981 and 1991. He then taught ag education at Audubon High School for 6 years, Cresco High School for 5 years, and then joined the NICC staff in 1992. Tad teaches courses in Agronomy, Grain and Forage and Precision Ag (GPS and GIS). Tad’s wife Lisa also teaches at NICC and they have a son named Luke. In addition, Tad owns and maintains a small vineyard.

Dave Lawstuen; Lanesboro, MN
Dave has his B.S. in Animal Science and M.S. in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics with a minor in Statistics from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to NICC in 1995 Dave worked as the Director of Sire Procurement for Eastern/Federated Genetics in Ithaca, NY for 9 years. He teaches courses in Genetics, Dairy Production and Animal Science. Dave is originally from a registered Holstein herd in Lanesboro, Minnesota where he now resides and operates the century family farm with his wife Debbie and two children Kirstin
and Kyle.

Foundation Staff

Megan Kregel, Dairy Center Coordinator
Ossian, IA 
Megan feels privileged to grow up as the sixth generation on her family farm near Guttenberg, Iowa. "Granted, it wasn't always easy, but I'm thankful to have grown up in an environment that taught me family comes first, hard work pays off, and the value of a dollar," she says. Megan completed the dairy program at NICC in 2009, and then transferred to Iowa State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Dairy Science and minor in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2011. She is still active in her family farm which is now home to 380 milking cows and six robotic milking units (Lely A4), with the capacity to add two more robots. She is the daughter of Gary and Darlene Kregel.

Production Staff

Jeremy Walz, Dairy Farm Manager
Calmar, IA
Jeremy is a 1994 graduate of Northeast Iowa Community College's Dairy Herd Management program. After graduating from the College, Jeremy worked with several dairy herds in the Calmar area prior to becoming Ingvalson Hilltop Farms' dairy herdsman in Caledonia, Minn., for more than 12 years, where his work in dairy production garnered multiple awards. Jeremy has lived in Calmar for over 20 years and is originally from Elkader, where he grew up on an 80-cow dairy family operation. As the Dairy Center's senior herdsperson, Jeremy oversees milk quality and production, herd health and animal well-being, vaccinations and protocol management.
Jon Meyer, Assistant Dairy Herdsperson
Ossian, IA
Jon comes to the Dairy Center after many years of dairy industry experience. Through networking he worked for Genex Cooperative for 20 years and Accelerated Genetics for five years as an AI technician. He oversees herd reproduction, including breeding and synchronization programs, as well as the vaccinating of cattle and the management of the newly-acquired beef cows for the Beef Science program at Northeast Iowa Community College. In addition, Jon manages his own 35 head cow/calf operation.