Diane grew up on a registered beef cattle farm in Southeast Ohio and has always had a passion for cattle genetics. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Tech, and completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska, respectively.
Diane had a successful 16-year career as an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor and faculty member in the Animal Breeding and Genetics Groups at Purdue University and Iowa State University. Her research focused on the genetic regulation of feed efficiency in dairy cattle. As part of this work, Diane was responsible for developing and analyzing one of the most comprehensive data sets on dairy cattle feed intake in the world. She also had the priviledge of teaching advanced Animal Genetics to over 1,000 Animal Science undergraduate students and mentored M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students.
In 2016 Diane and her husband purchased a farm near West Plains, Missouri. They have developed a herd of commercial beef cows, and continuously work to improve their land and cattle. They now enjoy the farming lifestyle and being the owners/managers of this cattle operation.