Jill Makovec

BS’00 Agricultural Journalism, Dairy Science MS’02 Dairy Science
Alice in Dairyland 2007

An alumna of both CALS and the UW Marching Band (instrument: trumpet), Jill Makovec works as an account executive with Learfield Communications, which through the Wisconsin Radio Network and Brownfield Ag Network provides consumer and ag news to Wisconsin and neighboring states. As a CALS student, Makovec researched antibiotic resistance of bacteria that cause mastitis in dairy cattle—work that helped her connect with and educate consumers during her year as Alice. She treasures memories of her time as Alice, especially connecting with, teaching and learning from fourth-graders across the state. Makovec enjoys spending time at her family’s dairy farm near Muscoda and serving the community through various activities, including the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (past president).