A native of northwest Iowa, Kaster holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University and an MS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining PAACO, Kaster was senior vice president of quality technical services and hog procurement for Smithfield Foods.
Kaster has long been involved with key industry activities such as the animal welfare committees of both the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and the National Pork Board (NPB). She has served on NPB’s Food Safety and Pork Quality Solutions committees and as a chair of the NAMI Inspection Committee. She was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection from 2001-2003 and is past president of the American Meat Science Association as well as an AMSA Fellow.
Collette, her husband, Dennis, and their two girls, Sam and Sophie, live outside of Kearney, Missouri, on an acreage where they run a small herd of cattle and horses. Outside of work you can find Collette at a softball diamond or volleyball court cheering on her daughters or headed out to the slopes to take in a little skiing.