Tami is a fourth generation Weld County, Colorado rancher. Tami grew up showing cattle and livestock judging, as well as participating in the 4-H Washington Focus program as both a participant and later as a chaperone, in the Weld County 4-H program. She graduated from Northeastern Junior College with an associate’s degree in agricultural communications and from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in advertising media and public relations. Upon graduation, she went to work for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and in 2004, went to work for the Colorado Beef Council as the Director of Marketing. Tami resides with her husband, Luke, and daughter, Mesa, east of Platteville.