Class Notes

1950s

Tommy L. Cullens (BSA – Agricultural Economics ‘52) turned 89 on August 9 and is in very good health. Cullens, who lives in Winter Park, Florida, attributes his good condition to dancing two times a week, playing bridge two or three times a week, and working in his rose garden.

George N. Turk (BSA – Poultry Science, ’54) received the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Alumni Association. A 1952 graduate of ABAC, Turk spent more than 40 years working in the poultry industry, serving in various roles such as director of hatchery-breeder operations and division manager for poultry and pork operations with the Gold Kist Poultry company. He retired in 1996 as Gold Kist Poultry’s Northeast Georgia division manager. Turk is a lifetime member of the Georgia Poultry Association and has served as president of the Georgia Hatchery Association. He also is a general partner in the Turk Family Farm and serves his community through his involvement with the Athens Rotary Club, the Jackson County Boys and Girls Club, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and more. 

1960s

Jim Gibbs (BSA – Horticulture, ’66) was honored with a national Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs (NGC) at their annual awards banquet in Biloxi, Mississippi, in June. The Award of Excellence is NGC’s highest honor for nonmembers. Gibbs spent 30 years transforming pastures, hillsides and woodlands in Ball Ground, Georgia, into his world-class Gibbs Gardens. The 326-acre property includes four feature gardens: the Japanese Gardens, Water Lily Gardens, Manor House Gardens and Daffodil Gardens and 12 seasonal gardens. The Garden Club of Georgia presented Gibbs with its 2019 Award of Merit on April 17 and nominated him for the NCG Award of Excellence. A founding member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and lifetime trustee, Gibbs served as president and founder of the award-winning Gibbs Landscaping Co. for more than 40 years. Gibbs received two national landscape awards presented at the White House in Washington, D.C., in addition to the more than 300 landscape awards earned by him and his company. He also is the author of “Gibbs Gardens: Reflections on a Gardening Life.”

Danny Hogan (BSA – Animal Science, ‘66), board member of the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) and Central Georgia Conservation District supervisor, has been inducted into the National Association of Conservation Districts Southeast Region Hall of Fame. Hogan is a third-generation farmer from Laurens County, Georgia. At Hogan’s Farm, Hogan and his son utilize numerous conservation practices to grow wheat, oats, peanuts, cotton and soybeans and to manage 140 acres of pastureland and 700 acres of timberland, as well as raising black angus and limousine cattle and paint and quarter horses. Hogan and his wife, Lesia Hogan, have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Terry Turner (BSA – Animal Science, 67; MSA – Animal Science, ’72; PhD – Animal Science, ’75) was recently selected as the 2019 Distinguished Andrologist by the American Society of Andrology, the national professional society for the basic science and medicine of male fertility and infertility. The award is the society’s highest and reflects on careers distinguished by their contributions at the national and international level.

C. Allen Powell (BSA – Animal Science, ’68) will retire this year as executive director of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), a nonprofit organization he cofounded whose mission is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership. Powell also is author of “Hog Farm Chronicles,” “the unthinkable, but true, chronicles of a rookie teacher and his impulsive, unpredictable herd of ninth grade boys — affectionately known as the ‘hogs.’” All proceeds from the book benefit the NTHS scholarship foundation.

1970s 

Hiram Larew (BSA – Horticulture, ’71) is founder of Poetry X Hunger, an informal initiative that seeks to bring poetry to bear in the struggle to prevent and eliminate hunger locally, around the U.S. and globally. 

Frank Flanders (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’74; MED – Agricultural Education, ’75; EDS – Agricultural Education, ’83) received the Teacher Mentor Award from the Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association. He is an associate professor of agricultural education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 

William Garner (BSA – Animal Science, ’74) is retired and lives in Warthen, Georgia, with his wife, Janice Garner. 

James Reece (BSA – Animal Science, ‘74) has retired from First National Bank of Decatur County as senior vice president and senior lending officer. 

Jim Garner (BSA – Environmental Health, ’77) has retired as key account sale manager for CP Kelco. He and his wife, Carol Lee Gardner, live in Athens, Georgia. 

Chuck Williams (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’77) is Georgia’s state forester and director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. He lives in Oconee County, Georgia, on a certified tree farm. 

Richard Byne (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’78) is the founder and owner of Byne Organic Blueberry Farms in Waynesboro, Georgia. He and his wife, Linda Byne, founded the farm in 1980 on Byne family land and chose to raise his crops without pesticides and herbicides long before the organic farming movement began, establishing one of the country’s oldest organic blueberry farms. 

Steve Morse (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’78) is dean of the School of Business at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia. Morse previously served as dean of the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. 

1980s 

Gary Black (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’80) received the H.G. “Pat” Patillo Honorary Membership Award from Leadership Georgia. Black is Georgia’s commissioner of agriculture. 

Kenneth Bridges (BSA – Agriculture, ’80; MED – Agricultural Education, ’73) is author of “Life of a Man Named Kenneth,” chronicling his journey from the son of sharecroppers to a leading educator in north Georgia. Bridges writes of his early years of financial struggle tempered by the love of his family who taught him the importance of hard work and education. He weaves advice and values throughout his colorful narrative. But the real story is even broader and richer. In the memoir, Bridges paints a detailed word picture of rural Georgia in the 1940s. 

Roger “Bo” Ryles (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’80; MAEX – Agricultural Extension, ’88) is senior director of the National 4-H Council, co-director of Clovers and Co., race director for the Clover Glove Race Series, and owner of Clover Coffee Co. in Watkinsville, Georgia. Ryles, who retired as Georgia state 4-H leader and director in 2009, also instructs part-time in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. 

William Amos “Andy” Bell (BSA – Agriculture, ’82) received the 2019 Master Farmer Award by the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) Alumni Association. A 1980 ABAC graduate, Bell was raised on a farm and started his own operation on 50 acres of land. In 1986, he purchased his first tractor, which he still has. Currently, he farms a diversified operation of cattle and row crops including cotton, peanuts, corn, timber, pecans, hay and pastureland. Bell is a founding director of the grower-owned peanut shelling plant American Peanut Growers Group in Donalsonville, Georgia, and a shareholder in Decatur Gin. He serves on the Bainbridge Decatur County Development Authority and the Agricultural Advisory Board at the former Bainbridge State College.

Kristin McWhorter (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’84), executive director emeritus of the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association (NPFDA), was honored for her 27 years of dedication to the organization at its annual convention in February. McWhorter began working as executive director for the NPFDA in 1992. Her innovations in the organization include the Poultry Suppliers Showcase and the Distributor Exchange. Earlier in her career, she served as general manager at Poultry and Egg News and in sales with Gold Kist and ConAgra.

Scott Thomaston (MSA – Agriculture, ’84) is director of environmental compliance at Emory University in Atlanta. 

Sarah Vander Hyden (BSA – Horticulture, ’84) works in sales and purchasing with B.L. Mullinax Landscape and Shrubbery in Cumming, Georgia.

Frank Ginn (BSA – Agricultural Engineering, ’85) was recognized with a 2019 Legislative Award by the by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). Ginn is the Georgia state senator for district 47 in northeast Georgia. The ACCG Legislative Service Awards program honors state House and Senate members for their legislative work. Ginn, a former county manager and longtime partner of Georgia’s local governments, was instrumental in helping address several of ACCG’s concerns with Senate Bill 177, which mandates an additional 5% pay raise for local constitutional officers. Ginn helped install safeguards to make the bill more manageable for county budgets. Ginn also sought input from the ACCG regarding gambling proposals, local control on alcohol sales, various home rule usurpations, and regulations governing the placement of small cells in local government rights-of-way.

Owen Thomason (BSA – Agricultural Education; ‘85, MEd – Agricultural Education, ’89) retired from teaching agricultural education in 2016 after 31 years with Franklin County Schools. Upon retirement, Thomason was named the agriculture department chair and assistant professor for the new Diversified Agriculture Program at Emmanuel College, a private, Christian, liberal arts college in Franklin Springs, Georgia. The degree has concentrations in business, communications, missions and science. The agricultural missions concentration has allowed Thomason and his wife, Gina Thomason, to share agriculture techniques with farmers in Kenya and the Dominican Republic. The couple has three children; Malone Thomason (BSA – Horticulture, ’16), Addie Thomason Tucker (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’17) and Chloe Thomason, who recently graduated from the University of North Georgia.

Roy F. Morris II, (BSA – Entomology, ‘86) recently completed 33 years with Bayer CropScience as a senior technical sales specialist, with most of his career located in central Florida working with citrus and vegetable growers. Morris has continued his interest in entomology, with numerous field trips to South and Central America to study beetles and other insects. These efforts have led to the discovery of many species new to science, and several have even been named after Morris. Morris has donated entomological specimens to the University of Georgia Collection of Arthropods in Athens.

Polly Ligon Sullivan (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’87), owns Ready Inc., a consulting firm that provides crisis-planning and response-training services for agricultural and food companies. She’s also a partner in Dogwood Hill Farm in Pendleton, SC. 

1990s

Scott Addy (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’88, MS – Agricultural Economics, ’90) is vice president of branded technologies and biological solutions with Wilbur Ellis. He lives in Parker, Colorado. 

Farish A. Mulkey Jr. (BSA – Agricultural Education, ‘88; MED – Agricultural Education, ‘92) joined Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College as an assistant professor of agricultural education in August. Mulkey has a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University.

Ross Henry “Hank” Pittman III (BSA —Horticulture, ’89) is an attorney with the Tifton, Georgia, law offices of Hall Booth Smith.

Jason “Jay” Fulmer (BSA – Animal Science, ‘91) is the owner of Hamilton Mill Animal Hospital in Buford, Georgia. Since purchasing the hospital in 2013, the business expanded and moved to a state-of-the-art, free-standing clinic in 2016 employing more than 35 people. Fulmer is also a 1994 graduate of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife, Beth McClelland Fulmer, live in Buford, Georgia. 

Tonya Hodgkins (BSA – Agronomy, ’92) was recently promoted to the position of head of row crop production for Bayer’s Asia Pacific region. Hodgkins is based in Singapore. 

Peyman Fatemi (MS – Food Science, ’94) is vice president of technical and regulatory services at IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group in Conley, Georgia. 

Stan Mitchell (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’94; MED – Agricultural Education, ’98) was named the Outstanding State Staff from the Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association at their Summer Leadership Conference. He is the North Region agricultural education director. 

Shannon Johnson (BSA – Horticulture, ’95) of Savannah, Georgia, is working as a financial advisor. 

Lynn Barber (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’96) is assistant superintendent for the Ware County School System, where he also serves as director of career, technical and adult education. 

Yvette Shaw Crick (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’97; MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’11) is the lead learning specialist with Georgia Southern University’s Department of Student-Athlete Services, providing academic support for student-athletes with a focus on mentorship and building learning habits to enhance student success. She also serves as the president of the Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market Board of Directors and is a member of the 2020 Leadership Bulloch class. 

2000s

Sheena Johnson (BSA – Poultry Science, ’01) of Acworth, Georgia, earned a master’s of business administration from Reinhardt College’s McCamish School of Business in May. Johnson is director of business development with R&D Mechanical Services.

Charles “Tamlin” Hall III (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’02) accepted a part-time screenwriting faculty position in the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Hall is founder of The House, “a social impact production studio that focuses on authenticity and collaboration to create powerful and relatable content to all audiences.”

Lauren Jarrett (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’02) has been named the Chattooga County Young Farmer adviser. The Georgia Young Farmer program is the adult education component of Georgia’s Agricultural Education program. County Young Farmer Programs conduct educational seminars on everything from agricultural technology to legislative issues affecting agriculture. 

C. Elliott Marsh (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’02; MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’11) started a new job as regional channel manager for the Southeast with Indigo Ag. The Boston-based company is dedicated to helping farmers sustainably feed the planet. With a vision of creating a world where farming is an economically desirable and accessible profession, Indigo works with its growers to apply natural approaches, conserve resources and grow healthy food for all. 

Beth Bland Oleson (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’02; MS – Food Science, ’05), director of education and food safety for the Georgia Vegetable Growers Association, was named to Produce Business magazine’s 2019 class of 40 Under 40 and to the Georgia Vegetable Association’s 2018 class of 40 Under 40. She is a 2007 graduate of Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL), as well as the 2011-2012 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Fellow. She was recognized with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association’s 2009 Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Linda Purvis (BSA – Poultry Science, ’02) graduated with a doctoral degree in science education from the University of Georgia College of Education and moved into an assistant professor position in biology and poultry science at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus. Purvis also earned a master’s degree in infectious diseases from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

Jennifer Lance Yauck (BSA – Horticulture, ’02) is a science teacher and instructional coach at Oglethorpe County High School in Lexington, Georgia. During her 16 years working in education, she has taught at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School, Oconee County High School and served as director of 6-12 science at Northeast Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency, as well as teaching environmental education at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center and internationally in Kolkata, India.

Chandler Conner (BSA – Biological Science, ’03) is the owner of C2 Medical Solutions, a compounding pharmacy in Athens, Georgia. He is a 2008 graduate of the UGA College of Pharmacy.

Traves Hyman (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’04) moved from Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia, to Cogburn Woods Elementary School in Milton, Georgia, where he is teaching agricultural education and working in school administration. 

Shanna Boyett Reynolds (BSA – Animal Science, ’04) is the new UGA Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Oglethorpe County.

Jay Murray (BSA – Agricultural Education, ‘05) has a new job teaching agricultural education at Harlem High School in Harlem, Georgia. 

Myria DeHaven Shipman (BSA – Animal Science, ’04; MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’06) is now a middle school science teacher at Lanier Middle School in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Emily Kubala Thomas (BSA – Environmental Economics and Management, ’05) is manager of corporate sustainability programs with JM Huber Corporation in Atlanta.

Tiffany McCoy Walraven (BSA – Biological Sciences, ’05) and Joseph Walraven (BSA –Landscape Grounds Management, ’05) are the owners of Owens Supply Company, a building materials and hardware store in Pembroke, Georgia. 

April Tankersley Davis (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’06; MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’15) received the Ideas Unlimited Award from the Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association at their Summer Leadership Conference. She is an agricultural education teacher at Commerce Middle School.

W. Matthew Wilson (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’06) recently opened Wilson Law Firm, a personal injury practice in Brookhaven, Georgia. In 2018, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives for District 80, where he serves on the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Judiciary, and Education committees. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

Sonya Jones (MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’07) is the county coordinator and 4-H agent for UGA Cooperative Extension in Pulaski County. She lives in Hawkinsville, Georgia.

Collier W. McKenzie (BSA – Agribusiness, ’07) was named to the 2019 list of Georgia Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine. The list honors exceptional attorneys across the state under the age of 40. The selections for this list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of Thomson Reuters, Legal Division. Each year, the research team undertakes a multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. First published in 1991, Super Lawyers magazines reach more than 21 million readers across the country.

Rachael McCall Becker (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’08) was named to the N’West Iowa Business 20 under 40 listing in March. Becker is one of two assistant county attorneys with the O’Brien County Attorney’s Office in Sheldon, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln. 

Shepherd Cronemeyer (BSA – Animal Science, ’08; MADS – Animal and Dairy Science, ’10) is assistant director of leadership gifts with the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Phil Jennings (BSA – Agribusiness, ’08) has started a new position as chief executive officer at Village Fields, a joint venture between Nature Crisp and Village Farms International for the outdoor cultivation of high-cannabidiol (CBD) hemp and CBD extraction in multiple states throughout the U.S. 

Ward Black (BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’09; MS – Agriculture and Applied Economics, ’11) has a new job with Performance Food Group in Oakwood, Georgia, as a “center of the plate buyer,” specializing in beef and pork. 

Meghan Cline (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’09) was promoted to communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in Washington, D.C., in May.

Carla Dean Sanford (BSA – Animal Science, ’09) recently graduated from the University of Florida with a doctoral degree and is employed at Montana State University in Bozeman as an assistant professor and extension beef cattle specialist. 

2010s

William “Chris” Hopper (BSA – Biological Science, ‘10) is a compliance specialist and lobbyist in the government strategies practice with Taylor English Decisions, an affiliate of the law firm Taylor English Duma. James Magazine ranked Hopper the 2019 Top Rising Star.

Andrew “Drew” Ross (BSA – Agriscience and Environmental Systems, ’10; MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’12) has been promoted to deputy district director for the office of U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul from Texas District 10. 

Susan Hawkins (BSA – Horticulture, ’11; MS – Horticulture, ’14; PhD – Horticulture, ’18) is the Cooperative Extension agent in Agriculture and Horticulture in Davie County, North Carolina, where she has responsibility for consumer and commercial horticulture and is the Master Gardener coordinator for the county. 

Sydney Hayter (BSA – Animal Science, ’11) graduated from Mississippi State University in May with a doctorate of veterinary medicine. Hayter is currently serving an internship with Brandon Equine Medical Center in Brandon, Florida.

Caroline Black Lewallen (BSA – Agricultural Education, ‘11) and her husband, Kyle Lewallen, started teXga Farms in spring 2019 selling beef boxes to consumers in northeast Georgia. 

Brad Schambach (BSA – Food Science, ’11; MSA – Food Science, ’13) has been promoted to research and development scientist IV for product development in enhanced hydration at The Coca-Cola Company. Schambach is a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board.

Carlton Self (MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’11) is manager for the Lasseter Tractor Company in Tifton, Georgia. 

Charles Trumbo (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’11) is an agricultural specialist and assistant farm manager with the University of Georgia Eatonton Beef Research Unit in Eatonton, Georgia.

Justin Brown (BSA – Animal Science, ’12) has been promoted to assistant teaching professor for vet diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University.

Laura Ney (BSA – Horticulture, ’12; MS – Horticulture, ’14; PhD – Crop and Soil Sciences, ’19) is an agent with Clarke County Cooperative Extension where she will work with a wide variety of programs and manage the Master Gardener program. Ney recently finished her graduate research at the University of Georgia Costa Rica campus.

Perry Walden (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’12) was recently appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Georgia Auctioneer Commission.

Perri Campis (BSA – Agriscience and Environmental Systems, ‘13) is the new project director for the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, where she provides direct support to the district’s executive director in project development, implementation and management. 

Jeffrey McConnaughey (MSA – Horticulture, ’13) is manager of Chimney Rock Farms, an industrial hemp research and development, seed, and breeding company in Colorado specializing in high CBD hemp varieties. 

Kristyn Stogner (BSA – Horticulture, ’13) is curator of the new Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and directs both the horticulture and educational programming aspects of the garden.

Lisa Baxter (MSA – Crop and Soil Sciences, ’14) joined the University of Georgia Tifton campus as an assistant professor and Extension forage agronomist. She helps forage-based livestock producers find profitable and sustainable solutions to production challenges. 

Andrew Vasina (BSAB – Applied Biotechnology, ’14) accepted a position as a food scientist managing the Culinary Applications Lab for Biospringer (Lesaffre) in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He will serve for three years based in Paris. 

Rachel Dunaway (BSA – Animal Science, ’15; MSA – Animal Science, ’17) is the agricultural education teacher at Rome High School in Rome, Georgia, where she will be starting new FFA and pre-veterinary programs.

Wes Hutto (BSA – Avian Biology, ’15) is a resident physician with the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. 

Katlyn LaVelle (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’15; MAEE – Agricultural and Environmental Education, ’19) is an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson, Georgia. 

Lauren Muller (BSA – Horticulture, ’15; MS – Horticulture, ’18) is conservation outreach coordinator with the science and conservation program at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. She manages the garden’s Connect to Protect program, which fosters the development of native plant gardens to promote biodiversity in private, commercial and municipal settings. 

Eric Stallknecht (BSA – Horticulture, ’15; MS – Horticulture, ’18) has been accepted into the horticulture doctoral program at Michigan State University.

Chelsea Begnaud (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’16), a master’s degree student in agricultural and environmental education at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, received the Outstanding Young Member Award from the Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association at their Summer Leadership Conference. She is an agricultural education teacher at Oconee County High School.

Grace Mceachern Fant (BSA – Animal Science, ‘16) is a senior supervisor for hazard analysis and critical control points with Tyson Foods. 

Allison Fortner (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’16) is an administrative associate in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication helping with recruiting, serving students and faculty, and helping tell the story of the department as a whole.

Nicole Holden (BSA – Agribusiness ’16) is the international cost proposal coordinator at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University. 

Matthew A. Pace (BSA – Agriculture and Applied Economics, ’16) joined the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) in May 2018 as an associate bank examiner in the office of examination. In this role, Pace works directly with Farm Credit System institutions across the country to evaluate areas ranging from loan underwriting standards and risk identification practices to compliance with federal lending regulations. Prior to joining FCA, he worked as a graduate research assistant at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government while obtaining a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. Pace also served as an agriculture fellow for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in Washington, D.C.

Shu Yang (MSA – Horticulture, ‘16) is a graduate research assistant with Virginia Tech where he is conducting research to detect boxwood blight using molecular tools and on ice nucleation activity of fungi and bacteria.

Kayla Alward (BSA – Dairy Science, ’17; MS – Animal and Dairy Science, ’19) is a dairy science graduate teaching assistant at Virginia Tech. 

Jaky Cervantes (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’17) is the agricultural education teacher at East Jackson Middle School in Commerce, Georgia. She was previously a teacher at Indian Creek Middle School in Covington, Georgia.

Kimberly Lauryn Gilmer (MAEE – Agricultural and Environmental Education, ‘17) is the UGA Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development In Wayne County, Georgia.

Jeana Hansel (BSA – Horticulture, ’17) recently completed her master of science in plant pathology at North Carolina State University and accepted a position with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Virginia.

Kendall McWilliams (BSA – Agricultural Communication, ’17) is a sales support specialist at AGCO corporation. 

Ivan Pocrnic (PhD – Animal Science, ’17) is a core scientist and research fellow with The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Elizabeth Pusch (PhD –Poultry Science, ’17) is a laboratory specialist and advisor for Chickasaw Nation Industries in Atlanta.

Jake Tench (BSA – Agribusiness, ’17; BSA – Agriculture and Applied Economics, ’17) joined the Georgia Agribusiness Council as manager of public affairs. Tench manages the council’s legislative activities, provides member services, directs education and scholarship activities, and supports the council’s programs. 

Sarah Jane Thomsen (BSA – Animal Science, ’17; BSA – Dairy Science, ‘17) is the new director of member services and events for the Virginia Agribusiness Council.

Lissi Carr (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’18) is working toward her Double Dawg in the Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education program at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Carr teaches high school agriculture to students in grades 9-12 at Berrien High School in Nashville, Georgia, and recently completed the Georgia Certified Plant Professional Course.

Kelly Paulk Cone (BSA – Agriscience and Environmental Systems, ’18) began working as operations manager at the Farmers Cooperative in Madison, Florida in January. In this position, Cone assists in feed, farm equipment, seed and fertilizer sales, as well as community and customer service. She looks forward to working with the local 4-H and FFA associations. Previously, Cone was with Southeastern Agricultural Laboratories. 

Malik Grace (BSA – Agricultural and Applied Economics, ’18; BSA – Agribusiness, ’18) is an environmental consultant for RPS GaisTech in Atlanta.

Madison Hickey Hopkins (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’18) began the master of agricultural and environmental education program at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in August. She is also participating in the yearlong Leadership Hall County program, which focuses on educating emerging and existing leaders to become integral players in the community.

Skyler Keeney (BSA – Horticulture, ’18) is a horticulturist with Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, Georgia. She is tasked with flower bed design and installation, grounds maintenance and providing group tours of the estate, among other responsibilities. 

Joseph Seta (BSA – Animal Science, ’18; BSA – Dairy Science, ’18) is a second-year student at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine. His focus is mixed animal, and his goal is to graduate and work in an underserved area of Georgia where there is a need for veterinarians serving the dairy industry. 

Luke Thornton (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’18) is a commodity marketing specialist with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. In his role, he serves as executive director of the South Carolina Cotton Board, the South Carolina Pork Board and the South Carolina Tobacco Board. 

Kalina Vatave (BSA – Water and Soil Resources, ’18) is a soil conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. She lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Caroline McCown Williams (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’18; MAEE – Agricultural and Environmental Education, ’19) is a first-year agricultural education teacher at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School in Thompson, Georgia. 

Lucas Brock (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’19) is the agricultural education teacher at Central Middle School in Carrolton, Georgia. 

Hannah Henry (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’19) is the agricultural education teacher at Wheeler County Elementary School in Alamo, Georgia. 

Dejanaé Hooks (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’19) is the agricultural education teacher at McDonough High School in Henry County, Georgia.

Joseph Jones (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’19) is a first-year agricultural education teacher at Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Georgia.

Emily Whiddon Murphy (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’19) is the agricultural education teacher at Apalachee High School in Barrow County, Georgia.

Brittney Westmoreland (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’19) is a first-year agricultural education teacher at Stephens County Middle School in Toccoa, Georgia.