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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between March 25, 2016 and April 24, 2016)

Full Name Job Title Hire Date Organization Description

Extension Faculty

Cromwell, Robert L. Assoc Extension Agent 03/25/16 VA Beach Coop Extension Service
Bender, Morgan L. Extension Agent, FCS 03/25/16 Augusta Coop Extension Service

Extension Staff

Large, Wanda K. Fam Nutrition Prog Assistant 04/10/16 Dickenson Coop Extension Service
McHenry, Diana J. Lab & Research Specialist ll 03/25/16 Alson H. Smith, Jr. AREC
D’Orio, Jennifer Family Nutrition Prog Asst 04/10/16 Lynchburg Coop Extension Service
Leftwich, Patricia A. Fam Nutrition Prog Asst 04/10/16 Carroll Coop Extension Service
Rutherford, Mindy L. Fam Nutrition Prog Assistant 04/10/16 Lee Coop Extension Service
Childress, Penny D. Fam Nutr Prog Asst, Adult, Buch Co 04/10/16 Buchanan Coop Extension Service
Pruitt, Rita S. Fam Nut Prog Asst, Henry Co 04/10/16 Henry Coop Extension Service
Lomax, Bertrille B. Family Nutrition Program Asst 04/10/16 Chesapeake Coop Extension Service
Hooper, Lakiko C. FNEP Asst, Adult, Richmond Co 04/10/16 Richmond Co Coop Extension Service
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Brian Plum named assistant director of development for leadership gifts

Brian Plum

Brian Plum

Brian Plum has joined the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as assistant director of development for leadership gifts.

Plum’s responsibilities include fundraising for the college’s leadership gifts program through identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual donors to the college and Virginia Cooperative Extension. He will travel throughout the region in order to build and strengthen relationships with new and existing donors, and will collaborate with other fundraisers on major gift asks.

“The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is fortunate to have Brian on board,” said Vernon Meacham, the college’s director of development. “Securing annual current-use support for our college’s highest priorities is a critical need, and Brian brings the skills and enthusiasm to be successful in that area.”

Plum brings more than 10 years in related experience to Virginia Tech. He was a community organizer with Together Colorado, where he created a regional recruitment effort that drew in 15,000 new members. Prior to that, he raised a budget of over $140,000 as lead organizer of the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, commonly known as IMPACT, in Charlottesville.

Plum also has extensive knowledge of agriculture and life sciences. During a recent two-year sabbatical, he visited 28 countries, expanding his understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship. Over the course of that sabbatical, Plum worked as an English as a Second Language teacher in China, Guatemala, and Laos, and was the volunteer coordinator for a medical mission in Guatemala.

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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between Feb. 10, 2016 and March 24, 2016)

Full Name Job Title Hire Date Organization Description

CALS Faculty

Jones, Jennifer E. Graduate Program Coordinator 02/10/16 CALS Administration
Buckwalter, Joseph D. Research Associate CY 02/10/16 Crop & Soil Environmental Science
Hale, Kasey S. Laboratory Specialist 02/10/16 Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
Pollio, Deborah L. Academic and Stu Supp Advisor 03/14/16 Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
Marine, Sasha C. Postdoctoral Associate CY 02/29/16 Plant Pathology, Phys, & Weed Sci.

CALS Staff

Khatri, Kshitij Research Spec Sr 02/15/16 Plant Pathology, Phys, & Weed Sci.
Bilbro, Nicholas L. Research Assistant 02/25/16 Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
Lake, John R. Research Technician 03/14/16 Biological Systems Engineering

Extension Faculty

Hale, Kasey S. Assoc Extension Agent 02/10/16 Scott Coop Extension Service
Winston, Rachael C. Assoc Extension Agent 03/10/16 King William Coop Extension Service
Butterfield, Kimberly M. Assoc Extension Agent, FCS 02/25/16 Roanoke Co Coop Extension Service
Hale, Daniel L. Assoc Extension Agent 03/10/16 Danville Coop Extension Service
Mize, Kayleigh J. Assoc Extension Agent 03/10/16 Brunswick Coop Extension Service

Extension Staff

Schrecongost, Ruth G. Unit Administrative Asst 03/14/16 Albemarle Coop Extension Service
Jenkins, Katie Unit Administrative Asst 02/10/16 Madison Coop Extension Service
Johnston, Julie A. Unit Administrative Asst 03/10/16 Orange Coop Extension Service
Fuentes, Liffny E. Unit Administrative Asst. 03/10/16 Norfolk Coop Extension Service
Martin, Hunter T. Office Support/4-H Prog Assist 02/25/16 Halifax Coop Extension Service
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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between Dec. 25, 2015 and Feb. 9 , 2015)

Name Job Title Hire Date Organization Description

CALS Faculty

Boteler, Beth R. Equine Science Instructor 01/10/16 Animal and Poultry Sciences
Mercadante, Vitor R. Asst Professor AY 01/10/16 Animal and Poultry Sciences
Williams, Sarah P. Postdoctoral Associate CY 12/25/15 Biochemistry
White, Robin Postdoctoral Associate CY 02/01/16 Dairy Science
Kring, Timothy J. Professor CY 01/01/16 Entomology
Huang, Haibo Asst Professor AY 12/25/15 Food Science and Technology
Angelella, Gina M. Postdoctoral Associate CY 01/10/16 Horticulture
Wogenrich, Kevin M. Academic and Stu Supp Advisor 01/10/16 Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise

CALS Staff

Margason, Jeffrey J. Dairy Herdsman 01/10/16 Dairy Science
Sixta, Riley E. MG Communications Project Coor 01/10/16 Horticulture
Adams, Normand R. Grad Prog Pro Coordinator 01/10/16 Agricultural & Applied Economics

Extension Faculty

Parvej, Rasel Postdoctoral Associate CY 01/10/16 Tidewater AREC
Rice, Sharon T. Assoc Extension Agent 01/25/16 Washington Coop Extension Service
Sharpe, Sarah E. Extension Agent 01/25/16 Greene Coop Extension Service
Martin, Kimberly D. Assoc Extension Agent 01/25/16 Brunswick Coop Extension Service
Gorimani-Mundoma, Elizabeth Assoc Extension Agent 01/25/16 Chesapeake Coop Extension Service
Olsen, Edward R. Assoc Extension Agent 01/10/16 Henrico Coop Extension Service
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Brian Plum joins Advancement Office

Brian Plum has joined the CALS Advancement Office as the assistant director of development for leadership gifts. In this role, he will work with the CALS advancement team to secure private support for the college.

Plum hails from a small farm in King George, Virginia. He earned degrees at both Longwood University and George Mason University. After completing his masters, Plum worked in sustainable agriculture and food security with the Peace Corps in Guatemala for over two years. Upon his return to the states, he worked with a variety of non-profit organizations in Virginia and Colorado. Most recently, he and his wife Stephanie spent two years traveling the world.

Please help us welcome Brian to Virginia Tech.

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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between Nov. 10 and Dec. 24, 2015)

Current Full Name Job Title Current Hire Date Organization Description

CALS Staff

Keith, Barry J. Lab Mechanic 12/10/15 Entomology

Extension Faculty

Porter, Tracy M. Assoc Extension Agent 11/10/15 King & Queen Coop Extension Service

Extension Staff

Hurst, Yvonne B. Unit Admin Assistant 11/10/15 York Coop Extension Service
Jones, Linda W. Family Nutrition Prog Asst 11/10/15 Danville Coop Extension Service
Stein, Jon J. Trades Technician 12/10/15 Tidewater AREC
Chaney, Calandra FNPA, Adult, Chesterfield 11/10/15 Chesterfield Coop Extension Service
Eggleton, Anita S. SNAP-Ed Adult Program Asst 11/10/15 Prince William Coop Extension Serv
Barton, Deborah L. Family Nutrition Prog Asst 11/10/15 Roanoke Co Coop Extension Service
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Welcome new faculty!

Our college recently hired eight new faculty members, with the intent on bringing new talent to its focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. These new hires are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Please welcome our new faculty members:

  • Carlin Rafie appointed assistant professor of human nutrition, foods, and exercise and Extension specialist
  • Charlie Cahoon appointed assistant professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science and Extension specialist
  • Cristina Fernandez-Fraguas appointed assistant professor of food science and technology
  • Hannah Scherer appointed Extension specialist and assistant professor of agricultural, leadership, and community education
  • Laura Strawn named Extension specialist and assistant professor of food science and technology
  • Maria Sharakhova joins entomology faculty
  • Olga Isengildina-Massa named associate professor of agricultural and applied economics
  • Travis Mountain named Extension specialist, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics
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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between Oct. 10 and Nov. 9, 2015)

Current Full Name Job Title Current Hire Date Organization Description

CALS Faculty

Redekar, Neelam R. Postdoctoral Associate CY 10/25/15 Crop & Soil Environmental Science
Zhao, Chengsong Sr Research Associate CY 10/10/15 Plant Pathology, Phys, & Weed Sci.

Extension Faculty

Verdu, Caitlin E. Extension Agent, 4H 10/25/15 Arlington Coop Extension Service
Mungo, Jonette E. Associate Extension Agent, 4H 10/10/15 Carroll Coop Extension Service
Williams, Katrida S. Extension Agent, FCS, SNAP-Ed 10/10/15 Stafford Coop Extension Service
Do, Van T. Extension Agent, FCS, SNAP-Ed 10/10/15 Alexandria Coop Extension Service

Extension Staff

Paulk, Anna C. Research Technician – Horticulture 10/10/15 Hampton Roads AREC
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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between Sept. 10 and Oct. 9, 2015)

Full Name Job Title Hire Date Organization Description

CALS Faculty

Arnold, Sandy Extension Programming Associate 09/10/15 Animal and Poultry Sciences
Wilson, Thomas B. Youth Livestock Educator 09/10/15 Animal and Poultry Sciences
Tse, Wesley C. Project Associate 09/10/15 Biological Systems Engineering
Fernandez-Fraguas, Cristina Asst Professor 09/10/15 Food Science and Technology

CALS Staff

Lusk, Megan A. Office Services Assistant 09/16/15 Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between Aug. 10 and Sept. 9)

Current Full Name Job Title Current Hire Date Organization Description

CALS Faculty

Isengildina-Massa, Olga Assoc Professor AY 08/10/15 Agricultural & Applied Economics
Mountain, Travis P. Asst Professor AY 08/10/15 Agricultural & Applied Economics
Ransdell, Leona P. Extension Programming Assoc 08/25/15 Animal and Poultry Sciences
Chen, Hui Postdoctoral Associate CY 08/11/15 Biological Systems Engineering
Hu, Yun Postdoctoral Associate CY 08/21/15 Biological Systems Engineering
Dellinger, Theresa A. Project Associate CY 08/25/15 Entomology
Wu, Jian Research Associate CY 08/25/15 Food Science and Technology

CALS Staff

O’Neill, Evan C. Agricultural Technician 09/01/15 College Farm
Sabus, Michael Agricultural Specialist 08/17/15 Animal and Poultry Sciences
O’Neill, Evan C. Crop Production Laborer 09/01/15 College Farm

Extension Faculty

Sutherland, Kelly E. Assoc Extension Agent 08/25/15 Northumberland Coop Extension Serv
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