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Meet the 2017-2018 CALS Ambassadors

  • Tiffany Ackerman
      • Tiffany AckermanClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Pensacola
      • Major: Natural Resource Conservation
      • Involvement: Voting Precinct Clerk, Pensacola Earth Day Planning Committee, Bream Fisherman Association member, Committee chair for Imagine Our Florida
      • Hobbies: Tubing, hiking, swimming, camping, reading
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree and ultimately write policy for our decision-makers
  • Caroline Barnett
      • Caroline BarnettClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: St. Petersburg
      • Major: Marine Sciences
      • Involvement: Exotic Animal Club, Circle-K International
      • Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, anything Harry Potter related, taking BuzzFeed quizzes, playing ukulele
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in marine science and eventually work in educational outreach within this field
  • Chase Brannan
      • Chase BrannanClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Macclenny
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate Farm Bureau, UF Student Government (SG) Senator for CALS, UF SG Vice Chairman of Disability Advocacy Ad Hoc, UF Persons with Disabilities Presidential Committee, Clarke Jacksonville for the Deaf and Hearing Board of Trustees
      • Hobbies: Showing livestock, snow skiing, fishing, and church
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school followed by employment that fosters the growth, diversification and sustainability of Florida agriculture and our natural resources
  • Jana Caracciolo
      • Rachel BenfieldClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Clermont
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Delta Zeta Parliamentarian, Phi Alpha Delta International Pre-law Fraternity
      • Hobbies: Drinking tea at quaint cafes and watching HGTV
      • After College Plans: Pursue joint master's and law degrees
  • Gabriela Cesar
      • Gabriela CesarClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Orlando
      • Major: Dietetics
      • Involvement: UF Honors Program, Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, Student Worker at Gator Corner Dining Center, Volunteer at UF Health Shands Hospital
      • Hobbies: Baking, watching Netflix, playing video games, and swimming
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and complete a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian
  • Katie Collins
      • Katie CollinsClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Chargin Falls, OH
      • Major: Family, Youth and Community Sciences
      • Involvement: UF Health Emergency Medicine Scribe Program, UF Department of Emergency Management Intern, FYCS Ambassador
      • Hobbies: Singing (often loudly and without context), musicals, baking, laughing, going on unexpected adventures
      • After College Plans: Obtain a master's degree and pursue a career in emergency management, disaster preparedness, and/or homeland security
  • Madison Cook
      • Madison CookClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: High Springs
      • Major: Entomology and Nematology
      • Involvement: Gator Alliance for World Health, Reach Out Volunteer, Entomology Club, Florida Youth Institute counselor, Research Assistant in Dr. Peter DiGennaro's lab, Emerging Scholars Program, Volunteer and shadower of Dr. Sheyna Carroccio at North Florida Women's Center
      • Hobbies: Watching Grey's Anatomy, spending as much time as possible outdoors, working out, hot yoga, and fishing
      • After College Plans: Attend medical school to then attain my certification as an OB/GYN and eventually commit my time to Doctors Without Borders to help the less fortunate people of third world countries
  • Cat Cropsey
      • Crystal ConnerClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Bradenton
      • Major: Microbiology and Cell Science
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Volunteer at UF Health Shands Hospital, American Society for Microbiology
      • Hobbies: Exercising and cooking
      • After College Plans: Attend medical school
  • Carly Crump
      • Carly CrumpClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Jacksonville
      • Major: Microbiology and Cell Science
      • Involvement: Director of Undergraduate Research Council for the Center of Undergraduate Research, Undergraduate research studying dengue virus, Chi Omega Sorority
      • Hobbies: Scuba diving, reading, tennis, painting, baking, and traveling
      • After College Plans: Enter a 4+1 master's program in public health at the University of Florida and attend medical school to become a surgeon
  • Alison DeLoach
      • Alison DeLoachClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Ft. White
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development Specialization)
      • Involvement: New Oak Grove Baptist Church, Liv Athletic CrossFit Gainesville
      • Hobbies: Traveling,shopping, Gator athletics, and going to the river and the beach
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agricultural industry
  • William Donaghy
      • William DonaghyClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Middleburg
      • Majors: Agricultural Education and Communication (Agricultural Education Specialization)
      • Involvement: UF Meats Judging Team, Environmental Horticulture Research Assistant, Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Trying new hobbies, gardening, tweeting, dancing, and traveling
      • After College Plans: Graduate school
  • Case Emerson
      • Case EmersonClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate Farm Bureau, UF Student Government, and Dance Marathon
      • Hobbies: Golf, tennis, hunting, being outdoors, attending UF athletic events, and volunteering as a radio personality on WUCR 107.9 FM
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in agriculture or return home to run the family farm and rental plant business
  • Tanner Felbinger
      • Tanner FelbingerClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Raleigh, NC
      • Major: Entomology and Nematology
      • Involvement: Volunteer research assistant in urban entomology lab, Entomology Club, Urban Entomological Society, Group Fitness Instructor at RecSports
      • Hobbies: Yoga, listening to music, being outdoors, and attending Gator sporting events
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school for entomology and nematology
  • Shannon Fry
      • Shannon Fry Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Brooksville
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development Specialization)
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority Vice President, CALS Leadership Institute, Alpha Tau Alpha Honors Society, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow
      • Hobbies: Attending Gator games and sporting events, traveling, and listening to music
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and work in communications for an agricultural company or organization
  • Madison Goodwin
      • Madison Goodwin
Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Jacksonville
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Alpha Zeta, UF Veterinary Technician, Volunteer at the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
      • Hobbies: Reading, drawing, cooking, butterfly/moth collecting, and volunteering with shelter animals
      • After College Plans: Attend medical school
  • Rachel Gordon
      • Rachel Gordon
Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Tampa
      • Major: Food Science
      • Involvement: Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, PRISM Honors Magazine, UF Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Sorority
      • Hobbies: Cooking, piano, hiking, reading, and traveling
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in food science with an emphasis on chemistry
  • Brandon Grady
      • Brandon GradyClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Bushnell
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Vice President for Planning, Student Government Executive Secretary for Satellite Affairs, board of College Councils Operational Vice President, Agricultural and Life Sciences College Council Treasurer
      • Hobbies: Golf, hunting, fishing, and scrolling social media
      • After College Plans: Attend law school and specialize in agricultural law
  • Courtney Hanner
      • Courtney Hanner
Class: Senior
      • Hometown: McKinney, TX
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Coordinator with Inclusive Fitness and Unified Sports, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club, Research with the Sleeper Lab, Program Manager/Coordinator of Sidney Lanier Mentoring Program
      • Hobbies: Eating and trying new foods, going to Gator football games, Netflix, studying, volunteering, traveling, and doing anything outside
      • After College Plans: Attend veterinary school and ultimately open my own clinic where clients can give permission to have their animals work with students with disabilities
  • Lindsey Harris
      • Lindsey HarrisClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Chiefland
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, Hardeetown Baptist Church
      • Hobbies: Fishing, shopping, watching Nashville, football games, and listening to music
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and pursue a career in agricultural business
  • Victoria Harris
      • Victoria HarrisClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Valrico
      • Major: Biology
      • Involvement: National FFA Officer, Gators of Tomorrow, Young Leaders Conference, Operation Catnip, UF Small Animal Hospital volunteer, RecSports
      • Hobbies: Dancing, reading, listening to music, outdoor activities, and working with animals
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in animal sciences
  • Christine Krebs
      • Christine KrebsClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Clermont
      • Major: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
      • Involvement: Freshman Leadership Council, The Wildlife Society, Stable hand at Blue Sky Farms, Wildlife Intern at Deseret Ranches, First Year Florida Peer Leader
      • Hobbies: Hiking, reading, visiting state parks, DIY crafts, standup comedy, and trying new restaurants
      • After College Plans: Work for the USDA or FWC as a wildlife technician, pursue a master's degree focusing on human dimensions in wildlife conservation
  • Latisa Ledbetter Kish
      • Latisa Ledbetter KishClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Pensacola
      • Major: Natural Resource Conservation
      • Involvement: Entomology research technician for IFAS-WFREC, Undergraduate agronomy research intern, Milton Gator Student Club, Chamber of Commerce member, volunteer, organizer and active community member
      • Hobbies: Agriculture, architecture, and travel
      • After College Plans: Continue working with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, making a difference in sustainable production, use, and/or policy within the agricultural and natural resources fields
  • Logan Luse
      • Logan LuseClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Mayo
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Student Government Senator, Student Government Information and Communications Committee, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Alpha Tau Alpha Honors Society President, North Side Church of Christ, and Gainesville Texas Roadhouse Store Marketer
      • Hobbies: Hiking, fishing, and traveling
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agriculture industry
  • Wallace Martin
      • Wallace Martin Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Arcadia
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Collegiate Farm Bureau, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, UF Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisory Council
      • Hobbies: Gator athletics, tennis, golf, racquetball, fishing, bird hunting, and traveling
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in wealth management, including eventual pursuit of an MBA degree
  • Brandon McKee
      • Brandon McKeeClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Okeechobee
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: PIE Center Student Intern
      • Hobbies: Reading Harry Potter, kayaking, fishing, hunting, scuba diving, and watching movies
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree
  • Olivia Muchmore
      • Olivia MuchmoreClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Cape Coral
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society Vice President, Leadership minor advisory board, Boys and Girls Club Reading Pals, tutor
      • Hobbies: Cooking, reading, cycling, Pinterest, and spending time outdoors
      • After College Plans: Pursuing a career that involves my two favorite things: leadership and helping people
  • Cassie Newman
      • Cassie NewmanClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Valrico
      • Major: Plant Science
      • Involvement: Sabor Latino, Danza Dance Company, Salsa Gators Club, G.R.O.W. Botany, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Club, Circle K International, and student employee in forest pathology
      • Hobbies: Playing ukulele and violin, running, dancing, gardening, and reading
      • After College Plans: Enjoy every moment of life, serve in AgriCorps or PeaceCorps and obtain a master's or Ph.D. in plant science
  • Thomas Nguyen
      • Thomas NguyenClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Cape Coral
      • Major: Nutritional Sciences
      • Involvement: UF Food Science and Human Nutrition Club President, Gators for Doctors Without Borders Travel Director, UF Shands Physical Therapy Department Volunteer
      • Hobbies: Playing sports such as soccer, basketball, and football; going to the gym; cooking, volunteering; and watching movies
      • After College Plans: Obtain a M.D. and pursue a career in healthcare as a primary care physician
  • Savanna Ogburn
      • Savanna OgburnClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Apopka
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, UF Equestrian Team
      • Hobbies: Riding horses, kayaking, being outdoors, shopping, and watching football
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and pursue a career in the agriculture industry
  • Ashley O'Steen
      • Ashley O'SteenClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Sardis Baptist Church, New Generation Choir Group, Florida Virtual School Private Tutor, Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Singing, attending Gator athletics, eating at new places, exercising, hunting, and going to church
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school for physical therapy
  • Lindsay Powers
      • Lindsay PowersClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Indiantown
      • Major: Biology
      • Involvement: Florida YMCA Youth in Government Graduate Adviser, UF Tae Kwon Do Club Secretary, Catholic Gators Ambassador, Newman Club Secretary, CALS Leadership Institute, Student volunteer at the UF Small Animal Hospital, Student researcher at UF Small Animal Clinical Sciences
      • Hobbies: Endurance riding, triathlons, running, reading, and hiking
      • After College Plans: Attend veterinary school
  • Rosmery Nerey Rodriguez
      • Rosmery Nerey RodriguezClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Orlando
      • Major: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
      • Involvement: UF Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society Secretary, CALS Leadership Institute
      • Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, and relaxing in nature
      • After College Plans: Pursue graduate studies in the field of conservation and become a leading scientist in wildlife conservation projects
  • Teresa Suits
      • Teresa SuitsClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Homestead
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow
      • Hobbies: Reading, teaching dance, working out, listening to music, crafting, and watching Gator football
      • After College Plans: Attend law school
  • Megan Sweeney
      • Megan SweeneyClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Jupiter
      • Major: Marine Sciences
      • Involvement: Preview Staff 2016, Resident Assistant for UF Housing, Florida Alternative Breaks, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Research assistant at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Greater Gator
      • Hobbies: Scuba diving, crafting, traveling, and all things Harry Potter
      • After College Plans: Pursuing a PhD with a focus in marine biology and marine invertebrate biodiversity with hopes of conducting my own research as a professor one day
  • Megan Winfree
      • Megan WinfreeClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Alva
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Dance Marathon, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen, Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society
      • Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, going to Cracker Barrel, and shopping
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agriculture industry
  • Savannah Woodall
      • Savannah Woodall
Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: First Baptist Church of Lake Butler, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Collegiate FFA, UF/IFAS Public Issues Education Undergraduate Media Assistant
      • Hobbies: Photography, traveling, going to the beach, Gator athletics, shopping, and watching Gilmore Girls
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and pursue a career in event planning or communications
  • Kellie Zambito
      • Kellie ZambitoClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Lutz
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen
      • Hobbies: Rollerblading, doing pottery, going to the beach, and traveling
      • After College Plans: Attend law school
CALS Ambassadors Group

The CALS Ambassadors are a select group of student volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics and student leadership.

Their objective is to create awareness of the academic programs and career opportunities in food, agriculture and natural resources among students, teachers, advisers and the general public in the state of Florida.