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Meet the 2016-2017 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
  • Juan Arboleda
      • Juan ArboledaClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
      • Major: Biology (Preprofessional specialization)
      • Minor: Disabilities in Society
      • Involvement: Gator Advocates for World Health, Gatorship, Emergency Medical Responder Teaching Assistant, Outdoor Adventure Recreation, student assistant in the Dean of Students Office Disability Resource Center
      • Hobbies: Camping, backpacking; hammocking; eating; working out; spending time with family, friends and three loving pugs
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in public health
  • Shelby Ball
      • Shelby BallClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Avon Park
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Agricultural Education specialization)
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Alpha Tau Alpha, Collegiate FFA, Agricultural Education and Communication Advising Committee
      • Hobbies: Reading, re-watching Grey's Anatomy, spending time with family and friends, chasing after my dachshund Remington
      • After College Plans: Work as a high school agricultural educator in the state of Florida and eventually attend clown school
  • Rachel Benfield
      • Rachel BenfieldClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Brooksville
      • Major: Animal Sciences (Animal Biology specialization)
      • Involvement: Ag Council Representative for Sigma Alpha Sorority, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
      • Hobbies: Horseback riding, singing, listening to music, watching football games and movies, spending time with friends and family
      • After College Plans: Attend veterinary school and specialize in equine surgery
  • Robert "Chase" Brannan, IV
      • Chase BrannanClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Macclenny
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Florida Cattlemen's Association, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, and Florida Santa Gertrudis Association
      • Hobbies: Showing livestock, snow skiing, fishing, church, and spending time with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school followed by employment that fosters the growth, diversification and sustainability of Florida agriculture and our natural resources
  • Andrea Butts
      • Andrea ButtsClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Wimauma
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Involvement: Collegiate FFA President, AEC Advocate, Balm Baptist Church, Community service
      • Hobbies: Traveling, going to the beach, hunting, fishing, being on the family farm, and spending time with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in communications or marketing with an agricultural company
  • Jana Caracciolo
      • Jana CaraccioloClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Clermont
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics (International Food and Resource Economics specialization)
      • Involvement: Delta Zeta parliamentarian, Phi Alpha Delta International Pre-Law Fraternity co-director of professional development
      • Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, staying active and health, watching Netflix, and studying
      • After College Plans: Attend law school
  • Crystal Conner
      • Crystal ConnerClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Orlando
      • Major: Plant Science (Environmental Horticulture specialization)
      • Involvement: Research assistant in grape biotechnology lab, volunteer research assistant in plant pathology lab, University Scholar, CALS Honors Program, ASHS, Environmental Horticulture Club
      • Hobbies: Karaoke, dancing, gardening, volunteering, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends
      • After College Plans: Pursue a graduate degree in botany to become a plant breeder
  • Alec Cronin
      • Alec CroninClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Winter Springs
      • Major: Environmental Science
      • Involvement: Student Government Senate, Savant Honorary Leadership, Student Conduct Committee, Swimming and Diving Club, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
      • Hobbies: Hiking, camping, white water rafting/kayaking, surfing, piano, rock climbing, exercising
      • After College Plans: Attend law school
  • Catherine Cropsey
      • Catherine CropseyClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Bradenton
      • Major: Microbiology and Cell Science
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, American Society for Microbiology, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue, MED LIFE
      • Hobbies: Exercising, gardening, cooking healthy meals, spending time with friends and family
      • After College Plans: Attend medical school
  • Carly Crump
      • Carly CrumpClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Jacksonville
      • Majors: Microbiology and Cell Science
      • Involvement: Director of External Campus Affairs for Center of Undergraduate Research Board of Students, Undergraduate research studying the dengue virus, Chi Omega Sorority
      • Hobbies: Scuba diving, reading, tennis, painting, baking, traveling, playing with my dog
      • After College Plans: Attend medical school to become a cardiothoracic or trauma surgeon
  • Adriana Della Porta
      • Adriana DiMareClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach
      • Major: Microbiology and Cell Science
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, UF Student Conduct Committee, Radiology Department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit volunteer at UF Health Shands Hospital
      • After College Plans: Attend medical school and serve communities abroad through Doctors Without Borders
  • Sarah Edison
      • Sarah EdisonClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Chiefland
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Involvement: Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, First Baptist Church of Chiefland
      • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, spending time outdoors
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career advocating for agriculture
  • Case Emerson
      • Case Emerson Class: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Animal Sciences (Food Animal specialization)
      • Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Student Government Executive Secretary for Satellite Affairs, Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Golf, tennis, hunting, being outdoors, attending UF athletic events, radio personality for WUCR 107.9 FM
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in agriculture or return home to run the family farm and rental plant business
  • Clayton Ford
      • Clayton Ford Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Naples
      • Major: Nutritional Sciences
      • Involvement: Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society Socials Director, MentorUF, Mobile Outreach Clinic Volunteer, Shands Patient Care Assistant
      • Hobbies: Volleyball, running, working out, lip-singing, dancing like a fool all the time, sketching, painting, taking a break from responsibilities once in a while to hang out with friends
      • After College Plans: Attend Physician Assistant School to become a trauma/surgery PA
  • Kelsey Fry
      • Kelsey Fry Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Plant City
      • Majors: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Minors: Leadership; Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
      • Involvement: Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Collegiate Farm Bureau, UF RecSports, Challenge 2050 Project, Westside Baptist Church, Radio/magazine production intern for Southeastern AgNet Media
      • Hobbies: Saltwater fishing, watching movies, swimming, telling corny jokes, attending UF sporting events, traveling with family to new places
      • After College Plans: Work for an agricultural communications network
  • Madison Goodwin
      • Madison GoodwinClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Jacksonville
      • Major: Animal Sciences (Animal Biology specialization)
      • Involvement: Alpha Zeta pledge master, Research assistant and volunteer at the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Research Teaching Assistant
      • Hobbies: Reading, drawing, cooking, butterfly/moth collecting, spending time with family, volunteering with shelter animals
      • After College Plans: Attend veterinary school
  • Rachel Gordon
      • Rachel Gordon Class: Junior
      • Hometown: Tampa
      • Major: Food Science
      • Minors: French and Francophone Studies; Business Administration
      • Involvement: Food Science and Human Nutrition Club Vice President of Food Science, Gator Growl Assistant Director of Photography and Programs, PRISM Honors Magazine Photography Director, Sigma Kappa Sorority Ritual Chairwoman
      • Hobbies: Cooking, piano, hiking, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in food science and attend law school
  • Becky Gould
      • Becky GouldClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Windsor Mill, MD
      • Major: Dietetics
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, Nutrition Department volunteer at UF Health Shands, UF Sports Nutrition volunteer, Dance Marathon, GetFRUVED Project, Work in Extension with Dr. Bobroff, ACPS Kids in the Kitchen, Intern for Dr. Karin Kratina
      • Hobbies: Being a loving parent to my dog Lacey, working out, crabbing, fishing, going to the beach
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and complete a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian specializing in oncology or a specific disease
  • Maggie Gullion
      • Maggie GullionClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
      • Major: Natural Resource Conservation
      • Involvement: Forestry Club, Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resource Honors Society, InterFace At Risk Youth Shelter volunteer, Kids in the Woods volunteer, Society of American Foresters, CALS Leadership Institute
      • Hobbies: Running, reading, nature hikes, backpacking, journaling, watching documentaries, cooking, baking
      • After College Plans: Volunteer with the Peace Corps and attend graduate school to continue my education in natural resources
  • Victoria Harris
      • Victoria HarrisClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Valrico
      • Major: Biology
      • Minor: Leadership
      • Involvement: Gators of Tomorrow, Young Leaders Conference, Freshman Leadership Council, Operation Catnip, UF Small Animal Hospital volunteer, RecSports
      • Hobbies: Dancing, reading, listening to music, outdoor activities, working with animals
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in animal sciences
  • Andrew Horvath
      • Andrew HorvathClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Live Oak
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Involvement: Bellville Baptist Church, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow Vice President, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society Treasurer and Secretary, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Collegiate 4-H, Florida 4-H volunteer
      • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports, traveling, working on the family farm
      • After College Plans: Pursue graduate education and make every effort to follow Christ's plan for his life
  • Cheyenne Hoover
      • Cheyenne HooverClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Perry
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Collegiate 4-H, JAMSA
      • Hobbies: Horseback riding, coaching cheerleading, trips to Disney World
      • After College Plans: Complete a professional internship position ta Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom and eventually pursue a career in Disney's Conservation Fund
  • Clay Hurdle
      • Clay Hurdle Class: Senior
      • Hometown: Valdosta, GA
      • Majors: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization); Spanish
      • Involvement: UF Honors Ambassador, Alpha Zeta, Collegiate 4-H President, Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, IFAS Faculty Assembly Student Representative, Alpha Tau Alpha Honors Society, CALS Leadership Institute, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow
      • Hobbies: Attending all Gators sports events; golfing; reading; meeting new people; traveling; speaking Spanish; watching movies; finding, learning and sharing quotes for daily sources of wisdom
      • After College Plans: Pursue master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural leadership with the long-term goal of teaching at a land-grant institution and eventually becoming a university president
  • Kierstin Jenkins
      • Kierstin JenkinsClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Family, Youth and Community Sciences
      • Involvement: Alpha Zeta
      • Hobbies: Cooking, reading, running, growing my succulent collection, all things Gator athletics
      • After College Plans: Attend nursing school
  • Latisa Ledbetter-Kish
      • Latisa Ledbetter-KishClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Pensacola
      • Major: Natural Resource Conservation
      • Involvement: Undergraduate Agronomy Research Intern; Milton Gator Student Club; Chamber of Commerce member, volunteer, organizer and active community member
      • Hobbies: Agriculture, architecture, travel
      • After College Plans: Obtain a position in the agricultural or natural resource industry specifically related to sustainable production, use and/or policy
  • Taylor Kennedy
      • Shelby OesterreicherClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Bronson
      • Major: Plant Science (Sustainable Food Production specialization)
      • Involvement: Agronomy-Soils Club President, Student Government Senator, Pi Beta Phi Sorority
      • Hobbies: Photography, hunting, fishing, canoeing, spending time with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Graduate school
  • Christine Krebs
      • Emily SchmidtClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Clermont
      • Major: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
      • Involvement: Pre-Veterinary Club Vice President, Freshman Leadership Council, The Wildlife Society, Operation Catnip, Stable hand at Blue Sky Farms
      • Hobbies: Hiking, reading, fostering shelter dogs, visiting state parks, DIY crafts, standup
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree with the Peace Corps and then a PhD in Germany
  • Wally Martin
      • Wally MartinClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Arcadia
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics (International Food and Resource Economics specialization)
      • Involvement: Student Government Senator, Student Government Budget Committee, UF Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisory Council, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow
      • Hobbies: Gator Athletics, tennis, golf, racquetball, fishing, bird hunting, spending time with friends and family, traveling
      • After College Plans: Pursue JD and MBA degrees and work as an agricultural business council
  • Brandon McKee
      • Brandon McKeeClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Okeechobee
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics (International Food and Resource Economics specialization)
      • Minor: Leadership
      • Hobbies: Reading Harry Potter, kayaking, fishing, hunting, scuba diving, watching movies
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree
  • Mallory Morgan
      • Mallory MorganClass: Senior
      • Hometown: White Springs
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Minors: Leadership, Management and Sales in Agribusiness
      • Involvement: Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Alpha Tau Alpha Honors Society, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Hamilton County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, First Baptist Church of White Springs
      • Hobbies: Spending time on my family's farm, hunting, fishing, traveling, being with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agriculture industry
  • Cassie Newman
      • Dalton TownsendClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Valrico
      • Major: Plant Science (Plant Genetics specialization)
      • Involvement: Sabor Latino, Danza Dance Company, Salsa Gators Club, G.R.O.W. Botany, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Club, Circle K International, student employee for Dr. Clark's basil breeding program
      • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing ukulele and violin, running, dancing, gardening, reading
      • After College Plans: Work in a lab or botanical garden in Europe, complete internships in my field of sudy and obtain a Ph.D. in Plant Science!
  • Thomas Nguyen
      • Thomas NguyenClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Cape Coral
      • Major: Food Science and Human Nutrition (Nutritional Sciences specialization)
      • Involvement: Gators for Doctors Without Borders Travel Director, Food Science and Human Nutrition Club Vice President, Student volunteer at UF Health Florida Surgical Center
      • Hobbies: Soccer, weightlifting, spending time with family and friends, watching football, watching superhero movies and TV shows
      • After College Plans: Complete a Doctor of Medicine degree and then a surgical internship/residency and become a surgeon
  • Caroline Nichols
      • Caroline NicholsClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Graceville
      • Major: Animal Sciences (Food Animal specialization)
      • Involvement: Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen State Delegate, UF Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team, Tau Sigma Honor Society, UF Swine Unit employee
      • Hobbies: Enjoying the outdoors, evaluating livestock, raising purebred Black Angus cattle, spending time with friends and family
      • After College Plans: Graduate school
  • Emily Schmidt
      • Emily SchmidtClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Valrico
      • Major: Environmental Science
      • Minor: Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
      • Involvement: I.D.E.A.S. for UF President, Alachua County Environmental Protection intern, Natural Resources Diversity Initiative, Students for the New Urbanism
      • Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, thrift shopping, going to concerts, visiting local trails, trying new restaurants
      • After College Plans: Attend law school
  • Jacqueline Stone
      • Charlotte YanesClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Lakeland
      • Major: Animal Sciences (Food Animal specialization)
      • Involvement: Collegiate Farm Bureau, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Agricultural and Life Sciences College Council Vice President
      • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, fishing, going to the beach, being outdoors, running
      • After College Plans: Employment within the food/agricultural industry
  • Teresa Suits
      • Teresa SuitsClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Homestead
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority Vice President, Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society President, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow
      • Hobbies: Reading, teaching dance, working out, listening to country music, crafting, watching Gators football, spending time with friends and family
      • After College Plans: Attend law school
  • Dalton Townsend
      • Dalton TownsendClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Food Science
      • Involvement: Providence Village Baptist Church: Haiti Missionary Ministries
      • Hobbies: Gator athletics, golf, sports, spending time with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in food science and work in the product development industry
  • Clayton Willis
      • Teresa SuitsClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Groveland
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Involvement: Student Government Senator, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Alpha Tau Alpha Honors Society, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
      • Hobbies: Offshore fishing, hunting, traveling, boating, spending time with family
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in agricultural marketing
  • Grant Wisniewski
      • Grant WisniewskiClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Ocala
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate FFA, College Republicans
      • Hobbies: Golf, hunting, fishing, cooking, landscaping, sporting events
      • After College Plans: Pursue agricultural sales
  • Savannah Woodall
      • Savannah WoodallClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication (Communication and Leadership Development specialization)
      • Minors: Leadership; Florida Teaching
      • Involvement: First Baptist Church of Lake Butler, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Collegiate FFA, Cooperative Living Organization Socials Director, Self-employed mathematics tutor
      • Hobbies: Taking pictures, traveling, going to the beach, attending Gator athletics, shopping, spending time with family and friends, tutoring, watching Netflix
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and pursue a career combining my passions: people, communications, traveling and agriculture
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.