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Meet the 2018-2019 CALS Ambassadors

  • Caroline Barnett
      • Caroline BarnettClass: Junior
      • Hometown: St. Petersburg
      • Major: Marine Sciences
      • Involvement:Secretary of Alpha Zeta Honors Fraternity, Sigma Kappa Sorority, UF Scientific Diving Program, Gator Scuba Club
      • Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, anything Harry Potter related, taking BuzzFeed quizzes, playing ukulele, scuba diving
      • After College Plans:Pursue a master's degree in marine science and eventually work with extension, communication, and outreach within the marine science field.
  • Rachel Barthle
      • Rachel BarthleClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Dade City
      • Major: Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources; Agricultural Operations Management
      • Involvement: Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Greek relations committee and ABO scholarship committee
      • Hobbies: hunting, fishing, finding new places to explore outdoors, baking, and going to gator games
      • After College Plans:Pursue a career in natural resource conservation or go back to work with my family on the ranch.
  • Emily Benoit
      • Emily BenoitClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Lithia
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Volunteer with educational programs at the Florida State Fair including AgVentures and Little Farmhands
      • Hobbies: Horseback riding, showing cattle, and going to the beach
      • After College Plans: Become a high school teacher and share my passion for agriculture with all of my students.
  • Jade Bittenbender
      • Jade BittenbenderClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Inverness
      • Major: Microbiology and Cell Science
      • Involvement: Gainesville International Christian Church, Student Research Scientist in Aquatic Microbial Ecology Lab, UF Honors Program, Honors Without Borders
      • Hobbies: Traveling, walking, exploring UF, and making friends
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school for microbiology and cell science
  • Noah Boldt
      • Noah BoldtClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
      • Major: Agricultural Operations Management (Fisheries and Aquatic Productions Concentration)
      • Involvement: UF Men's Lacrosse Captain and President, CALS Leadership Institute Cohort 8, RecSports Sport Club Council Member
      • Hobbies: PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver, traveling, and watching movies
      • After College Plans: Work in marketing or sales for an aquaculture firm which focuses on sustainability and responsible sourcing. 
  • Gabriela Cesar
      • Gabriela CesarClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Orlando
      • Major: Dietetics
      • Involvement: Supervisor at Gator Corner Dining Center, UF Honors Program, Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, Fun & Fit Wellness Center volunteer
      • Hobbies: Baking, traveling, video games, exercise, swimming
      • After College Plans: Become a registered dietitian in the clinical or research setting.
  • Madison Cook
      • Madison CookClass: Junior
      • 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
      • Cat CropseyClass: Senior
      • 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: Senior
      • Hometown: Fort White
      • Majors: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow (ACLT), Alpha Tau Alpha, Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Traveling, gator athletics, shopping and spending time with my family on the farm
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agriculture industry.
  • William Donaghy
      • William DonaghyClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Middleburg
      • Major: Plant Science
      • Involvement: Agronomy-Soils Club, Environmental Horticulture Research Assistant, Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Trying new hobbies, gardening, tweeting, dancing, and traveling
      • After College Plans: Graduate school
  • Kristen Doyle
      • Kristen DoyleClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Orlando
      • Major: Biology
      • Involvement: Chancellor of Alpha Zeta Honors Fraternity, UF Club Softball team, Gator Emergency Medical Response Unit, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry, CALS Leadership Institute, Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Women Build
      • Hobbies: Hiking, camping, fishing, boating, playing the ukulele and guitar, SCUBA diving, collecting vinyl records, traveling
      • After College Plans: Attend medical school to eventually become a pediatric emergency physician.
  • Case Emerson
      • Case Emerson Class: Senior
      • 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 Felbinger
Class: Junior
      • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
      • Major: Entomology and Nematology
      • Involvement: Undergraduate research assistant in the turf and ornamental entomology lab, member of the Entomology Club, group fitness instructor at RecSports, instructor at YogaPod Gainesville studio
      • Hobbies: Spending time outdoors, exercising, and eating
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school
  • Brandon Grady
      • Brandon Grady
Class: Senior
      • 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
  • Taylor Grant
      • Taylor GrantClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Inverness
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Ag-Econ Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Weightlifting, skateboarding, and watching movies
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and pursue a career in agribusiness
  • Vada Hammons
      • Vada Hammons
Class: Junior
      • Hometown: Sarasota
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Animal Psychology Research Assistant, Alachua County Humane Society Volunteer, Pre-Veterinary Club
      • Hobbies: Beach volleyball and reading
      • After College Plans: Pursue a degree and career in veterinary medicine
  • Lindsey Harris
      • Lindsey HarrisClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Chiefland
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, Hardeetown Baptist Church, Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Fishing, shopping, watching Netflix, football games, and listening to music
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and pursue a career in agricultural business
  • Victoria Harris
      • Victoria HarrisClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Valrico
      • Major: Biology
      • Involvement: UF Animalia Lab Research Volunteer, Operation CatNip Volunteer
      • Hobbies: Hiking around Gainesville, working out at the stadium, cooking
      • After College Plans: Work to advance the agricultural industry through animal health
  • Genaveve Henson
      • Genaveve HensonClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Myakka City
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Dance Marathon, Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen, Gator Collegiate FFA Secretary and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority
      • Hobbies: Painting, writing, exercising, shopping and going to Chick-fil-a
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agriculture industry
  • Aakilah Hernandez
      • Aakilah HernandezClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Melbourne
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Minority Pre-Veterinary Club, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club, Alachua County Humane Society Volunteer
      • Hobbies: Biking, outdoor activities, reading, working out
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in veterinary medicine
  • 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: Backpacking through National Parks, Reading, Gardening, Stand-Up Comedy, and trying new restaurants
      • After College Plans: Work hard to provide an excellent life for my cat, Chip, it’s his world I’m just living in it.
  • Gabriel Lucero
      • Gabriel Lucero Class: Junior
      • Hometown: Bushnell
      • Major: Biological Engineering
      • Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Dance Marathon, Board of College Counsels
      • Hobbies: Spending time with friends and watching movies
      • After College Plans: Pursue a Master’s in my major then attend Vet School
  • Miranda McManus
      • Miranda McManusClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Clermont
      • Major: Microbiology and Cell Science
      • Involvement: Dental Clinic Volunteer at UF Health Shands Hospital, Writer for Gator Pre-Medical Guide, Inter-Residence Hall Association, Phi Mu Sorority
      • Hobbies: Traveling, watching movies, going to concerts, reading/writing poetry, and spending time with family
      • After College Plans: Attend dental school
  • William McMullen
      • William McMullenClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Okeechobee
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Collegiate Farm Bureau ALSCC Representative, UF Bass Fishing Team
      • Hobbies: Fishing, Golf, Hunting, Guitar, and UF Athletic events
      • After College Plans: Pursue a Masters of Agricultural Business followed by career in sales and marketing in the agricultural industry
  • Warren Miles
      • Warren MilesClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Glassboro, New Jersey
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Intern at New Hope Animal Wellness Center, Career Ambassador at the CRC, BSU Mentorship Director, PAACT Peer Leader, Black Male Excellence Network Member
      • Hobbies: Exercising and spending quality time with my brothers
      • After College Plans: Attend veterinarian school
  • Jeffrey Mitchell
      • Jeffrey MitchellClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Zephyrhills
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Pasco County Cattlemen’s Association, Dade City Sr. FFA Alumni, Florida Beef Ambassador (2015-2017), Former Junior Florida Cattlemen’s State Officer, Grace Baptist Church, National Junior Angus Association, National Junior Maine Association, National Junior Simmental Association
      • Hobbies: Fishing, Attending Cattle Shows and Sales
      • After College Plans: Pursue a Career In the Agricultural/Cattle Industry
  • Alina Montes
      • Alina MontesClass: Sophomore
      • Hometown: Melbourne
      • Major: Dietetics
      • Involvement: Catholic Gators Ambassador, UF Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, Newman Club Officer, Fun & Fit Wellness Center Volunteer
      • Hobbies: Soccer, puzzle solving, cooking
      • After College Plans: Obtain a Master’s Degree and become a registered dietitian
  • Hannah Montgomery
      • Hannah MontgomeryClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Melbourne
      • Major: Environmental Science, Sustainability in the Built Environment
      • Involvement: Project Princess: Director & Princess, Action Student Government: Director of Event Management, Young Leaders Conference: Small Group Leader, Collegiate Plant Initiative: Outreach Director, member of the CALS Leadership Institute cohort 9
      • Hobbies: Volunteering, traveling, yoga, and anything outdoors
      • After College Plans: Pursue a law degree specialized in environmental law to eventually work at an environmental agency
  • Savanna Ogburn
      • Savanna OgburnClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Apopka
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, UF Equestrian Team, Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society
      • Hobbies: Riding horses, being outdoors, shopping, going to Disney, watching football, and spending time with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agriculture industry
  • Ashley O'Steen
      • Ashley O'SteenClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Lake Butler
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Sardis Baptist Church, Sigma Alpha Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Student Fundraiser for the Florida Foundation
      • Hobbies: Playing piano, attending Gator athletics, eating at new places, exercising, hunting, and going to church
      • After College Plans: Attend Palmer College to obtain a Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine
  • Amy Oxton
      • Amy OxtonClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Fort Myers Beach
      • Major: Natural Resource Conservation
      • Involvement: Gator Scuba Club Director of Logistics, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Xi Sigma Pi Honor Society, First Year Florida Peer Leader
      • Hobbies: Paddle boarding, scuba diving, boating, and everything else you can do on the water
      • After College Plans: Pursuing a Masters and PhD focusing in marine invertebrate ecology with goals of becoming a professor
  • Brooks Parrish
      • Brooks ParrishClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Trenton
      • Major: Plant Science
      • Involvement: UF Collegiate Farm Bureau, Ebenezer Baptist Church
      • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, and attending Trenton Tiger and Florida Gator football games
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in molecular plant breeding
  • Alexandra Pass
      • Alexandra PassClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Lake Wales
      • Major: Family, Youth and Community Sciences
      • Involvement: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Catholic Gators Treasurer, Inter Residential Hall Association (IRHA)
      • Hobbies: Watching Doctor Who, attending concerts, trying new foods and praying the rosary
      • After College Plans: I will attend graduate school and pursue a career in nonprofit events.
  • Nicole Patten
      • Nicole PattenClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Valrico
      • Major: Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: First Baptist Church of Lake Butler, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Collegiate FFA, UF/IFAS Public Issues Education Undergraduate Media Assistant
      • Hobbies: Exercising, riding my horse, going to the beach, trying new foods
      • After College Plans: Obtain a Master’s degree and pursue a career in the agricultural industry perhaps dealing with international affairs
  • Olivia Pope
      • Olivia PopeClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Pahokee
      • Major: Food and Resource Economics
      • Involvement: Agriculture Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow Treasurer/Secretary, Collegiate Farm Bureau Vice President, Food and Resource Economics Quiz Bowl Team, Agriculture Economics Club, Interpersonal Leadership Development Teacher's Assistant
      • Hobbies: Traveling, fishing, reading historical fiction, hammocking, and cheering on the Gators at athletic events
      • After College Plans: Pursue a master's degree in Agribusiness and work to advocate for Florida Agriculture.
  • Lindsey Powers
      • Lindsey PowersClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Indiantown
      • Major: Biology
      • Involvement: Florida YMCA Youth In Government Graduate Adviser, Catholic Gators Newman Club Vice President of Campus Outreach, CALS Leadership Institute, Lab technician for Comparative Oncology at UF Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Official for UF Department of Recreational Sports
      • Hobbies: Endurance riding, triathlons, running, hiking, traveling
      • After College Plans: Attend veterinary school, become a small animal veterinarian
  • Miranda Reese
      • Olivia PopeClass: Senior
      • Hometown:West Palm Beach
      • Major:Animal Sciences
      • Involvement: Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club, Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen, Block and Bridle, Research at the UF Dairy Calf Unit, UF Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team, Volunteer at Newberry Animal Hospital
      • Hobbies: Attending UF athletic events, being outdoors, hunting, going on adventures, spending time with family and friends
      • After College Plans: Attend veterinary school
  • Anne Schwartz
      • Anne SchwartzClass: Senior
      • Hometown: Land O'Lakes
      • Major: Plant Science
      • Involvement: Collegiate Farm Bureau
      • Hobbies: Shopping, watching The Office, and playing trivia
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and pursue a career combining agriculture and science communication
  • Stephen Singleton
      • Stephen SingletonClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Palatka
      • Major: Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources
      • Involvement: Collegiate Farm Bureau, YF&R
      • Hobbies: Traveling, Running, Hunting, Being outdoors, spending time with family
      • After College Plans: Attend graduate school and continue to help out on the family farm
  • Megan Winfree
      • Megan WinfreeClass: Junior
      • Hometown: Alva
      • Major: Agricultural Education and Communication
      • Involvement: Dance Marathon, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, CALS LI, Colligate Farm Bureau, Gator Colligate Cattlewomen, Agricultural Communicators and leaders of tomorrow, U.S. Sugar intern
      • Hobbies: Spending time with family, fishing, shopping, Gator athletics, volunteering with kids
      • After College Plans: Pursue a career in the agriculture industry
  • Kellie Zambito
      • Kellie ZambitoClass: Senior
      • 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
2018-2019 CALS Ambassadors

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.