In order to gain insight from industry leaders, elected officials, students and Vermonters, the Dean of CALS has appointed an advisory board which meets twice a year to provide feedback and advice. In addition, they review the College Strategic Plan and provide information on future trends of agriculture and life sciences. They are an invaluable source of counsel to the Dean and usually serve a three year term.

Tom Berry

Tom Berry

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy's lead Vermont staffer on agricultural and natural resource issues.

Megan Camp

Megan Camp

Shelburne Farms vice president and program director.

Erica Campbell

Erica Campbell

U.S. Senator Bernie Sander’s Vermont Outreach Representative for outreach and policy in the areas of agriculture, food systems and rural development, including transportation.

Sam Cutting IV

Samuel Cutting, IV

President of Dakin Farm, Sam is a successful Vermont family venture selling award-winning maple syrup products, smoked and cured meats, jams, butters and more to customers at their local Vermont stores and worldwide through online sales.

Aayudh Das

Aayudh Das

From Kolkata, India, Aayudh is a graduate student in the Department of Plant Biology. His research centers on elucidating the physiological and genetic mechanisms underlying niche variation in grasses. Aayudh is the elected Treasurer on the UVM Graduate Student Senate (GSS) representing the UVM Graduate students, graduate representative of Board of Trustees Audit Committee and President of the UVM Indian Student Association (ISA).

Robert "Bob" Foster

Robert 'Bob' Foster - Chair

From Weybridge, Vermont, Bob is Chair of the University of Vermont, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Board of Advisors. Bob is co-owner of Vermont Natural Ag Products, makers of Moo Doo, and a dairy farmer at Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury, Vermont, which pioneered on-farm electrical power generation.

Peter Karnezos, PhD

Peter Karnezos, PhD

From Colchester, Vermont, Peter is the Director of Research and Technical Services of Purina Nutritional Additives.

Ryan McLaren

Ryan McLaren

From Burlington, Vermont, Ryan is the new outreach liason for agricultural issues with U.S. Representative Peter Welch. Ryan serves as the Congressional Liason to the board.

Olivia Pena

Olivia Peña

Olivia is the Networks and Learning Practice Coordinator at the Building Movement Project. Before joining the Building Movement Project, Olivia supported food security initiatives across the state of Vermont through outreach, capacity building for social service providers, and advocacy to strengthen access to SNAP, WIC, and school meal programs. She studied at the University of Vermont, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Systems in 2017, and a Master’s Degree in Food Systems in 2018.

Anson Tebbetts

Anson Tebbetts

Anson was appointed Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Phil Scott in January of 2017.  Prior to his appointment, Tebbetts spent more than twenty years as part of the WCAX news team, serving as the station’s news director since 2009. From 2007-2009, he stepped away from his role at WCAX to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, under the Douglas administration.