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's 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.

Board Members - October 2023

Robert ‘Bob’ Foster, Chair
President, Foster Brothers Farm, Inc.

Megan Camp
Executive VP and Program Director, Shelburne Farms

Jan Carney
Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy & Professor of Medicine, Larner College of Medicine, UVM

Samuel Cutting, IV
President/Owner Dakin Farm

Jed Davis
VP Strategic Engagement & Sustainability, Agi-Mark/Cabot Creamery Co-operative

Ellen Kahler
Executive Director, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund

Peter Karnezos
Director of Research, PMI Nutritional Additives

Ryan McLaren
Senator Peter Welch Representative
Congressional Liaison

Graecia Aine Pacheco
Undergraduate Student Representative

Olivia Peña
Engagement and Capacity Building Manager, Center for Science in the Public Interest
CALS alum

Thomas Renner
Congresswoman Becca Balint Representative
Congressional Liaison

Lynn Ellen Schimoler
VP of Operations, Vermont Land Trust

William Sims
Ph.D. Student Representative

William Stevens
Senator Bernie Sanders Representative
Congressional Liaison

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary
VT Agency on Agriculture, Food and Markets

Sarah Waring
USDA State Director VT/NH