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 2022

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

Thomas ‘Tom’ Berry
Senator Patrick Leahy Representative
Congressional Liaison

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

Rebecca Ellis
Congressman Peter Welch Representative while Ryan McLaren is on leave
Congressional Liaison

Ellen Kahler
Executive Director, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund

Peter Karnezos, Ph.D.
Director of Research, PMI Nutritional Additives

Brian Leach
Owner and Operator, Haystack Farmstead

Ryan McLaren (on leave)
Congressman Peter Welch Representative
Congressional Liaison

Olivia Peña
Networks and Learning Practice Coordinator, Building Movement Project
CALS alum

Graecia Aine Pacheco
Undergraduate Student Representative

Lynn Ellen Schimoler
VP of Operations, Vermont Land Trust

William Stevens
Senator Bernie Sanders Representative
Congressional Liaison

William Sims
Ph.D. Student Representative

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

Sarah Waring
USDA State Director VT/NH