Dixie Watts Dalton
’86 B.S. Agricultural Economics
’89 M.S. Agricultural Economics

Kenbridge, Virginia

Dixie is the Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business at Southside Virginia Community College where she also serves as the program director of Agribusiness, a program that she helped initiate in 2010. She served as Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech from 1993 to 2010.  In her current role, she takes particular pride in assisting students in their successful transfer from SVCC to VT’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

She serves as Vice-President of the Colonial Agricultural Educational Foundation, board member of the State Fair of Virginia and Chair of its Scholarship Committee, and serves on the Lunenburg County Farm Bureau board. 

Dixie is married to Johnny, a cattle farmer and businessman, and they have two sons, Kyle and Jacob.  She enjoys playing softball, coon hunting, and watching college basketball and football.

Vice President

Heidi Hertz
’04 B.S. Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Richmond, VA

Heidi serves as the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s Obesity Prevention Coordinator.  In this role, Heidi works to expand partnerships and initiatives pioneering new obesity prevention strategies throughout the Commonwealth. Heidi actively coordinates obesity prevention initiatives around promoting access to healthy foods and physical activity. 

Heidi is active in many organizations including the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Greater Richmond Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and Shalom Farms in Goochland, VA. 

Past President

Timothy VanReenen
’06 B.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics

’08 M.S. Career and Technical Education specializing in Agricultural and Extension Education

Hillsboro, West Virginia

Tim is managing partner at Hillcrest Farm a diversified cattle and row crop operation where he oversees the daily operations of the farm. He is also an independent insurance agent for West Virginia Insurance Company.

In addition Tim serves on the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District and WV Association of Conservation Districts where he currently leads the association as President.

In his spare time he likes to volunteer for local organizations, hunt and golf.

Normand Adams
'15, BS Applied Economic Management and Environmental Horticulture
Farmville, Virginia

Normand is the Graduate Program Professional Coordinator for the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department. Before his time with the Department, Normand worked as the live roof production manager at Riverbend Nursery in Riner, Virginia.

A recent graduate, Normand was very involved as an undergraduate student holding several leadership positions in student organizations and on college committees. He also served as the CALS Ambassador representative to the CALS Alumni Organization board of directors.

Originally from Farmville, Virginia, Normand was very active in community service while being a Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.  Normand has a passion for horticulture and photography.

Rose Bradshaw-Jeter
’06 B.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics
’08 M.S. Career and Technical Education, specializing in Agricultural and Extension Education

Roanoke, Virginia

Rose is the Agriculture Marketing Coordinator for the national MarketMaker program for the nonprofit Riverside Research.

She serves on the Virginia Foundational for Agriculture in the Classroom board of directors, advisory council to the Southern Risk Management Education Center, and local county fair planning committee. In her spare time Rose enjoys helping her husband on the family farm.

Ryan Nelson Burnette
’99 B.S.
’04 Ph.D. Biochemistry

Richmond, Virginia

Ryan is the Director of International Biosafety & Biosecurity Programs at AT-RISK International, LLC. AT-RISK provides security and investigation, consulting and assessments for private, industrial and government clients in the U.S. and around the world.  Ryan has led biorisk management projects in the U.S. and over a dozen countries, supporting academia, industry and government organizations combat epidemics, and conducting safe research surrounding infectious disease.  He recently published Biosecurity: Understanding, Assessing and Preventing the Threat, a book now available through John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Biosciences subcommittee of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Melinda Cep
’05 B.S. Animal and Poultry Sciences
’09 D.V.M VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Washington, DC

Melinda currently serves as senior policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack. Before that, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Congressional Relations and worked for the Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs. She also worked for the Deputy Secretary of the department, coordinating implementation of the 2014 farm bill. Before her time with the department, Melinda worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for four years, handling health and agriculture authorizing and appropriations issues. 

Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Melinda earned her B.S. from Virginia Tech and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Elizabeth Copeland
’00 B.S. Animal and Poultry Sciences
’10 M.S. Regulatory Affairs (San Diego State University)

Walkerton, VA

Elizabeth is a Manager in Regulatory Affairs for Altria Client Services Inc., a subsidiary of Altria Group, Inc. (“Altria”), located in Richmond, VA.  She provides regulatory product strategy services to Altria and its operating companies. 

Prior to joining Altria, Elizabeth worked at Covance Laboratories Inc. (“Covance”) managing nonclinical safety and toxicological drug development programs.  While at Covance, she was the recipient of the Covance Way Award, the highest individual award offered by the company.

Elizabeth received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech and a Master’s of Science degree in Regulatory Affairs from San Diego State University.  Elizabeth is also dedicated to community service and helping others.  She served on the Virginia Tech Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Council and has remained active in the CALS community — currently serving on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization board and attended the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association as a board volunteer.

Renee Dupell
'09 B.S. Food Science and minor in Nutrition (N.C. State)
'11 M.S. Food Science and Technology

Henrico, VA

Renee is employed with DuPont Teijin Films as a food scientist and product steward analyst in the convenience packaging area.

Mike Ewing
’80 B.S. Agricultural Economics

Stephens City, Virginia

Mike is President and Chief Executive Officer of Oak View National Bank in Warrenton, VA.  Oak View is a community bank that opened in June, 2009.  The bank serves the Fauquier and Culpeper communities.

He serves as a Board member and Treasurer of Abundant Life Church in Stephens City, Board member of the Virginia Association of Community Banks, member of the Balanced Growth Alliance in Fauquier County and is Vice Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Farm and Agribusiness Management.
Mike is married to Brenda, a Realtor.  They have two children, Jen (’11 B.S. Political Science) and Kyle, a future Hokie.

Rob Harrison
’80 B.S. Dairy Science

Troy, Virginia
434-293-2725 or 434-242-4996

Rob owns a cow/calf beef operation in central Virginia.  He also is a partner in Foods For Thought, Inc. which distributes natural Angus beef.

He currently serves as President of the Albemarle County Fair and sits on the board of directors for the Albemarle County Farm Bureau and the Charlottesville Southern States Cooperative.  Rob also holds membership in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Virginia Angus Association, the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, the Virginia BCIA, and is assistant treasurer of the Charlottesville Masonic Lodge.

Shane Horsley
’99 BS, ’02 MS Animal and Poultry Sciences

Virginia Beach, VA

Nancy Meacham
’83 B.S. Agricultural Science
’87 M.S. Animal Genetics

Blacksburg, Virginia

Nancy is Project Manager for the office of the Vice President of Finance and CFO at Virginia Tech.

Nancy received her B.S. degree in Animal Science and a M.S. degree in Animal Genetics from Virginia Tech.  Following graduate school, she worked as a program director at Agrimetrics Associates a production benchmarking company for the poultry and swine industries.  Nancy created and implemented new programs and reports for the executives of client companies. Prior to her current role at Virginia Tech, Nancy worked with the presidential search, the Government Relations office and as a Special Projects Assistant in the President’s office.

Nancy and her husband Vernon, also a Virginia Tech CALS graduate, have two sons, Dillon (Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, BMA ’14 and Juilliard MMA ‘16) and Duncan (Virginia Tech Food Science and Technology, BS ’17).

Thomas H. Pridgen
’79 B.S. Animal Science
’92 M.S. Crop and Soil Environmental Science

Blacksburg, Virginia

Tom is a Research Technician for Soybean Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech.

He serves as the Chapter Advisor to the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho Agriculture Fraternity, at Virginia Tech.

Edward Railey
‘03 B.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics

Courtland, VA

Lynn Ann Smith
’08 B.S. Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise
’08 B.S. Food Science and Technology
’10 M.S. Life Sciences - Food Science and Technology

Forest, VA

Anh Tran
’06 B.S. Biochemistry

Roanoke, VA

CALS Faculty Representative

Michael Martin
’11, Ph.D. Agricultural and Extension Education

Max Meadows, VA

Mike has worked for Cooperative Extension for 23 years with experience in Kentucky and North Carolina prior to coming to Virginia. He is the Emergency Response and Preparedness Coordinator and Extension Specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Duties include providing training and resources for Extension Agents to use in fulfilling their local emergency roles, coordinating professional development in emergency preparedness and response, and coordinating emergency response and preparedness efforts with federal, state, and local agencies with input from Associate Directors.  In the event of an emergency, he provides timely information to the VCE Director and Associate Directors for use in making decisions on behalf of the organization.  In addition to emergency response and preparedness roles, he serves on the State 4-H Faculty and perform various 4-H program related assignments including the Military 4-H program and the 4-H Mentoring program.

CALS Ambassador Representative
Elizabeth Galbreath, Agricultural Sciences

CALS Student Representative
Joseph Viray, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Eric Frazier
’00 B.S. Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences

Midlothian, Virginia

Eric Frazier is the Director of Agronomy at Willow Oaks Country Club located in Richmond, VA, where he oversees all Turfgrass and Horticulture programs for the club.

Eric has served on the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization Board of Directors since 2004, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Leadership Council, and the Old Dominion Golf Course Superintendents Association Board of Directors.

In 2010 Eric was selected as an Outstanding Alumnus from the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences.  He is very involved in the Golf Industry, serving in several capacities supporting the environmental efforts of the industry.

Eric grew up in Carroll County and received his B.S. degree from Virginia Tech in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, focusing in Turfgrass Management.   Eric, his wife Katie, also an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and their son Palmer live in Midlothian.

Ronnie G. Gill
’82 B.S. Agronomy

Tappahannock, Virginia
804-443-6952 or 804-445-3447

Ronnie has been employed for 29 years with Colonial Farm Credit and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Branch and Country Mortgage Unit Operations. His office is in Mechanicsville, VA.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Grain Producers Association and the Northern Neck Farm Museum.  Ronnie is a member of the Tappahannock Rotary Club and the Essex County Little LEague Board of Directors (past President of 15 years).  Previously, he served as President of the Virginia FFA Foundation and Chairman of the Essex School Board of which he has been a member for 13 years.

A family of Hokies, his wife, Linda, is an ’82 graduate of Clothing, Textiles, and Related Apparel; their son, Tyler ‘08, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering; and their daughter, Hannah, is a ’14 graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. The Gill’s enjoy weekend farming and gardening, attending VT football games, and helping with youth sports.

Anne Herring
’87 B.S. Agricultural Economics

Natural Bridge, Virginia
(540) 460-3365 or (540) 291-2051 or

Anne is the Rural Development Coordinator for Single Family Housing with the USDA and is the Owner/Innkeeper of Herring Hall Bed and Breakfast.

Michael A. Megeath
’67 B.S. Agricultural Education
’74 M.A. Education

Waterford, Virginia
(540) 882-3945 or (540) 454-4405

Mike is retired from Loudoun County Public Schools after working for 35.5 years.  He served as the Principal of Monroe Technology Center for 25.5 years.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Loudoun Farm Museum.

Bob Pitman
’70 B.S. Agricultural Engineering
‘72, M.S. Agricultural Engineering

Kilmarnock, Virginia
(804) 333-3485

Bob is the Superintendent of the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research & Extension Center for Virginia Tech.

He is on the Board of Directors and serves as Secretary of the Virginia Grain Producers Association.

Bob has been married to Helen for 42 years and they have two children and two grandchildren.  He is actively involved in his church, enjoys hunting, reading, and activities with their grandchildren.

Andy Seibel

‘85 B.S. Secondary Education, Agriculture
‘86 M.S.Ed. Vocational-Technical Education
’05 Ed.D. Career and Technical Education

Roanoke, Virginia

Andy is an Associate Extension Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension, assigned to the Catawba Sustainability Center.

He serves on the Roanoke County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Virginia Farm Bureau Winegrape Commodity Advisory Board, and is President of the Virginia FFA Alumni Association.

He is married to Megan ('08 CTE, '12 AEE) and had three children, Tess (17), Claire (16), and Andrew (14), who all love the Hokies!

Scott Stevens
’92 B.S.  Animal Science, Minor Agricultural Economics

Fincastle, Virginia
540-312-9863 or

Scott manages the Retail and Agronomy locations of Rockingham Cooperative-Troutville Branch (formerally Southern States Roanoke Co-Op).

Currently serves on the following Boards and Committees:   Botetourt County Extension Leadership Council  (serving the past three as Chairperson), Botetourt County Fair Committee, Botetourt County 4-H Adult leader, Botetourt Technical Educational Center Advisory Committee.    Virginia FFA Foundation Board of Directors, as acting Secretary the past two years.     

Formerly served two terms on the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council Board of Directors and two terms on the Botetourt Chamber of Commerce as Vice President.

Coached basketball and football in the Botetourt County Parks and Recreation Department since 2006, and several AAU travel basketball teams since 2008.

He is married to Amy Clements Stevens ’93 (ANSC, B.S.), ‘94 (AGED, M.S.), who teaches Agri-Science at Read Mountain Middle School and leads a very active FFA program. They are proud parents of three children: Katelyn (17), Kaden (13), and Genelayce (9) who take an active role on their small family farm in Fincastle.    

Scott is a member of the Hokie Club, and enjoys visiting Blacksburg in the Fall (having only missed one home football game in 27 years) and travels to as many road games as possible.