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CALS Alumni and Friends

Catch up on college news, learn about upcoming events and stay in touch with other graduates.

Welcome Home

We are glad that you are visiting. We hope you can take a few minutes to catch up on the news of the college and learn about our upcoming events.

We also hope you stay in touch. Our students are interested in learning more about their alumni, so we welcome you to submit suggestions for stories, as well as brief announcements about professional achievements.

Contact CALS Alumni and Friends Society

Phone: 919-515-7222
Fax:  919-515-5274

CALS alumna posing with Mr. and Mrs. Wuf at Tailgate.
CALS alum interact and pose for a photo with Mr. and Ms. Wuf during an alumni get together at the farm and dairy on Lake Wheeler Road. Photo by Marc Hall

CALS Alumni and Friends Society Advisory Board

Board Members

NameCompanyTitleGraduationBoard Role
Chad BentonBASF CorporationR&D Associate Portfolio Manager’05President
Lakean ByrdSouth Johnston High SchoolAgriculture Education Teacher’13Vice President
Nicole YoungbloodNorth Carolina State UniversityExtension Agent‘16Secretary
William B. Upchurch Jr.NC Tobacco Trust Fund CommissionExecutive Director’91Immediate Past President
John AbbottSyngenta Crop Protection, LLCNA Head of Regulatory and Stewardship‘84Member
Jennifer BadgerFood LionCategory, Merchandising, and Pricing Analyst II‘16Member
Collin BlalockCollin’s Produce LLC

AgCarolina Farm Credit

Loan Officer
Travis BurkeNC State Administration – ExtensionEmeritus’82, ’87, ’02Member
Gwen ClarkRetiredFormer agricultural education teacher‘86Member
Ashley CollinsNorth Carolina Peanut Growers AssociationChief Executive Officer’05Member
Karen FishelFurnitureland South, Inc.Executive Director of Human Resources ‘91Member
Leslie FuquaySyngenta Crop Protection, LLCTechnical Expert | Statistical Analysis – Field Program & Equivalency Assessment – Global Seeds Product Safety‘84, ‘95Member
Bonnie JamesWal-Mart FoundationPharmacist’09, ’13Member
Lendy JohnsonNC Farm Bureau Foundation, Inc.Director of Organization’06, ’11Member
Kyle MayberryThe Biltmore CompanyDirector of Agriculture‘16, ‘18Member
Aaron MesserBayer Crop ScienceArea Business Manager‘02Member
Josh Monahan1 in 6 SnacksOwner/Operator‘17Member
John PattersonCape Fear Farm CreditSenior Vice President & Chief Relationship Officer‘98Member
Casey ReynoldsTurfgrass Producers InternationalExecutive Director‘00, ‘03, ‘13Member
Caitlin RivordAviagenQuality Assurance Data Manager‘14Member
David M. SaravitzWilliams MullenAttorney & Partner‘86Member
Rebecca ScottAgHiresRecruiter‘16, ‘18Member
Katelyn StackCarolina Farm CreditLoan Officer‘17Member
Jacob TraverseCenter for Truth in SciencePresident, CEO’01, ’05, ‘06Member
Brandon WilliamsHelena Agri-EnterprisesProduct Manager‘14Member
Daniel PooleNorth Carolina State UniversityProfessorFaculty Advisor – Agriculture
TBDNorth Carolina State UniversityFaculty Advisor – Life Sciences
TBDNorth Carolina State UniversityFaculty Representative – Agricultural Institute
Beth FarrellNorth Carolina Department of AgricultureAgriculture Program Specialist’02NCDA Representative
Bryant SpiveyNorth Carolina State UniversityCounty Extension Director’93, ’01Faculty Advisor – Life Sciences
Duncan McSorleyNorth Carolina State University CALS Student‘24Student Representative
Ishani PatelNorth Carolina State UniversityCALS Student‘24Student Representative
Kelly WrightNC State University Alumni AssociationAssistant Director of Constituency EngagementNC State Alumni Association
Kim AllenNorth Carolina State UniversityInterim Associate Dean and Director of Academic ProgramsDean’s Office Representative