- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
We thank the following UC ANR employees for their many years of contributions to improve the lives of Californians. Best wishes to all of them in their retirement years.
Rafael “Merf” Solorio, superintendent, West Side REC, 31 years
Jeannette Warnert, communications specialist, 31 years
Melanie Caruso, Program Planning and Evaluation research administrator, 28 years
Scott Parker, Master Gardener community education specialist, UCCE San Diego County, 22 years
Chutima Ganthavorn, UCCE nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and CalFresh Healthy Living, UC, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, 22 years
Rosemary Carter, Program Manager, CalFresh Healthy Living, UC, Placer and Nevada counties, 20 years
Will Suckow, senior artist, 20 years
Cheryl Fraser, 4-H community education specialist, UCCE Alameda County, 15 years
Mary Vlandis, Human Resources, 13 years
Hilda Perez, nutrition educator, EFNEP, Orange County, 13 years
Armando Silva, farm machinery mechanic, Desert REC, 10 years
Nancy Starr, assistant II, UCCE Central Sierra, 10 years
Emily LaRue, associate director, UCCE Business Operations Unit, 6 years
- Author: Jim Downing
Senior artist Will Suckow retired from the UC ANR Publishing group on June 30, 2021, after 20 years of UC service. He leaves a legacy of innovation, beautiful design and high standards of quality and efficiency.
Suckow began his UC career in 1993 with UC Davis Extension, doing design and layout work for course catalogs and marketing materials. Over his five years on the job, he shifted the operation from mechanical to electronic prepress — the first of several transformative initiatives he led during his career.
Moving to UC ANR in 1998, Suckow was recruited by photographer Jack Kelly Clark to help modernize key elements of the UC ANR Publications production process. He and Clark implemented new electronic color-correction techniques, working with print vendors to enable UC ANR Publications to produce books and cardsets that reproduced photos of insects and plant diseases more accurately and at lower cost.
Suckow left to do freelance design work from 2004 to 2010, continuing to do contract projects for UC ANR as well as the UC Davis Mondavi Center.
In 2010, Suckow returned to UC ANR as the art director for California Agriculture journal. His responsibilities grew to include UC ANR books and online publications, as well as recharge design work. Among many accomplishments in the past 11 years, he has led the development of the journal's award-winning new design, the integration of UC ANR's publications into the scholarly citation universe, and the development of processes for converting our print and PDF publications to web and mobile-friendly formats.
Suckow brought a smile to work nearly every day and consistently reported being driven by a love of doing design work and solving problems for UC ANR personnel and our clientele. He leaves the Publishing group with many efficient and astonishingly well-documented technical processes, for which his colleagues are very grateful.
In retirement, Suckow is looking forward to travel, gardening and hiking, and pursuing his own design and artistic projects.
Thomas Getts joined ANR as a UCCE area weed ecology and cropping systems advisor in Lassen, Plumas-Sierra and Modoc counties on June 1.
Getts earned his B.A. in forestry management and an M.S. in weed science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Prior to joining UCCE, Getts conducted and was involved with numerous studies focusing on weeds, invasive species, herbicides and crops while working on his master's degree at Colorado State University. Some specific studies he worked on included cut stump treatment to control Russian olive, herbicide tolerance of restoration species, invasive species mapping projects, and screening of experimental herbicides for weed control and crop safety. Working as a teacher's assistant, he was responsible for laboratory instruction, experiment design and execution, experiment maintenance and sprayer calibration.
Getts is based in Susanville and can be reached at (530) 251-2650 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugh Graham joined ANR as associate director of the Resource Planning and Management (RPM) team on June 15. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the RPM team, including processing of budget transactions, tracking of funding commitments, preparation of federal fund applications and reconciliation of ANR's provision accounts.
Prior to joining the ANR RPM team, Graham worked at the UC Berkeley Budget Office for three years.
He earned a B.A. in Russian language at Bowdoin College and Master of Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco with a concentration in finance and accounting.
Graham is based at UC Office of the President and can be reached at (510) 987-0053 and email@example.com.
Anne Schellman joined ANR as an urban IPM educator on May 4.
Prior to joining ANR, Schellman was the program manager for the California Center for Urban Horticulture at UC Davis. She was instrumental in the rollout of 16 drought workshops held last year and assisted in scheduling five drought workshops for 2015.
“Her dedication to these workshops helped CCUH respond to the urgent request by the Department of Water Resources for assistance in educating the public and landscape professionals on landscape water conservation during this severe drought,” said Dave Fujino, CCUH executive director.
Schellman is based in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1240 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Snowden is the new UC Master Gardener Program statewide training coordinator. She will be responsible for developing trainings, resources and materials to assist coordinators and volunteers for county-based programs. Volunteer Management Institute, drought train-the-trainer workshops, volunteer management system help resources and the expert speaker database are a few examples of the many projects Snowden is managing in her new role.
Before joining the statewide staff for the UC Master Gardener Program, Snowden worked for Yuba County Health and Human Services where she was an administrative analyst for 12 years. At Yuba County HHS, she worked alongside management to develop training programs for employees and co-workers.
Snowden has been a UC Master Gardener volunteer in Sutter-Yuba counties since 2011. As a UC Master Gardener volunteer, she has co-managed her program's monthly county newsletter and trained the public and fellow volunteers on her favorite gardening topics, such as vegetable gardening, planting for spring flowers and patio gardening.
Snowden is based in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1203 and email@example.com.
Paula Allison joined ANR as executive director of the California 4-H Foundation on June 15. Allison brings a wealth of fund development experience.
While president of her own consulting company, she provided guidance in strategic planning for a K-12 charter school system and a private university, developing case statements, creating a development program from the ground up, creating annual campaigns, developing a corporate partnership program and planning for a $25 million campaign. She worked for several years at BizWorld, an organization that teaches youth about entrepreneurship, where she developed external partnerships with corporations, nonprofits and leaders in education. Her experience includes board development and volunteer training and management. Recently, she established a branch in her community for the National Charity League, a mother-daughter service organization that focuses on philanthropy and leadership. Allison has a strong interest in youth development. Growing up, she was exposed to 4-H through her two older sisters.
“In joining Development Services and the California 4-H Foundation, Paula joins a terrific team of skilled and hard-working development professionals,” said Cindy Barber, who retired as Development Services director in June. “I know you will all enjoy working with Paula. She is energetic, enthusiastic and creative.”
Allison succeeds Amy McGuire, who had been acting director of the California 4-H Foundation since October.
Andrea Ambrose is interim director of Development Services while the position is under recruitment.
Allison is based in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1202 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juan Zavala has joined ANR as an administrative officer 2, responsible for coordinating program and financial activities for the California Institute for Water Resources and Program Planning and Evaluation. Zavala splits his time between the two programs.
Zavala, whose parents are coffee growers, is fluent in English and Spanish and earned a B.S. in agricultural engineering from National Engineering University in Managua, Nicaragua.
Before joining ANR, he was an administrative assistant at UC Davis. At the nonprofit Fair Trade USA, he implemented and improved strategic relationships with stakeholders and supported task management by communicating with customers and partners in Latin America and in the U.S.
Located in Oakland, Zavala can be reached at (510) 987-0805 and email@example.com.
ANR wins 2 book design awards
Celeste Rusconi, Communication Services and Information Technology art director, created the overall design used in both books. Senior designer Robin Walton did the production of the citrus book. Senior designer Will Suckow created all of the illustrations and did all color correction for the photographs in both books. Ann Senuta was the production manager for both books.
PubWest Design Awards have been recognizing “superior design and outstanding production quality of books” for 31 years./span>