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Thomas Getts
Getts named weed advisor

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

Hugh Graham
Graham joins Resource Planning and Management

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

Anne Schellman
Schellman joins IPM

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

Lauren Snowden
Snowden named MG training coordinator

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

Paula Allison
Allison to head 4-H Foundation

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

Juan Zavala
Zavala joins ANR

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

ANR wins 2 book design awards

Master Gardener Handbook 2nd Ed.
Citrus Production Manual
The ANR “Citrus Production Manual” received a gold award in the Reference Book category of the 2015 PubWest Book Design Awards, and the “California Master Gardener Handbook” received a silver award in the same category.  

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.

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 3:53 PM

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