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Kerry-Ann Phillips

Kerry-Ann Phillips was born and raised in the tropics of the Caribbean, in Jamaica. At age 18, she immigrated to the United States of America. She can be described as fun, jovial, caring, and loving individual. She is guided by the quote, “walk by

Dionne F. Toombs

Dr. Dionne Toombs is currently the Acting Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) extramural grant funding agency for agricultural research, education, and Extension programs

Jessica Shade

Dr. Jessica Shade is a National Program Leader at USDA NIFA, in the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, Division of Plant Systems – Production. In this role, she directs programs helping food and agriculture stakeholders overcome

Doug Rose

Doug Rose is the NIFA Administrative Operations Officer. He joined NIFA in March 2022 from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) where during his tenure he served as a member of the Leadership Team providing oversight of Human

Solomon Haile, Ph.D.

Dr. Solomon Haile is the National Program Leader at the Division of Community and Education the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community and manages a portfolio of the 1890s Capacity Grant programs. Dr. Haile received his PhD in
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