No one person can have all of the expertise and skills needed for the diverse activities of our center. This is the team that makes it all come together.



Joe LaForest, Co-Director


Joseph LaForest provides day-to-day leadership of our electronic networking and issues-support initiative (Facilitation of Innovation Through Technology, or FITT). Joe is the IPM Program Coordinator at the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, commonly referred to as “the Bugwood Network” or “Bugwood,” managing the image database, the BugwoodWiki,  and providing training.   He has a B.S. in Urban Forestry and graduated from the Ohio State University with two Masters degrees (Entomology and Plant Pathology).


Roger Magarey, Co-Director 


Roger Magarey. Ph.D. trained as a plant pathologist, gaining experience with IPM in grapes and citrus.  He has been at  NC State since 2002 where 12 years was spent as a cooperator with USDA-APHIS, and for the last six years, he worked on the integrated pest information platform (iPiPE) project.  Roger received his  PhD from  Cornell University where he worked on modeling and geographic information systems. 


Key Personnel

Alex Belskis, Database Programmer 


Based in Seattle, Washington, Alex works with administrators, researchers and other staff to develop and maintain web applications and databases for the Southern IPM Center and partner Regional IPM Centers.  Alex holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering, and a M.S. from NC State in Computer Science.



Robin Boudwin, Database Programmer 


With more than 20 years of ColdFusion and SQL Server website application development experience, Robin serves as the Southern IPM Center software engineer for the National IPM Database website application, including Crop Profiles, Pest Management Strategic Plans, Timelines, and Elements.  She received her degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University with an emphasis on environmental engineering. 


Wendy Britton, Project Manager  


Wendy manages Pest Management Strategic Plan (PMSP) development activities and supports efforts on the Regulatory Science Network by assisting with gathering and packaging information for formal requests and formalizing comments for open comment periods that come from the EPA.  She is also responsible for organizing and coordinating local meetings and seminars.  Prior to this position, she worked for 10 years as the Project Coordinator for the Cucurbit Downy Mildew ipmPIPE project and received her Master's in Horticulture from Pennsylvania State University.


Tegan Walker, Evaluation Specialist


Tegan manages evaluation and reporting for the Southern region through data collection and analysis, impact reporting, and inter-regional collaboration. This involves compiling resources for grant evaluation, conducting needs assessments, and strengthening regional and inter-regional evaluation systems. She holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech, a Master’s in Agricultural International Development from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Auburn University.


Kayla Watson, Communication Director


Kayla facilitates the flow of resources and information in integrated pest management through videos, articles, podcasts, social media, web design, and other communication avenues for the Southern region and its partners.  She has a B.S. in Communication Studies from Appalachian State University and  a Master's of Communication from North Carolina State University. 



Lauren Quevillon, Friends of IPM Program Coordinator


Lauren is a broadly-trained disease ecologist who has been at NC State’s Center for Integrated Pest Management since 2018. She is the Co-PI of a USDA-APHIS funded plant pest and disease database. Lauren will be joining SIPMC to administer the Friends of Southern IPM recognition program. She received her PhD in Biology from Pennsylvania State University and her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.



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