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 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. 



Henry Fadamiro, Associate Director 


Henry Fadamiro is a Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, Alabama. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Research for Auburn’s College of Agriculture and as Associate Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. In 2004, he was appointed State IPM Coordinator for Auburn University and has served the Southern IPM Center as State Contact, member and Chairperson of the Advisory Council, and member of the Steering Committee. Henry administers the Friends of Southern IPM recognition program,  and acts as liaison with SERA3 and SAAESD.

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.


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. 


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