Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, PI and Co-Director 


Dr. Carley is responsible for overall leadership of the Center and management of competitive grants programs. She is also Associate Director of the NSF Center for IPM (CIPM) and an Associate Professor in Horticultural Science, NC State University. Her research, academic, and outreach programs focus on Sustainable Managed Landscapes. Recent projects include working on the restoration of historic Pinehurst No. 2 Golf Course, pollinator protection and habitat conservation, and water-stress tolerance in turfgrass and ornamental shrubs. 


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).


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 Pack 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 earned a Master's of Communication from North Carolina State University in 2016.  Along with her role at the center, Kayla also works as an adjunct communication instructor for Appalachian State University.


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