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Employee Spotlights

Mountaineers are complex, interesting people. Our employees do so much in their WVU-specific roles, but it’s only one facet of their lives. We’re delving into a different faculty and staff members’ life each week in this new email series. Together, we’ll discover the uniqueness of the individuals in our Davis College family.


Adam fishing with family.

Adam Duerr

Adjunct Professor of Fish and Wildlife, Research Wildlife Biologist

Adam Duerr’s Profile

Alan Collins kayaking.

Alan Collins

Director of the Division of Resource Economics and Management


Alan Collins’s Profile

Amber McLaughlin

Amber McLaughlin

Senior Director of Academic Affairs

Amber McLaughlin’s Profile

Amy Welsh

Amy Welsh

Associate Professor of Wildlife & Fisheries Resources

Amy Welsh’s Profile

Andrea in the garden holding a watermelon

Andrea Landis

Greenhouse Manager

Andrea Landis’s Profile

Andrew in a garden holding a lotus flower.

 : Andrew Barnes

Director of Development

Andrew Barnes’s Profile

Nettie with a seal on her shoulder

Annette "Nettie" Freshour

Director of Dietetic Internship Program
Teaching Assistant Professor

Annette "Nettie" Freshour’s Profile

Barry's picture of Romania

Barry Stephens

Academic Advisor for Division of Resource Economics and Management

Barry Stephens’s Profile

Canglian Shen and son outside.

Canglian Shen

Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Foods

Canglian Shen’s Profile

Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown

Associate Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Cheryl Brown’s Profile

Chris Ashwell takes a picture at ski slopes.

Chris Ashwell

Division Director for Animal and Nutritional Sciences

Chris Ashwell’s Profile

Chris Haddox with his violin at a grave site.

Chris Haddox

Associate Professor of Sustainable Design

Chris Haddox’s Profile

Chris Lituma interacting with nature.

Chris Lituma

Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources

Chris Lituma’s Profile

Chris Rota and family

Chris Rota

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Ecology

Chris Rota’s Profile

Colleen Moretz stands next to her design.

Colleen Moretz

Associate Professor of Fashion, Dress and Merchandising

Colleen Moretz’s Profile

headshot of Crystal

Crystal Smith

Teaching Associate Professor

Crystal Smith’s Profile

David Davis caught a fish on a lake.

David Davis

Teaching Assistant Professor of Horticulture

David Davis’s Profile

Debanjan standing in front of waterfall

Debanjun Das

Assistant Professor of Fashion, Dress and Merchandising

Debanjun Das’s Profile

Donald Brown

Donald Brown

Research Assistant Professor of Wildlife Resources

Donald Brown’s Profile

Elizabeth with her husband and son.

Elizabeth McConnell

Administrative Assistant for AGEE

Elizabeth McConnell’s Profile

Ember Morrissey with her daughter.

Ember Morrissey

Assistant Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Ember Morrissey’s Profile

Gloria hiking.

Gloria Oporto

Associate Professor of Wood Science and Technology

Gloria Oporto’s Profile

Greg Dahle

Greg Dahle

Associate Professor of Arboriculture

Greg Dahle’s Profile

Haley Rosson and her son

Haley Rosson

Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Extension Education

Haley Rosson’s Profile

Heather Stephens sits outside.

Heather Stephens

Associate Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Heather Stephens’s Profile

Jacquelyn Strager hiking.

Jacquelyn Strager

Teaching Assistant Professor

Jacquelyn Strager’s Profile

James Kotcon eating an ice cream cone.

James Kotcon

Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

James Kotcon’s Profile

Jim looking at soil samples with children

James Thompson

Professor of Soils and Land Use
Research Coordinator, National Soil Survey Center-Geospatial Research Unit

James Thompson’s Profile

Jeff Skousen standing in front of miscanthus gigantus.

Jeff Skousen

Professor of Soil Science, Extension Land Reclamation Specialist

Jeff Skousen’s Profile

Jessica standing in front of a classroom

Jessica Blythe

Associate Professor of Agriculture and Extension Education

Jessica Blythe’s Profile

Joe Moritz

Joe Moritz

Professor and State Extension Specialist Poultry and Feed Manufacture

Joe Moritz’s Profile

John at the beach

John Howell

Research Assistant II

John Howell’s Profile

Joseph Lynch with his daughter

Joseph Lynch

Assistant Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences

Joseph Lynch’s Profile

Josh Bobo at the farm

Josh Bobo

Farm Laborer

Josh Bobo’s Profile

Kathryn Gazal sits outside

Kathryn Gazal

Professor of Forest Economics and Management

Kathryn Gazal’s Profile

Katie on rocks overlooking ocean

Katie Jones

Assistant Professor of Fashion, Dress and Merchandising
Program Coordinator, Fashion Design

Katie Jones’s Profile

Kim Barnes works with a pig.

Kim Barnes

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Kim Barnes’s Profile

Kim Nichols and her husband

Kim Nichols

Undergraduate Records Officer

Kim Nichols’s Profile

Kirsten Stephan

Kirsten Stephan

Teaching Associate Professor of Forest Management

Kirsten Stephan’s Profile

Kyle Hartman fishing

Kyle Hartman

Associate Director for Academics for Forestry and Natural Resources, professor

Kyle Hartman’s Profile

Lara Hedrick

Lara Hedrick

Research Associate for Forestry and Natural Resources Co-Op Unit

Lara Hedrick’s Profile

Laura with sunset in the background

Laura Tinney

Program Coordinator for the Institute of Water Security and Science

Laura Tinney’s Profile

bride, groom and dog

Lauren Johnston

Assistant Recruiter

Lauren Johnston’s Profile

Lee Kass sits for a picture.

Lee Kass

Adjunct Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences

Lee Kass’s Profile

Levan Elbakidze and his wife and daughter.

Levan Elbakidze

Associate Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Levan Elbakidze’s Profile

lisa orr standing with husband and son

Lisa Orr

Program Coordinator of Landscape Architecture

Lisa Orr’s Profile

Louis McDonald and his wife

Louis McDonald

Professor of Environmental Soil Chemistry and Soil Fertility

Louis McDonald’s Profile

Lulu Williamson standing outside

Lulu Williamson

Director of Online Programs

Lulu Williamson’s Profile

Margaret riding a horse

Margaret Minch

Veterinarian, Teaching Professor

Margaret Minch’s Profile

Mark Aronhalt

Mark Aronhalt

Professional Technologist II

Mark Aronhalt’s Profile