Welcoming Six New CFANS Alumni Society Board Members

We are excited to welcome six new board members, advocates, and proud CFANS alumni to the CFANS Alumni Society Board! 

Jeff Stamp

Jeff Stamp (B.S. Food Science & Technology '83, Ph.D. Food Science and Nutrition '90) is the founder and chief storyteller at Bold Thinking LLC. Dr. Stamp is recognized worldwide as a master creative practitioner and has developed numerous methods that are designed to accelerate ‘Discovery Thinking’ and cognitive fluidity. He was the inventor, creator, and section manager of “Baked Lays”, for PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay. He has served as a mentor to CFANS students and launched the first year of the Agtastic Idea Challenge, an entrpreneurial student competition at CFANS, in 2016.

Michelle Medina

Michelle Medina (B.S. Agriculture Education: Leadership and Communication '11) studied both Ag Education and Spanish while at the U, and quickly put her skills to work in several roles overseas in Costa Rica. Back in the US, Michelle now serves as the Director of Renewable Energy at the Minnesota Farmers Union. As an active volunteer, both as a student and an alum, Michelle is eager to continue to give back as a CFANS Ambassador and mentor. 

Roberta Ryan

Roberta Ryan (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife '14) pursued her lifelong dream of working with wolves by studying Fisheries and Wildlife at CFANS and then becoming the Animal Care and Education Assistant at the Wildlife Science Center. "During my time at the college, I realized that I could pull so much more out of my undergraduate experience than just a degree. Being a student at the U of M challenged me, humbled me, excited me, and opened my mind up to a new way of thinking. I gained the critical ecology foundation I needed to be competitive with my peers, and I discovered how to learn in an effective and efficient way." Read more in this month's Alumni Spotlight!

Annie Makepeace

Annie Makepeace (M.S. Applied Plant Science '15) currently serves as a Technical Marketing Specialist at Winfield, where she uses her knowledge of plant physiology and nutrition to help teach, explain and position the company's plant nutrition products. As a student, she was an active member of the student body, as a member of the Interdisciplinary Food Studies Graduate Group and as secretary and VP on the Applied Plant Sciences Student Board.  She feels that talking to your peers and professionals is one of the most important things you can do while at college. "Explore your passions and TALK to people! You never know when a connection you make will bring you down a path you didn't expect, or will help you further your career. Networking is so important!"

Tracy Fallon

Tracy Fallon (B.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Studies '96) is close to home as she currently works for the University of Minnesota! She credits the university to some of her success today: "Not only did I acquire an understanding of our natural world, but I also got to grow my leadership and communication skills." Tracy has been a volunteer with the college's alumni society since it was called the College of Natural Resources, and served as the CNR Alumni Society President in the late 90s!

Jessica Markkula

Jessica Markkula (B.S. Agriculture Food Business Management '95, M. ED. Human Resource Development '05)  currently serves as the Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking at BMO Harris Bank. "My passion is working with people and making connections. I love that every day is different and everyone has a different story. Through my work I can help people achieve their dreams by solving their financial problems." Jess serves as the chair of the Sponsorship Committee, which is focused on raising funds for scholarships and Alumni Society programs.

Jeffrey Stamp

Michelle Medina


Annie Makepeace

Tracy Fallon

Jess Markkula