Administrative Support

Michelle Hardy - Secretary, Jay | 850-983-7121
Main Duties: Provides secretarial support for Jay Research Facility faculty and staff; WFREC Newsletter; Assists Events Coordinator with event preparations; Social media ; Data entry; Calculates farm fuel and well water use; Schedules Graduate student stays in Jay Graduate Housing


Merniece Johnson - Accounting Manager | 850-983-7144
Main Duties: Monitor expenditures for all State, grant and SHARE accounts; Purchase orders; Equipment purchases-dealing with vendor bids and vendor inquiries; PCards, Travel, Asset Management/Inventory

Carol Johnston - Administrative Specialist II, Human Resources/Grants Assistant | 850-983-7137
Main Duties: Personnel and payroll activities for WFREC employees and graduate students; Contact for new hire orientations, payroll distributions, health assessment management system, worker’s compensation claims, effort reporting, CRIS reports, and space inventory and allocation survey; Grant processing/assistance to faculty with grant proposals and award documents
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Mark Long - Admissions Officer I | 850-983-7138
Main Duties: Collects and analyzes recruiting and enrollment information; Coordinates student recruitment programs; Facilitates the transfer of students; Recruits by visiting high schools and community colleges; Contact for admissions to UF/IFAS Milton academic programs

Connie Spencer - Academic Assistant I | 850-983-7125
Main Duties: Assist students with advising appointments, course registration, drop/adds, and all other concerns. Creates course offerings based on local and online curriculum available each semester. Reserves classrooms and conference rooms. Processes and approves Pcard transactions. Maintains teaching van maintenance and reservations for field trips. Maintains Student files and audits. Assistant to Faculty members. Maintains WFREC Directory, mail, and front desk reception

Lee Thrasher - End User Computing Specialist II l 850-983-7136
Main Duties: Providing technical support and maintenance for hardware and software utilized by the WFREC in Milton and in Jay

Robin Vickers - Administrative Support Assistant III, Events | 850-983-7134
Main Duties: Arranging all of the external and internal events for the WFREC; Administrative Assistant to the Center Director

Melissa Watson - OPS/FT Fiscal Assistant | 850-983-7132
Main Duties: Travel authorizations, travel expense reports, myUFMarket purchasing requisitions, myUF Payment Solutions accounts payable processing
Farm Support

Justin Hudson - Maintenance Generalist II | 850-983-7117
Main Duties: Preventive maintenance and repair for farm equipment, center vehicles and buildings for the WFREC; Assists with the planting, fertilizing, harvesting and sampling of Research and Demonstration plots

Greg Kimmons - Farm Manager | 850-983-7116
Main Duties: Supervises the farm operations staff that is responsible for general field plot operations, operating equipment in experimental field plots, extension demonstration plots and general farm maintenance

Chad Stewart - Agricultural Assistant II | 850-983-7118
Main Duties: Operates all farm and construction equipment; Operates several pieces of equipment fitted with new technology such as GIS,GPS (Global Positioning System); Assists with the planting, fertilizing, harvesting and sampling of Research and Demonstration plots

Tim Baxley - Senior Laboratory Technician, Environmental Horticulture | 850-983-7142
Main Duties: Helps conduct horticultural research field, nursery, and greenhouse experiments; Prepares materials for teaching of laboratory sections of horticulture courses; Maintains display gardens

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James “Moo” Brown – Laboratory Technician III, Cropping Systems | 850-983-7120
Main duties: Responsible for coordination and implementation of activities for the establishment and maintenance of field, greenhouse and lab experiments; Responsible for data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis for studies

Savannah Cain - Laboratory Technician III, Watershed Management | 850-983-7141
Main Duties: Helps conduct watershed conservation research in the field; Prepares materials for teaching of laboratory sections of watershed management and conservation courses


Mike Dozier - Laboratory Technician III, Weed Science | 850-983-7119
Main Duties: Responsible for the planning and implementation of Weed Science projects; Supervises the Weed Science team

Jayson Ging - Laboratory Technician III, Turfgrass | 850-983-7113
Main Duties: Maintains Turfgrass Research/Demonstration plots, projects and facility

Latisa Ledbetter-Kish - Laboratory Technician III, Entomology | 850-983-7121
Main Duties: Helps conduct entomology research in the field; Prepares materials for teaching of entomology courses


Justin McKeithen - Laboratory Technician III, Forestry | 850-983-7111
Main Duties: Helps conduct ecological and silvicultural research in the field; Certified Burner; Utilizes SAS, SigmaPlot, Procite; responsible for herbicide applications

Phil Moon - Biological Scientist III, Turfgrass | 850-983-7112
Main Duties: Establishes and maintains research/demonstration studies related to turfgrass management; Provides Routine Research Plot/Facility Maintenance
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Ashlynn Smith - Laboratory Technician III, Wildlife | 850-983-7141
Main Duties: Prepares materials for teaching of laboratory sections of wildlife ecology and conservation courses; Helps conduct natural resources conservation research in the field and in the greenhouse including animal sampling, physical plot preparation, treatment installation, plot maintenance, and data collection.