The Center is guided by a regional board of directors that establishes policies and program emphases.


Dr. Richard Rhodes III (Board Chair)

Executive Director, Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NERA)
Aquaculture Center, University of Rhode Island, 14 East Farm Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Dr. Blair D. Siegfried

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Director, Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station
Penn State University


Dr. Michael O'Neill

Associate Dean and Associate Director, University of Connecticut Extension
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4036
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4036
Phone: (860) 486-6270

Dr. Brian Schilling

Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ


Dr. Moses T. Kairo

Dean, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences
Research Director, 1890 Land Grant Programs
Administrator, UMES Extension
University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Dr. Sarah Rocker

National Program Leader
Division of Family and Consumer Sciences
Institute of Youth, Family, and Community
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

USDA-ERS Liaison

Dr. James C. Davis

Research Agricultural Economist
Economic Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

CARET Representative