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CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards Nominations begin October 18. Learn more about the selection process.

2019 Staff and Faculty Award Winners

Administrative Professional Staff Excellence

Lisa Clyde

Lisa Clyde became the Administrative Manager for Human Development in the fall of 2013. Human Development is co-located on the WSU Pullman, the WSU Vancouver, and the WSU Global campuses, includes the WSU Children’s Center and the Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, and is the administrative department for the interdisciplinary Prevention Science Graduate Program. Ms. Clyde provides support for personnel actions/ searches, purchasing, budgets, contracts, grants, property inventory/surplus, and general office support, as well as, back up for graduate program coordination. Ms. Clyde earned a BS in Business Management and Human Resources from University of Idaho, December 2005. Ms. Clyde came to Washington State University in February 2006 as the EEO Coordinator for WSU Extension, coordinating faculty and AP searches for WSU Extension and CAHNRS departments. She formerly worked at University of Idaho for 20 years. Lisa enjoys gardening, canning, sewing/crafting, camping, boating, snowmobiling and walking with her dog.

Administrative Professional Technical Staff Excellence

Ronald Nugen

Ron Nugen was raised in Culdesac, Idaho. He received a degree in Agricultural Equipment/Diesel Technology, spent 4 years in the US Navy as an Aviation Electronics Repair Technician with honorable discharge and worked as an automotive repair technician in Lewiston specializing in troubleshooting and repairing complex electrical systems, power generating and logging equipment. He was hired by Facilities Operations in 1997and while employed there earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. He has a pilot’s license, NICET Level II certification and holds a 06 Low Voltage Electrician’s license. Ron married Denetta Bann in 1992 and in 2009, when their twin boys were just 5 months old, joined the IBC as a Scientific Assistant. He is responsible for designing, maintaining and repairing research instruments within the Institute. His education and experience combined with self motivation, intelligence, creativity and safety consciousness make him a superb addition to the Institute and to CAHNRS.


Classified Clerical Fiscal Staff Excellence

Andrew Lewis

Drew Lewis began working at WSU in 2016 as a Fiscal Specialist at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center. In his current role, Drew provides a variety of administrative support to the Faculty, Staff and Students of Puyallup, Mount Vernon NWREC and CSANR. In addition to his duties as Fiscal Specialist, Drew also participates in the Collegiality Initiative, as well as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce on campus that advances the critical work of the University to embrace its diversity and promote a culture of inclusion for all PREC students, faculty, administration, and staff. Drew holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from City University of Seattle and is pursuing a Professional in Human Resources certification. Drew was born into a military family and was raised in the Pacific Northwest for most of his life. When not at work, he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, as well as cooking.


Classified Technical Staff Excellence

Tonia Green

I started work at WSU in Sep 2010, with Dr. Ann-Marie Fortuna in the Crop and Soils Department, focusing on the bacteria responsible for nitrification and denitrification in soil. I started working for Dr. Karen Killinger in Sep 2012 at the School of Food Science. She had a large lab group and needed assistance running her research projects while she was traveling for her extension work. When Dr. Killinger left WSU in 2015, I began working for Dr. Meijun Zhu as her lab manager. She has many graduate-level students, visiting scholars and scientists from around the world. The lab covers a wide range of food safety issues, from low-moisture food matrixes to apple post-harvest processing and storage. I have really enjoyed my career at WSU, and particularly, at the School of Food Science. The people in this department are very caring and welcoming. Previously, I had worked at UI 1992-2010.

Early Career Excellence

Mike Pumphrey

Mike Pumphrey is an Associate Professor of spring wheat breeding and genetics in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University. His program is focused on the development of resilient and high-quality spring wheat varieties to improve sustainability of wheat production in diverse Washington and Pacific Northwest production environments. He has released eight wheat varieties since 2012, which account for approximately 60% of spring wheat production acres in Washington State. He has active research, funded by diverse sources, focused on genetic understanding and improvement of stripe rust resistance, Hessian fly resistance, Fusarium head blight resistance, stable falling numbers in wheat grain, improved wheat quality, genomic selection, high-throughput phenotyping, and better understanding of grain yield-related traits in wheat. Dr. Pumphrey currently teaches an undergraduate course in Crop Growth and Development, and a graduate course in Advanced Plant Breeding.

Excellence in Advising

Brenda Boyd

Brenda Boyd, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development. She specializes in early childhood education and has been engaged in the work of advancing the professional status of those who teach our youngest learners for her entire career. She has directed laboratory preschools in both the US and Canada and directed Human Development’s Child Development Lab for 15 years. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the WSU Children’s Center and leads the Early Childhood Education certificate program in the Human Development department. She serves as the academic advisor for all Human Development majors pursuing a certificate in ECE. She is past president of the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) and of the Washington Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Council. She continues as a governing board member of WAEYC, currently serving as the Vice President.


Land Grant Mission Award

Kate Evans

Dr. Evans Joined the Department of Horticulture in 2008 as an Associate Professor of pome fruit breeding and genetics. Her major responsibility is to lead WSU’s pome fruit breeding and genetics research program with particular emphasis on the application of modern genetic and genomic research techniques to assist in the creation of new apple scion and pear rootstock cultivars adapted for production in Washington State. In addition to research, she actively engages with the tree fruit industry and makes contributions to the Horticulture graduate teaching program.


Faculty Excellence in Extension

Doug Collins

Doug Collins is an Extension Faculty and Soil Scientist with WSU’s Food Systems Program. Doug has a Ph.D. in soil science from Washington State University and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Montana State University. He focuses on managing and monitoring soil fertility on diverse organic vegetable farms and evaluating soil quality in different vegetable cropping systems – including organic reduced tillage. Doug is also interested in soil variability across landscapes and biological indicators of soil quality. Dr, Collins currently serves on the Organic Advisory Board for the Washington State Department of Agriculture and previously served on the Board of Directors for Tilth Producers of Washington (now Tilth Alliance).

Faculty Excellence in Research

Tom Marsh

Dr. Thomas L. Marsh is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Economic Sciences and Professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University. He teaches Ph.D. courses in econometrics. Dr. Marsh’s major areas of research are marketing and international trade, quantitative methods, natural resource economics, and global health. Dr. Marsh is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Dr. Marsh previously served on the Editorial Council of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and is past associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.


R.M. Wade Teaching Excellence

Jim Durfey

Mr. James E. Durfey joined Washington State University in 1992 as an Instructor and Program Coordination for Agricultural Technology and Management Program in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. He is now a Senior Instructor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and leads the Agriculture Technology and Management Program. As a Senior Instructor, Mr. Durfey teaches 20-22 credits of courses each academic year, in addition to mentoring students in a variety of experiential and independent-learning situations. Mr. Durfey also is the sole advisor of the approximately 100 students in the program, and provides career guidance and mentoring.


Team Interdisciplinary

Honey Bee Health

Walter “Steve” Sheppard oversees a prestigious honey bee breeding program that enhances US honey bee breeding stock through germplasm importation from bees’ native ranges. Brandon Hopkins is a world leader in honey bee germplasm cryopreservation and the use of controlled atmosphere facilities for honey bee overwintering and disease treatment. Tim Lawrence’s Extension program focuses on the impacts of humans on pollinators, working with pesticide applicators, growers, and the public to reduce pesticide exposure and improve pollinator habitat. Susan Cobey is the foremost authority in instrumental insemination and controlled breeding in honey bee populations. Jennifer Han is leading work to develop a biological control agent against the Varroa mite, a devastating parasite. Nicholas Naeger is spearheading research into treatments for honey bee viruses that have recently swept through US bee populations. Erin O’Rourke manages the bee diagnostic clinic, providing vital information to beekeepers as they manage the many threats facing bees.