DEIR Council


The AGNR DEIR Council’s mission is to effectuate the College’s DEIR plan to improve diversity, inclusion, and equality within the college community by promoting dialogue, providing information, and fostering respect for all students, faculty, and staff, and AGNR clientele. 

Elected by their peers and appointed by the dean, the Council membership represents the diversity of thought, background, and experience of our on-campus and statewide faculty and staff of over 1,000 strong. Read the description of the AGNR DEIR Council here.


2022 - 2023 Meeting Schedule

2021 - 2022 Meeting Schedule

  • May 24, 2022 Council Meeting, Symons Hall 1110 and virtual
  • April 26, 2022 Council charged by Dean Beyrouty

DEIR Council Membership 2022 - 2025


Academic Programs

Heather Satterfield, Program Manager
Agricultural & Resource Economics (AREC) Louis Preonas, Assistant Professor
Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC) Andrew Schiffmacher, Assistant Professor
Environmental Science & Technology (ENST) Stephanie Lansing, Professor                 
Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) Heather McHale, Senior Lecturer
Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) Abani K. Pradhan, Professor
Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) Naomi Sachs, Assistant Professor

Veterinary Medicine (Vet Med)

Meiqing Shi, Associate Professor
Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) Rubie Mize, Research Coordinator
University of Maryland Extension (UME) Michael Elonge, Senior Agent, Baltimore
University of Maryland Extension (UME) Sarah Hirsh, Agent, Somerset County
University of Maryland Extension (UME) Susan Harrison, Principal Agent Associate, Wye
University of Maryland Extension (UME) Jessica Mellon, Senior Agent Associate, Allegany County
PTK at-Large R. Charles Apter, Senior Lecturer, ANSC
Exempt Staff

Wennett Jones-Johnson, Business Manager, PLSA

Undergraduate Student Maxwell Frederick, ANSC (2024)
Undergraduate Student Meghana Kotraiah, AREC (2024)
Graduate Student Darsy Smith, doctoral student, ENTM
IAA Student Esther Feron

Director, Human Resources Management and Compliance Programs (Ex-officio)

Norman Pruitt

Non-Exempt Staff (2 openings)

vacant (accepting nominations)

Diversity Officer


Amanda Shaffer