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Susan Gildersleeve , Natural Resources Cluster and lead editor

Susan Gildersleeve

Susan Gildersleeve has been with IFAS/ICS since 2001. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from UF and a master's degree in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is just one “module” away from becoming a Florida Master Naturalist.

Jewel Midelis, Human Sciences Cluster

Jewel Midelis

Jewel is a Florida native and a UF graduate who loves the beach, the outdoors, and her two adopted pups. Previously, Jewel worked as a news service clerk at the New York Times Editing Center.

Lila Sadkin, Plant Cluster

Lila Sadkin

Lila comes to us from the University of Florida Libraries. Lila has studied linguistics and library science. She loves science fiction and fantasy and makes up languages for fun.

Production Team

Diana Hagan, librarian/software development

Diana Hagan

Diana Hagan has been with IFAS since May 2002. She holds a bachelor's degree in Classics from New College of Florida, a master of Latin from the University of Florida, and a master's degree in Library Science from the University of South Florida. She has previously been employed as a cataloger in the UF Libraries and as a Latin teacher in the Alachua County and Polk County School Districts.

Wesley Croom, document production/technical support

Wesley Croom

Wesley Croom has been with IFAS/ ICS team since 1989. He attended East Tennessee State University studying printing, photography and computer graphics, and managed a printing and publishing company until coming to UF.

Hope Crawford, document production

Hope Crawford

Hope N. Crawford joined IFAS/ICS eight years ago as one of ICS' graphic designers and a member of the EDIS team.

Melanie Mercer, program assistant

Melanie Mercer

Melanie Mercer has been with IFAS/ICS team for over 25 years. She joined the EDIS team six years ago after working in IFAS Printing and providing fiscal support for IFAS/ICS and Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE).

Vesta Richardson, document production

Vesta Richardson

Vesta Richardson joined IFAS/ICS over twenty six years ago. After seven years with IFAS Printing, she worked in Graphics and Media and she has spent the past two years as a member of the EDIS production team.

Neal Hammond, proofreader

Neal Hammond

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