Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

Get to know a few of our board members each month.

Dr. Kristy ShawDr. Kristy Shaw, Animal Sciences Representative

BSAGR ’14 Animal Sciences, DVM ’18 Veterinary Medicine
Public Health Veterinarian, Ohio Department of Agriculture 

Q: What do you do when you are not at work? 

A: When not at work, my husband and I can be found at our home working on home projects. We enjoy cooking and grilling out and taking advantage of the outdoors when we can! We also help out on my parents’ beef cattle farm.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

A: My term just started so I am still learning and adjusting but I am looking forward to meeting other alumni and being able to contribute positively to the college!

Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

A: I went on a study abroad trip through CFAES Animal Sciences to New Zealand. We got to see so much in the 10-day period, and it was an amazing experience and opportunity. I encourage all students to do a study abroad if they are able!

Derek SniderDerek Snider, Northwest Ohio Representative

BSAGR ’13 Agribusiness and Applied Economics 
Account Officer, AgCredit, ACA

Q: What do you do when you are not at work? 

A: When the office job is over for the day, I go home and start my second shift job—the family farm. My family and I own and operate a cash grain and livestock operation. We grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay using no-till conservation farming practices. We have a beef cow/calf herd as well. The heifers are raised as replacements for the herd, while the steers are raised for freezer beef or market. When we get caught up with the tasks on the farm, I like to cruise around checking our crops as well as the crops throughout the county in my classic car, a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

A: Being on the board is loads of fun since we all are CFAES graduates but come from such diverse backgrounds. We all enjoyed our time on campus or we would not have the desire to continue to serve as board members of the Alumni Society. We all have the same goals in mind as we serve on the board and work to engage other alumni through our activities and work to become a source of information to current students as they near their graduation and enter the workforce.


To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, click here.

To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, click here.