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Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller

President, MANRRS / Head of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences & Assistant Dean of Development, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, Tuskegee University

Dr. Olga U. Bolden-Tiller is the current President for the National Society of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and also serves as the Head of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DAES) as well as the Assistant Dean of Development for the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS) at Tuskegee University (TU). She holds a BS degree in Agricultural Sciences (Animal Sciences) from Fort Valley State University and a PhD degree in Animal Sciences (Reproductive Biology) from the University of Missouri- Columbia where she matriculated as an USDA-National Needs Fellow. Dr. Bolden-Tiller continued her training at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center as an NIH Fellow in Reproductive Biology. In 2005, she joined Tuskegee University as an Assistant Professor.

Prior to obtaining her current position, Dr. Bolden-Tiller served as the Coordinator for the Animal, Poultry and Veterinary Sciences Program as well as the Assistant Head for DAES.  In these roles, Dr. Bolden-Tiller established numerous partnerships with a variety of domestic and international organizations supporting Tuskegee University’s efforts to build collaborations that promote Sustainable Agriculture Research, Teaching and Extension.  Dr. Bolden-Tiller served as the Director for the NSF funded Integrative Biosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Tuskegee University for almost eight years and directed several summer pre-college programs, including AgriTREK, AgDiscovery, SciTREK, FNR-TREK and DiscoveryTREK for a decade. She also currently serves as the State Coordinator for the Alabama Youth Institute held in collaboration with the World Food Prize Foundation oversees TU’ Tomorrow’s Agricultural Professionals Symposium.

In addition to her administrative duties described above and teaching duties, which include Introductory Animal Sciences, Reproductive Physiology, Advanced Reproductive Physiology, and Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Dr. Bolden-Tiller maintains a small, but robust research program that focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of gonadal function in rodents and ruminants, with a particularly emphasis on the testis. Her research and training programs are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, HHMI, and the state of Alabama (Alabama Agricultural Land Grant Alliance).

Collectively, Dr. Bolden-Tiller has served as a research mentor for over 50 high school, undergraduate and graduate (MS and PhD) students. She is the author/co-author of numerous of refereed journal articles and conference proceedings and is an active member of numerous professional societies, serving in leadership roles in many, including MANRRS (President-Elect and Past Historian); American Society of Animal Sciences; National Goat Consortium (Founding Member and Program Committee) and the Society for the Study of Reproduction (Board Member; Public Affairs Committee Liaison and Past Trainee Representative).  For her contributions, Dr. Bolden-Tiller has received several awards, including the TU College of Agriculture, Environmental and Natural Sciences’ Faculty Performance Award for Service (2008, 2017) and Teaching (2010) as well as the Russell Brown Distinguished Scientist Award (2013).  She is also recognized as an Opportunities for UnderRepresented Scholars (OURS) Fellow and is an alumnus of the LEAD21 Program, the Fielding/Conclave Leadership Academy as well as the Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellows Program.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director for Together We Grow and the Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Kristin works alongside a consortium of many of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions. Together We Grow is focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce that can power the innovation needed to feed the future.   

Kristin has always had a passion for systems change that creates more equitable opportunities and has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Most recently, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, which integrates food literacy education into school curriculums across the country.

Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU and served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc., helping lead the master planning, design, and actualization of the award-winning Bucking Horse and landmark Jessup Farm projects in Fort Collins, Colo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from CSU and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado.