About the Project Directors
This project is led by a multidisciplinary team consisting of Paul M. Johnson, Ph.D the Principal Investigator; Kellye Thompson, D.V.M, Program Specialist (Cooperative Extension Program), is the resident veterinarian for the Bill and Vara Daniels University Farm; Barbara Johnson, D.V.M Research Veterinarian and Instructor, (Cooperative Agricultural Research Center) serves as the resident veterinarian at the International Goat Research Center (IGRC); Mr. Ashwani Srivastava, Program Specialist-IT; and Mr. Carl Taylor, Telecommunication Manager Distance Learning PVAMU. Mr. Terrence Wolfork of Fort Valley State University serves as the external evaluator and mentor. This team will work diligently to achieve project goals and strengthen program delivery at Prairie View A&M University.
| Paul M. Johnson, Ph.D.|
Dr. Paul M. Johnson., (PI) attended The Jamaica School of Agriculture in Jamaica before relocating to Prairie View Texas to further his studies. During his undergraduate years he worked at the International Goat Research Center (IGRC) at Prairie View A&M University. He completed his Master of Science degree in Animal Sciences in the summer of 1994 and immediately started working at the IGRC as a Research Technician. During this time he worked on various projects relating to goats and continued his educational pursuit. In 2006 he graduated from Texas Southern University with a PhD in Environmental Toxicology. His passion for technology and love for animals motivated him to find ways to assist farmers in managing their animal health issues. In 2013 Dr. Johnson’s idea “Establishing a Novel Livestock Information Delivery System” was funded by the USDA 1890 Capacity Building Grant Program. He has since been working on this and other projects at the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center here at Prairie View A&M University.
|Barbara M. Johnson, D.V.M. Co-PI||
Dr. Barbara M. Johnson (Co-PI), received a B.Sc. degree in animal and poultry science and a D.V.M from Tuskegee University. She has been employed since 1987 at the International Goat Research Center at Prairie View A&M University as research veterinarian responsible for preventative health care and herd management for approximately 400 meat and dairy type goats. In the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, she have been responsible for the instruction of three animal science courses. She is a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and co-advisor of the Prairie View A&M University Livestock Club, a CAHS student organization.
|Kellye Thompson, D.V.M. Co-PI||
Dr. Kellye Thompson (Co-PI), received her B.Sc. degree in biology and D.V.M from Tuskegee University. She has been employed as a Program Specialist, for Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University since 2012. She is also the resident veterinarian at the Bill and Vera Daniels University Farm, where she is the research veterinarian responsible for preventative health care and herd management for approximately 200 heads of cattle and 400 meat and dairy type goats. Her responsibilities on the school farm includes assessment, diagnosis and planning/execution of treatment regimens for a variety of cases. She is proficient in several surgical procedures. Her role in this project will be to coordinate and identify health issues to be videotaped.
|Mr. Ashwani Srivastava Co-PI,||
Mr. Ashwani Srivastava (Co-PI), a resourceful Information Technology professional with a sound and optimistic outlook on all things in life. He has executive and hands on experience in diversified industrial enterprises including higher education. He has over 23 years of professional experience including over 12 years in higher education land-grant systems. Mr. Ashwani has a very strong record of success in creating robust IT infrastructure, operations and business development with proven ability to bring the visible benefits by solving problems while managing the overheads and risks. He has a wealth of experience in Agriculture Extension Program planning, accountability and evaluation system, data analysis for program effectiveness, logic models, strategies for restructuring plan and custom application development. His knowledge also extends to the areas of Multimedia Technology.
|Mr. Carl Taylor, Co-PI||
Mr. Carl A. Taylor (Co-PI), received his B.Sc. degree in computer science from Prairie View A&M University and has over 32 Years in the Information Systems/Computer Science technical areas. He is currently employed as the Telecommunications Manager of the Title III activity and has over 30 years’ experience in network management and system administration. Additionally Mr. Taylor has over 15 years’ experience in video technology and videoconference. His specialties include video editing, recording and video systems configuration. Prior to coming to Prairie View A&M University in 2004, Mr. Taylor held the position of Information Directory for Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas and has held previous positions in the public sector such as Texas Children’s Hospital and Union Carbide. He has over 28 years in Higher Education and was very instrumental in bringing the Internet to Prairie View A&M University in 1988. Mr. Taylor has created expert designs, implementations in support of LAN’s and WAN’s. He has a strong track record in designing and implementing video systems, disaster recovery, network development and infrastructure plans with effective utilize and successful configurations and implementations.
|Ms. Ashley Pellerin;|
Extension Agent, Smith County
Ms. Ashley Pellerin is newest member of our group. She brought a wealth of experience to the team. Ashley is a graduate of Tuskegee University where she received her B.S. in Animal Science and Tennessee State University where she received her Master’s in Agricultural Science with a concentration in goat Breeding and Genetics. She is employed as the Smith County (Tyler, TX) Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent with the Prairie View A&M University-Cooperative Extension Program (CEP). Her role in this position is to assess the needs of limited-resource, historically underserved and beginning farmers, ranchers and their families in Smith County. She provides research based information and one-on-one support to assist them in their agricultural endeavors. In addition to educating agricultural producers and homeowners, she also has taken an active role in helping to assist community gardens in low-income areas of Tyler which helped her obtain a seat on the Board of Directors for the East Texas Food Bank. Along with her primary work, Ashley also makes sure to take time to volunteer in the community, participate in her sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) and at her church. You can also see her work published in BioMed Central Online Research Journal.
Natalee Jordan and Dezyrae Greggs started working on this project in the Spring 2014. Being a part of this project has really broadened our perspective on animal health and farm management issues. Our role on this team consist of us researching common bacterial, metabolic, parasitic, and viral diseases that are found in goats, and recording and taking pictures of procedures done by our on campus Veterinarians or Vet Assistants at the International Goat Research Center.
We also assisted with videography, video editing and uploading content to the project website.
We constructed posters, which we presented at two conferences. The opportunity to present at conferences was very enlightening, as we answered questions presented by farmers, students and other presenters. Being a part of this project has made us more passionate about animals and the positive things they bring to our earth.
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