The Team

Sheldon Hammond


Sheldon Hammond has been announced as the new Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture. He has been a faculty member of the University of Georgia Extension Service for the past 25 years and holds the rank of Senior Public Service Associate. He also served the University of Georgia as an ANR (Agriculture and Natural Resources) County Extension Agent, a district ANR Program Development Coordinator, and currently as the Northwest District Extension Director. In his current role he is administratively responsible for 275 employees in extension county offices in 39 counties. The Northwest Extension District represents over 68% of the state’s population including the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Macon, Columbus, and the suburbs of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s degree in Forest Engineering from Purdue University.

Ellen Bauske

Program Coordinator

Ellen Bauske has served as the program coordinator for the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture for ten years and has a wealth of expertise in Urban Agriculture Extension programing and project implementation.

She currently coordinates national and statewide urban programs in water issues, safety training, turfgrass, Integrated Pest Management, and arboriculture. Prior to joining the Center for Urban Agriculture she helped create AWIS Weather Services and served as Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing of that company for seven years.

She holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Plant Pathology and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell College. She is the recent recipient of the 2016 Walter Barnard Hill Award. Dr. Bauske has had the great pleasure of working in plant breeding, biological control, Integrated Pest Management, and Extension.

Greg Huber Training Coordinator

Greg Huber

Training Coordinator

Over the past decade, Greg has trained Georgia’s Green Industry workforce as the Program Coordinator, Lead Instructor, and Advisor for the Southern Crescent Technical College Horticulture Program. Greg’s diverse background in the industry includes Christmas Tree Farming, Carpentry and Construction, Landscape Management, Retail Nursery Sales, Landscape Installation, Site Planning, and Landscape Architecture. In 2014 he received the Georgia Green Industry Association’s Educator of the Year award and is also a past recipient of the Southern Crescent Technical College Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.

Mr. Huber is a Georgia Registered Professional Landscape Architect. Greg is active in professional, educational, and community clubs and activities. He brings enthusiasm, passion, and expertise to every one of his program areas.

Becky Griffin

Community and School Garden Coordinator

Becky Griffin helps school and community gardeners succeed!  This includes organizing school garden teacher training for the summer months, managing the Center's garden presence on the web, and using social media to connect gardeners to the latest research-based gardening information.

Becky is a Certified Georgia Beekeeper and enjoys projects involving beneficial insects in the garden.  In 2017 her Georgia Pollinator Census project involved gardeners across the state.  You will often find her representing the Center for Urban Agriculture in Atlanta.  Some of her recent and current work includes collaborating with partners on a healthy soil initiative, participating in the community garden action committee at Food Well Alliance, and working on the Atlanta Food Roadmap.  

Her greatest role is being a resource to UGA Extension agents, helping them meeting their client needs whether that involves collecting Extension resources for their use, creating 4-H lessons on gardening, assisting with workshops, or promoting their programs.

Beth Horne

Planning and Event Coordinator

Beth Horne joined the Center for Urban Agriculture in September 2012 as our first Event Planner. She offers over 25 years of education and experience in the planning, coordinating, facilitation, and execution of events, workshops, meetings, and conferences. She currently provides a highly valuable service of support for events facilitated through the University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture, Northwest District Extension, Horticulture, and Entomology.

Beth’s gifts of organization, attention to detail, creative imagination, concept design and contagious enthusiasm have helped provide collaborators with high quality – stress free programs from start to finish.

Beth’s ability to provide support in design, marketing, registration, and content materials are just a few of her talents and skill sets. Beth’s experience and education in event planning have created a reputation for unparalleled excellence as an event planner.

Tami Boyle

Administrative Associate

Tami Boyle joined the Center for Urban Agriculture in 2011 with over 21 years of business experience and has an MBA from Clayton State University. The Center relies on Tami for all day-to-day management and administrative duties. The Center has benefited greatly from her knowledge of diverse computer software applications, strong communication skills, and passion to help foster educational growth in individuals. She has been invaluable in helping our unit navigate the fiscal polices and procedures at UGA.

Tami’s strong communication skills are instrumental in communicating with various UGA departments and have been an asset as the face to the public for many of our clientele.


Richie Braman

Developer and Systems Administrator

Richie keeps the Center's high profile production servers in check, the reel decks wound, and the VHS tapes fresh.

Providing services to online training clientele, county Extension Agents, industry partners, Master Gardener volunteers, and Extension specialists; he works with teams of faculty, agents, and staff.

The Center’s presence has grown and increased greatly in capability as the needs of Center clientele and personnel have expanded. Many Center programs are rooted in rapidly moving fields including statewide water-use registration and education, national water conservation, online interactive training and classroom sites, mobile technology projects, Homeowners’ Association Outreach, the National Urban Extension Conference, and many more.

He works to conceptualize technical and creative projects and lead Center personnel and collaborators through them. Building solutions to meet the needs of the Center and its clientele.

Richie is responsible for the interpretation, design, implementation, and maintenance of the Center’s mission and projects as they pertain to technology, from start to finish. His favorite thing to work on are the online training and certification programs, projects with county Extension agents, our industry partners, Master Gardener volunteers, and Extension specialists.

Kris Braman

Former Director (2011-2016)

Dr. Kris Braman joined the University of Georgia Entomology faculty in 1989 after earning degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Forestry and the University of Kentucky.  She currently serves as Professor & Head of Entomology. She served as Director of the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture from 2011-2016. She develops management plans for insects that affect turf and ornamentals; teaches General Entomology and Biological Control for undergraduate and graduate students; and provides training for Green Industry Professionals.  She has served as President of both the Georgia Entomological Society and the South Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (SEB-ESA).

Dr. Braman has been recognized as a Distinguished Alum of the Entomology Department at the University of Kentucky, as a recipient of SEB-ESA's Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology and as a recipient of the GGIA Environmental Friend of the Year Award. Her more than 120 journal articles and book chapters reflect her research focus on insect-plant interactions, Integrated Pest Management, and environmental conservation issues. Dr. Braman took on an additional role of serving as Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UGA Griffin campus from October 2014 through October 2015.