Cabell Brand Center names Risa Pesapane as Executive Director
Please join us in welcoming Risa Pesapane as the new Executive Director at the Cabell Brand Center, effective November 1, 2012. Risa earned Bachelor’s degrees in Wildlife Science (2006) and Biology (2007) from Virginia Tech as well as a Master’s degree in disease transmission dynamics at the interface of human and wildlife populations (2011). Risa is passionate about interdisciplinary research and educational outreach endeavors. She was the President and founding member of the Nation’s first Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, striving to promote and facilitate collaborative and integrative approaches for creative solutions to modern problems. Risa also chaired a novel mentoring initiative at Virginia Tech and participated in the university’s strategic planning process. For her graduate research, she partnered with a non-profit organization aimed at sustainable community development, mitigating wildlife conflict, managing human and wildlife health, and overall improving the livelihoods of local citizens. As a professional, Risa has several years of experience in researching human and wildlife health, project management, office administration, and business. She currently serves as Project Director for Rural System, Inc., Blacksburg. Risa’s interests include dynamics of human and wildlife interaction, ecology, water quality and health, sustainable development, zoonotic diseases, global health, wildlife conservation, mentoring and educational outreach, urban agriculture, and non-profit management.