ACE 2020 Award Winners
Reuben Brigham Award
Pam Golden Caraway, SYNGENTA
Pam Caraway's career is easily divided into thirds. Following graduation from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Pam worked as a newspaper journalist, primarily at the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach. From there, she was blessedly delivered into agriculture. The second third of her career is marked by Southern Farmer magazine, a Farm Progress publication, where she was the editor. For the final third, she transitioned in 2011 to the industry side of agriculture with a move to Bader Rutter, a Milwaukee agency, where she worked on behalf of Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva). Most recently, she was a public relations account supervisor at Rhea + Kaiser, a Chicago agency, where she was assigned to the Bayer account. In 2019, she became a Marketing Communications Lead for Syngenta, creating and directing promotion plans for specialty crops and Syngenta branding, which includes managing Thrive magazine.
An Air Force brat, Pam spent most of her adult life on Florida's Emerald Coast (formerly known as The Redneck Riviera). She and her husband, Bo, have three sons (his and hers) and five grandchildren (the smartest and most beautiful grandchildren anyone has ever met).
Academic & Research Learning Community
Award of Excellence
Katie Abrams, Colorado State University
Dr. Katie Abrams' is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. Her expertise is at the intersection of strategic communication and food system and natural resources issues. Most of her research focuses on three broad areas: food marketing communication models of influence, transparency and strategic communication in the agriculture industry, and, most recently, social marketing approaches to encouraging behaviors that help protect wildlife. She has served on leadership within ACE for the Academic and Research Learn
Leadership & Management Learning Community
Award of Excellence
Michelle Olgers, Virginia State University
Michelle Olgers joined the Virginia State University (VSU) College of Agriculture in March 2014 as its first Director of Marketing & Communications. Since then, she has developed a communication strategy and built a team of talented professionals, each with the primary goal of helping VSU Extension Specialists and Agricultural Researchers connect their information and stories with relevant audiences. She and her team have won numerous ACE Critique and Awards Program awards for their work over the last several years. And Michelle is a 2018 graduate of Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR), the state's premier two-year leadership development program for agriculture professionals. Prior to joining VSU, Michelle held numerous communication jobs in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she is married to Darrell Olgers and mother to 17-year-old daughter, Emma Olgers.
Lori Tyler Gula, PhD, University of New Hampshire
Lori Tyler Gula is the communications manager for the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. Recently she was appointed an affiliate assistant professor of education at UNH. Previously she served as a media relations officer at the university. Her background includes several years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in New Hampshire, Florida, and Texas. She holds a PhD in education and master’s in political science from the University of New Hampshire, an MBA from Plymouth State University, and a bachelor’s in journalism from Louisiana State University. She has been a member of ACE for four years and serves as the chair of the Media Relations and Writing Learning Community.
ACE Professional Award