Megan Seibel, RN, PhD
Megan Seibel joins the secretariat focusing on agricultural leadership and capacity building. She most recently served as the director of the Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) Program at Virginia Tech, which is dedicated to developing leaders for the Commonwealth’s largest industry. As an Extension Specialist, she offered experiential program content around leadership best practice in education, workplace, and grassroots organizational settings. She is also the Associate Director for the Center of Cooperative Problem Solving at Virginia Tech and an Associate Fellow of the Occupational Research Centre in the UK.
In various work and voluntary roles, Megan strives to foster capacity building through efforts centered around decision making and leadership development that will poise Virginia communities to address complex issues facing agriculture and forestry industries moving forward in ways that consider holistic community wellness and sustainability.
An agricultural producer, Megan and her family manage a wine grape and beef cattle operation in Botetourt County, and she was named America’s Farmers Southeastern Farm Mom of the Year in 2015. Dr. Seibel received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University, her Master of Science in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural and Extension Education from Virginia Tech.