Distinguished Service Award to the Certification Program
The purpose of this award is to encourage, recognize, and reward outstanding contributions to the ESA Certification Program and the professionalism of entomology.
Dr. Rebecca Baldwin is an associate professor and is the undergraduate coordinator for the University of Florida (UF) Entomology and Nematology Department. She became interested in entomology as a child through the 4-H club in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, and shares her love of entomology and education by directing the UF Entomology Education and Outreach Program (The Bug Club), by mentoring and advising students, by volunteering for the Entomological Foundation, and by teaching general education and introductory entomology courses to undergraduates. Her research program focuses on entomology education and integrated pest management tools for crawling insect control. Outside of the classroom, Rebecca provides CEU and recertification training for educators, pest control operators, and mosquito managers, as well as for pest management associations. Rebecca is a Board-Certified Entomologist, serves on the ESA Education and Outreach Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the Entomological Foundation. Rebecca regularly provides workshops for pest managers who aspire to become Associate Certified Entomologists.
Rebecca holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where her research focused on people’s perceptions of pest management and integrated pest management of cockroaches using fatty acid salts. She received her B.A. and M.S. degrees in biology from the University of Louisiana Monroe. She lives in North Central Florida, where she and her husband Richard are active members of Westside Baptist Church.
Ace Professional Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize superior contributions of an ACE in the field of structural pest management.
Alan Feuer, ACE, is currently the technical director and lead ACE for Preventive Pest Control (PPC), Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Alan began his career in pest management in 1989 following a tour in the U.S. Marine Corps. Alan’s current duties include training and development for technical/sales/customer service support personnel for PPC as well as designing service protocols and SOP in support of pest management operations.
Alan serves as the PPC liaison to the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors (GAAR), where he currently is serving as the Affiliates Committee chairman, and is a certified instructor for the New Mexico Real Estate Commission (NMREC). He is also the current secretary/treasurer and training coordinator for the New Mexico Pest Management Association (NMPMA) and is the 2017-2018 chair of the Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Committee of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
Outbound training is one of Alan’s passions, and he is blessed to be able to spend about 20% of his time instructing or preparing classes for GAAR, NMREC, NMPMA, or other local groups. His latest investment is to partner with property managers and elder care providers in the realm of better understanding how to best avoid or mitigate bed bugs in the homes of the most financially/physically/resource-challenged members of our community.
Alan wants to thank all of his mentors from NMPMA for their wisdom, counsel, and encouragement, and also the industry instructors, vendors, and manufacturers who invested in providing training and education to the pest management industry in New Mexico.
Student Certification Award
This award recognizes and encourages outstanding entomology graduate students with interest in the mission of the ESA certification program.
Lina Bernaola was born in Lima, Peru. She received her B.S. in biological sciences and a minor in molecular biology from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru. Her professional experience, as well as her passion in the world of plants, began when she joined the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima to perform her undergraduate thesis. Based on this experience, Lina joined Louisiana State University (LSU) to pursue her M.S. in agronomy and crop sciences. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Entomology at LSU under the supervision of Dr. Michael Stout. Her research interests include plant-insect and plant-pathogen interactions as well as host plant resistance. Her project involves investigations of the mechanistic basis of plant resistance against above-ground and below-ground organisms in rice. Primarily, she studies the effects of mycorrhizal fungi, a symbiotic soil-borne organism, on rice resistance to insect herbivores. The ultimate goal of Lina’s research is to provide a better understanding of plant-insect-mycorrhizae interactions in rice pests of Louisiana, which will help to develop more effective pest management programs in rice. Lina has been actively involved in the Entomological Society of America since 2013. She has presented her research at several national and Southeastern Branch meetings. She also enjoys conducting educational outreach about insects to kids with the Entomology Club at LSU.