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Christy Chiarelli
Program Director

Christy Chiarelli was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi. Her love of agriculture was instilled by her grandfather and his cattle operation. She showed market lambs and Brahman cattle as a member of her local FFA chapter and was also a 4-H member. Her involvement in the National FFA Organization culminated in being elected a national FFA officer.

Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in agricultural education and communication and agricultural leadership. Prior to directing the Wedgworth Leadership Institute, she worked for the Center for Public Issues Education and UF/IFAS Advancement.

Christy and her husband, Elio, with their two children live on a small farm in Alachua.


Janice E. Shephard
Administrative Assistant
Janice Shepard was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and raised in Lancaster, PA. Janice assists the director in the administration and operation of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute. Her responsibilities include the financial administration for the Wedgworth Leadership Institute and its endowment through the University of Florida Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc., logistic arrangements for the seminars, preparation of program materials and correspondence, daily operation of the office, administrative support for the University of Florida Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc. Board of Director’s as well as the Wedgworth Leadership Institute’s Advisory Council. She also provides secretarial support for the alumni association. In addition to her responsibilities with the Leadership Institute and raising her two children, she obtained an associate’s degree in Private Investigation and has her own business.