Newest members of the SPES team

Andrea Renshaw

Andrea Renshaw
Laboratory & Research Specialist, Small Grains Breeding Program

  • M.S. Agriculture and Life Sciences, Environmental Science Concentration, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, West Liberty University

Renshaw has worked at Virginia Tech for a few years. She is currently a Lab and Research Specialist/Administrative Assistant with the Virginia Tech Small Grains Breeding Program, where she assists with laboratory, greenhouse, agriculture, and administrative duties for the program. Renshaw has previous experience in ecological and conservation studies, microbiology, bioremediation, education, and laboratory management.

Daphne Williams

Daphne Williams
Horticulturist, Hahn Horticulture Garden

  • B.S., Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Williams has spent many years in the green industry in many different roles including public and private gardening, retail nursery, residential and commercial landscaping, and community outreach.

With a passion for design concepts, nature, gardening, and building lasting relationships with people, Williams looks forward to the opportunity to continue to strengthen her skill sets in the green industry as well as her relationships with the community. 

Originally from Newport, Virginia, she currently lives on a farm in Pembroke, Virginia. She feels fortunate and grateful to be able to work at her alma mater where she is able to remain creative, interact with plants and people on a daily basis, and invest in the future of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!