Allison obtained an M.S. in Animal Science in 2004 from the University of Arizona with research focused on the biology of lactation in dairy cows. Her affinity for animals began at an early age as she worked/volunteered in veterinary hospitals and animal shelters. She pursued a pre-veterinary medicine track in college and worked in Dairy Extension with large herds in the southwest. Her internship at a 3000-cow operation concentrated on the improvement of health in calves/cows. Her fascination for the Dairy Industry continued into her M.S. program studying modified dry periods and the effects on mammary cells and milk production. She joined the Monsanto Animal Biology R&D group in 2004 and has held various roles supporting Regulatory studies for row crops and stewardship for the vegetables division. She advocates for agriculture in her communications role and is passionate about ensuring accurate science is communicated to consumers for their decision making and to secure the best/safest food worldwide.