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Find University of Idaho Extension faculty and staff by selecting the letter of their last name.

Agenbroad, Ariel

Area Extension Educator, Community Food Systems and Small Farms

Ariel leads and facilitates collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifaceted applied research and education in community food systems and small farms for a six-county area which includes Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Owyhee and Elmore.

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Allen, Monica

Horticulture Aide, Idaho Master Gardener Program

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Allen, Sundance

Farm Operations Foreperson

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Amende, Jackie

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

Jackie Amende is the family and consumer sciences educator for University of Idaho Extension in Canyon County. She graduated with her B.S. from the University of Idaho and then achieved her M.S. at Saint Louis University. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) focusing on nutrition and health programming in Canyon County.

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Amy, Rhonda

Office Manager

Rhonda maintains the office and the UI Extension, Benewah County website.

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Arcibal, Suzette

Responsibilities: Fusarium Head Blight ratings, isolation and culturing pathogens and associated laboratory work, preparation of disease inoculum, disease ratings, sample collection and statistical analyses.

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Armenta, Yvonne

Eat Smart Idaho Nutrition Advisor

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Armitage, Marie

4-H Youth Development Program Assistant

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Ayers, Wayne

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Baker, Sarah

Extension Educator

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Barfuss, Lisa

4-H Program Coordinator

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Barkley, Yvonne

Associate Extension Specialist — Forestry

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Barlow, Mashelle

4-H Program Coordinator

Mashelle’s mission is to motivate, involve and encourage 4-H youth and adults so they can build teamwork, self-confidence and succeed in ventures within the 4-H program. Mashelle graduated from cosmetology school and worked in the field for numerous years before earning an associate’s degree from the College of Southern Idaho, followed by a bachelor’s in human resource development from Idaho State University.

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Barnes, Debra

Administrative Assistant

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Baumgartner, Robin

4-H Youth Development, Science Programs

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Beckstead, Tina

4-H Assistant

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Belew, Brenda

Administrative Assistant

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Bell, Susan

Extension Educator, Horticulture/Idaho Master Gardener Program, and County Chair, Ada County

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Bennett, Michal

Benson, Amber

4-H Service Assistant

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Benson, Terri

Data Entry Specialist

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Biggers, Carol

Nutrition Advisor

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Boatwright, Loretta

4-H Coordinator

Boice, Kandee

Extension Educator, 4-H

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Bone, Yolanda

Program Coordinator, Northern District

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Bowen, Hadley

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Branam, Diane

Administrative Assistant

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Bregante, Erryn

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Brooks, Randall

Professor, Extension Forestry Specialist

Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

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Buck, Julie

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development

Julie's programming areas include health and nutrition, food safety, 4-H youth development and administering Eat Smart Idaho in the southeastern district. Julie's rank is assistant professor.

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Burt, Marcia

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Busch, Mary

Horticulture Associate

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Busdon, Sarah

Administrative Assistant

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Butterfield, Stephanie

Customer Service Specialist

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Byington, Char

Eat Smart Idaho Program Coordinator

Area counties: Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin, Fremont, Power, Madison and Jefferson

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Bywater, Jeni

4-H Program Coordinator

Jeni grew up on a farm in Minidoka County. She was very active in 4-H, taking on all sorts of projects, with her favorite being sheep. After many years of picking rock and thinning sugarbeets, she attended Boise State University’s Technical School in Business and Office Education. Jeni was ecstatic to be hired as Minidoka County’s 4-H program coordinator in 1993 and continues to “Make the Best Better."

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Carleton, Kara

Idaho Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Kara Carleton joined the Idaho Master Gardener Program in 2013. As program coordinator, she empowers a team of 60+ volunteers to provide educational outreach and research-based solutions that address a variety of home horticultural, lawn and garden challenges facing local citizens. Carleton fosters a culture that supports the “Helping People Grow” mission. She has diverse experience in the fields of nonprofit administration, green design, horticulture and gardening. 

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Carnes, Casie

Administrative Assistant

Carrillo, Martha

Responsibilities: Weed management, plant sampling, plant assessments, planting, harvest operations, post harvest processing, seed preparation.

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Carter, Cheryl

Administrative Assistant

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Cates, Nola

Tribal 4-H Program Director

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Cernyar, Krista

Office Manager

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Chavarria, Ronnell

4-H Program Assistant

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Church, James

Extension Educator, Idaho County

Jim Church provides educational programs for commercial livestock producers in UI Extension’s northern district. Specialties include beef cattle production, marketing and management. Jim also manages the 4-H animal science program in Idaho County.

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Clancy, Debby Lea

Senior Customer Service Specialist

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Coburn, Sally

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Codr, Shana

4-H Event Coordinator/Office Manager

Shana Codr is responsible for the management and logistical coordination of all 4-H statewide and national events. She also provides for the financial management and accountability of the revenue and gift accounts as well as the management and facilitation of all 4-H college scholarships.

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Coffey, Becky

FCS Assistant

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Coleman, Jamine

4-H Administrative Assistant

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Cook, Patricia

Office Manager

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Cook, Nadine

Administrative Assistant

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Copeland, Kristi

Management Assistant

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Craig, Lynn

4-H Coordinator

Cummins, Heather

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Dalton, Nikola

Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development

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David, Kirk

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David, Madeline

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Davids, Rosie

4-H Program Coordinator

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Davidson, Kathleen

4-H Program Assistant

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de Haro Martí, Mario

Extension Educator, Dairy and Livestock

Mario de Haro-Martí was born and raised in Argentina, in the Patagonia region. Since 2007, he has worked as an educator for University of Idaho Extension, Gooding County. In this position, he works with dairy and livestock producers to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and trains dairy workers to increase their learning opportunities and productivity. He also helps with community environmental topics, especially in agricultural communities around the Magic Valley. His areas of expertise include agricultural waste and nutrient management, composting, vermicomposting and air quality.

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DePhelps, Colette

Area Extension Educator, Community Food Systems

DePhelps’ education and outreach experience includes: community food systems; small farms; organizational development, strategic planning and facilitation. She advocates for and uses community-based, participatory approaches to education and research to develop timely, relevant and impactful programs.

DeWitt, Amy

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Dodds, Bebe

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Dolecheck, Suzann

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Suzann provides overall leadership and supervision for the Twin Falls County 4-H Youth Development program. She collaborates with regional University of Idaho faculty and community partners to design, implement and evaluate local and multi-county programming. She collaborates with Twin Falls County school districts to provide school enrichment opportunities and provides leadership to support the well-established traditional 4-H club programs with 779 youth and 223 adult volunteers in 47 clubs, volunteer recruitment and development and educational programming for youth and volunteers. Suzann has developed coalitions with a multitude of youth development organizations in Twin Falls County to expand the reach of 4-H youth development programs, especially programming that promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, beyond the club level. She collaborates with district staff to provide a teen leadership program that creates a cadre of teens who can step into leadership roles in county and district wide 4-H events and activities.

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Dye, Lorie

Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development

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Eborn, Ben

Extension Agricultural Economist, Professor

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Edwards, Gordon

Weed Supervisor

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Eide, Angela

Administrative Coordinator

Ekins, Jim

Area Water Educator

Jim has a Natural Resource degree from Western Carolina U, and a Masters in Collaboration and Volunteerism from U. Oregon. He worked in three National Parks, on a research base in Antarctica, and in wetland restoration for watershed councils in Oregon and Idaho. He's an avid canoeist, skier, runner.

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Ellis, Lance

Extension Educator

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Englehart, Bev

Office Assistant

Ensafi, Pooria

Doctoral Student

Responsibilities: Collection of and characterizing nematodes in Southern and Eastern Idaho.

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Erickson, Luke

Personal Finance Specialist and Associate Professor

My interests include personal finance, with an emphasis on youth education. Areas of expertise include credit building, credit scores, investing for retirement, withdrawal strategies, financial goal setting and emergency preparedness. I also have interests in instructional design strategies and instruction through serious games.

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Ettesvold, Susan

Community Nutrition Advisor

Ewers, Timothy G.

Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist

Science, technology and aerospace.

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Feickert, Susie

4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator

Susie Feickert provides leadership for various aspects of day-to-day 4-H operations, including enrollment, volunteer training's, horse and livestock leaders and a variety of local educational events. She has been with UI Extension, Boundary County since 2015.  

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Findlay, John Reed

Extension Educator, Crops and Horticulture

Reed Findlay graduated from Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in agronomy in 1993. He began his career as an agricultural Extension educator with Montana State University working out of Rosebud and Treasure counties. He currently serves with the University of Idaho as a crops and horticulture Extension educator and county chair in Bannock and Bingham counties.

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Finkelnburg, Douglas

Area Extension Educator, Cropping Systems

Finkelnburg supports dryland cropping systems extension and outreach activities throughout northern Idaho. He supports collaborative approaches to deliver unbiased university driven research to agricultural producers and agricultural industry partners to solve ongoing production challenges.

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Floch, Judy

Extension Administrative Assistant

Fornshell, Gary

Extension Educator, Aquaculture

Gary has formed close ties with the aquaculture industry and others involved with aquaculture to be able to develop and implement an aquaculture program. The program addresses water quality and quantity, feeds and nutrition, seafood education and aquatic animal health. He works closely with the outside agencies, UI Extension and research faculty and the aquaculture industry, which is concentrated in Twin Falls, Jerome and Gooding counties. The educational programs he teaches to youth take place at Natural Resources Camp, and are related to aquaculture to include water quality, aquatic ecology and fish biology.

Funkhouser, Connie

4-H Program Assistant

Funkhouser grew up in Camas County. She is a proud Camas County Musher and attends every school home game unless it conflicts with grandchildren events. She has been with UI Extension, Camas County since March 1985. She loves working with youth and volunteer leaders and watching them grow and learn in the 4-H program.

Gamett, Brad

Extension Educator, Agriculture & Community Development

Brad is an Idaho certified professional applicator with agricultural herbicide, agricultural insecticide, aquatic pest, forest environment, ornamental herbicide, ornamental insecticide and has statewide consultant endorsements. He was employed for almost 14 years as the Butte County Weed Superintendent. Locally, Brad is a board member of the Moore Water & Sewer Association and president of Lost River Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.

Gardiner, Kali

Eat Smart Idaho Program Coordinator

Kali Gardiner, RDN, LD is the Northern District Eat Smart Idaho Program Coordinator. She oversees day to day operations, including monitoring program delivery and data collection compliance, supervision and training of Eat Smart Idaho staff and assisting to build and enrich partnerships with agencies. Kali received her B.S. in Food & Nutrition: Dietetics from the University of Idaho, and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She has been with the University of Idaho since 1997. Area counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone

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Gerber, Linda

Outreach to Military Kids Coordinator

Military Kids and Speak Out for Military Kids.

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Ghimire, Nav

Associate Director of UI Extension

Nav’s experience includes impact evaluation, program design, implementation and adult education. His focus is building evaluation capacity of Extension educators and increase their ability to document program impacts that meet the needs of local, state and federal stakeholders.

Gill, Joan

4-H Coordinator

Joan coordinates the 4-H Youth Development program. You can find her teaching at local educational clinics, writing 4-H newsletters, supporting 4-H leaders and directing youth who are turning ideas into action by making commitments to join the movement toward a meaningful change in Payette County.

Gillespie, Donna

Regional Youth Development Educator

Extension Professor Gillespie provides statewide leadership in 4-H citizenship and civic Education, personal development and leadership, including: Idaho 4-H State Teen Association Convention, 4-H Know Your Government and Idaho 4-H Ambassador Programs. She partners with 4-H professionals in youth development programming throughout the Central District.

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Gilliland, Sylvia “GG”

4-H Office Assistant

Golden, Lauren

Extension Education — Agriculture

Graf, Samantha

Extension Educator — Livestock/Small Acreage Farming

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Greenway, Surine

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

Surine is an Extension educator who specializes in family and consumer sciences program areas of food preservation and safety, financial management and health and nutrition.

Guggenheim, Rich

Extension Educator - Horticulture

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Gunn, Danielle

Extension Educator — Agricultural

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Hale, Ruth

Office Manager

Hall, Bev

4-H Program Assistant

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Hamilton, Melissa B.

Extension Educator, Community Development and Agriculture

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Hansen, Kristin

Eat Smart Idaho Program Manager

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Hansen, Lyle

Central District Director

Lyle’s experience includes serving as an University of Idaho Extension educator in Jerome and Ada counties for 12 years with an emphasis in family finance. In July 2017, Lyle was selected as the new UI Extension central district director that provides leadership for extension programs in 10 counties.

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Harris, Jennifer

Administrative Assistant

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Harrison, Steve

Extension Educator

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Hart, Ken

Extension Educator

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Harwood, Lindy

Administrative Assistant II

Lindy Harwood provides assistance to the Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development program areas. “During my tenure, I’ve come to realize what a valuable community resource our extension office truly is, and I’m honored to be a part of that team.”

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Heckman, Susie

4-H Coordinator

Susie Heckman provides the organizational framework for the UI Extension, 4-H Youth Development program in Idaho County by coordinating local 4-H activities, organizing and conducting leader training classes, working with adult volunteer leaders and youth members and providing educational program resources.

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Henderson, Paige

Administrative Coordinator

Paige provides office management and oversees day-to-day operations and budget monitoring. She also assists in the development of University of Idaho educational program resources, marketing, registration, coordination and set-up of workshops and seminars.

Hickman, Amanda

4-H Assistant

Higgins, Debbie

4-H Friday Friends Coordinator

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Hines, Steven

Extension Educator, Crops

Hirnyck, Ronda

Extension Pesticide Specialist and Professor

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Hobbs, Dianne

Office Assistant, 4-H

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Hoffman, Diana

Senior Customer Service Specialist

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Hoffman, Katie

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Katie Hoffman was born and raised in Lemhi County. She started with UI Extension, Lemhi County as a summer intern in 2003. She later served as the 4-H program assistant for two years before taking the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator position. Her passion lies in community connectedness and personal leadership development. Her goal is to help Lemhi County become a stronger, healthier community.

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Hogge, Jon

Extension Educator, Madison County

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Holmquist, Tina

4-H Program Coordinator

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Hulse, Sarah

Program Coordinator, Family and Consumer Sciences

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Humpherys, Dave

Weed Program Assistant

Under the supervision of the weed and pest director, Dave has been working on noxious weed control for the past 15 years. In the weed department, we work with multiple state and federal agencies and local working groups to implement the noxious weed programs and projects. In the weed department, we have multiple projects such as noxious weed biocontrol, rancher’s cooperative projects, spray days and South Fork cooperative weed management. We are active with the state and southwest weed control associations.

Mir was the president of the state weed control association and Dave chairs the South Fork cooperative weed management project. Mir wrote and received a grant to obtain state-of-the art noxious weed storage facilities.

Humpherys, Dennis

Seasonal Field Technician

Under the supervision of the Director, Dennis has worked as a seasonal field technician for 10 years. He assists Mir with multiple weed control projects. He will also assist with pest control projects as needed.

Hunicke, Megan

4-H Special Programs Manager

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Hutchings , Rebecca (Becky)

Extension Educator - Family and Consumer Sciences & 4-H Youth Development

Major responsibilities include nutrition, health, food safety, volunteer development and 4-H youth development educational programming. This includes assessment and development of programs within Minidoka County and southern district.

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Isaak, Diane

Management Assistant, UI Extension, Southern District

Jackson, Chad A.

Research Specialist

Responsibilities: Website publishing, organizing fertility trials, fungicide trials, new variety updates, quality data and table updates, technology and equipment maintenance. Assists growers in cereal agronomic and disease management decisions.

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Janke, Laural

4-H Assistant

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Jarolimek, Dena

4-H Program Assistant and Weed Supervisor Secretary

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Jayo, Cammie

Eat Smart Idaho Program Coordinator

Cammie coordinates the Eat Smart Idaho program in the southern district counties of Butte, Cassia, Custer, Gooding, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls. She is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and supervising nutrition advisors, and is the liaison between outside agencies and various University of Idaho departments.

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Jeffries, Erika

4-H Program Specialist

4HOnline. 4-H website. Curriculum management.

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Jensen, Daphne

Eat Smart Idaho Coordinator

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Jensen, Jennifer

Extension Educator

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Jensen, Kirstin

Extension Educator, Idaho County

Kirstin Jensen provides educational programming for community members, schools and businesses in north central Idaho. Specialties include health and nutrition, fitness and wellness.

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Jensen, Scott

Extension Educator, County Chair

Scott Jensen was raised in southwest Idaho where he participated in 4-H and FFA as a youth. Scott started with University of Idaho Extension in Canyon County in 2000. In 2004, he transferred to the UI Extension, Owyhee County where his work focuses on livestock production, pasture and range management, and 4-H.

Johnson, Carrie

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Carrie Johnson previously served as the 4-H Program Coordinator for Gem and Boise Counties, the Annie's Project Coordinator and the 4-H Fair Secretary in Gem/Boise County. As a nine-year member of 4-H, Johnson was inspired to go to the University of Idaho to study Animal Science.

Johnson, Shelly

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

Shelly Johnson is a University of Idaho Extension professor and has been serving north Idaho since 1999. Her primary focus is nutrition, health promotion and wellness programs. Johnson is known for her work in senior nutrition, diabetes management, obesity prevention for youth and nutrition for high-risk, low-income families. She oversees Eat Smart Idaho in the 10 northern counties of Idaho, education that reaches many low-income families with assistance in buying, preparing and eating healthier foods on a limited budget.

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Johnson, Teri

Senior Office Administrator

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Jones, Linda

Technical Aide II

Responsibilities

  • Isolation and culturing plant pathogens, analyzing seed phosphorus data, data compilation, operating FOSS Near Infrared spectrophotometer, performing beta glucan testing, participating in planting and harvest operations

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Kauer, Trevor

Eat Smart Idaho Nutrition Advisor

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Kerfoot, Rena

Fair Manager

Kimball, Kathi

4-H Program Coordinator

Kinder, Cindy

Extension Educator, 4-H and Animal Sciences

Kinder grew up on a commercial cattle ranch and feedlot and raised registered Black Angus cattle for her 4-H and FFA projects. She was and is very active in 4-H, FFA and National Jr. Angus Associations as a member and now as a volunteer. Kinder loves to provide opportunities to youth and families learning about their animal projects, particularly with feeding, giving shots and quality assurance. She also likes to have youth discover things, which is why she created animal science experiments.

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Kolstad, Dana

4-H Program Assistant, Small Animals/District II 4-H Horse

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Kovac, Kim

Program Assistant and Master Gardener Assistant

Kim has worked as the administrative assistant and Master Gardener coordinator for seven years.

Kronenberg, Jeff

Extension Food Processing Specialist

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Lancaster, Jamie

4-H Program Coordinator

Lancaster grew up in Jerome, with horses and registered Hereford and Angus cattle. She was very active in 4-H, taking beef, dairy and horse projects, as well as sewing, Dutch oven and KYG projects. She was also very active in the Idaho Junior Hereford Association and other state horse organizations. Lancaster graduated from Utah State University and is excited to come back to the 4-H program. She loves helping members find opportunities to become involved and gain new skills.

Larsen, JoLynn

Administrative Assistant-4-H

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Lindstrom, James

4-H Youth Development Program Director

Currently the program director for the University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development program, Lindstrom brings over thirty-five years of professional experience to this role. He has engaged in 4-H program development in Montana, Arizona, Washington and now Idaho. Lindstrom currently represents the United States on the Global 4-H Network Board.

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Lockard, Cheryl

Administrative Coordinator

Lockard, Marsha

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences and UI Extension Ada County Chair

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Loftus, Kelli

Associate 4-H Extension Educator

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Lowber, Debbie

Lead Customer Service Specialist

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Lucero, Jackie

Program Coordinator, Pest Management

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Luna, Rebecca

Eat Smart Idaho Nutrition Advisor

Rebecca is a bilingual nutrition advisor, she teaches classes for limited income families and youth. You can find her teaching at Women, Infants and Children Program clinics, Headstart centers, Working Solutions, food pantries, elementary schools and summer feeding programs. Classes include information on nutrition, physical activity, food safety, resource management and tips for parents feeding young children.

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Lyons, Alana

Office Manager

Alana Lyons is the friendly voice on the phone or the smiling face that you see if you call or drop by the UI Extension office in Idaho County. Alana provides assistance with 4-H program materials for clubs, helps out at various 4-H events and activities, coordinates the publishing of all Extension newsletters and helps direct client calls and inquiries.

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Mack, Sharon

Office Assistant

MacKinnon, Nicole

Eat Smart Idaho Nutrition Advisor

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Mallory, Trey

4-H Program Coordinator

Manker, Gretchen

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

Gretchen 's programming areas include health and nutrition, food safety, financial management and 4-H youth development. Gretchen served as a community nutrition advisor for Eat Smart Idaho (SNAP-Ed and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) for many years. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and enjoys teaching.

Marshall, Juliet

Research Professor, Cereal Cropping Systems Agronomist, Cereal Pathologist


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Martinez, Sendy

Family and Consumer Sciences Program Coordinator

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Martinez, Susie

Office Manager

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Mayes, Iris

Extension Educator, Horticulture & Small Farms

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McCammon, Tony

Extension Educator, Area Horticulture

Tony McCammon is a horticulturalist with University of Idaho Extension. He is a dynamic speaker with 12+ years of experience in the field of plant science. Distinguishing him from others in his field of expertise is that he treats horticulture as entertainment. Tony believes humor and relevance are what keep people from switching the channel, and he uses his story-telling style to help students connect with his message. He has had the opportunity to present all over the western United States on various topics including landscape design, healthy lawns, water conservation and a variety of other horticulture-related topics.

McClintick Chess, Jordan

Agricultural Technician

McShane, Judith

Program Specialist

Afterschool partnerships, CYFAR, Healthy Living programs, International Programs.

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Melville, Nancy

4-H Program Specialist

Volunteer management. Liaison to Idaho State 4-H Leaders' Association.

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Miller, Chris

4-H Program Coordinator

Miller, Dana

4-H Program Coordinator

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Miller, Tina

4-H Youth Development Coordinator

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Moeller, Sherry

4-H Assistant

Momont, Patrick

Southern District Director

Pat’s experience includes serving as a state beef Extension specialist, conducting joint research and extension projects involving cow nutrition, grazing behavior, retained ownership and alternative forages. For the last 17 years he has provided leadership for southwestern and south-central district Extension programs; hiring and supervising county Extension educators, building relationships with stakeholders and serving as the Caldwell Complex superintendent.

Moreno, Carlo

Extension Educator

Carlo's research and Extension activities focus on integrated pest management and sustainable farm practices in small grain cropping systems. In the past, Carlo has worked closely with organic and sustainable vegetable producers in Texas, Venezuela and Maryland to develop community-based, participatory action research projects aimed at reducing pest/weed pressures and improving socio-ecological resiliency.

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Morrisroe-Aman, Bridget

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. Morrisroe-Aman is a family and consumer sciences (FCS) assistant professor, in Ada County, focused on nutrition, health and food safety. She leads the district Diabetes Prevention Program and co-leads the district Master Food Safety Advisor volunteer programs.

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Nash, Scott

Extension Educator, Regional Youth Development

Providing statewide support and leadership in the 4-H Animal Science program area. Also working to partner with county 4-H professionals to enhance youth development opportunities throughout the Eastern Idaho State Fair District, (Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties).

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Nelson, Cindy

Office Assistant

Neufeld, Jerry

County Chair, Extension Educator — Crops

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Nunn, Les

Extension Educator, Livestock and Community Development

O'Leary, Marilyn

Office Secretary

Marilyn keeps things moving at the UI Extension, Payette County office. You will find her working on 4-H member enrollments and reports, balancing the check book, paying the bills, keeping the budget on track, scheduling events and volunteers, tracking inventory and engaging in the everyday general duties that keep the office running smoothly.

Orgill, Shawna

Office Manager

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Packham, Joel

Extension Educator, Cassia County

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Page, Meladi

Extension Administrative Assistant

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Painter, Kate

Extension Educator — Agriculture, Assistant Professor

Kate Painter is an assistant professor and agricultural Extension educator and provides educational programming in cereal and forage production, livestock production, horticulture and small farm production. She also provides assistance in value-added production, based on her own small sheep fiber business and offers training for the Idaho Master Gardener program. She has been with the University of Idaho since 2009. Prior to her current position, she taught farm management and enterprise budgeting and produced crop and livestock enterprise budgets as part of her position with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.

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Parkinson, Stuart

Extension Educator — Agriculture/Horticulture

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Petty, Barbara

Associate Dean & Director of UI Extension

Barbara’s experience includes serving as an Extension educator in Bonneville County for 11 years with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences. She offered programming in family development and financial literacy. For four years Barbara provided leadership for Extension programs in 16 counties as the Eastern District Director. In 2014 she was selected to be the Interim Extension Director and became the Associate Dean/Director of Extension in 2016. 

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Peutz, Joey

Extension Educator

Joey Peutz directs all UI Extension, Payette County programs. You can find her teaching and training the Southern Idaho District Master Food Safety Advisors and Advanced Master Food Safety Advisors, supporting the Cultivate Idaho process, administering the Southern Idaho District Eat Smart Idaho program and creating nutrition and health programs to help families become more self-sufficient by providing information about wise food and health choices as well as producing and preserving food at home.

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Pitman, Robert

Horticulture Service Assistant

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Pruitt, Sheila

Receptionist

Sheila Pruitt is the primary receptionist for UI Extension, Boundary County. She is also responsible for putting together the Boundary County Extension Connections newsletter and assists with family and consumer sciences, agriculture and 4-H departments and the noxious weeds secretary. Pruitt has been with UI Extension since 2010.

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Ramsey, Mitzi

Administrative Assistant

Mitzi grew up in Minidoka County. Mitzi was raised in the accounting atmosphere and worked in an office since the age of 14. Growing up, she had never been involved in 4-H. However, she is rapidly learning the ropes with many questions along the way. She joined the UI Extension, Minidoka County office in 2010 as the administrative assistant.

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Rausch, Rachel

Office and Program Coordinator

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Richel, Karen

Extension Educator, Family Finance and County Chair

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Roberson, Dian

Idaho Master Gardener Program Assistant

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Robertson, Amy

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences & 4-H

Amy Robertson is a University of Idaho Extension Educator in Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H and Youth Development. Robertson provides a variety of workshops, classes and other learning opportunities in food safety, nutrition and healthy living. She also organizes and implements 4-H and youth development events for local youth. She joined UI Extension, Boundary County in 2015.

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Rodgers, Erin

4-H Youth Development Program Manager

Roland, Tyanne

Extension Educator

Ruiz, Rikki

Extension Educator-Livestock/4-H

Rikki coordinates classes with Living on the Land and Annie’s Project. Rikki’s passions are strengthening small-acreage land use and helping people develop sustainable acreages, as well as develop their own agriculture enterprise. She also enjoys working with 4-H youth through a variety of livestock educational workshops.

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Russell, Evie

Office Administrator and 4-H Program Assistant

Evie has been with UI Extension, Gem County since Feb. 2006 and has been involved with 4-H for over 25 years.

Sachse, Tammy

Extension Assistant

Sagers, Joseph

Extension Educator

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Sandoval, Steffanie

Eat Smart Idaho Program Coordinator

Sant, M.S., R.D.N., Laura

Extension Educator — Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

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Sawyer, Suzanne

4-H Program Coordinator

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Schaefer, Jarrie

Extension Program Assistant/4-H Program Assistant

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Schmadeka, Vickey

Eat Smart Idaho Program Coordinator

Schnepf, Chris

Area Extension Educator, Forestry and Professor

Chris Schnepf provides a variety of workshops, short courses, field days, publications, videos and other learning opportunities on applied forest ecology and silviculture for family forest owners, loggers and professional foresters throughout the Idaho Panhandle.

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Schuetz, Maria Micki

Eat Smart Idaho Nutrition Advisor

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Schultze, Suzanne

Office Assistant

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Scott, Danielle

Associate Extension Educator

Serna, Ester

Responsibilities: Weed management, plant sampling, plant assessments, planting, harvest operations, post harvest processing, seed preparation.

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Shelman, Tod

Scientific Aide II

Responsibilities: Plot herbicide treatment, weed management, barley quality data, seed preparation, data compilation, equipment operation, fabrication and maintenance.

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Shelstad, Nancy

Southern District II Regional Youth Development Educator

Providing statewide support and leadership in Positive Youth Development programming and Professional Development. Also working to partner with county 4-H professionals to enhance youth development opportunities throughout Southern District II, (Ada, Adams, Canyon, Elmore, Gem/Boise, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties).

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Silkwood, Gail

Extension Educator, County Chair

Gail brings a strong 4-H and agriculture background to this position. She has taught classes in 4-H youth development as well as conducted research focusing on 4-H leadership training for adults and youth. In addition, she has deep rural roots. Growing up on a large commercial cattle ranch and wheat farm and participating in the Idaho County 4-H program gives her the background to sustain the success of the UI Extension, Benewah County program.

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Simons, Sharlene

Administrative Assistant/4-H Assistant

Small, Laurie

4-H Program Coordinator/Office Administrator

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Small, Meranda

Extension Educator

Meranda has worked with UI Extension since 2014, focusing in livestock and 4-H programming. Before that, she worked for Agri Beef Co. while completing her master's. During her schooling at UI she worked for several years as a research assistant.

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Smith, Katie

Administrative Assistant

Katie provides administrative support for UI Extension, Twin Falls County. She also assists with the maintenance of Twin Falls County 4-H, Master Gardener and Eat Smart Idaho programs and provides referrals for Extension resources to the public.

Snyder, Lindsey

4-H Program Assistant

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Sorensen, Terrell

Extension Educator, Power County

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Sparks, Rose

4-H Assistant

Rose graduated from Boise State University with a teaching certificate and taught 30+ years in area schools, while owning 1,000 head of white-faced ewes and 900 head of boar goats. She also trained donkeys, mules and ponies to drive in harness. Rose teaches the 4-H enrichment activities in area elementary schools.

Speelmon, Patti

Administrative Assistant

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Spencer, Marnie R.

Extension Eastern District Director

Marnie Spencer works as the UI Extension eastern district director, supporting Extension educators in 14 counties and Fort Hall Reservation. Previously, she worked as a family and consumer sciences and 4-H Extension educator in Bingham County. Marnie is a registered dietitian nutritionist and worked as a clinical dietitian in New Jersey prior to her work with University of Idaho. 

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Stachowski, Eileen

Food Systems & Small Farms Program Coordinator

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Stapleton, Julia

4-H Program Manager

Statz, Alysson

4-H Coordinator

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Stevens, Maryanne

4-H Program Coordinator

Stokes, Brad

Extension Educator, Cropping Systems

Brumbaugh’s teaching experience includes large animal internal medicine, respiratory physiology, veterinary pharmacology and veterinary clinical pharmacology. He advocates for proper application of evidence-based medicine because it provides a means to incorporate critical, analytical evaluation of results of valid research into clinical decisions.

Stribling, Aubrey

Office Coordinator

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Strupp, Heather

Part-time 4-H Administrative Assistant

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Tate, Kimberly

Extension Educator Instructor

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Tate, Michelle

4-H Coordinator

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Tejeda, Hernan

Teuscher, Cindy

Office Administrator

Thaxton, Jennifer

4-H Program Assistant/Office Manager

Thompson, Janelle

4-H Program Coordinator

Tifft, Kathee

County Chair and Extension Educator, Community Development and Family and Consumer Sciences

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Tippens, Karen

Administrative Assistant

Titus, Debbie

Office Administator

Toomey, Maureen

Area Youth Development Educator

Toomey is an experienced youth development leader with an unwavering commitment to Idaho families and youth. She directs the Idaho 4-H healthy living program building strong partnerships within and outside the university. Toomey has diverse experiences working with rural communities and directing outreach to Latino youth and families.

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Torbert, James “Jim”

Pest Control Coordinator

Mutually, Mir and Jim work on different pest related projects and programs such as grasshoppers, Mormon crickets and mosquito abatement, to help Elmore County ranchers, farmers and citizens. Jim regularly surveys known standing water sites to monitor for mosquito larvae. These areas are treated to control mosquito larvae. He sets traps to test mosquitoes for WNV. In the early evening, he is fogging areas that experience high mosquito populations during the season. To report areas of standing water or high mosquito populations in Elmore County you can call Jim directly at 208-587-2304 or visit the Elmore county website at www.elmorecounty.org/pest to email us directly.

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Trappet, Karen

Weed Control and Extension Secretary

Tucker, Angela

Administrative Assistant

Angela Tucker joined the UI Extension staff in 2003 as the office bookkeeper. She has maintained numerous grants over the years and keeps all the accounts in order for family and consumer sciences, agriculture, 4-H, 4-H Friday Friends and the noxious weed department.

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Tverdy, Teresa

Program Specialist

Teresa coordinates the 4-H program in the county and is responsible for recruiting, training and supervising volunteer leaders and 4-H members. She works as a member of a team to develop 4-H programming that meets the youth development needs of Twin Falls County youth and families. She serves as liaison for the 4-H program between the district director, Extension specialists and educators.

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Vaughn, Janice

Secretary

Vega, Liliana

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development/Desarrollo de Jovenes

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Villacana, Maria

Nutrition Advisor

Walker, Sue

4-H Assistant

Warren, William A.

Extension Associate Professor and Educator

Land Based Economic Development and Land Stewardship

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Wayment, Seresa

Nutrition Advisor

Werlin, Jennifer

Extension Educator, Community Food Systems

Jennifer Werlin provides leadership and educational programs associated with enhancing local agriculture and community food systems in UI Extension, Teton County. She also provides leadership and technical support for the 4-H Youth Development program. Community food systems refers to the processes between the people, land and infrastructure starting with food production to waste disposal. Jennifer’s interests include the local foods movement, healthy and seasonal cooking, increasing community food security, home and school gardening and season extension, and native plant restoration.

White, Debbie

4-H Coordinator

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Wilfong, Alaena

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Alaena has an extensive background in animal science, earning both of her degrees in this field. She has interests in livestock production and management as well as meat science. She enjoys teaching and speaking about STEM education and quality assurance.

Williams, Cinda

Extension Educator

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Williams, Shannon

Extension Educator — Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Willmore, Carmen

Extension Educator, Livestock and Forages

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Wilson, Jim

Regional 4-H Youth Development Educator

Jim’s experience includes 19 years as an Extension educator for Kootenai & Shoshone counties, then 12 years as an Area Extension educator, all with a 4-H Youth Development emphasis. In 2015, Jim became a Regional 4-H Youth Development educator, providing programmatic support to Idaho’s 10 northern counties plus statewide leadership for 4-H Horse and Shooting Sports education.

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Wilson, Sharla

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Sharla Wilson provides leadership for various aspects of day-to-day 4-H operations, including enrollment, volunteer training's, horse and livestock leaders and a variety of local educational events. She joined UI Extension, Kootenai County in 2002.

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Wittman, Grace

Extension Educator

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Young, Montessa

Extension Educator, Ag/Natural Resources

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Zielinski, Nikki

Administrative Assistant

University of Idaho Extension

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St.
Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho Extension
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2338
Moscow, ID 83844-2338

Phone: 208-885-5883

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: extension@uidaho.edu

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