2019 Wake County Plan of Work

Approved: February 22, 2019

I. County Background

In January, 2019, Wake County, the Capital seat of North Carolina, was home to more than 1,180,000 million people. Wake County is still the 2nd fastest growing county in the nation with a population over 1 million. Wake continues to be named among the top counties in the country to live, work, play and raise children. The county sees approximately 65 new residents each day and continues to lose 13,800 acres of open space each year to other uses. Fifty-two percent of Wake's population has achieved a bachelor's or higher post secondary degree compared to 27% statewide. The median age has risen to 35; unemployment has fallen to 4.7% and the median income is now $84,300. Additionally, the County has been named either the healthiest or 2nd healthiest county in the state the last eight years according the National County Health Rankings. Of note, approximately 10% of the state's total population and 10% of the state's population under 25 live in Wake County. While the percentage of Wake's population living below the poverty rate is smaller than many counties at 9%; there are another 13% living near the poverty rate. This means that approximately 234,000 people, a population larger than the total population of 82 counties in North Carolina live at or near the poverty line in Wake County.

North Carolina State University's Extension program in Wake County represents a partnership between Wake County Government, the land grant universities in the State and the community including the customers we serve, the Advisory Leadership System within the County and our valued volunteers. Together we are working to align resources with substantiated needs, the strategic initiatives of both systems and the goals established by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. In 2018, the Extension Center in Wake County deployed 34.5 staff and just over $2.3 million in support of efforts to increase consumption of fresh local food, to reduce food insecurity, to help our youth gain critical life skills, to help our preserve our farmland and to contribute to the health of the community and vitality of our local economy. Core programs include Food, Agriculture and Youth Development.

Extension professionals in Wake County contribute substantially to the communities infrastructure to support collective impact. Extension provides shared leadership to the County's Priority Goal for Social & Economic Vitality, the Youth Thrive collective impact initiative for young people, the development of the Capital Area Food Network and the establishment of a comprehensive plan for Food Security. They also contribute through their support of efforts to address Adverse Childhood Experiences, the Watershed Education Network, Wake County Smart Start, the Wake Partnership for Post Secondary Success, the County's Emergency Animal Plan and the Community Health Integrated Strategies Team within Human Services. Extension has significant partnerships with more than 70 organizations and all 11 municipalities. Strong integrated program efforts are in place with the WCHS Communicable Disease and Health Promotion Programs within Public Health; LINKS and Relative Caregivers within Child Welfare; the Water Quality, Environmental Health & Integrated Pest Management Divisions within Wake County Environmental Services.

~The Wake County Board of County Commissioners and two municipalities have adopted the Comprehensive Food Security Plan; 80% of the strategies outlined in the plan have been initiated; 16 seasonal AmeriCorps Members and 4 full time VISTA's completed their term of service in support of local food security efforts, the Food Security Workgroup continues to support strategies for the 25 schools providing universal free breakfast; including 4 new pilot efforts to deliver breakfast to students in innovative ways known to increase participation in the program. The Growing Food Security Leaders projects were expanded this past year utilizing a $15,000 grant from NC A&T State University; Extension Master Gardeners are in the process of partnering with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC to host a teaching and production garden to support expansion of production capability to affiliated food banks across the County and to pilot a new School & Community Garden Garden Mentoring Project and to promote food production gardens, with intergenerational support at food pantries across the County. The new Food Security Manager has been instrumental in each of these achievements as well as bringing online and supporting the 14 school-based food pantries; revamping the community engagement, Coordinating Committee structure and leveraging resources to pilot new strategies designed to enhance the results of the Summer Food Service Program and to work with Human Services Regional Directors to pilot a Regional Food System pilot in Northern Wake.

~In 2018, the Social & Economic Vitality Initiative made substantial progress in establishing two place-based, anchor assets in the pilot geographic zones identified by the County; considerable progress was made establishing an effective model to engage under-served communities in concrete strategies addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, including a new effort with 4-H and Wake County Public Schools to support restorative practice reducing student suspensions and community leadership development. A new partnership was established with Extension's assistance between the NC State Office of Outreach & Engagement and Wake County, including a specific funded activity to engage in building non-profit capacity in our target zones. Youth Development camps were implemented in both anchor communities and 4 separate resident and community-based action teams continue to work to amplify the communities voice, providing valuable input into new programs and policies. In addition, new educational programming was delivered related to disaster preparedness and fair housing practices in these specific areas which are experiencing significant gentrification.

~In 2018, Wake County 4-H served 7,089 unduplicated youth, with 5,160 youth participating in six or more hours of programming. Of these youth, 944 were involved in foster care, kinship care or other out-of-home placement, or were involved in the juvenile justice system. 4-H also reached 1,055 adults with educational programming related to positive youth development. Examples of adult training include Youth Mental Health First Aid, parenting and caregiver skills, 4-H volunteer training, and adolescent health training for adults. Wake County 4-H had 21 community-based 4-H clubs in 2018 and 4-H provided staff- and volunteer-led programming at 75 sites throughout Wake County. The 4-H program serves public, private and charter schools throughout the county, as well as homeschooling families. 4-H provided school enrichment programs for 42 classrooms in WCPSS in 2018. The recidivism rate of at risk school age youth served was 2%; meaning 98% had no further contact with the juvenile court system; 94% of youth engaged in healthy lifestyles programming increased their practice of healthy behaviors; 1931 youth and adults increased life skills and 2,185 youth increased in STEM knowledge.

~In the Agriculture and natural resource areas, Extension delivered 25 training and certification workshops targeting local municipal and county partners with 3500 stormwater managers trained in innovative stormwater practices. Through environmental stewardship efforts 50 pesticide credits were awarded and 1383 participants and participants involved in continuing pesticide education activities recycled 1975 lbs of recycled waste. Staff also increased on-farm trials and hosted multiple field days with 73 area growers and agents to share results.

~Master Gardeners continued their partnered efforts with Habitat for Humanity in landscaping and lawn maintenance and offered a newly developed and award-winning Ready Garden Grow curriculum and classes at 4 Regional Libraries across the county. Master Gardener volunteers also continued their partnership with the Healing Transitions Garden for men & women in residential substance abuse treatment programs, worked to establish a stronger relationship with Passage Home and increased their outreach with School & Community Gardening efforts including the new partnership to establish a Garden Mentoring Program in conjunction with production gardens at local food pantries.

In 2019, the Wake Extension Center will continue to sustain and expand the effectiveness of these partnerships and educational services to consumers, youth & families, professionals and colleagues. Extension staff will continue to provide crucial infrastructure for collective impact initiatives in the community addressing Social & Economic Vitality of Vulnerable Communities, Youth Development, Food Security, Food Policy and Water Quality. These efforts will require Extension to play a vital role in advancing shared measurement systems, which will mean focusing on data collection across systems, using data for shared decision-making and better understanding the impact of specific strategies related to several key issues and populations. Our work in this area will be vital to engaging more grassroots voices and building community leadership and the development of a human capital pipeline in pilot areas. Our work in Agriculture and Natural Resources is crucial to helping our farmers sustain viable income that allows them to preserve their farms and production capacity for the future. Agriculture agents are working to host on farm trials related to soybeans, sweet potatoes, corn and pastures. They are engaged in expanding markets, supporting food safety and pollinator health in addition to integrated pest management efforts. This work is essential to the preservation of farmland and open space.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

NCCE-Wake County Center programs and resources are well aligned with local government priorities. Leadership and staff are involved in environmental scanning, community needs assessment, integrated program development, planning and management structures within various departments and divisions. The County Extension Director (CED) consults in the annual budget development process within the Wake County Human Services Dept and directly with staff from the County's Budget and Finance Dept for a separate quasi-departmental resource allocation for non-human services related items. Staff are directly involved in strategic planning with the Human Services Department and contribute annually in the Board of Commissioners discernment of and review of established goals. Also, in 2019, Extension staff are contributing to the development of an urban platform for Extension across the state as well as supporting the Community Partnership Strategic goal established by the Office of Outreach & Engagement at NCSU.

The most recent alignment of goals from the Wake Board of Commissioners, the WCHS Strategic Plan and the Wake County Cooperative Extension Advisory Leadership system resulted in development of the following priority goals related to consumers, for Extension locally:
1. Work with stakeholders to identify strategies to provide interventions for at-risk school aged youth to disrupt the school-to prison pipeline.
2. Explore opportunities for education and job-training for detainees (those incarcerated or at risk of incarceration) through community partnerships.
3. Use data to develop economic, physical, behavioral, and environmental health strategies and baseline indicators at the individual, community and population level to track improvement in specific vulnerable regions of the County.
4. Continue to build and strengthen public-private partnerships, community collaborations, and policy changes that will improve the social and economic indicators affecting the quality of life of the residents in vulnerable communities in Wake County.
5. Implement the Vulnerable Communities Initiative in Southeast and Eastern Wake County Human Services Zones through a collaborative, neighborhood centered approach to include human capital development, health in all policies, economic development and social well-being strategies.
6. Based on evaluation, target Human Capital Development strategies in specific vulnerable communities in Wake County.
7. Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to identify and address issues related to hunger, food insecurity and food deserts in Wake County.
8. Assist Wake County's foster children in transitioning to successful independent living after leaving the foster care program.
9. Support building a "culture of health" based on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation model for healthy communities.
7. Continue to promote volunteer and civic engagement opportunities for Wake County.
8. Maintain protection of watershed and stream buffers.
9. Promote conservation measures on farms and forest lands in current and potential water supply watersheds in Wake.
10. Preserve Farmland and Open Space.

In addition, Wake Cooperative Extension has a defined role to play related to Emergency Operations:

Pre-and mid-Event:
Wake's CED serves as a member of Wake's Emergency Operations Center. (EOC) The CED is classified as a "Phase III" responder. In other words, phase I is for minor or anticipatory activation, phase II activates emergency service heads, and phase III is "major catastrophe" where all EOC staff are activated.

Post event is where history has shown we are most needed by county government and the public-at-large. This includes: Food sanitation/safety both commercial and home, low resource non-English speakers who need assistance in emergency interpretation and post event services. Farmers who need assistance: example: re-setting tobacco where we worked with local Sheriff's Departments for inmate assistance. Our agriculture agent typically serves on the County Animal Response Team (CART) and due to our location, serves on the State Animal Response Team (SART). This coming year I must consider shifting thes responsibility from 4-H Agent to Agriculture Agent to serve on Shearon Harris Emergency Response Team.

IV. Diversity Plan

The Extension program in Wake County engages a broad array of individuals from various socio-economic levels, race and ethnic groups, faith communities and nationalities. We have programming efforts that are integrated with the Human Services Department of the County where many people of color and immigrant populations are typically over-represented. We engage in targeted efforts with our community health programs that target resources to populations with the highest disparities. These integrated efforts are most prevalent among our 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences Programs and apply to both youth and adult audiences. Specifically, the implementation of Juntos, Together for a Better Education, in partnership with the East Garner Magnet Middle and Garner High along with efforts to support these families in their community, Parrish Manor, has bolstered efforts to achieve greater success with Latino populations. Specific community gardening efforts have also been made a with new immigrant communities including a partnership with the El Amin School near NC State's campus.

In an era of outcome based program development and budget allocations, strategies are prioritized based on desired impacts. Thus, efforts related to agriculture, the environment and food safety often target groups of professionals rather than consumers for training and education. In Wake County, outside of farming, professionals in the green industry, engineering, restaurants, farmers markets, waste management, animal services tend to be very diverse groups. The Extension staff do support efforts to assist new producers and young farmer & rancher programs geared towards the recruitment of our next generation of farmers, including those for minority-owned small business development.

Moreover, Wake hosts a large and diverse Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) which is targeted solely for families of low means. In concert with Wake County's Human Services Department and the WIC Program, EFNEP staff members present nutrition education programs for women, infants and children, in both English and Spanish. EFNEP programming is provided not only during the business day, but nights and weekends as well. This multi-pronged approach in multiple languages and multiple presentation times allows us to serve customers when they need us.

There is opportunity among our volunteer-led initiatives to focus additional recruitment and support for participation of diverse audiences. The addition of people of color serving in volunteer leadership positions is likely to enhance opportunities to reach a more diverse audience of youth or consumers as well. We will participate this year in statewide training and local discussion about Civil Rights requirements and areas where all reasonable efforts will be required to bring specific groups, including those advisory in nature up to speed.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are partnered with local communities to address the lives, land and economy in Wake County. An Extension program delivery system is a planned mix of educational methods or specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, other university web sites (CHASS), google docs, blogs, list-servs, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking resources. This allows learners to be fully immersed in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational sessions. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Often it is a challenge to be both data-driven and customer-focused. This is true in Extension, where traditional audiences have not changed their expectations and where State & Federal resources to address those needs have been significantly reduced. Extension does utilize a tier-based services pyramid, looking to effect change in an efficient way by deploying resources broadly and universally for education & awareness at the bottom of the pyramid and then investing additional dollars with more intensive, targeted and high yield efforts as one approaches the top of the pyramid of services.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Wake County and have contributed to shared outcomes of the County and the Extension system. As an educational organization, we seek changes related to attainment of knowledge & skills, the application of those changes in individual behavior change and the resulting impact on population level outcomes at the community level. In this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term and to establish shared measurement systems that establish collective impact for our urban area. In this annual plan we have outlined financial impact
, tracking progress of long term program participants towards indicators of success shared with collective impact initiatives as well as qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Horticulture- Master Gardener Advisory Committee (Myers)
Annette Byrd
Herb Siegel
Karen Kattman
Carla Carpenter
Rich Woynicz
Rieppe Hendrick
Robin Baumgart
Karen Lamar
Janhavi Panajkar
Noel Lichtin

FCS- Nutrition and Food Safety (Mitchell)
Christian Anatasiadis
Alyssa Barkley
John Braxton
Frances Breedlove
Terry Chappell
Jerry Coleman
Susan Grayson
Melissa Hamm
Mark Herman
Robert Herman
Dan Hurley
Tom Kaznowski
Thomas Jumalon
Kevin Lee
Joe Lumbrazo
Jessica Marehand
Lisa McCoy
Rnoard McFadden
Frank Olafson
Andre Pierce
Lionel Atinet
Missy Vatinet
John vick
Ashley Whittington
Bill Boyd
Arturo Marchand
James Castello
Jess Fowler
Paul Potter
David Prestrud
Jim Mallon
Jean-Paul Garnet
NCCE-Wake County Center- Leadership Advisory Council
Wanda Denning
David Pope
Joan Quinn
Ross Yeager
Paula Arrington
Jerry Dodson
Natalie Hunter
Daniel Dreyton
Linda Jones
Patricia Moye
Chris Kloss

Wake County 4-H Horse Council (Schaffer)
Mary MacDougal
Catherine Tipton
Jordan Lewey
Lissy Newton
Tam Hall
Beth Morgan
Danny Young
Caitlin Gooch
Andee Lane
Taylor Carmody
Rachel Smallwood
Scout Biggs
Mary Miller
Gilbike Yigit
Youth Thrive Board (Williams)
Jeffrey Robinson
Betsey McFarland
Beth Nelson
Marchell Adams-David
Regina Petteway
Dr. Jocelyn Taliaferro
Chief Soto
Emily Baranello
Deja Youthern
Nick Allen
Juan Collado
TJ Cawley
Angie Welsh
Ann Oshel
Lisa Humphries

Shelia Reich
Sarah Carter
NC Watershed Stewardship Network (Woodward)
Paul Clark
Michelle Raquet
Joey Hester
George Matthis
Stuart Taylor
Eric Romaniszyn
Rebecca Sadosky
Tom Hoban
Lori Willard
Rebecca Sadosky
Heather Fisher
Jen Schmitz
Stacy Feken
Commercial Horticulture Program Committee (Myers)
Corey Conners
Jennifer Sanford Johnson
Brian Richardson
Margaret Jones
Carla Berryann
Trish MacPherson
SE Raleigh Innovation Challenge
Melanie Davis-Jones
Marchell Adams-David
Rev. Linwood Long
Demetrius Hunter
Kia Baker
Kirby Jones
Joe Battle

Andrew Petesch
Erin White
Gideon Adams
Cindy Sink
Anya Gordon
Deron Tse
Caitlin Cohn
Jill Willett
Liz Crews
Sarah Spagnoli
Megg Rader
Wake Food Security Work Group
Monika Hostler Johnson
Matt Calabria
Margaret Raynor
Regina Petteway
Marrius Pettiford
Frank Eagles
Paula DeLucca

VII. Staff Membership

Katherine Williams
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (919) 250-1109
Email: katherine_williams@ncsu.edu

Amber Adams
Email: amadam22@ncsu.edu

Ali Alfonso
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1091
Email: aalfons@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Teaches nutrition education to limited resource youth and families in Wake County.

Alicia Andrews
Title: County No Pay
Email: alandrew@ncsu.edu

Charlenzo Belcher
Title: 4-H Program Specialist / SPACES
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: charlenzo_belcher@ncsu.edu

Lisa Benavente
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Urban Programming, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. Responsible for training new EFNEP educators and volunteer development.

Tex Bennett
Title: 4-H Program Specialist
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: tex_bennett@ncsu.edu

Email: vpbest@ncsu.edu

Amanda Bobley
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1139
Email: aabobley@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food, food safety and physical activity to limited resources families.

Dan Bulatek
Title: 4-H Public Health Educator
Phone: (919) 856-2659
Email: ddbulate@ncsu.edu

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Allyson Farmer
Title: Extension Communication Specialist
Phone: (919) 250-1092
Email: allyson_farmer@ncsu.edu

Kristin Feierabend
Title: Area Agent, Extension Urban Programs
Phone: (919) 250-1107
Email: kefeiera@ncsu.edu

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE extension district.

Email: vmgabrie@ncsu.edu

Gina Garcia-somuk
Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Email: Gina_Garcia-Somuk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Gina is responsible for guiding the outreach and programming efforts of staff, via supervision of 4-H Regional Coaches in Wake County. In addition she administers the Volunteer and Internship system for 4-H WCCE.

Susan Gardner
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 856-6548
Email: Sue_Gardner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Primary liaison with 4-H Clubs (community,homeschool,livestock,horse,STEM,), Orientate to NCSU policy,County responsibilities, and provide training on setting up and facilitating a Club. Visit all 4-H community clubs at least twice per year, and support with learning activities as they develop. Bridge communications between clubs and 4-H county staff, and community resources. Meet jointly with 4-H Agent,State Staff, and county staff working on projects, camps. and activities such as County Achievements, Presentations,Congress, District and State Activities. Serve on planning groups with 4-H staff, and Attend required training's, Extension Conferences and Summits. Attend Volunteer Conferences with Volunteers and ensure Club Leaders are provide with all information about Fall Leaders Day and workshops. Attend Teen retreat,camp,Congress and other Leadership activities Supervising youth as required. Maintain all Licences,certificates, and permits required in professional job requirements.

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Anecia Jacobs
Email: aljacob5@ncsu.edu

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Tangela Keaton
Title: Human Services Program Specialist
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: tangela_keaton@ncsu.edu

Email: skklein@ncsu.edu

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Carlos Moses
Title: Program Specialist: 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 560-8295
Email: carlos_moses@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Team lead for the Youth In Transitions 4-H program. Responsible for developing programs, clubs and workshops for youth in foster care, kinship care and child welfare referrals.

Emily Mueller
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (919) 250-1096
Email: emuelle@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Responsibilities include Field Crops and Livestock Production; Main interests are Integrated Insect and Disease Pest Management with Biological Agents; Entomology; Native Habitat Restoration; and Landscape Ecology

Jeana Myers
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (919) 250-1113
Email: jeana_myers@ncsu.edu

Paula Norris
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1119
Email: paula_norris@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food, food safety and physical activity to limited resources families.

Hiliana Patino
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1130
Email: hlovejo@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food safety, and physical activity to limited resource families.

Email: erojas2@ncsu.edu

Heather Schaffer
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (919) 250-1093
Email: heather_schaffer@ncsu.edu

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Martha Smith
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1015
Email: mbsmith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support Staff for Wake County Director

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

Ruth Sutherland
Title: Human Services Senior Practitioner
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: ruth_sutherland@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

VIII. Contact Information

Wake County Center
4001-E Carya Dr
Raleigh, NC 27610

Phone: (919) 250-1100
Fax: (919) 250-1097
URL: http://wake.ces.ncsu.edu