2020 Wake County Plan of Work

Approved: January 26, 2020

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 56 new residents each day and continues to lose 13,800 acres of open space each year to other uses. Almost 55% of Wake's population has achieved a bachelor's or higher post secondary degree compared to 31.5% statewide. The median age has risen to 36.4; unemployment has fallen to 3.6% 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 8.3%%; there are another 34% 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 2019, the Extension Center in Wake County deployed 32.5 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 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, as well as Social & Economic Vitality.

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 Capital Area Food Network and provide oversight for the comprehensive plan for Food Security. They also contribute through their support of efforts to address Adverse Childhood Experiences, Restorative Justice, 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 150 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; and the Long-Range Planning Department within Community Development.

~The Wake County Board of County Commissioners and four municipalities have adopted the Comprehensive Food Security Plan; 86% of the strategies outlined in the plan have been initiated; 22 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 has seen Commissioners expand funding to 16 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 efforts led to a $10,000 award from Food Lion Feeds to initiate a youth-led Food Security Summit this past year. Extension Master Gardeners worked with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the City of Raleigh to introduce Garden Corp, an intergenerational approach expanding their capacity to support their teaching and production garden. Extension helped establish a new School & Community Garden Circle and Economic Development Circle within the Capital Area Food Network. The new Food Security Manager has been instrumental in each of these achievements as well as bringing online and supporting the 17 school-based food pantries; revamping the Coordinating Committee structure, leveraging resources and piloting new strategies to enhance the results of the Summer Food Service Program and to work with Human Services Regional Directors to pilot a Regional Food System effort.

~In 2019, the Social & Economic Vitality Initiative incorporated place-based enhancements in partnership with Kaleidoscope at 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 with Extension's assistance between the NC State Office of Outreach & Engagement and Wake County, resulted in a new Grassroots Leadership Initiative for the non-profit sector serving our under-served areas and a new partnership to provide onsite adolescent counseling services at the Crosby Building. Expanded youth development efforts were implemented during Summer and community-based action teams continue to work to amplify the communities voice, providing valuable input into new programs and policies. In addition, new partnerships provided expanded opportunities for workforce development programming highlighted during the month of September, the approval of 2 new county FTE's to support initiative and approval of 4 new full time VISTA's enhancing efforts related to restorative practice, ACE's, life coaching and data collection & management.

~In 2019, Wake County 4-H served 5,193 unduplicated youth, with 3,437 (unduplicated) youth participating in six or more hours of programming. Of these youth, 254 were involved in foster care, kinship care or other out-of-home placement, or were involved in the juvenile justice system. The recidivism rate of at-risk school-age youth served was 2%; meaning 98% had no further contact with the juvenile court system. 4-H also reached 1,191 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. 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 17 schools in WCPSS in 2019 and 410 teachers were trained in 4-H curriculum or received materials or supplies from 4-H to use in their classrooms. In 2019, the program placed greater emphasis on STEM programming than in previous years, including developing a partnership with NCSU campus faculty and with the NC Museum of Natural Science, and 4,537 youth increased in STEM knowledge. Wake County had 17 community-based 4-H clubs in 2019, including three new 4-H clubs, and 4-H provided staff- and volunteer-led programming at 63 sites throughout Wake County. As a result of participating in 4-H programs in Wake County, 1,708 increased their fruit and vegetable consumption and 1,675 increased their physical activity. In total, 6,384 youth and adults increased life skills as a result of participating in 4-H programs, events, and activities. .

~In the Agriculture and natural resource areas, Extension delivered 13 rainwater harvesting or streambank repair workshops in 2019 reaching 215 participants and resulting in 4600 linear feet of streambank repaired and 15 new rainwater harvesting systems installed in Wake County. Through environmental stewardship efforts 45 pesticide credits were awarded to 542 participants and staff also increased on-farm trials reaching more than 70 producers with results. Master Gardeners implemented a new partnership with the Women's Center inspiring two participants to seek new employment in nursery centers and introducing therapeutic benefits throughout the site. Master Gardeners also maintained their Ready Garden Grow workshops, ongoing partnerships with the Healing Place and report over 16,750 consumers in the past year utilizing best practices related to pest controls and soil management in their landscapes or gardens.

In 2020, 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. We will work to maintain the more relationships with the more than 1943 volunteers who contributed almost 40,000 hours of service in the Wake community last year. These efforts will require Extension to enhance our efforts to provide and contribute to 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 will continue to be vital to engaging more grassroots voices and building community leadership and the development of a human capital pipeline in pilot geographic 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 will remain 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. In addition, Extension is working in 2020 to support efforts across the community to address social determinants of health through the Live Well Wake Initiative and through our exploration and participation in the DHHS Healthy Opportunities Pilot for our 7 county region of the State.

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 and review of established goals. Also, in 2020, Extension staff are contributing to the development of an urban platform for Extension across the state as well as supporting the Office of Outreach & Engagement at NCSU with their Wake Community-University Partnership (Wake CUP.

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. Assess existing programs and identify gaps in order to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to support healthy and thriving babies and moms.
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. Support a higher quality of life for citizens in vulnerable communities through policy changes, partnerships, workforce development and the community college.
5. Reduce adverse childhood experiences and increase resiliency in families and communities.
6. Implement a comprehensive plan to identify and address issues related to hunger, food insecurity and food deserts in Wake County.
7. Develop and implement strategies to support businesses owned by minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and socially and economically challenged individuals.
8. Assist Wake County's foster children in transitioning to successful independent living after leaving the foster care program.
9. Explore options to make community college more affordable to new Wake County graduates.
10.Continue to promote volunteer and civic engagement opportunities for Wake County.
11.Collaborate with the Water Partnership on One Water initiatives, including: revise water resource policies; maintain protection of watershed and stream buffers; active participation in protection of Falls & Jordan Lakes; promote conservation measures on land on or potentially in watersheds.
12.Encourage farmland preservation, revisit goals of Wake Agricultural Economic Development Plan.

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 Food Security & Nutrition programs and apply to both youth and adult audiences. Specifically, the Expanded Food & Nutrition Program Assistants have bolstered efforts to achieve greater success with Latino populations in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate, the Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC and specific outreach within the faith community. 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 and Karen Farms in the Eastern part of the County.

In an era of outcome based program development and budget allocations, strategies are prioritized based on desired impacts. Thus, efforts related to agriculture and the environment 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.

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. Staff will continue to participate this year in statewide training and local discussion about Civil Rights requirements and efforts to reach non-English speaking or ESL populations.

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)
Fred Miller
Mark Weathington
Brian Richardson
Carla Berryann
Trish McPherson
Claire Miller

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
Chris Kloss

Wake County 4-H Horse Council (Schaffer)
Catherine Tipton
Jordan Lewey
Lissy Newton
Beth Morgan
Danny Young
Caitlin Gooch
Andee Lane
Taylor Carmody
Lydie Spear
Sally Bason
Zoe White
Samantha Lane
Brooke Rush
Chris Bason
Sarahanne Mangum
Youth Thrive Board (Williams)
Jeffrey Robinson
Beth Nelson
Marchell Adams-David
Regina Petteway
Dr. Jocelyn Taliaferro
Chief Orlando Soto
Emily Baranello
Deja Youthern
Nick Allen
TJ Cawley
Angie Welsh
Ann Oshel
Kimberly Keith
Jebediah Yoakum
Mikaya Thurmond

Shelia Reich
Paul Brown
Cammie Bates
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
Erin White
Gideon Adams
Cindy Sink
Anya Gordon
Monique Bethel
Ruthie Wofford
Jill Willett
Liz Crews
Sarah Spagnoli
Kat Combs
Alana Gilbert
Wake Food Security Work Group
Monika Hostler Johnson
Matt Calabria
Margaret Raynor
Christopher Kippes
Paul Koh
Frank Eagles
Paula DeLucca
Heather Scott
Crosby Advocacy Group & Action Teams
Cliff Lavenhouse
Priscialla Awkard
Wanda Hunter
Bernadette McAllister
Helen Montague
Janice Turner
Derrick Byrd
Cathey Ector
Frances Bisby
Kevin Bobbit
Melvin Jackson
Dalia Place
Geraldine Alshemy

VII. Staff Membership

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

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

Lisa Benavente
Title: Nutrition Extension Associate, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides leadership to statewide EFNEP staff and volunteer development. Communicates and guides EFNEP Regional Nutrition Extension Associates (RNEA) in coaching new PAs as they complete EFNEP's New Educator Skills Training (NEST). Supports RNEAs in training EFNEP PAs and/or FCS Agents on Policy, Systems, and Environmental initiatives.

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

Email: tdaniel3@ncsu.edu

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

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) 856-5212
Email: kefeiera@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: As Area Specialized Agent (ASA) for Urban Programs, Kristin works to strengthen Cooperative Extension’s relevance, position and impact in urban areas. Locally in Wake County, Kristin leads community development efforts through the Social & Economic Vitality initiative, a collaborative, multi-tiered initiative to eliminate intergenerational poverty in limited-resource communities. At the state level, Kristin works with Extension leaders in urban counties to understand and develop strategies to successfully engage with North Carolina’s growing urban population. At the national level, Kristin is highly engaged in the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) network, connecting NCCE staff to NUEL practitioners and resources, while also lifting up NCCE as an emerging urban extension model.

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.

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Charles Greene
Title: Public Health Educator
Phone: (919) 250-4534
Email: cdgreene@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with 4-H Youth Development's SPACES program and Teen Discovery Curriculum. Working also with various other programs within 4-H.

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.

Sydney Klein
Title: Program Manager , Food Security
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: skklein@ncsu.edu

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Ornamental 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.

Email: jmmart24@ncsu.edu

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.

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.

Thomas Ray
Title: Youth Development Coordinator
Phone: (919) 212-7835
Email: tbray@ncsu.edu

Karee Redman
Title: Public Health Educator
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: karee_redman@ncsu.edu

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

Esmeralda Rojas
Title: Administration Support, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 212-9857
Email: erojas2@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support staff for 4-H Youth Development in Wake County

Email: aasalami@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: Administrative Manager
Phone: (919) 604-3545
Email: rsuther@ncsu.edu

Nicky Ulrich
Title: Local Foods Coordinator
Phone: (919) 250-1094
Email: nulrich@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: As an Assistant Cooperative Extension Agent, I am increasing awareness, knowledge, and access to local foods in Wake County, North Carolina.

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
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