2019 Wake County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 26, 2020

I. Executive Summary

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 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 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, 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 and 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. 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 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. 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
181Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
951Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
98Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
21Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
8Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
15Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
410Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
410Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
542Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
45Number of pesticide credit hours provided
3356Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
3Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
5Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
300Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
333Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
228Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
228Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
2403Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
228Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
104Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
4Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
6Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
31Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
12Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
31Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
142Number of participants who developed new jobs skills
289Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
21Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
10Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
178Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
538949Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
250564Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
3Number of (eg., community and economic development, land use, disaster, etc.) new, revised or adopted plans that have begun to be implemented in communities, organizations, local governments, or businesses
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
410Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
4537Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1932Total number of female participants in STEM program
81Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
105Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
6300Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
2137Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
1060Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
5533Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
410Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1781Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
1255Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
6300Number of youth using effective life skills
1675Number of youth increasing their physical activity
1708Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
3821Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
4025Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
532Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
3821Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4011Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality
4011Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
1250Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
16750Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
85Number of participants growing food for home consumption
285Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
293Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
8Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
160Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
268Number of participants increasing their physical activity
20Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 140,250
Non face-to-face** 184,590
Total by Extension staff in 2019 324,840
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $2,240,890.75
Gifts/Donations $12,000.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $129,778.65
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $27,621.00
Total $2,410,290.40

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 1,048 15299 16248 $ 389,054.00
Advisory Leadership System 31 720 2280 $ 18,310.00
EFNEP 159 1385 440 $ 35,221.00
Extension Community Association 117 162 1000 $ 4,120.00
Extension Master Gardener 181 13834 15775 $ 351,799.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 61 122 594 $ 3,102.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 346 7395 13652 $ 188,055.00
Total: 1943 38917 49989 $ 989,659.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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

CAFN
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

VIII. Staff Membership

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

Amber Adams
Phone:
Email: amadam22@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

Best
Phone:
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

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.

Gabriel
Phone:
Email: vmgabrie@ncsu.edu

Gina Garcia-somuk
Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Phone:
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.

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

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.

Martineau-Lopez
Phone:
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

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

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.

IX. 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