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Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Rob Hawk, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRob Hawk, IICounty Extension Director, Jackson and Swain Counties Call Rob Email Rob Jackson County Center

4-H Youth Development

Heather Gordon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHeather GordonExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Heather Email Heather Jackson County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Adam Griffith, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAdam GriffithArea Agent, CRD Call Adam Email Adam EBCI County CenterKendra Norton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKendra NortonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock Call Kendra Email Kendra Jackson County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Emily McClure, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEmily McClureExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Emily Email Emily Jackson County Center

Support

Freda Childers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionFreda ChildersCounty Extension Administrative Assistant - Administration Call Freda Email Freda Jackson County Center

Other

Jess Mrugala, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJess MrugalaRegional Area Specialized Agent - Local Food Systems Call Jess Email Jess EBCI County Center

Regional Positions

Area Specialized Agents specialize in specific areas of agriculture and natural resource management and serve many counties. Area 4-H Agents provide support to county based 4-H programs. While their knowledge and expertise is available to residents of Jackson County Center, they may not be present in the Jackson County Center. Please contact the Jackson County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Marissa Cohen, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa CohenArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Poultry ScienceCall Marissa Email Marissa Poultry Science Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of OrangeCall Marti Email Marti Orange County Center April Dillon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionApril DillonArea Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Serves 30 Counties and EBCIBased out of ClevelandCall April Email April Cleveland County Center Lauren Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 31 Counties and EBCIBased out of WilkesCall Lauren Email Lauren Wilkes County Center Craig Mauney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCraig MauneyArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 39 CountiesBased out of HendersonCall Craig Email Craig Henderson County Center Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of ChathamCall Ashley Email Ashley Chatham County Center Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural ScienceCall Elena Email Elena Horticultural Science Debbie Stroud, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie StroudArea Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety Serves 33 Counties and EBCIBased out of Agricultural & Human SciencesCall Debbie Email Debbie Agricultural & Human Sciences Amanda Taylor, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 28 CountiesBased out of BurkeCall Amanda Email Amanda Burke County Center Skip Thompson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSkip ThompsonArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 13 Counties and EBCIBased out of HaywoodCall Skip Email Skip Haywood County Center Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of WakeCall Mitch Email Mitch Wake County Center