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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 E-mail Rob Jackson County Center

4-H Youth Development

Kyla Jo Farmer, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKyla Jo FarmerExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Kyla Jo E-mail Kyla Jo Swain County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Katie Ashley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKatie AshleyExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Katie E-mail Katie Jackson County CenterAdam Griffith, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAdam GriffithArea Agent, CRD Call Adam E-mail Adam EBCI County CenterKendra Norton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKendra NortonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock Call Kendra E-mail Kendra Jackson County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Dee Decker, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDee DeckerExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Dee E-mail Dee Swain County Center

Support

Melissa Vaughn, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMelissa VaughnCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Melissa E-mail Melissa Swain County Center

Other

Jess Mrugala, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJess MrugalaRegional Area Specialized Agent - Local Food Systems Call Jess E-mail 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 Swain County Center, they may not be present in the Swain County Center. Please contact the Swain 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 E-mail Marissa Poultry Science Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of OrangeCall Marti E-mail 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 E-mail April Cleveland County Center Lauren Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 31 Counties and EBCIBased out of WilkesCall Lauren E-mail 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 E-mail Craig Henderson County Center Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of ChathamCall Ashley E-mail 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 E-mail 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 E-mail 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 E-mail Amanda Burke County Center Skip Thompson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSkip ThompsonArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 13 Counties and EBCIBased out of HaywoodCall Skip E-mail 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 E-mail Mitch Wake County Center