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Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Jerry Moody, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJerry MoodyCounty Extension Director, and Extension Agent, Horticulture (828) 733-8270 (Office) jerry_moody@ncsu.eduAvery County Center

4-H Youth Development

Alicia Hicks, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAlicia Hicks4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development (828) 733-8270 (Office) alhicks2@ncsu.eduAvery County CenterBobbie Willard, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBobbie WillardExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 733-8275 bobbie_willard@ncsu.eduAvery County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Bill Hoffman, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBill HoffmanExtension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources (828) 733-8270 (Office) wfhoffman@ncat.eduAvery County CenterMichelle South, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMichelle SouthArea Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (828) 733-8270 (Office) michelle_south@ncsu.eduAvery County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Melanie Cashion, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMelanie CashionEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant (828) 733-8270 (Office) melanie_cashion@ncsu.eduAvery County Center

Support

Kim Davis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKim DavisCounty Extension Support Specialist (828) 733-8270 (Office) kim_davis@ncsu.eduAvery County CenterArizona Gragg, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionArizona GraggCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 733-8270 (Office) aggragg@ncsu.eduAvery 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 Avery County Center, they may not be present in the Avery County Center. Please contact the Avery County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Orange(919) 542-8202 marti_day@ncsu.eduOrange County Center April Dillon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionApril DillonArea Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Serves 30 Counties and EBCIBased out of Cleveland(704) 482-4365 (Office) april_dillon@ncsu.eduCleveland County Center Lauren Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 31 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wilkes(336) 651-7347 lauren_greene@ncsu.eduWilkes County Center Marissa Herchler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa HerchlerArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs) Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Poultry Science(919) 515-5396 marissa_herchler@ncsu.eduPoultry Science Craig Mauney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCraig MauneyArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 39 CountiesBased out of Henderson(828) 684-3562 craig_mauney@ncsu.eduHenderson County Center Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Chatham(919) 542-8203 ashley_robbins@ncsu.eduChatham 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 Science(828) 352-2519 elena_rogers@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Debbie Stroud, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie StroudArea Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety Serves 33 Counties and EBCIBased out of Agricultural & Human Sciences(919) 515-9149 dlstroud@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences Amanda Taylor, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 28 CountiesBased out of Burke(828) 475-2915 amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.eduBurke County Center Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wake(919) 414-3873 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County Center