Toni VanBergen

Tina House

Lori Mikek

Tina Marie Romosz

Phone:
906-663-4045 ext. 620

Patti Marrs

Phone:
(989) 227-6466

Tammy Bildner

Melissa Elischer

Melissa Elischer
474 S. Shaw Lane
Phone:
517-432-4306

Works with MSU faculty and MSU Extension staff, 4-H volunteers and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate statewide programs that provide opportunities for youth to develop content knowledge and life skill development.

Bonnie Zoia

Bonnie Zoia

Greening Michigan Institute

Ogemaw MSU Extension
Phone:
989-345-0692
Fax:
989-345-1284
 

Bonnie Wichtner-Zoia is a field educator with Michigan State University Extension. Throughout her career with MSU Extension has been instrumental in creating community organizations, authoring a number of publications and creating curriculum that focuses on building interpersonal skills. Bonnie enjoys bringing people together through facilitative processes. She received an M.S. from Michigan State University and a B.S. from Western Michigan University.

Kendra Wills

Kendra Wills
Michigan State University Extension at the Downtown Market
Phone:
616-608-7424

Christine Miller

CYI

2300 East Grand River, Suite #111
Phone:
517-552-6905

Paola Bacigalupo Sanguesa

Paola Bacigalupo Sanguesa

AABI

Paige Filice

Greening Michigan Institute

Danielle Melching

Danielle Melching

Children and Youth Institute

825 S. Huron Street Suite #5
Phone:
Office: 231-627-8815 Ext. 817
Fax:
231-627-8408

Danielle received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University in Early Childhood Development and Learning.  Most of her experience is working with children from birth to preschool, but has some experience working with school-aged children as well. 

Following her expertise and areas of knowledge, Danielle specializes in early childhood development.  She provides parents and caregivers with the materials to facilitate developmentally appropriate practice across the different areas of the developmental domain (social-emotional development, physical development and health, language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge and approaches to learning). Danielle is very passionate about providing knowledge that helps provide parents, caregivers, families and teachers with the best practices that will further benefit their children’s future, education and health.

 

Thomas Todaro

Thomas Todaro

AABI

8527 E Government Center Dr, Ste 107
Phone:
231-256-9888

A native of Ohio, Thomas Todaro’s passion for viticulture began at the Ohio State University in 2012 when he took on a research aide position in their viticulture program. Todaro held this position for two years and his dedication to viticulture research and extension led him to pursue a master’s degree in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, which he completed in 2016. 

Todaro’s research focus has spanned cultural practices to improve fruit and wine quality, increase freezing tolerance of bud and cane tissues, and improve efficiency in vine recovery following winter damage. Like Michigan, Ohio vineyards also sustained severe winter damage following the 2014 and 2015 winters. Todaro and his advisor, Imed Dami, addressed this region’s industry needs for research-based information on vine recovery following severe winter injury through Todaro’s master’s thesis project, which investigated various training and pruning methods on multiple cultivars to determine optimum vine recovery practices. 

Based out of the Leelanau Government Center in Leelanau County, Todaro is “eager and grateful for this opportunity to identify the priorities and address the needs of Michigan’s wine grape industry through research and extension.”

Mischelle Warner

Mischelle Warner

Director's Office

Ashley Adkins

MNFI

525 W Allegan Street
Phone:
517-284-6211

Julie Doll

AABI

Abbey Miller

Abbey Miller

Michigan 4-H Foundation

Michigan State University Extension Communications
Phone:
517-353-4433

Karen Fifield

Karen Fifield

Health an Nutrition Institute

12265 M-32
Phone:
989-785-8016
Fax:
989-785-8014

Karen L. Fifield, LLMSW

Extension Educator

My position with MSU Extension is Food Safety Educator. My home office is in Montmorency County. I have worked for Extension for 19 years covering a variety of topics. In Extension I have presented these programs as a PA; 4-H, Better Kid Care, Parenting, Sustainable Communities, Snap-Ed and special projeccts. Food Safety is one of my favorite trainings to present. My philosophy is to work with individuals by bringing them in and participate in the process. Do be prepared to be active in my program.

Under the heading of Food Safety I teach a National program called ServSafe, this program provides training and a certificate after passing a national exam at 75% or better grade. There is a format to teach this program in 8 or 16 hour sessions. There is also a 4 ServSafe class that provides infomation without an exam. Food Preservation is taught using approved science based preservation methods, taking food from the garden to the jar. I also teach Cottage Foods; this is an entrepreneurial program directed to those individuals that may like to start their own small food business.

Courtney Aldrich

Courtney Aldrich

CYI

2300 E Grand River
Phone:
(517)552-6909

Courtney is a Program Instructor for Child and Family Development.  She trains on early childhood topics for caregivers and parents.  She also does parenting training.

Laura Quist

Laura Quist

CYI

Michigan State University Extension
Phone:
(231) 839-4667
Fax:
(231) 839-5282

Nicole Parent

GMI

Martin Carrasquillo Mangual

Martin Carrasquillo Mangual

AABI

Laurie Platte Breza

CYI

Jeremy Jubenville

AABI

3299 Gull Road, 2nd Wing, 4th Floor
Phone:
269-384-8010
Fax:
269-384-8035
Jeremy is the floriculture and greenhouse extension educator for southwest Michigan. He has a B.S. in Biology from Western Michigan University, where he focused on plant biology and chemistry, and an M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University that emphasized spatial ecology, molecular entomology, and biological control. He brings professional crop scouting and advising experience to this Extension role with interests that include: diagnostics & troubleshooting, biological control, water quality, and greenhouse technology.

David Thompson

AABI

Abigail Harper

Abigail Harper

GMI

121 E Maple St
Phone:
5176767207

Abigail Harper serves as the Community Food Systems Educator for mid-Michigan – including Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Ionia, Barry, Montcalm, and Gratiot counties. Her areas of focus include farm to school and farm to early care and education, local food policy councils, urban agriculture initiatives, food hubs, and racial equity in the food system. Abigail holds an M.S. in Agriculture, Food and the Environment from the Friedman School at Tufts University and a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2010-2012, spent several years working in small scale vegetable production in the greater Boston area, and previously held the position of Farm to School Specialist at the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.

Mary Blumka

CYI

Nathaniel Walton

AABI

Jordan Duckens

MSU Extension

Dave Vachon

CYI

Phone:
231-533-8818

Breanne Carlson

HNI

Amy Baker

Director’s Office

Anne Baker

MSU Extension

Abigail Cudney

HNI

100 East State St. STE G100
Phone:
989-224-5251

Diane Wisnewski

Diane Wisnewski

CYI

Ashley Frye

CYI

963S Raisinville Rd
Phone:
743-240-3188

Anthony Frontiera

CYI

Kelly Stelter

CYI

1737 Hillandale Road
Phone:
269-927-5674 ext. 4015
Fax:
269-944-4128

4-H Program Coordinator - Berrien County

LaTashia Perry

HNI

Clay Wilton

Clay Wilton

MNFI

Patricia Errer

Patricia Errer

CYI

Holly Julian

Holly Julian

CYI

Jordan Altobelli

CYI

Gina Cameron

Health and Nutrition Institute

Phone:
231-533-8818

I lead programs in nutrition and physical activity for kids, parents, seniors and others in the community - focusing on those utilizing SNAP/Bridge card food assistance. My experience includes classes in healthy eating, tasting new foods, increasing local foods and moving your body every day. Partnering organizations include: elementary, middle and high schools, food pantries, health departments, clubhouses and senior centers in Antrim and Kalkaska counties.

Sheryl Moll

CYI

Phone:
517-264-5314

Melissa Preston

Children and Youth Institute

Phone:
989-426-7741

Kathleen Noggle

CYI

Mindy Hill

CYI

Harmony Gmazel

Greening Michigan Institute

705 N. Zeeb Rd
Phone:
734-222-3832

With a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Harmony Gmazel offers a wide range of community planning expertise.  Her focus areas include intergovernmental cooperation, workshop facilitation, master planning, zoning ordinance amendments, corridor planning, Complete Streets, downtown revitilization, green infrastructure, Safe Routes to School planning and much more. Ms.Gmazel brings her experience and ideas to all levels of government in Michigan. She is a successful grant manager and is able to create successful plans and partnerships with the help of local, county, state, federal and private foundation grants. At the heart of Ms. Gmazel’s educational and policy work is the knowledge that the most successful land use plans and policies are based on the input of a diverse audience of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and abilities coupled with sustainable funding strategies. 

Currently, Ms. Gmazel is a member of the following:

Greening Michigan Institute’s Government and Public Policy Work Team;

The Citizen Planner Work Group;

The Placemaking Work Group; and

The Civic Engagement/Democracy Work Group

 

Jacqueline Rabine

HNI

Samantha Brodley

CYI

Stephanie Ostrenga

Health and Nutrition Institute

2840 College Ave.
Phone:
906-786-3032

David Rowley

GMI

200 N. Main Street, Room 340
Phone:
(989) 317-4079

As a new 2017 member of MSU Extension, David brings over 25 years of experience in Michigan local government to the Government and Public Policy team.  His expertise includes local government finance and tax policy, land use and land division, as well as civic engagement, education and local government administration.  He is a certified Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (MAAO 3) and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Central Michigan University.  His primary focus is on the Saginaw Bay Region and the Thumb being Michigan’s prosperity regions 5 and 6. 

Robert Kleine

MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy

Robert Kleine is currently the interim director of the MSU Extension Center for Local Government and Finance, where he has been serving September 2016. He is also a Partner at Great Lakes Economic Consulting (GLEC), a position he has held since 2011. Mr. Kleine was the treasurer of the State of Michigan from 2006 to 2011 where he was responsible for managing a department of 1,700 employees. He spent 10 years as director of the Michigan Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis in the administration of Michigan Gov. William Milliken, 15 years as vice president and senior economist at Public Sector Consultants, was a senior fellow at the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, and taught public finance at MSU from 1998-2000. Mr. Kleine has extensive experience in analyzing public policy issues, state and local government budgets, economic forecasting, tax policy analysis, and school organization and finance.

 

Peggy Hollingworth

CYI

David Jones

AABI

W. Garrett Owen

W. Garrett Owen

GMI

1066 Bogue Street
Phone:
(248) 347-3860, Ext. 202
Fax:
(248) 380-9193

W. Garrett Owen is the floriculture and greenhouse production Outreach Specialist based in Oakland County. He serves greenhouses in Eastern Michigan including the Metro-Detroit area. His major program initiatives include: propagation, efficient production of greenhouse crops and herbaceous perennials, greenhouse and nursery substrates, and crop diagnostics.

Heather Borden

Health and Nutrition Institute

1715 Lansing Ave Ste 257
Phone:
517-768-2038
Fax:
517-788-4640

I am a nutrition and physical activity program instructor working for Michigan State University Extension in the Institute of Nutrition and Physical Activity.  My specializations include: Garden Based Nutrition Education; Health and Wellness; Sports Nutrition; and Physical Activity.  I work primarily with schools and community groups to create nutrition programs aimed at improving the wellbeing of Jackson County residents. 

Education:

-B.S. Crop and Soil Sciences; Michigan State University

-M.S. Horticulture; Sustainable Agriculture; Michigan State Univerisity 

-Professional Secondary Teaching Certification; Michigan State University; Endorsements: Agriculture and Biology

 

Michael Mathis

GMI

Kadren Grawburg

CYI

Angela Maniaci

Health and Nutrition Institute

1715 Lansing Ave.
Phone:
517-768-2043

Angela provides SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs to all of Jackson County.  The educational programs are taught to all ages, from kids pre-K through seniors, and in a variety of community settings across the county.  They include nutrition and physical activity education to help individuals lead healthier lives and make better choices regarding their health.

Amy Roberts

Director’s Office

Sean Knurek

Health and Nutrition Institute

605 N. Saginaw St. Suite 1A
Phone:
(810) 244-8539

It started with a parsnip. A chance encounter with a farmer led Sean Knurek to tasting and testing all sorts of new vegetables. This led to a fascination with plants which has led Sean into a major unpaid second job in the summer: Amateur Gardener.

It changed with a bowl of gumbo. During a trip to New Orleans, Sean noticed that many of the restaurants down there were proudly advertising the fact that they didn’t use freezers. All the food was fresh from farmers and local providers—“food as it should be.” This realization poured fuel on the fire of a curious home cook, and now many of Sean’s weekends are dedicated to trying new recipes with fresh, seasonal foods.

Now, in the moments in between getting dirty in the garden and rooting on the Spartans, Sean’s passions are aiding him in teaching nutrition and cooking skills to his fellow residents in Genesee County. Sean is teaching Cooking Matters courses for MSU Extension, and he hopes to bring his level of excitement and passion into the classroom as he teaches you strategies how to buy and store foods, save money, and cook tasty and healthy meals.

Sean has a degree in Journalism from Marquette University, a Master’s in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Public Health degree from Michigan State University. He hopes that in helping people learn how to manage their own kitchens that they will be empowered to take control of their own health and well-being.

 

Elizabeth Wiener

Children and Youth Institute

E9526 Prospect Street
Phone:
906-387-2530
Fax:
906-387-2710

My name is Liz Wiener, and I am the 4-H Program Coordinator for Alger County. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Environmental Education and I hold a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education. I have worked in the field of outdoor and environmental education and youth development for over 10 years. My areas of professional experience include curriculum development, youth program planning and field work facilitation. My passions include hiking, cross country skiing, reading, and travelling. 

Ellen Koehler

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center

Tollgate Farm and Education Center
Phone:
248-347-0269 ext 227

Program Instructor and Education Coordinator at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Ellen plans, organizes, and carries out programs that focus on nature-based, farm-based environmental education. Ellen collaborates with community partners, schools, and appropriate MSU Extension Institute members to provide expertise and information to clientele in relevant programming in areas of agriculture and natural resource education to meet the needs of local youth and adults. She provides information and opportunities for learning through the use of technology and mass media as well as inquiry-based, experiential camps, programs, school field trips, and traveling programs. Areas of responsibility include developing, coordinating, and teaching educational programs for schools and community field trips, school year and summer camps, and community events. Ellen’s background includes coordination of educational networks and collaboratives. With degrees in horticulture and design, areas of experience in instruction include botany, ecology, nature study, and wilderness skills. Ellen’s experience in 4-H leadership includes project areas of science, geography, drama, and community service. Trained as a 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge leader, Ellen leads youth on backcountry wilderness adventures.

Alexandria Schunk

CYI

Brooke Larm

28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Phone:
248-347-0269 x230

Brooke received her Bachelor’s of Art in Elementary Education from Michigan State University’s College of Education. Her minors included Environmental Science, English and Spanish. She is currently attending Antioch University New England to specialize in Nature-based Early Childhood Education and serves on the MSU College of Education Alumni Board of Directors.

Visit the Tollgate website at: http://tollgate.msu.edu/ 

Norm Lownds

CYI

Tara Roberson

Health and Nutrition Institute

Phone:
(989) 362-3449

Nutrition Program Instructor for Iosco and Alcona counties.

Amy Wellington

Amy Wellington
121 E. Maple Street
Phone:
517-676-7929

Amy Wellington is the Michigan ArtShare project director and has been working with Michigan ArtShare since September 2012. Amy has previously held many positions within the arts and culture community of Michigan beginning at Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson.  Amy began her role at the Ella’s education department renovating programs and producing all arts and cultural educational programming. In her time at Ella, Amy produced large community and fundraising events. Amy also managed administrative duties as the assistant executive director and interim executive director. She also served on the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County’s Board of Directors for eight years, was a public art committee chair and and was part of the education committee. Amy holds a BFA from Alma College and is a working mixed media artist and letterpress printer.

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson
121 E. Maple Street

Diane works to develop, coordinate, implement and monitor economic development strategies and community engagement activities that support the statewide strategy for cultural and economic development interests of Michigan State University. Her work takes her to Michigan communities where she engages with community leaders to promote educational and economic development activities for artists and musicians while engaging on a grass-roots level to implement programming that supports local engagement and statewide connection.

Diane Wilson joined MSU in 1990 at Wharton Center for Performing Arts and began working in the Office of the Vice President for Governmental Affairs in 2001. With the development and growth of Michigan ArtShare, Diane’s position now resides in MSU Extension within the Greening of Michigan Institute. Prior to coming to MSU, Diane promoted local concerts and performances and engaged in arts engagement activities. Diane earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Women’s Studies and English and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies, all from MSU.

 

Calli Brannan

Health and Nutrition Institute

1400 Oakman Blvd

Kery Rowley

Director’s Office

Kevin Zoromski

CYI

605 N. Saginaw St.
Phone:
810-244-8541

Kevin received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Oakland University focusing in Psychology and completed a Master’s of Science Degree focusing in Counseling and School Psychology from the University of Nebraska. He is recognized as a Certified Lekotek Play Specialist through the National Lekotek Center of Chicago, Illinois.

Kevin currently works in the Preparing Michigan’s Children and Youth Institute where he focuses on child and family development.  He has a background in early childhood developoment and in developmental evaluation.  As part of the Child and Family Development Team for MSU Extension, Kevin focuses on providing information to parents, and professionals, in areas such as early childhood literacy, social emotional development, positive discipline and the purpose of play.

Madge Dougherty

HNI

Chelsea Hetherington

CYI

Erick Elgin

Erick Elgin

Greening Michigan Institute

5479 W. 72nd St., Suite 206
Phone:
231-928-1053

Caitlin Lorenc

HNI

Annabel Ipsen

Director’s Office NCRCRD

Jamie Geer

Rosali Collier

CYI

Nancy Latham

Health and Nutrition Institute

605 N. Saginaw
Phone:
810-244-8517

Ashley Hayes

HNI

Monica Jean

Monica Jean

AABI

2840 College Ave.
Phone:
(906) 786-3032

Monica services the central western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her position covers a large variety of crop production including edible dry beans, potato and integrated crop and livestock systems. Monica is also a part of the North Central Cropping System Academy developing educational resources for farmer driven technologies.

Paige Utterback

HNI

Naomi Hyso

HNI

Jane Love

CYI

Vicki Newcomb

Phone:
Montcalm Office: 989-831-7502, Ionia Office: 616-527-5357

Art Cameron

GMI

Roberto Lopez

Roberto Lopez

MSU Faculty

Phone:
517-353-0342

Our research focuses on energy-efficient propagation and production of specialty crops in environmentally controlled greenhouses, vertical farms, growth rooms/containers, and warehouse-based plant factories. Our primary emphasis is on how light (quantity, quality, and duration) and substrate temperature during the young and finished plant stages influence crop timing, rooting, quality, and subsequent performance.

Aluel Go

GMI

Cecilia Cecilia Jaime Gutierrez

HNI

Wendy Walker

GMI

120 N. Broadway Street
Phone:
269-445-4437

Wendy works with communities in southwest and west central Michigan to facilitate land use planning, advance sustainable development, improve decision-making, foster collaboration, increase citizen participation and respond to emerging governance issues.

As an attorney in private practice for 14 years prior to joining MSU Extension, Wendy focused on real estate, municipal law, property taxation, construction, business start-ups, civil litigation and appeals. Her experience advising local governments includes general operations, risk management, public records, open meetings, land use, ordinances, intergovernmental agreements, emergency services and eminent domain. She is admitted in the state and federal courts of Michigan and Indiana and holds a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law.

Wendy’s career began in community development after earning her BA and Master of Public Administration degrees from Grand Valley State University. As a regional planner, she helped local leaders evaluate data, choose solutions and obtain resources to address land use, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, housing and recreation needs. Later with her own consulting firm, she provided services to governments and nonprofits in planning and zoning, grant writing and administration and fund development.

Lindsey Pung-Terry

Lindsey Pung-Terry

Health & Nutrition Institute

2300 E. Grand River Ave.
Phone:
517-552-6912

As a Supervising Educator, Lindsey supports the efforts of 10 program staff who are in the field doing nutrition and physical activity education to underserved populations in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties. 

Education:

Master of Arts in Health Promotion and Program Management from Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Health Advocacy from Lake Superior State University

Chloe Updegraff

HNI

Tammy Fletcher

HNI

Madeline Bielecki

HNI

Megghan Honke-Siedel

Karie Saxton

CYI