Mark Rankin

Mark Rankin

Director's Office

1 Tuscola St. #100A
Phone:
989-758-2500

Mark Rankin serves as the district coordinator for MSU Extension District 9, which comprises Bay, Genesee, Midland, Saginaw and Shiawassee counties. Rankin works with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups to help identify community challenges and propose and implement successful solutions. Before joining Extension, Rankin worked with organizations, schools and companies across Michigan, providing and facilitating professional and staff development. Rankin received his bachelor’s degree in education from Cornerstone College and his master’s degree in adult and continuing education from MSU. He is a doctoral candidate in K-12 education administration at MSU.

Toni VanBergen

Tina House

Lori Mikek

Tina Marie Romosz

Phone:
906-663-4045 ext. 620

Patti Marrs

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

Adam Ingrao

AABI

1129 Farm Lane

Adam Ingrao is the Veterans Liaison for Michigan State University Extension and an Agricultural Entomologist. An Army veteran and nationally recognized veteran’s advocate, Ingrao has led national and statewide efforts to connect veterans with career and wellness opportunities within the agricultural sector. He is the founder and former director of the Veterans in Agriculture Network and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan, and is President of Michigan Food and Farming Systems. In addition, Ingrao is an expert in supporting beneficial insects on farms and has worked extensively to educated the public on best management practices to support honey bees and biological control agents in agricultural systems. He holds a BS in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University.

Corey Clark

AABI

Parker Jones

GMI

S904 U.S. Highway 41
Phone:
906-290-3210

Hailey Harman

CYI

Mary Reilly

GMI

385 Third Street, Suite B
Phone:
231-889-4277

Mary Reilly has been working in planning and land use for over 20 years and has a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of science in Natural Resources and Ecology from the University of Michigan. She served as the Mason County Zoning and Building Director for the last 14 years where she served as staff to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Municipal Junk Authority of Mason County and Access Management Highway Advisory Committee. As most planners can attest, several other matters ran through Mary’s desk including all matters related to building department functions, zoning enforcement, floodplain verification and troubleshooting, airport zoning and Michigan’s Natural River Zoning. Ms. Reilly has extensive experience with wind turbine issues, particularly shadow flicker and wind turbine noise. Mary served as planner to the Jicarilla Apach Nation in Dulce, New Mexico and has also worked in the private and non-profit sectors. 

Melissa Dowrick

Director's Office

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Director's Office

200 Grand River Ave. #102
Phone:
810-989-6935

Jerry Johnson serves as the district coordinator for MSU Extension District 10, which comprises Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. Johnson works with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups to help identify community challenges and propose and implement successful solutions. Before joining Extension, Johnson was a manufacturing and supply chain executive with experience in strategic planning, organizational design, commodities risk management and team building. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MSU and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sarah Schaner

CYI

Lindsey Gardner

GMI

825 S. Huron Street
Phone:
231-627-8815

Lindsey Gardner is an Educator for MSU Extension serving Northeast Michigan. As a team member of MSU Extension’s Greening Michigan Institute, Lindsey delivers programs in Leadership and Community Engagement and Government and Public Policy. Lindsey has a broad range of experience in community organizing, nonprofit management and program evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development and a Master of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jennifer Kiser

Director's Office

Will Cronin

GMI

Tyler Bassett

MNFI

Amber Joseph

CYI

Ehsan Ghane

Ehsan  Ghane

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Room 220 Farrall Hall
Phone:
(517) 353-4458

Research and Extension Interests: 

I have research and extension interests in the areas of water quality and agricultural drainage. I provide education to diverse groups representing drainage contractors, agricultural producers, water, and the public.. My main research goal is to address agricultural water management issues related to non-point source pollution (i.e., excess nitrogen and phosphorous). I am interested in innovative practices that can reduce nutrient load runoff to surface water and conserve water for crop use. Some of these practices are drainage water management (a.k.a. controlled drainage), saturated buffers, drainage water recycling, and denitrification beds (a.k.a. woodchip bioreactors). I am also interested in modeling and simulation of the effects of management practices on water quality.

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor – Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University (2017-present)
Postdoctoral Associate – Soil, Water, and Climate at University of Minnesota (2014-2016)
Graduate Research Associate – Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University (2009-2014)

Karen Easterling

HNI

Erin Moore

Erin Moore
775 Ball Ave Ne
Phone:
616-632-7865

Erin Moore serves as the district coordinator for MSU Extension District 7, which comprises Allegan, Barry, Ottawa and Kent counties. Moore works with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups to help identify community challenges and propose and implement successful solutions. Before joining Extension in March 2018, Moore worked for three years as a training consultant and senior program specialist with the California Department of Health and managed its strategic planning process for partnership engagement. Prior to her work in California, she spent seven years working in international development, serving countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as sub-Saharan Africa. Moore received a master’s degree in public health focusing on global health strategies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan.

John Wurm

CYI

Katelyn Burns

CYI

21885 Dunham Rd, Suite 12
Phone:
586-469-5979
Fax:
586-469-6948

Diana Temple

CYI

Lori Imboden

AABI

Ritchie Harrison

Green of Michigan Institute - Great Lakes Leadership Academy

3408 Woodward Avenue
Fax:
(313) 578-9701
Ritchie H. Harrison is the co-director of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) at the Michigan State University Extension. He has led programs targeting neighborhood improvement and revitalization in the City of Detroit. His range of experience and expertise includes community and economic development, urban planning and land-use, and civic engagement. Prior to joining Michigan State University Extension, Ritchie was the community planner for the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy where he led extensive planning and development efforts targeting the Detroit Riverfront. His work demonstrates successful achievements through collaboration, diverse civic participation and engagement.  
Ritchie is an alumni of the GLLA, Leadership Advancement Program (2011-12). He has a bachelor of science in urban planning and a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship from Eastern Michigan University. He holds a master of community development from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Ritchie has also completed the Larson Center for Leadership Program through the Michigan Urban Land Use Institute and the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program at Wayne State University. He is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his family.​​

Meaghan Gass

Meaghan Gass

Greening Michigan Institute

515 Center Avenue
Phone:
989-835-4026, ext. 5

Meaghan Gass joined MSU Extension as a Michigan Sea Grant educator in 2018. She serves communities across the Saginaw Bay region (Arenac, Bay, Tuscola, Huron and Sanilac) and has offices at MSU Extension’s Arenac and Bay County offices. Meaghan’s focus areas include community resiliency, Great Lakes literacy, healthy coastal ecosystems and place-based and natural resources education. 

Meaghan earned a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and French) from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts (Political Science) from Saint Louis University. Prior to joining Extension and Sea Grant, Meaghan partnered on many projects with them through the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative regional network

 

Contact information for the Arenac County Office: 

120 North Grove Street P.O. Box 745 Standish, MI 48658
Phone: 989-846-4111 ext. 9032 

Jessica Kendziorski

Phone:
989-354-9870

Jessica Lillehoj

CYI

Tyler Tulloch

HNI

Phone:
517-432-7687

Jesse Lincoln

GMI

Phone:
616-745-3828

Jesse is an ecologist and conducts vegetation surveys on public lands managed for unters and nature lovers. This work involves describing and identifying important natural areas. documenting rare plants, aging trees, and integrating these elements into wildlife management plans. With MNFI since 2010, Jesse enjoys botanizing and collecting plants for herbaria to contribute to accurate species distribution maps. He works to find and protect remnants of high-quality natural areas He earned a BS and MS in plant biology from Grand Valley State University and enjoys nature photograhy and wandering around in the forst with his son.

Ricardo Costa

Ricardo Costa

AABI

1040 S. Winter St Suite 2020
Phone:
517-264-5300 Ext 5310

Ricardo Costa received a bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Federal University of Mato Grosso (Brazil) in 2015 and a Master’s degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2017. 

He currently works as an Extension Field Crops Educator in SE Michigan. 

Erica Rogers

Erica Rogers

AABI

Erica Rogers is an Environmental Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension located in Gratiot County. Much of her work deals with manure management in livestock and poultry operations and how to effectively utilize nutrients on the farm as well as proper handling and storage to reduce environmental impacts. Additionally, she does work with environmental watershed quality, odor management, and mortality management.

Jonathan LaPorte

Jonathan LaPorte

AABI

120 N. Broadway, Suite 209
Phone:
269-445-4438

Jon LaPorte is an Educator with Michigan State University Extension based in Cass County, Michigan.  His main area of focus is in Farm Management, with an emphasis on farm business analysis, business transition, income tax education, and general farm business management topics such economics of technologies and return on investment.  He provides leadership and programming expertise in the area of Farm Management to farmers and agribusiness across western and southwestern Michigan while also working statewide as needed.

Prior to joining MSU Extension, Jon worked for USDA as a Farm Loan Officer and later as a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) at a farm retail cooperative.  Jon continues to be involved in the family’s small cash crop operation where the farm raises corn and soybeans in the southwest area of Michigan. 

Becky DeYoung

GMI

I am the definition of pure Michigan. I was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. My father was a plant manager for Fisher Body/GM for over 20 years. I have worked since the age of 11 as a caddie at a private country club. I grew up on the golf course and eventually worked inside during the fall and winter months bussing tables to hostessing. My college education at MSU was paid for by the Carl Knaack Jr. Foundation, which was a private foundation through the membership.

I graduated from MSU in 1990 with a degree in Advertising. I was hired by a member from the Country Club to work in his small, neighborhood grocery store. I was trained and worked in all departments. In 1999, I was recruited by a deli distributor to train customer service to deli associates carrying the brand.

In 1995, I married a chef. He created a spice blend for seasoning meat during his hours in the kitchens. We used the blend for inexpensive gifts. Family members suggested that we start packaging it and selling it through local channels through out the metropolitan Detroit area.

In the fall of 2005, I learned of the MSU Product Center through a “Buy Michigan Products” event in Lansing, and became a client soon after in 2006.

In 2009, I was offered a 10 hour a week position counseling other Michigan agricultural entreprenuers in and around Livingston and Oakland counties.

In 2012, I was increased to 19 hours a week position. My territory grew to cover parts of Ingham, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

In 2016, I received the MSU Product Center’s Counselor of the Year award at the annual Making it in Michigan Conference and Trade Show. I was acknowledged for my work with clients and relationships built.

On December 1, I began my new role as an MSU Extension Educator.

Mohammad Yusri Jamaluddin

Mohammad Yusri Jamaluddin

GMI

446 W. Circle Drive, Room 244 Annex Bldg.
Phone:
5174327618

Conduct data analysis and visualization across Greening Michigan Institute’s work teams. Apply GIS and statistics to visualize complex community development data.

Currently involved in analyzing data for homeownership in Michigan, Michigan Good Food shared measurement team, and First Impressions Tourism (FiT) program. 

Susan Kirkman

Susan Kirkman

CYI

749 Hombach Street
Phone:
9066437307

Susan is the Mackinac County 4-H Program Coordinator.  In 2015, she graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Marketing, Public Relations and Speech & Drama as well as an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Communication.  Currently, she is working towards her Masters in Strategic Communication at Michigan State Univerity.  She has been involved with 4-H as a youth member and adult volunteer for 10 years and is a certified pullorum tester.

Margaret Merchberger

Margaret Merchberger

CYI

Phone:
9066356368

Margaret is the 4-H Program Coordinator for Chippewa County. She has been a preschool teacher for the past 20 years and a former substitute teacher for the local school district. She was involved in 4-H as a child and has assisted local 4-H clubs.

Rachel Puckett

CYI

Tonya Pell

Tonya Pell

CYI

209 E. Apple Ave. Muskegon MI 49442
Phone:
2317244739

Tonya grew up in Fremont, MI on a dairy farm and was involved in 4-H as a child. She attended Central Michigan University for college and graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in History and Women’s Studies. She began her career with MSU Extension as an AmeriCorps member serving the 4-H Tech Wizards mentoring program in 2015 and has enjoyed her various roles and experiences in 4-H since then.

Anne O’Rourke-Bean

CYI

Irene Donne

Irene Donne
Home gardening questions? Call 1-888-678-3464
Phone:
517-552-6908
Fax:
517-546-5154

Irene Donne is the Consumer Horticulture Extension Educator for Livingston County. She completed her master’s degree in Plant Pathology in 2017 under the direction of Dr. Mary Hausbeck at Michigan State University. Her M.S. thesis work was on the management of carrot fungal foliar diseases in commercial production fields in Michigan. Irene completed a B.S. in Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University in NJ. 

Christine Miller

Christine Miller

CYI

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

Christine Miller is an MSU Extension 4-H Program Coordinator in Livingston County. She started in fall of 2017 in this position, but has been involved in 4-H as a member volunteer superintendant and employee since 1991.

Paola Bacigalupo Sanguesa

Paola Bacigalupo Sanguesa

AABI

570 Marshall Rd Ste C

Paola Bacigalupo-Sanguesa was born and raised in Chile and has an avid interest in livestock and dairy. After completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in Chile, she went on to Colorado State University to complete her Master’s degree. As a vet student, Bacigalupo-Sanguesa was part of a NGO that allowed her to serve as a resource for small livestock farms in the southern part of Chile. She comes to Extension with many skills and a big passion for agriculture and dairy farming. Her interests are animal health, animal welfare, employee training and public and consumer education about agriculture, the dairy industry and dairy products. 

Paige Filice

Greening Michigan Institute

480 Wilson Road, Rm 13

Paige is a research assistant in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her work focuses on lake and stream outreach and engagement. She currently coordinates the Reduce Invasive Pet and Plant Escapes education campaign aimed at increasing awareness of proper containment and disposal of aquariums and water gardens to prevent their release into the environment. 

She also assists in the coordination of MSU Extension’s Introduction to Lakes program and the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders 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

205 S. Eighth St
Phone:
6163406006

Mischelle is the MSU Extension District Coordinator for district 4 serving Alcona, Arenac, Iosco, Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties. She earned her MBA from Western Michigan University.

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 the Child and Family Development team.  She trains on early childhood topics for early childhood educators, caregivers, and parents, including topics on preparing children for school success in early childhood and social and emotional health in young children. She also provides family education and support through parenting trainings and collaborative parent-child learning experiences.  She also trains directly with children on topics of social and emotional health.  Prior to her work at MSU Extension, Courtney worked as a preschool director and teacher, children and family ministries educator and director, and adult educator.

Laura Quist

Laura Quist

CYI

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

Martin Mangual

Martin Mangual

AABI

12220 Fillmore St
Phone:
(616) 994-4581
Fax:
(616)994-4579

Martin J. Mangual earned his Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico Cayey Campus where he also worked on his family’s farm - igniting his passion for animal science. He then earned a Master’s in animal science with a concentration in dairy nutrition from MSU. Mangual worked as a research assistant during his graduate studies and was involved with teaching guest lectures on mammary physiology, animal nutrition, dairy nutrition and dairy feed management courses. He says being a dairy educator with MSU Extension allows him to be involved with producers in the field and gives him the opportunity to inform communities about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives and provide them with accurate information about dairy farming practices.

Laurie Platte Breza

CYI

Jeremy Jubenville

Jeremy Jubenville

AABI

201 W. Kalamazoo Avenue
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 his Extension role with interests that include: diagnostics & troubleshooting, biological control, water quality and greenhouse technology.

David Thompson

David Thompson

AABI

570 Marshall Road, Suite C
Phone:
517-279-6414
Fax:
517-278-5064

Dave Thompson is an Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension. Prior to joining MSU Extension, Dave worked at Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis), where he led research and development programs in Parasiticide Discovery and Livestock Performance and Wellness.  Based in Branch County, Michigan, his current area of focus is pork production. Dave’s MSU Extension efforts include employee training and management, swine performance/production, parasitic disease surveillance and stabilization along with management of the Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA) program for Michigan producers. He can assist producers looking to acquire certification in the PQA Plus, Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) or on-farm site assessment programs. Dave’s focus spans issues and management of both intensive and extensive production systems.

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

Mary Blumka

CYI

Nathaniel Walton

Nathaniel Walton

Jordan Duckens

MSU Extension

Dave Vachon

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

Kelly Stelter

Kelly Stelter

CYI

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

4-H Program Coordinator - Berrien County

LaTashia Perry

LaTashia Perry

HNI

Clay Wilton

Clay Wilton

MNFI

Patricia Errer

Patricia Errer

CYI

Holly Julian

Holly Julian

CYI

Jordan Altobelli

CYI

Sheryl Moll

Sheryl Moll

CYI

Phone:
517-264-5314

Melissa Preston

Melissa Preston

Children and Youth Institute

Phone:
989-426-7741

Kathleen Noggle

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

Stephanie Ostrenga

Stephanie Ostrenga

Health and Nutrition Institute

2840 College Ave.
Phone:
906-786-3032

David Rowley

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

Peggy Hollingworth

CYI

David Jones

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

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

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

319 B N. Lake St.
Phone:
231-582-6232
Fax:
231-582-2831

Sean Knurek

Sean Knurek

Health and Nutrition Institute

220 W. Ellsworth St.
Phone:
(989)832-6713

Sean received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Sean has also completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on Science, Health, and Environmental Communication, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from Michigan State University.  

Sean previously worked for Michigan State University Extension as a Nutrition Program Instructor in Genesee County, teaching Cooking Matters and Cooking for One under a MDHHS Flint Special Funds grant. The target audiences reached included children aging out of foster care and consumers seeking mental health services in Flint and Genesee County. Sean also worked for five years as a Behavioral Support Specialist for ATTIC Correctional Services in Madison, Wisconsin, providing assistance and services for men transitioning from incarceration to productive society.

Sean currently works in the Health and Nutrition Institute where he focuses on teaching mindfulness and anger management skills to help individuals improve their social emotional health and well-being. Sean’s work with the Extension Health Research team is a collaboration with the MSU College of Human Medicine to determine how MSU Extension can improve health research and strengthen primary care delivery to patients.  

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

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.