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Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Travis Birdsellplay_circle_filledTravis BirdsellCounty Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture Call Travis E-mail Travis Ashe County Center

4-H Youth Development

Rhonda Churchplay_circle_filledRhonda ChurchEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate Call Rhonda E-mail Rhonda Ashe County CenterCaroline Gossplay_circle_filledCaroline GossExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Caroline E-mail Caroline Ashe County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Richard Boylan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRichard BoylanArea Agent, Small Farm Management Call Richard E-mail Richard Watauga County CenterBrad Edwardsplay_circle_filledBrad EdwardsProgram Assistant - IPM Call Brad E-mail Brad Ashe County CenterMicah Orfieldplay_circle_filledMicah OrfieldExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock Call Micah E-mail Micah Ashe County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Amanda Butallaplay_circle_filledAmanda ButallaExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Amanda E-mail Amanda Ashe County Center


Jamie Davisplay_circle_filledJamie DavisCOSS Office Assistant Call Jamie E-mail Jamie Ashe County CenterJessica Hamplay_circle_filledJessica HamCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Jessica E-mail Jessica Ashe County Center


Jill Cockerhamplay_circle_filledJill CockerhamProgram Assistant, Local Foods Call Jill E-mail Jill Alleghany County CenterAlex Kissinger, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAlex KissingerProgram Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program Call Alex E-mail Alex Agricultural & Human Sciences

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 Ashe County Center, they may not be present in the Ashe County Center. Please contact the Ashe 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 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 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