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Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Travis Birdsellplay_circle_filledTravis BirdsellCounty Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture Call Travis Email Travis Ashe County Center

4-H Youth Development

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Richard Boylan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRichard BoylanArea Agent, Small Farm Management Call Richard Email Richard Watauga County CenterJill Cockerhamplay_circle_filledJill CockerhamProgram Assistant, Local Foods Call Jill Email Jill Alleghany County CenterBrad Edwardsplay_circle_filledBrad EdwardsProgram Assistant - IPM Call Brad Email Brad Ashe County CenterMicah Orfieldplay_circle_filledMicah OrfieldExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock Call Micah Email Micah Ashe County CenterBlake Williams, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBlake WilliamsExtension Agent, Horticulture Call Blake Email Blake Ashe County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Amanda Butallaplay_circle_filledAmanda ButallaExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Amanda Email Amanda Ashe County Center


Jamie Davisplay_circle_filledJamie DavisCOSS Office Assistant Call Jamie Email Jamie Ashe County CenterJessica Hamplay_circle_filledJessica HamCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Jessica Email Jessica Ashe County Center


Michelle PelayoMigrant Education Program Coordinator Call Michelle Email Michelle Ashe 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 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 Prestage Poultry ScienceCall Marissa Email Marissa Prestage Poultry Science Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of OrangeCall Marti Email 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 Email April Cleveland County Center Nathan Gatlin, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNathan GatlinArea Specialized Agent - Forestry Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of WilkesCall Nathan Email Nathan Wilkes County Center Lauren Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 31 Counties and EBCIBased out of ClevelandCall Lauren Email Lauren Cleveland County Center Sam Marshall, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSam MarshallArea Specialized Agent, Ornamental Nursery & Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 28 CountiesBased out of HaywoodCall Sam Email Sam Haywood County Center Craig Mauney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCraig MauneyArea Specialized Agent, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production Serves 39 CountiesBased out of HendersonCall Craig Email Craig Henderson County Center Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of ChathamCall Ashley Email Ashley Chatham County Center Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Fresh Produce Food Safety (Western NC) Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural ScienceCall Elena Email Elena Horticultural Science George Selden, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGeorge SeldenArea Specialized Agent, Aquaculture Serves 39 Counties and EBCIBased out of HaywoodCall George Email George 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 Email Mitch Wake County Center