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County Extension Director

Photo of Molly SandfossMolly SandfossCounty Extension Director (828) 652-8104 molly_sandfoss@ncsu.eduMcDowell County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Janet BryanJanet BryanProgram Assistant, Family and Consumer Sciences (828) 652-8104 (Office) jlbryan6@ncsu.eduMcDowell CountyPhoto of Chad RayChad RayExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 652-8104 chad_ray@ncsu.eduMcDowell County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Matt BurneisenMatt BurneisenProgram Assistant, Agriculture and Natural Resources - Keep McDowell Beautiful (828) 652-8104 (Office) mrburnei@ncsu.eduMcDowell CountyPhoto of Adam LawingAdam LawingExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (828) 652-8104 adam_lawing@ncsu.eduMcDowell County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Cathy Hohensein, RDCathy Hohensein, RDExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (828) 255-5522 cathy_hohenstein@ncsu.eduBuncombe CountyPhoto of Heather PeekHeather PeekAdministrative Assistant (828) 652-8104 (Office) heather_peek@ncsu.eduMcDowell County


Juliet EirikisExtension Asst (828) 652-8104 (Office) jmeiriki@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences

Area Specialized Agents

These agents specialize in specific areas of agriculture and natural resource management and serve many counties. While their knowledge and expertise is available to residents of McDowell County Center, they may not be present in the McDowell County Center. Please contact the McDowell County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Brent BuchananBrent BuchananArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Cleveland(315) 212-1277 brent_buchanan@ncsu.eduCleveland County Photo of Lauren GreeneLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agribusiness - Poultry Serves 31 CountiesBased out of Wilkes(336) 651-7347 lauren_greene@ncsu.eduWilkes County Photo of Marissa HerchlerMarissa HerchlerArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs) Serves 101 CountiesBased out of Poultry Science(919) 515-5396 marissa_herchler@ncsu.eduPoultry Science Photo of Bill LordBill LordArea Specialized Agent, Water Resources Serves 100 CountiesBased out of Franklin(919) 496-3344 (Office) william_lord@ncsu.eduFranklin County Photo of Craig MauneyCraig MauneyExtension Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables & Fruits Serves 38 CountiesBased out of Henderson(828) 684-3562 craig_mauney@ncsu.eduHenderson County Photo of Currey NoblesCurrey NoblesArea Specialized Agent, Food Safety Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science(919) 515-9520 canobles@ncsu.eduFood, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Photo of Elena RogersElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(828) 352-2519 elena_rogers@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Debbie StroudDebbie StroudArea Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety Serves 33 CountiesBased out of Harnett(919) 515-9149 dlstroud@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Amanda TaylorAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 27 CountiesBased out of Burke(828) 475-2915 amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.eduBurke County Photo of Mitch WoodwardMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 CountiesBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County