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County Extension Director

William Kelley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. William Kelley, Ph.D.County Extension Director, Tree Fruit Agent Call Dr. William Email Dr. William Henderson County Center

4-H Youth Development

Hannah Peeler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHannah PeelerExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Hannah Email Hannah Henderson County Center


Lia Beddingfield, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLia BeddingfieldCounty Extension Support Specialist Call Lia Email Lia Henderson County CenterKeai Tilly, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKeai TillyCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Keai Email Keai Henderson County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Karen Blaedow, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKaren BlaedowExtension Agent, Agriculture - Vegetable and Small Fruit Call Karen Email Karen Henderson County CenterChristopher Just, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionChristopher JustArea Agent, Agribusiness - Farmworker Health & Safety Educator Call Christopher Email Christopher Henderson County CenterSteve Pettis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSteve Pettis, Jr.Extension Agent, Agriculture - Consumer and Commercial Horticulture Call Steve Email Steve Henderson County CenterAbby Whitaker, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAbby WhitakerArea Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Forage Crops Call Abby Email Abby Buncombe County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Betsy Hooker, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBetsy HookerEFNEP Educator Call Betsy Email Betsy Henderson County CenterAbigail Pierce, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAbigail PierceExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Abigail Email Abigail Henderson County Center


Anne Higgins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAnne HigginsAdministrative Director for Bullington Gardens Call Anne Email Anne Henderson County CenterAlex Madden, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAlex Madden4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development Call Alex Email Alex Henderson County CenterRosie Reeves, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRosie ReevesBullington Gardens Education Coordinator Call Rosie Email Rosie Henderson 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 Henderson County Center, they may not be present in the Henderson County Center. Please contact the Henderson County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Stephen Bishop, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionStephen BishopWestern Director, NC FarmLink Call Stephen Email Stephen Serves 45 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural Science Marissa Cohen, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa CohenArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety Call Marissa Email Marissa Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Prestage Poultry Science Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Call Marti Email Marti Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Orange County Center Carla Dockery, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCarla DockeryRegional Nutrition Extension Associate Call Carla Email Carla Serves 9 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human Sciences Tom Dyson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom DysonArea Specialized Agent, Agromedicine Call Tom Email Tom Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Gaston County Center Nathan Gatlin, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNathan GatlinArea Specialized Agent - Forestry Call Nathan Email Nathan Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wilkes County Center Lauren Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Call Lauren Email Lauren Serves 31 Counties and EBCIBased out of Cleveland County Center Sam Marshall, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSam MarshallArea Specialized Agent, Ornamental Nursery & Greenhouse, Western Region Call Sam Email Sam Serves 28 CountiesBased out of Haywood County Center Craig Mauney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCraig MauneyArea Specialized Agent, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production Call Craig Email Craig Serves 39 CountiesBased out of Henderson County Center Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Call Ashley Email Ashley Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Chatham County Center Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Fresh Produce Food Safety (Western NC) Call Elena Email Elena Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural Science George Selden, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGeorge SeldenArea Specialized Agent, Aquaculture Call George Email George Serves 39 Counties and EBCIBased out of Haywood County Center Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Call Mitch Email Mitch Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wake County Center