NC Cooperative Extension

Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Photo of Marvin Owings, Jr.Marvin Owings, Jr.County Extension Director (828) 697-4891 marvin_owings@ncsu.eduHenderson County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Sue JanowiakSue Janowiak4-H Program Assistant (828) 697-4891 (Office) sue_janowiak@ncsu.eduHenderson CountyPhoto of John MurphyJohn MurphyBullington Gardens Director (828) 698-6104 john_murphy@ncsu.eduHenderson CountyPhoto of Denise SherrillDenise SherrillExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 697-4891 denise_sherrill@ncsu.eduHenderson County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Ethan HendersonEthan HendersonArea Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forages (828) 255-5522 ethan_henderson@ncsu.eduBuncombe County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Renay KnappRenay KnappExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (828) 697-4891 renay_knapp@ncsu.eduHenderson County


Photo of Ivy OlsonIvy OlsonCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 697-4891 (Office) ivy_olson@ncsu.eduHenderson CountyPhoto of Barbara WalkerBarbara WalkerCounty Extension Support Specialist (828) 697-4891 (Office) barbara_walker@ncsu.eduHenderson County

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 Henderson County Center, they may not be present in the Henderson County Center. Please contact the Henderson County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Brent BuchananBrent BuchananArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 26 CountiesBased out of Cleveland County(315) 212-1277 brent_buchanan@ncsu.eduCleveland County Photo of Richard GoforthRichard GoforthArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 33 CountiesBased out of Union County(704) 283-3801 (Office) richard_goforth@ncsu.eduUnion County Photo of Craig MauneyCraig MauneyExtension Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables & Fruits Serves 39 CountiesBased out of Henderson County(828) 684-3562 craig_mauney@ncsu.eduHenderson County Photo of Amanda TaylorAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 28 CountiesBased out of Burke County(828) 475-2915 amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.eduBurke County Photo of Skip ThompsonSkip ThompsonArea Specialized Agent - Aquaculture Serves 14 CountiesBased out of Haywood County(828) 456-3575 Skip_Thompson@ncsu.eduHaywood County