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County Extension Director

Photo of Howard Wallace, IIHoward Wallace, IICounty Extension Director (910) 875-3461 (Office) howard_wallace@ncsu.eduHoke County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Cathy BrownCathy BrownExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (910) 875-2162 cathy_brown@ncsu.eduHoke CountyPhoto of Tamika McLeanTamika McLeanEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate (910) 875-3461 (Office) tamika_mclean@ncsu.eduHoke CountyPhoto of Shirley RushShirley Rush4-H Life Skills Program Coordinator (910) 875-2162 shirley_rush@ncsu.eduHoke County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Liz LahtiLiz LahtiArea Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (910) 321-6862 liz_lahti@ncsu.eduCumberland CountyPhoto of Shannon NewtonShannon NewtonArea Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (910) 875-3461 (Office) shannon_newton@ncsu.eduHoke County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Celeste NeumannCeleste NeumannPAT Program Coordinator / Bilingual Parent Educator (910) 875-2000 csneuman@ncsu.eduHoke CountyPhoto of Shirley SmithShirley SmithExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (910) 875-2162 shirley_j_smith@ncsu.eduHoke County


Photo of Debbie HumphreyDebbie HumphreyCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (910) 875-3461 (Office) debbie_humphrey@ncsu.eduHoke CountyPhoto of Cathy JamesCathy JamesCounty Extension Support Specialist, 4-H Youth Development and FCS (910) 875-2162 cathy_james@ncsu.eduHoke County


Photo of Ivy McLeodIvy McLeodParent Educator, Parent Education (910) 875-3461 (Office) inmcleod@ncsu.eduHoke 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 Hoke County Center, they may not be present in the Hoke County Center. Please contact the Hoke County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Richard GoforthRichard GoforthArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Union(704) 283-3801 (Office) richard_goforth@ncsu.eduUnion County Photo of Marissa HerchlerMarissa HerchlerArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs) Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Poultry Science(919) 515-5396 marissa_herchler@ncsu.eduPoultry Science Photo of Stacey JonesStacey JonesArea Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse Serves 28 CountiesBased out of Cabarrus(704) 920-3310 (Office) stacey_jones@ncsu.eduCabarrus County Photo of Colby LambertColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of Harnett(910) 814-6041 colby_lambert@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Bill LordBill LordArea Specialized Agent, Water Resources Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Franklin(919) 496-3344 (Office) william_lord@ncsu.eduFranklin County Photo of Rachel McDowellRachel McDowellArea Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety Serves 34 CountiesBased out of Agricultural and Human Sciences(919) 515-9155 romcdowe@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences Photo of Currey NoblesCurrey NoblesArea Specialized Agent, Food Safety Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased 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 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural Science(828) 352-2519 elena_rogers@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Allan ThorntonAllan ThorntonExtension Associate Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(910) 592-7161 (Office) allan_thornton@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Mitch WoodwardMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County