About Us

Programs and Staff

Office Hours and Program Contacts

Community & Economic Development

Douglas M. Stienbarger – County Director, WSU Clark County Extension (Community & Economic Development Faculty), stiendm@wsu.edu
Doug administers the office, managing fiscal and personnel resources serving to maximize the benefit of WSU Extension programs to the citizens of Clark County. Doug oversees the Small Acreage Program and activities to help small farms. Doug is also interested in farmland preservation, promoting local sustainable food systems, promoting farm-based businesses, and other community building around agricultural and natural resource policy issues. He serves as a member of Clark Conservation District Board.

Doug worked in Haiti, East and West Africa, first as a US Peace Corps volunteer and then for the University of Wisconsin on agroforestry, land and resource tenure (ownership), and other natural resource issues. He lived and worked in several states before coming to work in Clark County.

M.S. in Land Resources, Institute for Environmental Studies. University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1986.
B.A. in Political Science. University of Texas–Austin. 1977.

Natural Resources

Small Acreage Program

Amber_LefsteadAmber Lefstead – WSU Small Acreage Coordinator – amber.lefstead@wsu.edu
Amber administers the Small Acreage program at WSU, performing outreach and education in business development, sustainable farming, and stormwater management for small acreage landowners. Before WSU, Amber worked in landscape water conservation for the US EPA in Washington DC. Her interests include sustainable agriculture, food access and nutrition, low impact development, and water conservation. In her free time, Amber enjoys hiking, cooking, travel, and building her tiny house.

M.S. Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development. University of Maryland, 2009

B.S. Biology. Florida State University, 2007

Applied Agricultural Research

Apple Maggot Infestation & Control

Robert GoughnourRobert B. Goughnour – Biological Science Technician Specializing in Rhagoletis, robert.goughnour@wsu.edu
Robert has worked closely with the USDA-ARS for the last sixteen years on Rhagoletis Pomonella with Dr. Wee Yee. Robert is deeply involved with the WSU Heritage and Experimental Orchards. He has worked closely over the year with Dr. Jeffery Fedder of Notre Dame University on the evolution of Rhagoletis Pomonella. Robert has worked with many small orchards and home owners in the community.

B. A. in Human Development with a second major in Anthropology from Washington State University. 2000
Certificate in Personnel Psychology & Human Resource Management Washington State University. 2000



4-H Youth Development

Missy Cummins – 4-H/Youth Development Regional Specialist Faculty, missy.cummins@wsu.edu
Missy Cummins grew up participating in 4-H in Idaho where her main focus of projects were home economics/miscellaneous and leadership. She comes to us from Bannock County (in SE Idaho) where she has worked as the 4-H Extension Educator for 5 1/2 years. In Idaho, Missy worked to increase the reach of the 4-H program in Bannock County through teen leadership, school enrichment, day camps, juvenile offender life skill development, and livestock programs for urban youth. She has four children, Sam, Jake, Aliza, and Addie.

M.Ed., Child and Family Studies, Idaho State University, Pocatello Idaho.
B.A., General Studies, Idaho State University, Pocatello Idaho.


Darci Wert – 4-H Program Coordinator, darci.wert@wsu.edu
Darci provides general oversight and management for the 4H Youth Development Program of Clark County, specifically targeting youth from urban audiences. She is also responsible for community outreach and fund development. Darci brings over a decade’s experience with youth development activities and fundraising, most recently as the Director of Education at Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Having lived in Alaska and Colorado she returns home to Washington and currently resides in Yacolt with her dog, two cats and her Harley Davidson.

B.A. Business – Washington State University. 1986


Jodee Nickel – 4-H Youth Development Special Programs Coordinator/SNAP-ED Nutrition Educator, jodee.nickel@wsu.edu
Jodee leads the Snap-Ed Garden Enhanced Nutrition program to teach limited income children about nutrition through experiential gardening and cooking activities. She also coordinates the 4-H Restorative Community Service Garden program providing youth offenders safe, meaningful alternative community service where they work alongside adult mentors while developing life skills. Their produce is donated to a local food bank. Jodee works with students, teachers, Master Gardeners, Clark County Public Works, Clark County Juvenile Court, and others to provide these activities and opportunities to cultivate healthy young people.

B.A. in Sustainability/Community Development, The Evergreen State College. 2006

Food Safety and Nutrition

Zena Edwards – Food & Nutrition Faculty, zena_edwards@wsu.edu
Zena Edwards does educational programming in the areas of Food Safety and Nutrition in Clark and Cowlitz Counties. In the area of Food Safety Zena helps consumers in handling food safely at home, as well as purchasing, storing, preparing and preserving food safely. She works with the Southwest Washington Health District and Cowlitz County Health Department in providing training in handling, preparing and serving foods safely to food service employees.

Zena works with the Master Food Preservers Volunteer Program in Clark County. The Master Food Preservers answer consumer questions about food preservation and general food safety, hold classes about food preservation, and test pressure gauges during the summer season.

In the area of Nutrition, Zena oversees the Snap-Ed program in Clark and Cowlitz Counties. This program employees three full time assistants that work with families with limited resources, teaching them how to shop, prepare, store and generally feed their families nutritionally on limited resources. Classes are held in schools, community centers, WIC clinics, and food banks.


Family Nutrition Education Program

SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Program

K_PerryKristine Perry – Snap-Ed Program Manager, kristine.perry@wsu.edu
Kristine is the SNAP-ED Program Manager for Clark and Cowlitz Counties and has been with Snap-Ed since 2009. This program works in schools to educate youth on healthy eating and active lifestyles.  In the community Snap-Ed works with families, teaching them how to shop, prepare, store and serve nutritious meals within limited resources. Classes are held in schools, community centers, WIC clinics, and food banks.

B.S. in Community Health Education, Western Washington University


marty_fieldsMarty Fields – Nutrition Educator, marty.field@wsu.edu
Marty has been with the SNAP-Ed program since fall of 2015. She teaches grade school nutrition lessons and the adult Plan, Shop, Save & Cook classes. She also conducts “grocery store tours” and “tasting” events with the Family & Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) and food pantries. Marty has worked as an independent wellness educator for over 10 years and is a veteran, having served nine years in the US Army with assignments in the US and abroad. Her passion is to maintain peak health and a strong immune system and she loves to inspire adults and children to make healthy eating choices to build healthy bodies! She loves fitness, hiking, bike riding, boating, gardening, reading and sports, especially football!

B.S. in Biology from Michigan Tech University

nicole_nissenhooperNicole Nissen-Hooper – Nutrition Educator, n.nissen-hooper@wsu.edu
Nicole is a Snap-Ed program educator and works with the Evergreen School district, bringing hands-on nutrition education to elementary age students. Her goal is to help these students understand why eating healthy and taking care of their environment is important to their health and happiness. Nicole is an avid gardener,  outdoor enthusiast and enjoys sailing, dancing, and rock-climbing. She also volunteers with the Salmon Creek watershed to help cease erosion and stop invasive species.. New to WA she is happy to call the Pacific Northwest her home and looks forward to her career at WSU.

B.S. in Sustainability, Whole Systems Healing and Chinese, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Certificate in Personal Nutrition, Shaw Academy

Rene Huerta– Nutrition Educator, rene.huerta@wsu.edu
Rene Huerta has been with SNAP-Ed program since 2015. She teaches Middle School nutrition at Covington, Cascade and Y-East. Rene also directs the Germ City booth at the Clark County fair. She taught college culinary arts, at the college level, and high school level for over 15 years. Rene then opened her own restaurant, “The Deli Llama” in Eugene Oregon. Her passion is teaching, she loves kids of all ages. Rene loves her family, golfing, camping, watching reality TV, and working.

B.S. in Psychology from University of Oregon


Tara McGinty– Nutrition Educator, tara.mcginty@wsu.edu
Tara joined the Family Nutrition team as a SNAP-Ed educator in the fall of 2017. She teaches comprehensive nutrition lessons to 2nd and 3rd grade children in the Evergreen School District. A strong believer that the path to life-long wellness begins in early childhood, Tara is eager to share her love for healthy eating and self-care. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, riding her bike, and playing in her garden. She also loves power tools.

B.S. in Community Health Education, Portland State University, Oregon


anna_weyrauchAnna Weyrauch– Nutrition Educator, anna.weyrauch@wsu.edu
Anna is a nutrition educator for the SNAP-Ed program. She teaches interactive nutrition to 2nd and 3rd grade within the Evergreen school district. She enjoys helping others learn about nutrition, so that they can increase health and wellness in their lives. Anna is thrilled to help members of her community find ways to take control over their health. In her spare time Anna enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s camping, hiking or rafting. If the Pacific Northwest weather is not cooperating she enjoys reading, dancing and cooking.

B.S. in General Science, emphasis in Biology & Human Physiology, University of Oregon. 2009
M.S. in Nutrition, National University of Natural Medicine. 2016

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)


Tarin Efstathioy – EFNEP Nutrition Educator,  tarin.efstathioy@wsu.edu
Tarin is a full time Nutrition Educator. She teaches Eat Smart* Be Active to adults and is new to the EFNEP program this year. Tarin was a Raw/Live Food Chef for 4 years, creating over one hundred raw food recipes available in local stores. Tarin believes in the (My Plate) program and is ready to help our community understand what it means to have “ ½ your plate filled with Fruits and Vegetables” & how a sedentary life can be hard on your body. Tarin enjoys cooking, gardening and playing with her family.

Paraprofessional – National Nutrition Paraprofessional Certification from Utah State University
Chiropractic Assistant, CNA, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon

YolandaYolanda Garcia – EFNEP Nutrition Educator, Yolanda.garcia2@wsu.edu
Yolanda is a full time Bilingual Nutrition Educator and teaches 2nd through 5th grade Nutrition Education Classes at Vancouver Schools and their Family Community Resource Centers using the National Eat Smart*Being Active Curriculum for Adults. She has worked with Head Start Programs for years, assisting with Health, Wellness and Nutrition programs.  She has a passion for teaching, finds it rewarding to inspire others to make positive lifestyle changes. She enjoys reading, walking, swimming and family time.

Paraprofessional – National Nutrition Paraprofessional Certification from Utah State University
Bilingual Secretary Diploma,  CNA – Clark Community College, Vancouver, Washington 

Brenda Harrison – EFNEP Nutrition Educator, harrisob@wsu.edu
Brenda is a full time Nutrition Educator and has been with WSU Extension since 2006. Brenda teaches Eating Smart●Being Active classes for limited income adults in Vancouver Schools Family Community Resource Centers and Vancouver Schools elementary classes teaching a six week nutrition series for 2nd thru 5th grades. Brenda finds it rewarding to teach EFNEP’s learn-by-doing approach, which allows participants to gain practical skills to make positive behavior changes. She grew up participating in 4-H programs, was a 4-H leader and raised in Eastern & Central WA.  Brenda enjoys geocaching, reading and spending time with her family and her dog Zuri.
Paraprofessional – National Nutrition Paraprofessional Certification from Utah State University


Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach Wellness Coordinator

Amy Cooley – Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach,  amy.cooley@wsu.edu
Amy enjoys her work as a Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach where she facilitates and promotes classes for the program, participates in health fairs, recruits attendees and coordinates the program within Clark County.  She started her career studying Dietetics before switching to Community Health. She worked as a Community Health Educator, Health Coach, and Childbirth Educator for several years. Her passions are nutrition, physical activity and helping people live to their fullest potential and achieve healthy lifestyle goals. She enjoys spending time with her husband, five children and dog, Bruno.

B.S. in Community Health Education at Portland State University
Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Holistic Life Coach, Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist

PIC Food Safety Instructor

Scotty Parrish – PIC Food Safety Instructor,  scotty.parrish@wsu.edu
Scotty provides food safety training for food service employees in partnership with the Clark County Health Department.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, dog and 2 cats as well as teaching food preservation as a WSU Clark County Master Food Preserver volunteer.

Western Culinary Institute, Portland OR
WSU Clark County Master Food Preserver Program

Food Safety & Nutrition Support Staff

vicki_ivyVicki Ivy – Clerical Assistant III, MFP Program Assistant, Web Support,  vicki.ivy@wsu.edu
Vicki supports the Master Food Preserver program including organizing events, advertising, promotion of the program and maintains the Food Safety & Nutrition section of the website. She also provides support to the extension website when needed. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of food preservation, spending time with her husband, two cats, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and caring for the environment.

Pima Community College, Tucson AZ
WSU Clark County Master Food Preserver Program


Karen Kennedy – Snap-Ed & EFNEP Administrative Assistant, karen.kennedy@clark.wa.gov
Karen provides clerical support to the Nutrition Educators in the areas of data collection, budget tracking, and posting of accomplishments of programs objectives. Born in the Pacific NW she grew up in Clark County participating in the 4-H program with her horses and worked in the medical administration field for many years. She enjoys walking, watching TV, baking, cooking healthy meals. spending time with her two children, three grandchildren and cats, Jolie and Pepper.




Agriculture and Farming

Justin O’Dea – Regional Agricultural Specialist Faculty, justin.odea@wsu.edu
Justin administers the regional agriculture program for WSU in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties. Justin focuses on specialty crop production and strategies for farms to be profitable, sustainable, and resilient in regions with high urbanization pressure, but with strong potential for growth in local, high-value, and direct markets.

Justin trained in agronomy, soil science, and ecology, and primarily worked on projects in soil health, cropping systems/rotation, cover crops, reduced tillage, value-added grain production, and integrated weed and pest management.  Before joining WSU, Justin worked for five years at Cornell Cooperative Extension in the Hudson Valley region of New York.  His varied background includes working on multiple farms producing vegetables, fruits, and field crops in New York, Vermont, India, and Montana.  Justin, his wife, and two children enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and visiting their extended families.

M.S. Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. Montana State University, 2011
B.A. Cultural Ecology and Sustainable Development. Evergreen State College, 2003

Home Horticulture

WSU Master Gardener Program


Erika Johnson – WSU Master Gardener Coordinator, erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu
A military brat, Erika spent her childhood in Texas, Mississippi, California, and the Philippines. She taught English in Korea, coordinated the summer youth volunteer program at the Oregon Zoo, and most recently coordinated an AmeriCorps program out of Educational Service District 112, in Vancouver. Erika lives with her husband, Mark and their two dogs, Tucker and Lester. Erika enjoys gardening, cycling, and spending time with family.

B.S. in Biology, California State University, Stanislaus – Turlock, CA. 1993


Office Support

AnnetteVary-Getty1Annette Vary-Getty – Fiscal Specialist II, annette.vary-getty@wsu.edu
Annette supports WSU Clark County Extension working with the County Director and Faculty by ensuring fiscal responsibilities, assisting the public and training workforce preparation employees.  Before coming to WSU Clark County Extension, Annette worked in various positions where she gained experience in many areas, from permitting to warehousing.

Originally from Rhode Island, she has lived in Texas, Maryland, and Virginia before putting down roots in Vancouver.  Annette is married; they have cats and love antiquing.

B.A. in Business Management, Pacific University