Programs and Staff
Office Hours and Program Contacts
Community & Economic Development
Temporarily Vacant – County Director, WSU Clark County Extension (Community & Economic Development Faculty),
County Director administers the office, managing fiscal and personnel resources serving to maximize the benefit of WSU Extension programs to the citizens of Clark County. Also oversees the Small Acreage Program and activities to help small farms.
Teresa (Terry) Koper – Small Acreage Program Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry develops and coordinates educational programs for Clark County residents to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to implement sustainable land management practices, with a priority on water quality.
Terry is enthusiastic about sustainable local agricultural systems and improving soil health. Terry has worked as a Resource Conservation Development (RC&D) Coordinator and Soil Scientist for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS-USDA). Terry also served as a Climate and Agricultural Analyst, the Coordinator of Northwest Rural Farms and Climate Change Initiative, and Adjunct Faculty at Mount Hood Community College. During leisure time, Terry is typically off skiing down a mountain, floating on a river, or hiking in a forest.
M.S. in Biology and in Soil Science. Utah State University – Logan, UT. 2006
B.S. in Environmental Biology, Chemistry Minor. Fort Lewis College – Durango, CO. 1997
Applied Agricultural Research
Apple Maggot Infestation & Control
Robert B. Goughnour – Biological Science Technician Specializing in Rhagoletis, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Kellian Whidden – 4-H Program Assistant, email@example.com
Kellian is the new 4-H Program Assistant at the Clark County Extension Office. After retiring from 21 years of military service, she and her family continued to reside in Vancouver. She will be responsible for managing the clubs and new enrollments for Clark County 4-H Clubs. She continues to be active in her daughter‘s 4‑H club, Range Riders. She enjoys riding horses, ATVs and spending time with her family.
A.S in General Studies, Vincennes University, Vincennes ID, 2003
Darci Wert – 4-H Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Food Safety and Nutrition
Zena Edwards – Food & Nutrition Faculty, email@example.com
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.
Family Nutrition Education Program
Kristine Perry – Snap-Ed Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Jodee Nickel – Nutrition Educator, email@example.com
Jodee leads the Snap-Ed Garden Enhanced Nutrition program to teach limited income children about nutrition through experiential gardening and cooking activities. 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
Tara McGinty – Nutrition Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Angela Shields – Nutrition Educator, email@example.com
Angela is a SNAP-ED nutrition educator. Her focus is teaching nutrition and wellness to the middle school population in the Evergreen School District and supporting the various SNAP-ED programs. Angela has extensive work experience throughout the years in health, wellness and community education. She is excited to work with a team that shares a love of teaching people the importance of nutritious food and the life changing benefits of exercise. Outside of work Angela’s second passion is coaching High School distance runners. She loves to run, hike, read, cook and spend time with her family.
B.S. Exercise Science, University of Oregon. 1992
Anna Weyrauch – Nutrition Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
M.S. in Nutrition, National University of Natural Medicine. 2016
B.S. in General Science, emphasis in Biology & Human Physiology, University of Oregon. 2009
Amy Raney – Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach, email@example.com
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 two boys and living life to the fullest.
B.S. in Community Health Education at Portland State University
Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Holistic Life Coach, Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist
Scotty Parrish – PIC Food Safety Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Ivy – Clerical Assistant III, MFP Program Assistant, Web Support, email@example.com
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.
WSU Clark County Master Food Preserver Program
Pima Community College, Tucson AZ
Agriculture and Farming
Justin O’Dea – Regional Agricultural Specialist Faculty, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Erika Johnson – WSU Master Gardener Coordinator, email@example.com
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
Annette Vary-Getty – Fiscal Specialist II, firstname.lastname@example.org
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