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Meet Our EFNEP Staff

Program Contact: Melissa Casey, Pierce County EFNEP Supervisor
(253) 798-3227 •

Pierce County EFNEP Staff


Beautiful Filipino woman smiling with a red sweaterMelissa Casey, Supervisor

Melissa takes on Pierce County leadership in Spring 2019 with nine years of experience in EFNEP in both Washington State and California. She is pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Washington-Seattle. Melissa is looking forward to engaging with local community partners in the South Puget Sound. When she is not working, Melissa loves to cook, explore the outdoors, and travel with her family. | (253) 798-3227


Beautiful, smiling Taiwanese womanMelody Cheng, EFNEP Educator

Melody works as a Nutrition Educator in Pierce County EFNEP. She is part of a team of nutrition educators that implements EFNEP and the Eating Smart-Being Active curriculum throughout Pierce and South King County with a primary focus on Chinese and Taiwanese families. Melody is from Taiwan. A nature lover, her hobbies include traveling, singing, cooking and flower arrangement. | (253) 798-7252


Beautiful, smiling Puerto Rican ladyGriselda Rivera, EFNEP Educator

Griselda is an educator for the EFNEP program. She teaches in Spanish and English and enjoys working with parents throughout Pierce County. Griselda is originally from Puerto Rico and for over 30 years Washington State has been her home. Her personal hobbies are singing and playing her guitar; cooking and spending time with family and friends. | (253) 798-3259

beautiful smiling European women with blonde hairMartha Hykel, EFNEP Educator

Martha is an educator for EFNEP in Tacoma. She teaches in English and works with families with children from many diverse backgrounds in both Pierce and King counties. She enjoys cooking, crabbing at the beach, collecting teapots, and spending time with her daughter, dog, and two cats. | (253) 798-3663


Beautiful smiling Cambodian woman with hatSamanda Chai Yun, EFNEP Educator

Chai is from Cambodia and teaches classes in Cambodian (Khmer). She has been with EFNEP in Pierce County for over 10 years and enjoys working with young families. Chai enjoys hiking, mushroom hunting, and spending time with her grandchildren. | (253) 798-3276

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EFNEP is taught using a Facilitated Dialogue Style where learners become teachers!

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Classes include activities that help participants stretch their food dollars!
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