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Yakima County Extension Office

WSU Yakima County Extension is located inside the Yakima County Resource Center, behind the Union Gap Mall: 2403 S. 18th. St. Suite 100, Union Gap, WA 98903

Phone: (509) 574-1600
Fax: (509) 574-1601

Office Hours

OPEN Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
(Closed or limited hours on Holidays)

Regina-Ord-WSU-Ext-3Gina Ord

WSU Yakima County Extension Director/ Health & Nutrition Extension Educator / (509) 574-1600

Gina joined the WSU Yakima County Extension team in July 2014 as the County Director, and Health and Nutrition Faculty. She oversees the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP nutrition education programs for low-income individuals and families.  Her main program areas include: …more


Frank Hendrix, Extension EducatorWilliam F. (Frank) Hendrix

Animal Sciences, Irrigated Pasture, Range and Riparian Management Extension Professor / (509) 574-1600

Frank Hendrix, is an experienced senior WSU faculty member. Prior to being hired by WSU, he was a successful farmer/rancher, manager, consultant and national award winner in soil and natural resource conservation implementation. He has …more


Alison J. WhiteAlison J. White, M.Ed.

Extension Regional Specialist, 4-H Youth Development / (509) 574-1600

Alison White joined the WSU Extension team in 2013. As a regional faculty member, Alison works in both Yakima and Kittitas counties providing leadership, with an emphasis on youth development research and fund development, for 4-H Youth Development programs. After earning …more


Bernardita Sallato

Tree Fruit Extension Specialist / (509) 786-9205

Bernardita Sallato’s areas of expertise are soil and plant nutrition in tree fruit. Her program will be focus on orchard efficiency and horticulture production improvement by managing soil fertility, root growth and water – nutrient uptake….more

Jenny Loyd, Yakima County 4-H Youth Development Program CoordinatorJenny W. Loyd

Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development / (509) 574-1600

Jenny Loyd spent her childhood in Springfield, Illinois and received her B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Illinois. Jenny has been part of the 4-H family since 2007, as the 4-H Youth Development …more


Holly PhotoHolly B. Lacell

Food $ense Coordinator, SNAP-Ed / (509) 574-1600

Holly has been with the Yakima Ext. SNAP-Ed program for nearly 7 years. She loves reading, cats, and coffee.



Felix Espinoza

Nutrition Education Assistant, EFNEP / (509) 574-1572

Felix Espinoza currently holds a position as a Nutrition Educator for Washington State University Extension in Yakima County. He is fluent in English and Spanish… and he is also intermediate in French and Japanese. Felix has a Minor in Criminal Justice and has an extensive background as a Professional Security Consultant in the private security sector. He is currently pursuing a major at Central Washington University.


Claudia R. Steen

Yakima County Master Gardeners Program Coordinator / (509) 574-1604

Claudia received her BS degree and worked in a clinical lab as a microbiologist for 10 years.  She then received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Science at San Francisco State University in 1978 and was offered an Associate Professor position at Central Washington University where she became the Program Director for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program …more


Carol-Likes-1Carol Jackson

Office Manager, WSU Yakima County Extension / (509) 574-1600

Carol graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1976 and Yakima Business College in 1978. She began her career with WSU Yakima County Extension in 1979, as a 4-H secretary, later working as an office coordinator for various Extension programs. Currently, Carol provides office support to the county director, and program areas including nutrition, agriculture and Master Gardeners.  She enjoys life with her husband, two children, and three grandchildren.


Bonnie AbercrombieBonnie Abercrombie

Program Specialist, WSU Yakima County Extension 4-H Youth Development / (509) 574-1600

Bonnie grew up in the Lower Valley.  In 1985 she moved to the Soap Lake area. She was currently working for the Grant-Adams WSU Extension office in Ephrata, before moving back to Toppenish. Bonnie is our Program Specialist for the 4-H program. Bonnie has two children, a son and a daughter and one grandson and one granddaughter. Her and her husband live on a small farm in Toppenish and raise cattle and hay.