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Faculty & Staff

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

Meet the County Extension Faculty & Staff

Tipton Hudson

WSU Yakima County Extension Director,
Associate Professor in Rangeland and Livestock Management

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Alison J. White

Extension Regional Specialist, 4-H Youth Development

As a regional faculty member, Alison works across Yakima and Kittitas counties, focusing on youth development research and organizational systems for 4-H Youth Development programs. Her program and research areas include (1) youth empowerment, (2) diversity, equity, and inclusion, (3) arts-integrated STEM, and (4) organizational change. Read more about Alison’s work here.

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Bonnie Abercrombie

Office Coordinator, WSU Yakima County Extension

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 Office Coordinator. 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.


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Corina Serban

Little Cherry Disease – ITT Extension Coordinator
WSU Tree Fruit Extension

Corina Serban is originally from Romania where she earned her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Landscape Architecture in the Horticulture Faculty at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine located in Cluj-Napoca, the oldest and largest institution of higher agricultural science education in Romania.

Kate Shockey

4-H Program Specialist, WSU Yakima County Extension

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Holly Lacell

SNAP-Ed Senior Coordinator, WSU Yakima County Extension

Holly has been with the Yakima Ext. SNAP-Ed program for 14 years. She has loved working with community programs to teach basic nutrition information as well as facilitate Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) changes geared towards helping make healthy lifestyles changes more accessible. Holly loves to go thrifting/antiquing, spending time with her cat, and a good cup of coffee.


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Bernardita Sallato

Tree Fruit Extension Specialist

Bernardita’s program provides leadership in applied research, extension, and outreach for the PNW tree fruit industry. Her program focus is to improve orchard efficiency and fruit production through horticultural management practices and technology.  For more details on her outreach, publications, and organizational involvement, please see her full biography WSU Tree Fruit Team website.

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Autumn Britt

Extension Program Manager, 4-H Youth Development

Autumn serves as 4-H Youth Development Program Manager, overseeing 4-H clubs, staff and volunteers in Yakima County. With over twenty years of experience as an education specialist and teacher in historically marginalized communities, Autumn specializes in creating large scale programming that meets a wide range of needs. She is passionate about social-emotional learning (SEL), diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and the power of cross-curricular instruction to fuel life-long learning.

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Patty Ratzlaff

Yakima & Kittitas County Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Patty joined the WSU Extension team in July of 2022.  She supports the Master Gardener Programs for Yakima and Kittitas Counties in a full-time position.  She has long admired the program and now plans to support Master Gardener Volunteers in reaching their full potential for sharing horticulture and environmental stewardship information in their communities.  Read more about Patty’s work here. 


Animal Sciences, Irrigated Pasture, Range and Riparian Management Extension Professor
All calls are being forwarded to Tipton Hudson, Kittitas County Office until position is filled.

Yakima County Farm Stress/Suicide Prevention Co-Coordinator