Diane Hagarty Linn County Extension Director

Diane Hagarty

Linn County Extension Director
319-377-9839 Ext. 307
Kristi Cooper ISU Extension Iowa

Kristi Cooper

Family Life Specialist
(319) 377-9839 Ext. 315

Educator of sustainable living, aging & caregiving, parenting & fatherhood, quality child care & child development, relationship education, self-care & stress management, community development.
Kristi’s expertise in caregiving, mind body skills and nature education coupled with her interactive presentation style amplifies her message of healthy people and environments in her work with parents, educators, employees, community leaders and health care professionals.
“I love sharing ideas for vibrant and healthy living! Let’s have fun as we discover the inner and outer worlds together.” ~ Kristi Cooper

Mary Dlouhy Linn County Extension office manager Cedar Rapids 4-H

Mary Dlouhy

Office Manager
(319) 377-9839 Ext. 301
Julie Fagle CIRAS government contracting Iowa State

Julie Fagle

CIRAS Specialist
(319) 721-5357

Government Contracting

Linda Fischer

Regional Extension Education Director

Agriculture, Agronomy, Entomology, Community Development

Meredith Hershner Play and Learn

Meredith Hershner

Play and Learn Facilitator Manager

Play and Learn of East Central Iowa is an organized play group for young children (0-5 years old) and the people who take care of them – their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family members and family friends. Groups are FREE, and occur every week with a different topic each week.  No registration required. Find a Play and Learn location near you!

Monica Long

Monica Long

County Youth Coordinator
319-377-9839 Ext. 305

Liz Pearson

EFNEP Program Assistant
Lisa Person Parent Education Director

Lisa Person

Parent Education Consortium Director
Tessa Romanski FoodCorps

Tessa Romanski

319-377-9839 Ext. 327

Connecting kids to real food. The programs Tess teaches include Pick a Better Snack, Café 361, Wacky Snacks and Garden Club.

Janice Savel

Janice Savel

Parent Education Consortium Coordinator
(319) 377-9839 Ext. 302

Donna Smith

EFNEP Program Assistant
Ann Torbert 4-H Linn County Iowa Youth Programs

Ann Torbert

4-H Youth Development Specialist
(319) 377-9839 Ext. 319

Youth Development, After School and Community Club Programming

Connie Wier

Design & Public Relations Assistant
(319) 377-9839

Responsible for the design of program and organizational marketing materials which include brochures, web page, and display items. Also responsible for the design of materials used in educational settings. In cooperation with staff and county director, works to gain maximum exposure and consistent image for ISU Linn County Extension.

Kathy Wimer

Kathy Wimer

Community Agriculture Programs Coordinator
319-377-9839 Ext. 316
Paula Wood buy eat live healthy classes cedar rapids iowa

Paula Wood

EFNEP Program Assistant

Paula teaches a series of classes called Buy Eat Live Healthy. These classes, for adults, show participants how to choose nutritious foods for themselves and their families, save an average of $50 a month on their food bill and handle food safely. Participants receive practical, hands-on experience and ideas about how to implement suggestions for healthy eating. 
The Buy Eat Live Healthy classes are FREE to participants and can be taught to groups or individuals. Learn more about the program.
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Cindy Baumgartner

Cindy Baumgartner

Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Health
office 563.927.4201; cell 563.608.0868

Provides leadership for & supervision of the EFNEP program.

Greg Brenneman

Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering

Ag Engineering Specialist

Ryan Drollette

Ryan Drollette

Farm Management Specialist

Farm Management, Dairy Economics, Livestock Economics, Marketing, Risk Management, Decision Tools, Farm Leasing 

Sean Galleger


Account Manager

Karen K. Lathrop

Advancement Specialist
(319) 325-5465

External Relations

Jacki Luckstead Youth Specialist 4-H

Jacki Luckstead

Region 10 4-H Youth Program Specialist
(319) 377-9839
Patrick O'Malley commercial fruit vegetable horticulturist

Patrick O'Malley

Commercial Horticulture Specialist

Commercial fruits and vegetables. Secondary areas of expertise: ornamental horticulture including greenhouse and nursery crops, and turfgrass.

Denise Schwab

Beef Specialist


Mark Storlie

Swine Program Specialist

Swine production management – production pig flow, breeding and farrowing schedules, principles and application of PQA; initiating and utilizing production and financial records for management – marketing, cost control; analysis of nutritional feeding programs; alternative housing options – hoop buildings; mortality composting; contracting considerations – production & marketing; development & communication with employees – production handbooks; development of computer templates for management control or awareness; support of value-added production and marketing systems – organic, sustainable production, direct marketing.

Larry F. Tranel

Dairy, Beef and Forage Specialist
(563) 583-6496 ext. 14

Production, nutrition and farm management education in dairy and beef; Dairy milk quality and mastitis prevention; Trouble shooting livestock problems; New and Remodeled freestall/parlor and other livestock facility planning; Utilization of forages; Management intensive grazing; and farm family labor/personnel management.

Rachel Wall

Rachel Wall

Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Health

Michael White

Viticulture Specialist

Grape production; vineyard & winery management.

Phyllis Zalenski

Field Specialist - Family Resource Management

Family Resource Management

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