Kraig Tweed

Regional Director

Julie Fossum

County Director

Julie's degree is in General Studies from UNI with a minor in Business.  She holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s License and Assisted Living Manager Certificate. After working in health care for 25 years and she looks forward to a change in careers and working with the extension staff and council.

Marissa Foels

County Youth Coordinator

4-H & Youth programming

Becky Rea

4-H K-12 Program Coordinator
Lana Dahlstrom

Lana Dahlstrom

Office Assistant

Teresa Wiemerslage

Local Foods Field Specialist

Farm to school, farm to institution, food hubs, on-farm food safety, Group GAP.

Kayla Koether

Food Systems Specialist

Grazing, local foods, Holistic Management, beginning farmers, food hubs

Jennifer Bentley

Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Youngstock Management, Dairy Herd Management, Facilities
Jennifer Bentley's Dairy Extension Resource Page

Kendra Crooks

4-H and Youth Development Specialist


Brian Dougherty

Agricultural Engineering Specialist
dairy facilities, manure handling, water quality, biochar production and use, regenerative agriculture, soil health

Josh Michel

Extension Field Agronomist

As a field agronomist, I work with farmers, ag industry retailers and government agency staff on crop production and protection practices as well as provide ag-related educational programs. Part of my job is also working with various groups to promote and educate others about conservation and water quality practices and concerns. Currently, I serve the Northeast, south-central and southeast regions of Iowa.

Jeannette Mukayisire

Human Sciences Specialist - Family Finance

Patrick O'Malley

Horticulture Program Specialist
(319) 337-2145

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

Melissa R O'Rourke

Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist

Farm Transition & Estate Planning; Human Resource Management; Farmland Leasing & Land Values; Farm Business Planning

Denise Schwab

Beef Program Specialist

Production information related to nutrition, facilities, health, records analysis, and pasture and forage management for beef and sheep producers. Individual consultation on improving productivity in livestock operations.

Mark Storlie

Swine Program Specialist

Swine production management

Cindy Thompson

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life
Quality child care, parenting education, child development, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), early childhood nature/science, managing stress, strength-based and relationship-based approaches, aging topics.

Jill Weber

Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness
319-234-6811 Ext. 112

Nutrition and foods-related education; food safety and sanitation; healthy lifestyles; human development; instructional strategies.

Karen K. Lathrop

Organizational Advancement Specialist
(319) 930-9744

Marketing, Branding,Organization Development

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