Programs and Staff
Community & Economic Development
Douglas M. Stienbarger – County Director, WSU Clark County Extension (Community & Economic Development Faculty), firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug administers the office, managing fiscal and personnel resources serving to maximize the benefit of WSU Extension programs to the citizens of Clark County. Doug oversees the Small Acreage Program and the Watershed Steward program. Doug is also interested in farmland preservation, promoting local sustainable food systems, promoting farm-based businesses, and other community building around agricultural and natural resource policy issues. He serves as a member of Clark Conservation District Board.
Doug worked in Haiti, East and West Africa, first as a US Peace Corps volunteer and then for the University of Wisconsin on agroforestry, land and resource tenure (ownership), and other natural resource issues. He lived and worked in several states before coming to work in Clark County.
M.S. in Land Resources, Institute for Environmental Studies. University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1986. B.A. in Political Science. University of Texas–Austin. 1977.
Jenifer Naas – Watershed Steward Coordinator, email@example.com
Jen coordinates the Watershed Steward program, a joint effort of WSU Clark County Extension and the Clark County Clean Water Program. She recruits and trains Watershed Steward volunteers and coordinates activities allowing them to volunteer their time back into their communities.
Jen was born and raised in Western Washington. She worked as a city planner for Kent, Washington and environmental permitting for the King County Department Transportation before returning to school for her graduate degrees. Jen is an avid gardener and enjoys hiking and kayaking.
M.P.A – Public Administration, University of Washington. 2007.
M.U.P. – Urban Planning specializing in land use and restoration ecology, University of Washington. 2007
B.S. Environmental Policy and Planning, University of California, Davis. 1998
Eric Lambert – Small Acreage Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric coordinates the Small Acreage Program, a joint effort of WSU Clark County Extension and the Clark County Clean Water Program. He works with landowners to help them better manage their properties (using best management practices), especially pertaining to issues around stormwater runoff. He also works with current and potential small acreage farmers.
Eric grew up in the rural upstate New York. After graduating from SUNY Albany in 2003, he spent seven years traveling throughout Asia and living in Taiwan where he taught English, wrote for a travel magazine, and volunteered on a permaculture farm. After returning to the United States, Eric joined AmeriCorps and took a position as Stormwater Education Coordinator with WSU Clark County Extension. He worked with the Small Acreage and Watershed Stewards programs to develop workshops and outreach materials and coordinate volunteers.
B.S. in History and Sociology, State University of New York – Albany, 2003.
Vacant – 4-H/Youth Development Faculty
Jodee Nickel – Food $ense and 4-H Youth Development Programs Coordinator, email@example.com
Jodee leads the Food $ense Garden Enhanced Nutrition program to teach limited income children about nutrition through experiential gardening and cooking activities. She also coordinates the 4-H Restorative Community Service Garden program providing youth offenders safe and meaningful alternative community service where they work alongside adults mentors while developing life skills. Their produce is donated to a local food bank. Jodee works with students, teachers, Master Gardeners, Clark County Public Works, Clark County Juvenile Court, and others to provide these activities and opportunities to cultivate healthy young people.
B.A. in Sustainability/Community Development, The Evergreen State College. 2006.
Shirley Morgan – 4-H Volunteer Coordinator, Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley coordinates the daily activities of WSU Clark County Extension’s 4-H clubs. She serves as primary contact for youth and families seeking information about membership in Clark County 4-H clubs; publicizes opportunities and promotes leader and member participation in regional, state, and national 4-H events, promotes and facilitates 4-H clubs involvement and representation in community service projects, and facilitates training of volunteers and leaders.
Initially moving from Orlando, Florida to Seattle, Shirley then moved again and settled in Vancouver. She lives with a large dog (Dorie the Doberwoman,) and both enjoy walking, however only Shirley enjoys playing pool, pottery, and traveling to warm beaches.
BA in Economics, Queens University– Charlotte, NC
Web Development Certificate – Clark College
Sandra G. Brown – Food & Nutrition Faculty, email@example.com
Sandy Brown does educational programming in the areas of Food Safety and Nutrition in Clark and Cowlitz Counties. In the area of Food Safety Sandy helps consumers in handling food safely at home, as well as purchasing, storing, preparing and preserving food safely. She works with the Southwest Washington Health District and Cowlitz County Health Department in providing food service employees training in handling, preparing and serving foods safely. In addition she writes a column for The Columbian on current food safety issues.
Sandy works with the Food Advisor Volunteer Program in Clark County. The Food Advisors answer food safety and preservation questions seasonally, test pressure gauges, and help with handwashing demonstrations.
In the area of Nutrition, Sandy oversees the Food $ense program in Clark and Cowlitz Counties. This program employees three full time assistants that work with families with limited resources, teaching them how to shop, prepare, store and generally feed their families nutritionally on limited resources. Classes are held in schools, community centers, WIC clinics, and food banks.
M.A, in Adult & Continuing Education, Washington State University. 1980.
B.S. in Home Economics Education, Washington State University. 1974.
Cyndi L. Ellis, DTR – Extension Coordinator for the Food $ense Nutrition Education Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyndi is responsible for developing and teaching nutrition education programs for limited-resource families and children. She works with students in elementary and middle schools, as well as elementary-age daycare. Her programs include hand washing lessons, taught in a fun, interactive way, nutrition series for third and fourth grade, after-school cooking classes for middle school students, and summer cooking camps.
Cyndi also teaches Diabetes Awareness and Education for adults, a series of five nutrition lessons that helps adults be more aware of their own diabetes care.
Jeana Gannon-Gonzales – Food $ense Nutrition Educator, email@example.com
Jeana supports the Family Nutrition Education Program through program delivery to elementary, middle school students, pregnant and parenting teens, and other youth populations in the community. Jeana graduated from the renowned Le Cordon Blue Culinary School in 1997. She has worked in many local restaurants, as a private chef, as a caterer, and she developed a vocational Kitchen Training Program for Volunteers of America Oregon. In addition, Jeana taught middle school students through an after school program how to cook using healthy ingredients.
Jeana came to work with WSU Extension in December 2010 where she began instructing Farm-to-Family classes to participating WIC clients, teaching the value of purchasing, storing, and preparing local seasonal produce. This project included three local Farmer’s Markets where WIC clients could receive a cooking lesson on featured seasonal produce. Jeana is passionate about educating youth on healthy eating habits, which begin at home with her husband, three boys, and an infant girl.
Graduate, Le Cordon Blue Culinary School. 1997.
BS (dual) in Community Health Education and School Health Education, Portland State University. 2010.
Elaine Schick – Food $ense Nutrition Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine supports the Extended Family Nutrition Education Program through program delivery to elementary school students, pregnant and parenting teens, and other youth populations in the community via after school nutrition education programs at several community centers. Elaine is responsible for the literature-based first and second grade nutrition education programs and also delivers the third grade curriculum series. Elaine partners with the Vancouver Housing Authority's Rise & Stars Community Center, Affordable Housing Environments, Fruit Valley Family Resource Center and others to reach low-income youth in the community out side of school, teaching nutrition through fun interactive cooking clubs. Over the summer, Elaine works with youth in partnership with community agencies such as Parks & Rec, VHA R&S, ACE, and WSU-V. She earned a Bachelors in Home Economics from Western Washington University with an emphasis in Maternal and Child Nutrition, then used her degree to raise a family before returning to work full-time in the nutrition education field.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Brenda Harrison – EFNEP Nutrition Educator, email@example.com
Brenda has worked for WSU Extension with the Food $ense Programs for the past 5 years. She grew up participating in 4-H programs and later became a 4-H leader in Spokane and Chelan Counties, but has lived in Vancouver, WA, for the past two years. Since moving here, Brenda has worked in the community through EFNEP with such programs as Head Start, Community Centers, Salvation Army, YMCA Transitional Housing, and Clark College’s English as a Second Language program.
EFNEP works with 191 families and preschool students in 46 Head Start classrooms.
Charles A. Brun, Ph.D. – Horticulture Faculty, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles provides technical production assistance and education to the horticultural industry. He works with area landowners seeking production and marketing advice, especially as it pertains to the nurseries, Christmas trees, and greenhouse production. Charles has a background in production, marketing, and pest management for tree fruits, small fruits, and medicinal herbs. Charles also oversees the WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
PhD in Horticulture, Washington State University. 1983.
M.S. in Horticulture, University of Minnesota. 1979
B.S. in Forestry, University of Minnesota. 1975.
Erika Johnson – WSU Master Gardener Coordinator, email@example.com
A military brat, Erika spent her childhood in Texas, Mississippi, California, and the Philippines. She taught English in Korea, coordinated the summer youth volunteer program at the Oregon Zoo, and most recently coordinated an AmeriCorps program out of Educational Service District 112, in Vancouver. Erika lives with her husband, Mark and their two dogs, Tucker and Lester. Erika enjoys gardening, cycling, and spending time with family.
B.S in Biology, California State University, Stanislaus – Turlock, CA 1993
Cathy Higley – Office Assistant II, Cathy.Higley@clark.wa.gov
Cathy supports the WSU/Clark County Extension office through her work processing daily financial transactions, purchasing, and ensuring equipment maintenance.
AAS in Office Administration, Clark College. 1989.
Marcia Wannamaker – Office Assistant II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcia supports the WSU/Clark County Extension 4-H program half-time, working with 4-H members and volunteers processing paperwork, updating 4-H events calendar, and answering and directing questions about the 4-H programs and activities.
Marcia has lived numerous states including New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Texas before moving to Clark County in 1981. Marcia served as a 4-H Leader and as a member of the Clark County Leaders Association Executive Board prior to coming to work for the WSU Clark County Extension in 2000.
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Sciences Texas A&M University – 1975