2020-2021 Cohort


Marilee Anderson

Marilee Anderson, a graduate of Midway University’s, Organizational Leadership program, has made it her mission to encourage youth to become great leaders. In addition to Marilee’s formal leadership education, she has also attended numerous leadership conferences to continue to grow her skillset. Marilee has coached several youth prepare for leadership contests and FFA state officer elections. In 2010 Marilee created the World Equestrian Games speakers bureau. Marilee organized and trained volunteers to attend public events and speak on behalf of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Marilee is currently working at the Gilliam County Extension office as the 4-H and SNAP Ed Program Coordinator. Helping youth discover their potential and seeing them grow into leaders, is what Marilee loves most about her work.


Anna Browne

Anna is a first generation college student. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Western Oregon University. She studied in Mexico at the Academia Hispano Americano in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in Teacher Education from Eastern Oregon University. She worked as a classroom teacher in 5th and 6th grade for 12 years. She has been with Extension in Umatilla and Morrow counties since 2016 working in 4-H and Open Campus. More than work and school; she enjoys volunteering in her community as a youth sports coach, 4-H leader, and with the Boardman Chamber of Commerce. She is an above average dancer, likes cheap beer, traveling, cowboy boots and driving too fast. She has three rowdchildren, far too many farm animals, an old mule and a husband who adores all her wild ideas.


Dr. Angee Doerr

Dr. Angee Doerr is an Assistant Professor of Practice and fisheries extension specialist with Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University, based in Lincoln County. She focuses on commercial fisheries and marine coastal resources, providing community outreach and education on subjects ranging from marine resource management to nearshore energy and sustainable economic growth for coastal industries. Angee works closely with community partners, including commercial fishermen, managers, and researchers, to advance our understanding of fisheries and other marine resources in Oregon and along the west coast. She holds a BS, an MBA and a Ph.D. focused on socially and ecologically sustainable fisheries. Angee is currently a commander in the US Navy Reserves, having spent eight years on active duty as a naval flight officer and ten years in the Reserves as the Officer-in-Charge of a variety of units.


Andrea Flores

(She/Her/Hers/Ella) Andrea Flores is the Juntos Coordinator for Oregon State University Extension serving Hood River and Wasco Counties. She has been in this role for three years. As the Juntos Coordinator, Andrea facilitates conversations on the importance of higher education to Latino families and youth in 6th-12th grades and supports them on their educational journeys. Andrea graduated from The Dalles High School in 2011. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health with an option in Health Promotion and Health Behavior from Oregon State University in 2015.


José Garcia

Jose Garcia is an OSU Open Campus and Juntos program coordinator who began his work at OSU serving Yamhill County in 2015 and has since then worked to expand the Juntos program into various other parts of the state such as Ontario, Clackamas, Forest Grove, and Coos Bay, among other areas. He was born and raised in Salem, OR while having also spent a few years and intermittent months living in his family’s native state of Jalisco, MX. Jose is a graduate of Western Oregon University with his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Spanish, and his Master’s degree in Education: Information Technology. In addition to his work with OSU, Jose serves on a few non-profit boards, including as Board Secretary for MicoEnterprise Resources, Initiatives, and Training – also known as MERIT Northwest. Prior to working for OSU, Jose worked as a program coordinator and analyst in Woodburn, OR for CAPACES Leadership Institute, and as a political campaign staffer for PCUN.


Christina Hagerty

Christina is a fifth generation Oregonian; her family’s covered wagon is housed in the Brownsville Historic Pioneer Museum. She grew up on her family’s Century Farm in the Willamette Valley. Christina earned a BS in environmental science from Santa Clara University, an MS in plant breeding from Oregon State University, and a PhD in plant pathology also at Oregon State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of dryland cereal pathology at OSU’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton. Her program’s mission is to conduct relevant, practical, and applied research on the biology and control of plant-pathogenic fungi, viruses, and nematodes that limit yield of dryland wheat production in the PNW.


Mary Halbleib

Mary is a go-getter who looks for the possibilities and seeks to contribute to a better social and ecological future through embracing change and innovation. After graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Agricultural Business, she took a position as a production manager and hazardous materials specialist for Christopher Ranch, the nation’s largest garlic farm, where she saw many of the environmental challenges of producing high-value vegetable crops. This led her completing a graduate degree at Washington State University in Soil Science, after which she came to OSU to manage an on-farm research program in partnership with Oregon vegetable growers. In 2000, she transitioned to the Department of Crop and Soil Science to coordinate regional educational programs in the Pacific Northwest and was promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant in 2004. After grounding her work in social constructivist theory and the focus of seeking to create new approaches to Extension program design that built upon science-based best practices, she moved her position to the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC), becoming the Education and Evaluation Specialist and, later, the Assistant Director for Program Planning and Evaluation. Through her work, she recognized that Extension faculty often entered their careers with significant expertise in their area, but with limited training in the science of teaching and learning. In 2014 she was promoted to Associate Director for Capacity Building and began her current position as an Associate Professor of Practice to collaborate with Extension faculty to create change in their communities through applying learner-centered approaches. Within this position, Mary was able to develop a train the trainer program with Senegalese smallholder farmers (supported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization); an Adaptive Learner-Centered Education: A Toolkit for Extension; contextually-relevant educational design templates to better meet emerging faculty needs; an Extend Your Teaching and Learning to Enhance Sustainable Agriculture course (transitioning to the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences); and the Extension Teaching Network.


Dr. Jovana Kovacevic

Dr. Jovana Kovacevic is an Assistant Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist at the Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Portland, Oregon. She has over 13 years of research and work experience in the food safety and food microbiology, coming from academia, government, and industry. In her current role, Jovana directs the food safety program at the FIC focusing on Listeria research, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-related food safety training, education and outreach activities. Highlights of her regional outreach and extension efforts include the establishment and leadership of the multi- disciplinary Farm Food Safety Team in 2018. Team’s collaboration with the Oregon Department of Agriculture resulted in three years of funding to train produce growers on food safety and perform on-farm visits to assess farms’ readiness for the Produce Safety Rule inspections. Dr. Kovacevic also directs the USDA-funded Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety (https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/wrcefs), a multi-institutional collaborative effort, spanning 13 Western U.S. states and territories of American Samoa and Guam. Her research uses molecular methods and whole genome sequencing to trace, better understand and prevent contamination events in the food chain, with particular focus on Listeria monocytogenes. Some of her recent work focused on sanitizer and antimicrobial resistance in the food chain, environmental monitoring and control strategies, pathogen stress survival and biofilms, and understanding and prevention of food contamination. Prior to joining OSU, Jovana worked as a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, in Canada, a food safety consultant with the British Columbia Ministry of Health, and a Food Safety Scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.


Teresa Middleton

Teresa received a BS in Forest Products and a Masters in Adult Education, both from Oregon State University. Before joining Extension over 12 years ago, she taught at Umpqua Community College and a private school. Teresa has presented at many state, regional, and national conferences, and likes to learn and share with others. She and her husband have three grown children, three granddaughters, and one grandson on the way. Teresa is a life-long learner who loves to run, hike, play, and be with family.


Janet Nagele

Janet Nagele is a tenured faculty member in 4-H Youth Development at Oregon State University. She has a combined 33 years of experience in the field with Michigan State University and OSU. She earned a Master of Science in Extension Education with a focus in Natural Resource Development from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. Janet is best known for her expertise in STEM education, school science enrichment programs, and outreach to underserved audiences. She has presented both nationally and internationally for her work developing a wide range of experiential, place-based educational programs for diverse audiences.


James Osborne

James is as an Associate Professor and Enology Extension Specialist in the Food Science and Technology Department at Oregon State University and a member of the Oregon Wine Research Institute. He received his PhD from Washington State University in 2005 researching interactions between wine yeast and malolactic bacteria after which he spent time in his native New Zealand working at the University of Auckland and Delegat’s Winery. His current research focuses on the impact of wine microorganisms on wine quality. James is the statewide Enology Extension Specialist for Oregon providing outreach programs and support for the Oregon wine industry. In addition, James teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in support of the enology and viticulture program at Oregon State University.


Julie Pett-Ridge

Dr. Julie Pett-Ridge is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied Earth Science at Dartmouth College as an undergraduate student. She received her PhD in Geological Sciences from Cornell University in 2007. She was a NERC Fellow at the University of Oxford for two years before beginning her faculty position in Oregon State University's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in 2009, where she is currently an Associate Professor. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science at Oregon State University.


Maud Powell

I’ve worked for OSU Extension Small Farms since 2006, first as a Program Assistant and now as an .5 FTE Associate Professor of Practice. My husband and I have owned and operated Wolf Gulch Farm, a certified organic vegetable and seed farm in the Applegate Valley, since 1998. Additionally, I worked as the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative Coordinator, marketing an eight farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program from 2005-2019. I currently serve as the President of the Rogue Valley Food Systems Network, and sit on the boards of Our Family Farms and the Southern Oregon Educational Service District. I also serve as the Western SARE Professional Development Program Oregon co-coordinator.


Dr. Josh Stewart

Prior to moving to Oregon in August of 2014, Josh was blessed to serve as the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for 13 years in Ralls, Texas. He received a B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2014) in Agricultural Education from Texas Tech University. After earning his PhD right here at Oregon State University in 2017, Josh was an Instructor in Agricultural Education for the 2017-2018 academic year, and the Director of the Agriculture Teacher Education program, a program he still proudly oversees as Assistant Professor in Agricultural Education. His wife, Amanda, was the high school art teacher and cheerleading coach for 11 years at the high school where they both taught, and they have two wonderful daughters, Baylee and Adilee. They have truly enjoyed their time in Oregon, and feel very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Oregon State University and proud members of the Oregon agricultural education family. Josh’s favorite thing about teaching agriculture is the opportunity to develop lifelong relationships and make a lasting impact on others through agricultural education. As a lifelong learner, he truly believes he learns more from his students than they could ever learn from him, but really appreciates that they can enjoy the journey together.


Erika Szonntag

Erika joined OSU Extension in 2018 as the Home Horticulture Program coordinator. She holds a Master's degree in Agriculture from Colorado State University with extensive coursework in watershed science, and a B.S. in Biology from West Chester University, PA. Erika served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay with Agriculture Extension (2014-2016), has worked for the US Forest Service on urban forest health and post-fire conifer regeneration studies, and has experience with leading habitat restoration and tree planting projects, in addition to having worked as a professional gardener.


Caryn Wheeler

Caryn Wheeler serves Jackson and Josephine counties as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Family and Community Health. She joined OSU Extension in 2016. With over 15 years of public health experience, she brings a robust enthusiasm for connecting resources and people to create more equitable systems that unleash potential for better health outcomes and the happiness afforded by self-determination. Caryn prides herself on being able to talk to anyone, anywhere about anything. Using her background in public health she is able to tie together data and stories to align community partners in their efforts to improve the lives of the communities they live, learn, work, play, and serve in. Her wicked sense of humor endears her to most, the rest come along in time. She is unwavering in her pursuit of justice and inclusion. When she isn’t gesticulating wildly while talking about public health and community development, she can be found with her nose in a book, hiking with her dog Beau, or experimenting in the kitchen.