eXtension Board of Directors

Ken La Valley

Dean & Director of Cooperative Extension
University of New Hampshire
Northeast Region

As the Dean & Director of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Ken leads UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Professional Development & Training in their mission to address the diverse needs of New Hampshire in the areas of community and economic development, food and agriculture, youth and families, natural resources, and professional education.

Gregg Hadley

Vice Chair/Secretary
Associate Professor & Director of Extension
Kansas State University
North Central Region

Courtney Owens

Interim Assistant Extension Administrator
State Specialist in Program & Staff Development
Kentucky State University
1890 Region

Owens received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Science and professional service in agricultural education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He later received his Ph.D. in agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida in December 2016.

Owens is a Returned United States Peace Corps Volunteer where he served in the Small Enterprise development sector as an agribusiness advisor in West Africa, Burkina Faso. During this two-year period, his primary project was to lead with local cotton farmers to improve sustainable agricultural practices and generate income through agribusiness ventures.

Barbara Petty

Associate Dean & Director of Extension
University of Idaho
Western Region

A Nebraska native, she moved to Idaho Falls in 1998 when her husband, Terry, was chosen to pastor a congregation there.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics education in 1977, she taught home economics in Missouri before focusing on raising her children. She earned a master’s degree in human development and the family from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1984 and returned to teaching there in 1995.

After beginning work in UI Extension’s Bonneville County office, Petty worked on other collaborative projects with fellow Extension family and consumer sciences faculty focused on nutrition and financial training.

As her interest in an Extension career grew, Petty sought additional education. In 2007, she earned a doctorate in education with an emphasis in adult education and organizational learning from the University of Idaho.

Petty became director of the southern Idaho Horizons Project in 2008 and guided UI Extension’s efforts to build leadership capacity in 15 communities through the program funded by the Northwest Area Foundation. In 2010, she became UI Extension’s Eastern District Director and was named Statewide Director in 2016.

Damona Doye

Director of Extension
Oklahoma State University
Southern Region

Damona Doye is the Director for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. She holds the Rainbolt Chair of Agricultural Finance in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and has been a national leader in farm management education. She currently serves as the U.S. Vice-President of the International Farm Management Association.

Luis Tupas

Deputy Director
Inistitute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment
Ex Officio

Dr. Louie Tupas is the NIFA Deputy Director for Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment. He provides leadership and management for the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment, its staff and its programs, including the USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program. Dr. Tupas is the NIFA representative to the USDA Environmental Justice Team and the USDA representative to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and to multiple Interagency Working Groups of the US Global Change Research Program and the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. He is also the U.S. principal to the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, and the U.S. lead for the Global Research Alliance for Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. Dr. Tupas is a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service.

Rick Klemme

Executive Director
Extension Committee on Organization & Policy
Ex Officio

Dr. Klemme is responsible for coordinating the collaborative work of 76 Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators at Land-Grant Universities across the country. His primary responsibilities focus on federal budget advocacy support, Farm Bill engagement and building relationships with the United States Department of Agriculture as well as other federal agencies.