Impact Collaborative Team

Impact Collaborative Team

Terry Meisenbach, Director
Ashley Griffin, Program Manager
Molly Immendorf, Design Manager

2018 Impact Collaborative Fellows

Food Systems – Melanie Weir
Digital Green – Jennifer Cook
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Shatomi Luster-Edwards
Behavioral Health – Jami Dellifield and Courtney Cuthbertson
Program Design & Development – Karen Vines

melanie weirFood Systems Fellow – Melanie Weir

As a creative designer and food system researcher, Melanie focuses on artistic expression, community leadership, diversity in entrepreneurship, and urban food system growth and development. As a strategic advisor, Melanie has worked on projects that inspire her and that are aligned with creating a better Earth and better communities in a world value system focused on people and planet. Visit her Fellowship Page…

Melanie’s role with the Impact Collaborative will be to lead the Food Systems cohort. She will set up an organizing committee, recruit participants, and support IC members throughout the process. You can contact Melanie at

jennifer cookDigital Green – Jennifer Cook

Inspired by traveling and trying new ideas, Jennifer has developed innovative programming and education for her clients in Colorado. She hopes to foster a partnership with US Extension agents and Digital Green in developing a few pilot programs that use software to streamline food system market linkages. Visit her Fellowship Page…

Jennifer will work to pilot the innovative technology platform of Digital Green with selected Impact Collaborative projects. You can contact Jennifer at

Shatomi Luster EdwardDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Shatomi Luster-Edwards

Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edwards is a Financial Education Specialist with the University of Missouri (MU) Extension. She focuses on various aspects of financial education that include the following initiatives and programs: economic development, rapid response for dislocated workers, payday lending, small dollar loans, tax assistance, renting and housing initiatives, to name a few.

She will devote the majority of her time in 2018 to setting up an organizing committee, recruiting participants, and mobilizing support networks for Impact Collaborative participants. Visit her Fellowship Page…

You can contact Dr. Luster-Edwards at

Behavioral Health – Courtney Cuthbertson and Jami Dellifield

Jami DellifieldJami Dellifield is an Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, at Ohio State University, Hardin County. Her specialty areas are “Healthy Relationships” and “Healthy People”. She has presented at the local, state, and national levels on Mental Health Awareness. Jami is a co-author of the 2018 Ohio 4-H Project Book, “Your Thoughts Matter, Navigating Mental Health”. She is currently the co-Leader for the Ohio State University Extension’s Healthy Relationships Team. She is also a graduate of the 2017 North Central Region NELD (National Extension Leadership Development). She is a member of the Live Healthy, Live Well team, a writer/reviewer for the Live Smart Ohio blog, teaches Successful Co-Parenting and Active Parenting, and is a member of the OSU Extension Opioid Work Group.

Courtney CuthbertsonDr. Courtney Cuthbertson is a Community Behavioral Health Specialist for Michigan State University Extension. Trained as a sociologist of mental health, Dr. Cuthbertson conducts research and provides programming in the areas of mental health and substance use. Before working for MSU Extension, she served as a postdoctoral fellow for the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development on the CAPE Project to better understand and develop ways for communities to use behavioral health data to inform timely interventions. She is a certified instructor for adult and youth Mental Health First Aid, and does volunteer therapy dog work with her Newfoundland, Onyxx, in her spare time.

Visit their Fellowship Page…

Contact the fellows: Jami Dellifield – and Courtney Cuthbertson –

Karen VinesProgram Design and Development – Karen Vines

Karen is an assistant professor and continuing professional education specialist with a split teaching and Extension appointment in the Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education department at Virginia Tech. Karen teaches the introduction to Cooperative Extension class and the online graduate nonformal teaching and learning course. She also provides professional development workshops on program planning to agents in Virginia Cooperative Extension. Visit her Fellowship Page…

Karen will serve as a key informant for the 2018 Impact Collaborative in program development and will focus on helping extension professionals use engagement in their program planning. Dr. Vines can be contacted at