Key Informant Conversation Stations for Diversity & Inclusion Designathon

Communications and Marketing

Suzanne Steel, The Ohio State

As Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, Suzanne oversees messaging, marketing and branding for the college and manages writers, designers and social media professionals. Her team focuses on college priorities and goals as well as customer preferences for how and where they receive information. Primary customers include elected officials, students and parents, alumni, news media and clientele of Ohio State Extension. A former journalist, Steel has worked at Ohio State for 21 years and is president-elect of the Association for Communication Excellence.

Social Media

Karen Jeannette, MIlitary Families Learning Network,

Karen Jeannette is the Social Media Strategist for the Military Families Learning Network. She has 15 years experience consulting with state and national Extension program teams to implement social media and digital engagement strategies that increase reach, learner engagement, and development of new programming pathways. She has led eXtension communities of practice and learning networks in using strategies that both strengthen internal program teams and their outreach capacity. Today, she consults with the Military Families Learning Network strengthening and guiding programming that connects professionals to their research and each other.

Sandy Adam, Ansys, Inc., Global Social Media Marketing Manager,

Sandy directs and manages the development, deployment, and strategic vision of the global social media programs for ANSYS, Inc., the global leader in engineering simulation. Sandy has In-depth knowledge & experience in SEO, SEM, PPC , social media advertising, community management, product positioning & branding.


Funding Strategies

Teresa Hogue, Cascade Center for Community

As Executive Director, Teresa leads a range education and consulting services assisting community-based groups, non-profit and for-profit businesses, and governments to reach their goals.  Services are provided nationally and internationally in areas of leadership, governance, systems and organizational development.  Teresa and Center staff specialize in establishing and advancing strategic collaborations and partnership, strategic actions, and capacity building.  Teresa served in field work and administration with Oregon State University Extension for more than 30 years and is credited with leading partnership development among private and public sectors resulting in transformational change.   


Brent Elrod, USDA National Institute for Food and

Brent serves as national program leader for community and rural development. He leads the Community Vitality team within NIFA’s Division of Family & Consumer Sciences. He is also responsible for exploring and guiding strategic partnerships development with federal and national organizations relevant to NIFA’s mission. Brent also serves as NIFA’s Special Emphasis Program Manager for Veterans and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons.



Julie Heutteman
, PhD, Purdue Extension,

Julie is the Coordinator for Extension Strategic Initiatives at Purdue University. Her role involves working with faculty, specialists and educators on planning, evaluating and reporting outcomes and impacts toward Purdue Extension’s strategic plan.



Michael Lambur, Ph.D. Associate Director, Program Development, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE),

In his current position, Michael leads efforts to train and assist field and campus based Extension faculty in program development (situation analysis, program design and implementation, and evaluation and reporting). Prior to starting his current position in September of 2012, he was the Evaluation and Research Leader for the eXtension initiative. He held this position since December 2007. Prior to joining the eXtension initiative, he provided leadership for evaluation, program, and professional development for VCE as an Extension Specialist, since 1985.

Kevin Andrews
Extension Program Leader, Texas Sea Grant, Texas A&M University,

Kevin serves as the Extension Program Leader for Texas Sea Grant. He leads and coaches a team of agents and specialists along Texas’ 367-mile long coastline who translate the latest in scientific knowledge from Texas A&M University to the citizens of Texas. In this role, he is responsible for accountability reporting, evaluation, building partnerships, strategic planning, and budgeting. He brings a wealth of experience in program evaluation in Cooperative Extension.


Community Engagement

Rachel Welborn, Southern Rural Development Center,

Rachel Welborn is the Program Manager for the Southern Rural Development Center, which serves the 13 Southeastern states.  She has devoted over fifteen years to helping communities face difficult community issues through a combination of facilitation, strategic planning, education, and grant writing.  Her current responsibilities fall within the realms of fostering civic engagement, facilitating regional planning initiatives, and strengthening capacity of communities around challenging issues such as poverty.   She co-authored Turning the Tide on Poverty, a community-based civic dialogue process, and is serving on the national leadership team for the Stronger Economies Together program.  She is certified with the International Association for Public Participation.

Project Management

Reneé WallaceCEO of Doers Consulting Alliance and Executive Director of FoodPLUS Detroit, 313-475-7452, 313-244-2404

Reneé is a complementary, entrepreneurial leader who helps leaders to SEE – “Strategize-Engage- Execute”.  Her specialty is bringing order and structure to strategic initiatives, programs, projects and work systems to ensure progress, while not impeding creativity and innovation. Reneé takes a disciplined, structured approach to interpreting and translating visionary concepts into strategic approaches to change and actionable solutions. Key informant topics: management (project, process, program, change); public, multi-stakeholder and community engagement; participatory implementation; facilitation (meetings, dialogues; visual), strategic and systems thinking, documentation, racial equity, and food systems & urban agriculture.

eXtension Tools and Services, Online Education 

Anne Mims AdrianAnne Adrian, eXtensionDirector, National Presence,

Serving as the director of national presence for eXtension. Anne leads and coordinates the development of new and existing online digital tools for the purpose of highlighting Extension’s work. Anne began her career training Extension professionals on using computers in 1987. She is located at Auburn University.   


Larry Lippke,  eXtension

Larry serves as the site administrator for eXtension’s online course system,, along with its companion store front,  He serves as the eXtension Foundation liaison with the National Pesticide Safety Education Center and the One Agriculture-One Science Consortium.  Larry was also the team leader in the implementation of, assisted in the implementation of Ask an Expert, and has advised Extension educators on the use of and related video conferencing technologies.

Instructional Design

Michael Macklin, Colorado State University,

Michael is the Director of New Product Development and leads efforts at Colorado State University OnlinePlus to develop and implement competency-based and skills-based learning systems, and new products including but not limited to the CSULogic software platform.  Michael is responsible for managing the New Product Development team within OnlinePlus. He also participates in efforts to build durable, positive relationships with communities within Colorado, particularly through work with CSU Extension and other programs within the CSU Office of Engagement, which houses CSU OnlinePlus.

Innovative Technologies

Jerry Thomas, eXtension,

Jerry Thomas is the director of the eXtension Innovation Lab and Leader for Innovation and Change for Ohio State University Extension.  Jerry has presented at various conferences and meetings and is the technical board member of the Journal of Extension. He is the president elect of the Ohio chapter of ESP and a former Vice-President of the Ohio Extension Agents’ Association.  Jerry’s specialization areas include technology literacy, future studies and organizational development, and local economic development. He blogs on future trends affecting Extension and Outreach at:

GIS and Data Visualization

Shane Bradt, UNH Cooperative Extension

Shane Bradt, University of New Hampshire Extension,

Shane coordinates the geospatial technology outreach program for Cooperative Extension at the University of New Hampshire. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and leading a range of training opportunities on mapping topics, including desktop GIS, online mapping, storytelling with maps, and mobile mapping. Shane has been involved with the eXtension geospatial technologies community (Map@Syst) since its inception and now leads the group’s efforts to promote the use of mapping nationally throughout Cooperative Extension. Shane is also a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at UNH, specializing in lake water quality and issues related to cyanobacteria.

Food and Nutrition

Karima Samadi, Ohio State University Extension, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Karima is a public health professional with extensive experience in nutrition education. After earning her Bachelor degree in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky, she worked in various programs ranging from child obesity prevention to agricultural education. Formerly an EFNEP Program Assistant, she taught limited resource families how to eat healthy on a budget. Recently earning her Master degree in Public Health from The Ohio State University, she hopes to leverage her research and work in food insecurity to influence policy, systems, and environment change through community-based participatory research. Karima is the Extension and Research Coordinator for HEAL MAPPS.


Renee Pardello, Assistant Dean, University of Minnesota Extension (UMN),  612-624-6479

Renee provides leadership and support in achieving diversity and inclusion goals and supports global initiatives. Current efforts include a new online civil rights training and the development of a Community of Practice focusing on integrating global dynamics and cultural knowledge into Extension’s programs to better respond to increasingly diverse and interdependent domestic and global needs. For example, she led the Morocco Rural Leadership Program bringing together UMN and Moroccan faculty to co-design and teach a leadership development cohort program for male and female farmers. Renee also co-chairs the American Indian Task Force and is the principal investigator for the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program.

Diversity in Youth Programming

June Mead, Cornell University, CYFAR Project Director,

June P. Mead is the State Project Director for Cornell University’s two Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) projects serving high need, at-risk youth: CITIZEN U, operating in Binghamton and Syracuse, and New York 4-H Youth Community Action Network (Youth CAN), operating in Albany and Buffalo.  June holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, with concentrations in program evaluation, educational psychology and research methodology. Her work has been supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension; Ford Foundation; New York State Department of Education; National 4-H Council; U. S. Department of Agriculture; U. S. Department of Education; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hispanic Perspectives

Nancy Calix, Kentucky State

Nancy Cálix is a State Extension Specialist at Kentucky State University. Her work focuses on developing and implementing strategies for continued growth in developing culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and enhancing an understanding of diverse and inclusive living, learning, and working environments. She provides technical advice to the Kentucky Extension system in the areas of language access for Limited English Proficient clients and Hispanic audiences. She has engaged in extensive training and collaborative partnerships within the Land Grant system and external organizations to promote multiculturalism and inclusion.

Black Perspectives

Terrence Wolfork, Fort Valley State University ,

Terrence serves as the Assistant Administrator for Communications and Technology for Fort Valley State University, where he leads the Extension team in marketing agriculture’s impact, as well as delivering technology based solutions, to the public, government and community based organizations. He also serves as eXtension 1890 Liaison, where he works with 1890 Land-Grant Universities and eXtension with Issues, Innovation, and Impacts. Terrence also serves as a leader in eXtension Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice


Diversity and Inclusion 

Pamala Morris, Purdue University,

Pamala V. Morris (PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, 1997, Purdue University) is an Assistant Dean/Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and an Associate Professor for the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. She has been the Project Leader, since the inception of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, eXtension CoP.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in developing intercultural competence grounded in intersectional theory, which provides a critical lens for bringing awareness and enhancing capacity of institutions to engage in social justice discourse and practice. She works collaboratively across 11 academic departments, in the college, to achieve key diversity initiatives which include, but not limited to, recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students; development of a more welcoming and inclusive college environment; and development of curricular and co-curricular diversity/social justice courses and activities that increase student’s cultural sensitivity, assessing the educational impact of diversity, and development and implementation of grants to support diversity initiatives.  

Gae BroadwaterGB Facilitation & Training Works,

Gae works with non-profit and community-based organizations on issues of diversity, leadership, team building, and evaluation.  She was a former Extension specialist having worked in Georgia, Mississippi, and Kentucky.  Gae was co-chair of the original Extension Task Force on Diversity that created the system-wide diversity plan and was a member of the training team at the CES National Center for Diversity hosted by Kentucky State University.  Her professional and volunteer interests include community development, women’s issues, humane treatment of animals, and multicultural affairs.