Orange County Extension Service (OCES) Faculty

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Duncan, LuAnn  Family and Consumer Sciences
                               (Food Safety, Nutrition & Health, Human Development)
Felter, Liz  Commercial Horticulture
Greer, Kelly  Florida-Friendly Landscaping
Griffin, Jana  Family and Consumer Sciences
                               (Nutrition, Exercise, Wellness and Food Safety)
Pardo, Elver  4-H Youth Development
Shouldice, Kim  Family and Consumer Sciences
                               (Family Nutrition Program)
Souers, Melinda  4-H Youth Development
Thralls, Ed   Residential Horticulture
Tyson, Richard  County Extension Director and Agricuture
Vu, Amy  Residential Horticulture & Master Gardener Program Coordinator
White, Celeste  Commercial Landscape Management and Pest Control
Yarborough, JK  Agriculture

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Richard Tyson
Richard V. Tyson

County Extension Director - Agriculture

Orange County Extension Director, responsible for providing leadership and direction in the planning, organization, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the overall Extension program. This includes the program areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H and Youth Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences. He conducts programs in sustainable food systems.

Education - Ph.D., University of Florida,
M.S., University of Florida,
B.S., University of Florida.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Darla Wilkes, Administrative Assistant (407) 254-9200

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JK Yarborough
JK Yarborough

Agriculture

Livestock, Animal Science, Agricultural Policy Education, Farm Assistance, Natural Resources, Water Quality and Quantity, Wildlife Enhancement and Nuisance, Toxic Plant and Venomous Animal Identification, Small Animal Husbandry.

Education - M.S. Agronomy - University of Florida,
B.S. - Animal Science - University of Florida,
A.S. - Animal Science - Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9208
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Support Staff - Linda Hull, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9229
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LuAnn Duncan
LuAnn Duncan

Family and Consumer Sciences
(Food Safety, Nutrition & Health, and Human Development)

Nutrition, Health, and Food Safety Agent. Serves as the Orange County Nutrition Agent providing education in the areas of food nutrition, wellness, and food safety. In service to the families and individuals of Orange County, workshops on healthy eating, meal planning, and prevention of illness due to proper nutrition are offered through out the year.

Acts as facilitator and test proctor for ServSafe Food Managers/Handlers Safety program. The program is designed to instruct food industry employees on proper food handling, serving, and storing. The training is to ensure that those working in the food industry practice preventative measures to reduce food-borne illness incidences.

Education - M.S., Home Economics Education - Ohio State University,
B.S., Home Economics Education – Ohio State University

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Lizette Reyes, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9218

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Jana Griffin
Jana Griffin

Family and Consumer Sciences
(Nutrition, Exercise, Wellness and Food Safety)

Provides food safety, nutrition, exercise and wellness education to Orange County residents, as it relates to the prevention of food borne illnesses, obesity and all associated chronic diseases. Concentration areas will help motivate and empower residents with scientific based knowledge to make safe and healthy food choices, lead an active lifestyle with regular physical activity that includes cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strengthening , flexibility, and balance exercise training beyond activities of daily living to improve and maintain physical fitness and health.

Education - B.S., Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Contact Information - (407) 254-9204
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Support Staff - Linda Hull, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9229

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Kim Shoudice
Kim Shouldice

Family and Consumer Sciences
(Family Nutrition Program)

Coordinates educational food and nutrition programs for food stamp eligible individuals and families in Orange County as the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) Coordinator.

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, training and supervision of Program Assistants, and development of outreach and marketing tools to bring public awareness to the program.

Works in the community to build collaborative partnerships with agencies and community groups to plan and implement programming.

Education – B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics – Florida State University

Contact Information - (407) 254-9232
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Celeste White
Celeste White

Commercial Landscape Management and Pest Control

Provides education and training for the landscape maintenance industry and commercial pesticide applicators in the areas of planting, pruning, fertilization, irrigation and pesticide safety and use.

Education - B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Maryland.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Chris Weber, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Kelly Greer
Kelly Greer

Fllorida-Friendly Landscaping

Provides education in Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, irrigation, pollution control, pesticide use, Integrated Pest Management, recycling, composting and resource conservation. Teaches educational and motivating workshops to Florida homeowners on creating and maintaining "Florida-friendly" yards that are attractive and almost carefree with "earth-smart" practices.

Education - M.A., Management and Leadership - Webster University
B.S., Agriculture - University of Missouri,
with a major in Horticulture.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Jenna Allen, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Amy Vu
Amy Vu

Residential Horticulture and
Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator

General education related to urban horticulture, including landscaping, lawn management, ornamental landscape plants, indoor foliage and flowers and plant problem diagnosis. Coordinator for the Orange County Master Gardener Program.

Education - M.S., Agriculture Leadership, and Community Education - Virginia Tech,
B.S., Agronomy - Kansas State University

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Jenna Allen, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200

 

 

 

 

 

 



Ed Thralls
Ed Thralls

Residential Horticulture

Provides educational information to residents relating to landscaping design, planning, and maintenance of home landscapes, and home crop production. Answers urban horticulture questions from Orange County residents. Teaches classes and workshops using the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping ™, including ornamental plants for the landscape, proper irrigation practices, adding color with annual flowers, and interior plants for the home. FNGLA Florida Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP). Certified Square Foot Garden Instructor.

Education - M.S., Systems Management - Naval Postgraduate School,
B.S., Landscape Nursery Management - University of Florida,
B.E., Electrical Engineering - Vanderbilt University,
A.S., Environmental Horticulture - Valencia Community College.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Jenna Allen, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200


 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Elver Pardo
Elver Pardo

4-H Youth Development

Works with youth and adult volunteers to develop and deliver programs based on needs in Orange County.  Works with the 4-H team to train volunteers and provide educational foundation in the experiential learning model or “learn by doing” methodology.
Agent liaison for life skill development in the following project areas: animal science, agricultural literacy, natural resource programs, environmental education, citizenship and leadership education, workforce preparation and career development, and outreach programs.

Education - M.S., Education – Drury University (MO),
B.A., Psychology - Universidad Santo Tomas in Bogotá Colombia

Contact Information - (407) 254-9205
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Support Staff - Brett Sollazzo, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9222

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Melinda Souers
Melinda Souers

4-H Youth Development

Recruits, trains and supports adult volunteers. Provides leadership to school enrichment programs as well as community clubs in the areas of STEM, Healthy Living and Citizenship/Leadership. Collaborates with other community agencies to plan and implement youth programming opportunities. Conducts promotional activities to increase public awareness of 4-H and generate financial support.

Education - M.E. (Education) - University of California, Davis,
B.S. Agriculture (Animal Science) - University of Florida

Contact Information - (407) 254-9213
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Support Staff - Brett Sollazza, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9222

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Liz Felter
Liz Felter

Commercial Horticulture

Provides education and training for the Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse industry in Orange county.
Co-ordinates the weekly diagnostic plant clinic for growers at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka FL on Tuesday afternoon from 1 pm - 4pm.
Editor of the Business & Technology section of the statewide e-newsletter "The Plant Producer".
Collaborates with other Commercial Horticulture Agents statewide to provide accurate and current information to clients about plant production, IPM’s, BMP’s and business and marketing.

Education - Ph.D. Agricultural Education & Communications, University of Florida
M.A. Agricultural & Extension Education, University of Florida
B.S. Horticulture/Agriculture Communications, The Ohio State University

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Chris Weber, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200