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Native American Community Partnerships

Summary The purpose of the Native American Community Partnerships workgroup is to strengthen UC ANR’s relationships and extension programming with California Native American communities through increasing a) UC ANR’s knowledge of Native American culture, science and government to better work with Tribal communities, b)  UC ANR’s capacity for effective outreach to Tribal communities across the state and c) Tribal communities’ understanding and knowledge of resources within UC ANR.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Christopher Mcdonald (Co-Chair)
Phone (909) 387-2171
Unit: Imperial County
Name Jennifer Sowerwine (Co-Chair)
Unit: Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
Membership List
AES Scientist
  Assistant Sociologist Environmental justice, health disparities, gender inequality, climate change and hazards, mixed-methods
Dahlke, Helen Land, Air & Water Resources
  Associate Professor in Integrated Hydrologic Sciences physical hydrology, surface water - groundwater interactions, groundwater recharge, on-farm recharge, nutrient transport, stochastic hydrology, DNA tracer technology
Elias, Damian Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Professor of Animal Behavior Bioacoustics, behavioral ecology, arachnology, evolutionary ecology, entomology, neuroethology, ethology
Eviner, Valerie Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor Using a mechanistic understanding of plant-soil interactions to increase our understanding and effective management of: invasions, restoration, biogeochemical cycling, global change, grazing systems, wildfire recovery, and sustainable agriculture.
FALOONA, IAN Land, Air & Water Resources
  Biomicrometeorologist Air quality; turbulent mixing; atmospheric chemistry; clouds and marine meteorology
Gepts, Paul Department of Plant Sciences
  AES, Geneticist, Distinguished, Professor Crop evolution, genetic conservation, gene flow, molecular evolution, genetics and genomics of beans, breeding of dry beans (lima, garbanzo, common)
Huntsinger, Lynn Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor and Associate Dean of Instruction & Student Affairs Rangeland management and ecology, Native American natural resource management, pastoralism, China, culture and natural resources
Ingram, Kimberly Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Forest Stewardship Education Coordinator Forest and natural resources education; adult education; facilitation
Kueltz, Dietmar Animal Science
  Professor Physiological Genomics, Environmental stress response, Fish adaptation biology, Fish osmoregulation, Comparative adaptation proteomics
Lieth, Johann Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor, Crop Ecologist-AES, CE Crop Ecologist Crop ecology, systems analysis, greenhouse environment control systems, mathematical modeling, floriculture, ornamental and nursery crop production, computer programming, biomathematics, automatic drip irrigation, systems analysis.
Marco, Maria Food Science & Technology
  Professor Food fermentation, Probiotics, Gut microbiology
  ASST AGRON AES-AY Xenobiotic ABC transporters, Membrane Protein Biochemistry, Molecular Toxicology
Paw U, Kyaw Tha Atmospheric Science Program
  Professor of Atmospheric Science and Biometeorologist-AES Biomicrometeorology, biometeorology, evapotranspiration, carbon and trace gas fluxes, turbulence, land surface models, field measurements and modeling, surface renewal, boundary layer meteorology, aerosol physics
STAJICH, JASON Plant Pathology
  Professor Fungal Genomics, evolutionary biology, Mycology, fungal-insect interaction, microbiome, environmental and molecular ecology, arid ecosystems, plant-fungal interactions, bacteria-fungi interactions
Tomich, Thomas Environmental Science and Policy
  Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy Food systems, natural resource management, integrated ecosystem assessment, sustainability science and policy
Waines, J. Giles Botany & Plant Sciences
  Geneticist Professor Director-Botanic Gardens and Herbarium Cytogenetics, plant breeding and crop evolution-emphasis on wheat, beans,salvia, lilac, delphinium; roots, drought tolerance
  ASST AGRON AES-AY Personalized nutrition, Precision nutrition, Lipoproteins, HDL, Alzheimers disease
CE Advisor
Aram, Kamyar Contra Costa County Cooperative Extension
  Specialty Crops Advisor
Bird, Marianne Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  4-H Youth Development Advisor Program development, science literacy; work with Expanded Learning (afterschool) programs, youth-adult partnership, camping and environmental education, volunteer and non-profit management.
Black, Randi Sonoma County
  Dairy Advisor Dairy Advisor
Blakey, Dustin Inyo-Mono Counties
  County Director / Farm Advisor
Brim-Deforest, Whitney Sutter-Yuba Counties
  County Director, Sutter and Yuba Counties and CE Rice and Wild Rice Advisor Rice, Weeds
Clark, Nicholas Kings County
  Agronomy Advisor Agronomic Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management
Davy, Josh Tehama County
  Livestock, Range, and Natural Resources Advisor / County Director Livestock, Range and Irrigated Pasture
Desmond, Daniel El Dorado County
  4-H Youth Development Advisor   Emeritus 4-H youth development, environmental education including garden based learning and Master Food Preserver program.
Diaz Carrasco, Claudia Riverside County
  4-H Youth Development Advisor
Diekmann, Lucy Santa Clara County
  Urban Agriculture/Food Systems Advisor, Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Drill, Sabrina Los Angeles County
  Natural Resources Advisor - Emeritus Climate resilience, urban ecology, watershed education, community science and engagement, environmental justice, conservation and restoration of aquatic and wildland habitats and anadramous fishes, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, fire ecology and landscape preparation, land use and conservation planning
Espinoza, Dorina Humboldt County Office
  Youth, Families and Communities Advisor Positive Youth Development, Nutrition Education, Food Preservation, Food Systems with a focus on emergency response
Fichtner, Elizabeth Tulare County
  Farm Advisor Orchard Systems
Forero, Larry Shasta County
  Emeritus: County Director Livestock and Natural resources
Ganthavorn, Chutima Riverside County
  Cooperative Extension Advisor Emerita Nutrition Education and Evaluation, Consumer Food Safety, Community Garden
Gispert, Carmen Riverside County
  Area Viticulture/Pest Management Advisor - Palm Desert Office Wine and table grapes
Harper, John Mendocino County
  County Director Mendocino & Lake/Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor - Emeritus Sheep & goat production, range cattle production, rangeland, watershed, water quality, computer applications.
Hill, Russell Merced County
  Associate 4-H Youth Development Advisor IV Ethnic and Racial Identity Development. Science literacy, after-school programming, outdoor/environmental education, program development, and organizational change.
Jones, Michael Mendocino County
  Forestry Advisor - Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties Forest Health; Disturbance Ecology; Entomology; Integrated pest management of invasive and endemic forest pests
Latack, Brooke Imperial County
  Livestock Advisor
Mcdonald, Christopher Imperial County
  Inland and Desert Natural Resources Advisor invasive plants, weeds, native plant restoration, vegetation management, sensitive species management, habitat restoration, restoration planning, environmental education
Miyao, Eugene Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Emeritus Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crops Processing tomato production.
Price, Natalie Los Angeles County
  Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor Public health nutrition, food security, social determinants of health.
Quinn, Niamh Orange County - UC Cooperative Extension
  Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor
Rios, Sonia Riverside County
  Area Subtropical Horticulture Advisor
Spinelli, Gerardo San Diego County
  Production Horticulture Advisor Nurseries and Floriculture
Srivastava, Deepa CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
  Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor EFNEP & SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education programs, program planning, implementation & evaluation, childhood obesity prevention, Food security and resiliency.
Sullins, Jim Tulare County
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Livestock, Range and Natural Resources, Public Policy, Community Development
Tompkins, Ryan Plumas Sierra
  Forester & Natural Resource Advisor
Turini, Thomas Fresno County
  Vegetable Crops Advisor Vegetable crops production with emphasis in plant disease management and activities in entomology and nutrient management.
Vollmer, Laura San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
  Community Nutrition & Health Advisor Community Nutrition & Health
CE Specialist
Bruno, Ellen Agricultural & Resource Economics & Policy
  CE Specialist in Quantitative Policy Analysis Agricultural economics, water resource economics
Busch, Roselle Veterinary Medicine Extension
  Sheep and Goat Veterinary Medicine Extension Specialist Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production
Crisosto, Carlos Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Postharvest Physiologist Extension and research on postharvest biology and technology of fruits; fruit and nuts quality and deterioration and handling systems
Crohn, David Environmental Sciences
  Associate Professor of Environmental ScienceáááExtension Biological Systems Engineer Biological systems for municipal waste management, nonpoint source pollution, design of land application systems, water resource management, surface water quality.
Daugherty, Matthew Entomology (UCR)
  CE Specialist and Entomologist population biology, invasion biology, plant disease ecology, regulatory entomology, quantitative ecology
Ferguson, Louise Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Pomologist Tree crop physiology and production of pistachio, olive, citrus, fig, and persimmon. Areas of expertise include seasonal growth phenology, salinity tolerance, alternate bearing, canopy management, mechanical pruning, mechanical harvesting, root stock int
Khan, Safeeq UC Merced - Cooperative Extension Specialist
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Water and Watershed Sciences Watershed Hydrology, Hydrological Modeling, Climate Change
Lemaux, Peggy Plant & Microbial Biology
  Professor of Cooperative Extension Research interests focus on using 'omic technologies to understand interactions between plants, microbes and the environment. Efforts specifically focus on understanding abiotic and biotic stresses and carbonsequestration to combate climate change. Outreach efforts focus on communicating about food, agriculture and modern genetic technologies.
Mcgiffen Jr., Milton Botany & Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist and Plant Physiologist Vegetable Crops, Invasive Species, Weed Science, Sustainable Agriculture, and Alternatives to Methyl Bromide
Merenlender, Adina Hopland Research & Extension Center
  Professor of Cooperative Extension in Conservation Science conservation biology, land use planning, habitat connectivity, environmental education, climate stewardship
Muramoto, Joji UC Santa Cruz - Cooperative Extension Specialist
  CE Specialist Organic Production, Soil Health, Nitrogen Management in Organic Systems, Soilborne Disease Management in Organic Systems
Nemati, Mehdi Dean's Office CNAS
  Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy Environmental and Water Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Applied Econometrics
Nocco, Mallika
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Soil-Plant-Water Relations; Irrigation Management
Ontai, Lenna Human & Community Development
  Family and Early Childhood Specialist parent-child interactions; parenting; early socialization; parenting and child feeding
Pitesky, Maurice Veterinary Medicine Extension
  Associate Specialist Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology
Scott, Thomas Earth Sciences
  Natural Resources, Wildlife Specialist Conservation of wildlife, wildlife/urban interface. Response of wildlife to human disturbances
Sowerwine, Jennifer Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Specialist Metropolitan agriculture, sustainable food systems, agroecology, food security, food sovereignty.
Temple, Steven Department of Plant Sciences
  WOS   CE Specialist III & Lecturer Agronomy and host plant resistance breeding of grain legumes, legume cover crops, sustainable farming systems; fluent in Spanish.
Other ANR
Anderson, Nicki Ventura County
  Community Education Specialist Climate Smart Agriculture
Beck, Jacalyn Hopland Research & Extension Center
  Academic Programs Manager
Bergren, Caddie Merced County
  Climate Smart Agriculture Program Specialist Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance
Bishop, Joyce San Joaquin County
  CalFresh Healthy Living, UC - Community Education Specialist Family Nutrition Education
Borel, Valerie Los Angeles County
  Horticulture and Master Gardener Program Coordinator Sustainability and fire-safe landscaping
Brodt, Sonja Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Assoc. Director & Academic Coordinator (Agriculture & Environment), UC SAREP Agriculture, Resources, and the Environment
Burciaga-Luquin, Coral Los Angeles County
  Community Nutrition and Health Educator Adult Nutrition Education (Adult EFNEP)
Carlos, Claudia Riverside County
  CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Riverside County Program Supervisor
Clark, Julie Ventura County
  Education Specialist III
Coker, Lori Shasta County
  Community Health Education Specialist II Nutrition and Food Safety Education
Denton, Denneigh Riverside County
  Master Food Preserver Coordinator UCCE Master Food Preserver
Drazba, Monica Community Nutrition and Health
  Program Supervisor Community Nutrition and Health, CalFresh Healthy Living UCCE Yolo
Fisher, Shawnice Community Nutrition and Health
  CES Supervisor II
Freutel, Eliot Environmental Stewards (formerly California Naturalist Program)
  Community Education Specialist 2 (SoCal)
Hecht, Christina Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)
  UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute Academic Coordinator Water; Policy; Child Nutrition Programs
Jensen, Leslie Elkus Ranch
  Elkus Ranch Coordinator
Johnson, Beryl Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Sacramento County 4-H Program Representative
Jones, Ira Mariposa County
  Community Education Specialist / 4-H Youth Development Coordinator 4-H Youth Development
Kooyumjian, Dawn Contra Costa County Cooperative Extension
  Coordinator -UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Kosina, Petr Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Content Development Supervisor
Lopez, Gabriel South Coast Research & Extension Center
Lyons, Andrew Informatics and GIS (IGIS) Statewide Program
  Program Coordinator
Majcherek, Tammy South Coast Research & Extension Center
  Community Educator Specialist II
Maser, Mary Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  Community Education Specialist I Adult EFNEP
McClure, Judy Sacramento County
  Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Landscape Horticulturist Master Gardener Program, Landscape horticulture in general.
McLaughlin, Cailin Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Garden Coordinator, CFHL, UCCE Central Sierra
Montano, Catherine Controller
  Policy Analyst, Administrative Policies and Business Contracts Policy, Contracts, Compliance, Delegations of Authority, Support Groups
Murrietta, Maria San Luis Obispo County
  Program Coordinator MG/MFP San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Counties
Nicoli, Andra CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
  UC CalFresh State Office
Nola, Princess
  Community Education Specialist 1
O'Neill, Gabriele UC Master Gardener Program
  UC Master Gardener Vegetables, Fruit trees, admin and policy questions (former coordinator)
O'neill, Margaret San Bernardino County
  Master Gardener Coordinator, Environmental Education Supervisor Manages Master Gardener Program; provides educational programs for adults and youth engaged in environmental education; provides education to the general public on plant pest management
Orozco, Alejandrina Community Nutrition and Health
  Community Nutrition and Health Educator Youth EFNEP
Pacheco, Alena San Luis Obispo County
  Work-Based Mentoring
Padilla, Carmela Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Regional Manager, CFHL UCCE (Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Merced, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties) Program Development and Youth Engagement
Pagone, Louise Lake County
  Master Gardener Coordinator
Plank, Kaela Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)
Price, Roxana
  CMTY EDUC SPEC I Adult Nutrition Community Educator - Delivering Nutrition Education to Families in San Bernardino County
Rebholtz, Jessica Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  Community Nutrition Educator II EFNEP Youth/ Adult
Rios-Spicer, Teresa Tulare County
  Program Supervisor, Tulare/Kings Counties CalFresh Healthy Living, UC Program
Rodriguez, Sonia C Butte County
  Community Education Specialist II Nutrition
Rodriguez, Patricia
  Administrative Assistant General Office and Social Media
Seward, Thomas Hopland Research & Extension Center
  Skilled Trades and Crafts Supervisor II
Simmons, Jill Nevada County Office
  Nevada Co. 4-H Youth Development Education Specialist
Smith, Alison
  Staff Research Associate 2 Small Ruminants, Wildlife Ecology
Sourbeer, Leah Community Nutrition and Health
  Nutrition Program Supervisor EFNEP
Stout, Michelle Mendocino County
  Office Manager/Office Service Supervisor & Master Gardener Coordinator
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Valdez, Daisy Los Angeles County
  CalFresh Community Education Specialist II Community Education Specialist 2
Vasilis, Hannah Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Statewide Survey and Trapping Coordinator Invasive Shot Hole Borer/Fusarium Dieback
Velarde, Jackie Riverside County
  Community Education Specialist 3 CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Riverside County
Vincelli, Chanelle Shasta County
  Community Education Supervisor 1 Nutrition Education, CalFresh Program
Vollinger, Mary
  Supervisor 2 CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE
Weaver, Susan Santa Clara County
  4-H Youth Development Program Regional Coordinator, Region 7 Youth Leadership Development, Juntos 4-H, Teens as Teachers, In-school programs, Youth camps, Mentor development, Professional Development for educators.
Wilshire, Clara San Bernardino County
  EFNEP Family Nutrition Program Coordinator Adult EFNEP
Wininger, Kerry Sonoma County
  Outreach Coordinator - Sudden Oak Death
Womack, Melissa UC Master Gardener Program
  Assistant Director of Impact & Communications
Woodward-Lopez, Gail Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)
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Taber, Danica
  Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Other UC
Andreozzi, Chelsea
  postdoctoral scholar conservation, wildlife, forestry
Johnson, Mackenzie
McBride, Joe Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Forest ecology; influence of land use on natural patterns of forest succession; riparian woodlands restoration; urban forestry
Membership Totals
Number of Members131
ANR Members128
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