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ABOUT US

Who We Are:

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is a residents’ direct connection to University of California (UC) knowledge and expertise. We are part of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) a state-wide network of UC researchers and educators. All are dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources. Our educators and Advisors, who hold a Masters degree or are Ph.D.s, work and live in our communities, saving public dollars and enhancing the quality of life for people in many ways.

What We Do:

We deliver high quality education and research  programs contributing to:
• Safe, healthy and accessible food
• Clean water and a healthy environment
• Improved nutrition habits and well-nourished residents
• Healthy youth who contribute to healthy communities
• An improved local economy

Our programs benefit ALL communities and citizens residing throughout the County. We pride ourselves on delivering the most cost-effective programs in the most efficient manner by drawing upon experts across the UC system, utilizing over 600 trained volunteers, and working cooperatively with over 150 diverse public and private agencies and organizations. We provide these services at a minimal cost to the public.

Funding:

The word Cooperative in our name refers to the fact that our funding is derived from multiple resources in cooperation with one another. We receive funding from county, state, and federal resources. Contra Costa County currently provides various levels of support of office space, utilities, administration and transportation to program locations. The Universities of California provides academic and program staff. We also rely on grants, donations and program cost-recovery to deliver our programs and conduct our research projects.

 

 

 

Contra Costa County UC Cooperative Extension Staff & Faculty

Director

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Sheila J. Barry
Title: County Director/ Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, San Francisco Bay Area
Specialty: Rangeland Ecology and Management, Beef Cattle Production, Rangeland Conservation, Grazing Management,
Address:
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg 1
2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-282-3106
Email: sbarry@ucanr.edu

Director

Administration

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Sheree Nuxoll
Title: UCCE Office & Financial Manager, Contra Costa
Specialty: Administration/Financial Management/Operations/Information Technology/Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
Address:
2380 Bisso Lane
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 925-608-6674
Email: slnuxoll@ucanr.edu

4-H Youth Development

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Brenda C. Vales
Title: 4-H Program/Community Education Specialist II
Address:
Cooperative Extension
2380 Bisso Lane
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 925-608-6690
Email: bcvales@ucanr.edu
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Susan J Weaver
Title: 4-H Youth Development Program Regional Coordinator, Region 7
Specialty: Youth Leadership Development, Juntos 4-H, Teens as Teachers, In-school programs, Youth camps, Mentor development, Professional Development for educators.
Address:
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg 1
2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Email: sjweaver@ucanr.edu

Urban Integrated Pest Management

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Andrew M Sutherland PhD, BCE
Title: Urban IPM Advisor
Specialty: urban (household & structural) IPM of insects and other arthropods
Address:
University of California Cooperative Extension – Alameda County
224 West Winton Avenue
Rm 134
Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: 510-499-2930
Email: amsutherland@ucanr.edu

Specialty Crops

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Kamyar Aram
Title: Specialty Crops Advisor
Address:
Cooperative Extension
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 608-6692
Email: kamaram@ucanr.edu
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Janet Caprile - Emeritus
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Commercial fruit, nut, vine, vegetable, field, specialty crops
Address:
Cooperative Extension
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Email: jlcaprile@ucdavis.edu

Environmental Horticulture

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Jessie Godfrey
Title: Environmental Horticulture and Water Resources Management Advisor
Address:
University of California Cooperative Extension – Alameda County
224 West Winton Avenue
Rm 134
Hayward, CA 94544
Email: jmgodfrey@ucanr.edu
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Dr Igor Lacan
Title: Interim County Director; Bay Area Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Advisor
Specialty: Urban Forestry
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-276-7428
Email: ilacan@ucanr.edu

Master Gardeners

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Dawn A Kooyumjian
Title: Coordinator -UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Address:
Cooperative Extension
2380 Bisso Lane Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 925-608-6682
Email: dakooyumjian@ucanr.edu

Community Nutrition and Health

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Alexa Erickson
Title: Community Nutrition, Health, and Food Systems Advisor
Specialty: Community Nutrition and Health, Nutrition Education and Behavior
Address:
Cooperative Extension
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 530-201-5332
Email: americkson@ucanr.edu
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Eli Israel Figueroa
Title: Community Education Supervisor
Specialty: Middle & High School Youth Nutrition Education; Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
Address:
2380 Bisso Lane
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 608-6678
Email: eifigueroa@ucanr.edu
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Santos Lopez
Title: Community Nutrition Educator
Specialty: EFNEP Adult
Address:
UC Cooperative Extension, Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 608-6680
Email: sanlopez@ucanr.edu
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Carla M Moore
Title: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP) and CalFresh Healthy Living Administrative Assistant
Specialty: Alameda and Contra Costa County EFNEP; Contra Costa CFHL
Address:
UCCE Contra Costa
2380 Bisso Lane
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 608-6675
Email: carmoore@ucanr.edu
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Mikele Christine Olson-Calbert
Title: Community Nutrition Educator
Specialty: EFNEP Youth
Address:
UC Cooperative Extension Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 608-6679
Email: molsoncalbert@ucanr.edu
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Leah J Sourbeer
Title: EFNEP Nutrition Program Supervisor
Specialty: EFNEP
Address:
UCCE Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 608-6676
Email: ljelmazati@ucanr.edu

Human - Wildlife Interactions

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Carolyn Whitesell
Title: Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor
Specialty: human-wildlife conflict mitigation, vertebrate pest management
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 224-4679
Email: cawhitesell@ucanr.edu

Livestock and Natural Resources

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Sheila J. Barry
Title: County Director/ Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, San Francisco Bay Area
Specialty: Rangeland Ecology and Management, Beef Cattle Production, Rangeland Conservation, Grazing Management,
Address:
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg 1
2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-282-3106
Email: sbarry@ucanr.edu

Organic Materials Management

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Michael Cohen
Title: Organic Materials Management in Agri-Food Systems Advisor
Address:
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg 1
2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-282-3132
Email: mfscohen@ucanr.edu

Community Development

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Cristina M Murillo-Barrick
Title: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Community Development Advisor
Address:
Cooperative Extension
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (510) 305-3256
Email: cmurillo@ucanr.edu

Delta Crops

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Michelle Leinfelder-Miles Ph.D.
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Crop Production, Soil and Water Resources, the Delta
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Joaquin County
2101 East Earhart Avenue, Suite 200
Stockton, CA 95206
Phone: 209-953-6100
Email: mmleinfeldermiles@ucanr.edu