Centennial Staff Profiles
UCCE Sonoma County
County Director and Livestock and Range Management Advisor
Time with ANR
32 years—I started when I was very young!
My job varies depending on the day—it could involve meetings (as County Director or Advisor), field visits, conducting research or brainstorming with a multitude of partners on how to solve an emerging issue.
Most Memorable Moment
I have several special memories, mostly involving work with local clientele or my colleagues, especially the Ladies of Extension (LOEs). I initiated projects on controlling predation losses, researched new plant varieties, implemented grazing systems and started the first-ever Meat CSA. But if I have to pick one, it would the incredible, beautiful day on the coast when I was collecting data on Sonoma Coast rangelands and a pod of whales swam by.
What I love Most About Working for ANR
I love working with and helping local clientele solve problems to maintain sustainable, multigenerational livestock operations. I also like the new challenges, helping young entrepreneurs start new local food businesses.
I was hired as a UC livestock and dairy intern immediately after completion of my Master’s program at the University of Wyoming. After two long winters in Wyoming, the appeal of the California Extension system (and the sunshine), along with an introduction to then UC Davis rangeland specialist James Clawson, was just what I needed.