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  • General Inquiries: 941-861-9900
  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic: 941-861-9807
  • Fax: 941-861-9886
  • TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771
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Faculty and Staff Directory

Bryan Dailey - County Extension Director
Aubrey Phillips - Operations Manager
Janie Besselman - Administrative Specialist
Elisha Cash - Volunteer and Community Liaison
Melanie Marsh - Administrative Coordinator
Kevin O'Horan - Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Melissa Semento - Finance and Data Specialist

Family and Consumer Sciences

Maria Portelos-Rometo, EdD - Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Amber Ward - Program Coordinator, Familiy Nutrition Program
Sandy Crawford - Program Assistant, Family Nutrition Program
Claudia Klaput - Program Assistant, Family Nutrition Program
Katherine Padula - Program Assistant, Family Nutrition Program
Dina Sizemore-Rivero - Program Assistant, Family Nutrition Program
Lori Webster - Program Assistant, Family Nutrition Program

4-H Youth Development


Gio Ijpkemeule - Extension Agent, Horticulture
Alyssa Vinson - Horticulture Program Coordinator
Wilma Holley - Water and Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Specialist
Robert Mertens - Program Specialist, Horticulture

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Robert Kluson, PhD - Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Stacy Haag Spriggs - Program Coordinator


Lee Hayes Byron - Manager, Sustainability
Sara Kane - Outreach Coordinator