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Campus-Based State Specialist

Amilton de Mellode Mello, Amilton
Assistant Professor, Agriculture
775-784-6648

Expertise: Amilton de Mello’s areas of expertise include animal welfare, carcass performance, meat quality and pathogen control.

Programs: Herds & Harvest, 4-H
Bill EvansEvans, Bill
Youth Development Specialist
(775) 784-7013

Expertise: Bill Evans is a specialist in the Human Development and Family Studies department. His areas of expertise are in youth-at-risk issues, adolescent violence prevention and suicide prevention. He is a collaborator on the Project MAGIC program.

Programs: 4-H Program Impact Assessment: Life Skills Learned and Management Goals, Capacity Building and General Support, CYF Program Plan, CYFERnet Teen Editor, EPA Arsenic Study Follow-Up Survey, Project MAGIC
Brenda FreemanFreeman, Brenda
Professor, Education
775-682-9353

Tom HarrisHarris, Tom
Community Development Specialist
(775) 784-1681

Expertise: Tom Harris works with county Extension educators in the areas of economic analysis and development, county government fiscal analysis and impact models.

Programs: Director of the University Center for Economic Development
Sally MartinMartin, Sally
Family Life Specialist
(775) 784-7009

Expertise: Sally Martin focuses on family literacy, childcare quality, parenting education and child abuse and neglect prevention. Her research includes identifying and understanding risk and protective factors, intergenerational interactions and cultural issues.

Programs: Caring 4 Kids, Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting, Child Care Needs Assessment, Early Literacy Training for Child Care, Family Literacy, Healthy Child Care Nevada, Nevada Kids Count Data Book, Nurturing Partners, Partners in Parenting, Project MAGIC
Kerri Jean OrmerodOrmerod, Kerri Jean
Living With Drought Program Leader/ Assistant Professor
775-784-6347

Expertise: Kerri Jean Ormerod is the Living With Drought program leader. Her primary areas of expertise are human-environment interactions, water governance, landscape monitoring and socio-cultural components of risk perception.

Programs: Living With Drought, Nevada Co-coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
Pamela PaynePayne, Pamela
Assistant Professor
775-682-6637

Expertise: Pamela Payne has a wide range of experiences within the area of psychology and family studies. She has worked with autistic children, juvenile delinquents, military veterans and college students throughout her career. She has conducted research and evaluations on individuals, couples and military families in regards to individual and couple development, spiritual and religious beliefs, sexuality, youth engagement, parenting skills and communication. She has taught courses related to human and child development, psychological problems, family dynamics, human sexuality, military families and military veteran transitions to college. Her specialties include: education, research, social science, human development, psychology, youth programs, evaluation, common measures, military families, religion & spirituality in families.

Programs: 4-H, Youth Horticulture Education Program, Marriage and Relationship Education
Loretta SingletarySingletary, Loretta
Professor and Interdisciplinary Outreach Liaison
775-771-4452

Expertise: Loretta Singletary's interests are in the area of applied economics, emphasizing participatory research methods and interdisciplinary approaches to address complex and often contentious natural resource issues. Her current integrated research and outreach programs include assessing community climate resiliency in snow-fed arid land river systems, enhancing tribal community climate resiliency and planning, and identifying sustainable agriculture and resource management issues unique to American Indian lands.

Programs: Water for the Seasons, Native Waters on Arid Lands and People of the Land
Sherm SwansonSwanson, Sherm
Range/Riparian Specialist
(775) 784-4057

Expertise: Sherm Swanson's interests are vegetation in streams and rivers, channel and floodplain form, hydrology management, watershed processes, rangeland vegetation management, livestock grazing, invasive weeds, wildlife and adaptive management.

Programs: Riparian Programs
Michael TaylorTaylor, Michael
Specialist, Agricultural & Resource Economics/ Assistant Professor
(775) 784-1679

Expertise: Mike Taylor is an applied agricultural and resource economist whose interests include wildland fire, invasive species management, water management and regional economic development.

Programs: Development of the native plant materials industry in Nevada.
No PhotoUsinger, Janet
Specialist/Research and Educational Planning Center
(775) 784-2321

Expertise: Janet Usinger is an associate professor in the university's Department of Educational Leadership.

Programs: Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)