Children, Youth and Families
Specialist, Early Childhood Education
Expertise: Teresa Byington, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Specialist in Early Childhood Education
Programs: Child Care Provider Training (Child Development, Curriculum Areas), Child Development Associate (CDA) educational coursework, QRIS (Quality Rating Improvement System) Environmental Rating Scale assessors, Reducing the Risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in Child Care, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, Reflective Coaching, and Promoting the Social Emotional Development of Young Children (TACSEI).
4-H Program Coordinator
Expertise: Sarah Chvilicek works with UNCE faculty and staff to plan, implement and evaluate community based 4-H Youth Development Programs by recruiting, screening and training volunteers to deliver researched based curricula/projects to area youth.
Programs: 4-H Club Program, 4-H Military Partnership, Youth in Governance, youth/adult partnerships, educational clinics for youth and adults, Northern Area 4-H Camp, 4-H ambassador program, and 4-H volunteers.
Expertise: Staci Emm is the Mineral County Extension Educator. She develops programs in community development, natural resources and youth development to facilitate the sustainability of rural communities.
Programs: 4-H, Community Development through Vegetation Management, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sustainability, Relationship building with American Indians.
Youth Development Specialist
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
Southern Area Director
Expertise: Eric Killian focuses on youth leadership, decision-making skills, workforce readiness and improving the quality of programs offered to youth and their families through staff trainings.
Expertise: YaeBin Kim, Assistant Professor of Parenting Education and Child Development, focuses on early language and literacy skills, school readiness, parenting education and developmental milestones.
Programs: Partners in Parenting; Little Books & Little Cooks, Family Storyteller, Fun to Play for Preschoolers, Child Safety and Welfare and Raising Your Relatives Kids.
Expertise: Steve Lewis works in the fields of natural resources, community development, sustainable agriculture and youth development. As an Extension Educator in Douglas County, he addresses critical needs/issues with training and assessment.
Programs: Carson Valley Water Quality Education Program, Compost Your Combustibles, Leadership Douglas County, Sage Grouse Conservation, Water Quality Education, Western Nevada Flood Education Program
Family Life Specialist
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
Expertise: Pamela Powell's areas of interest include education about domestic violence awareness and intervention; health and wellness education for rural communities; wellness programs for Nevada's rural aging population.
Programs: Heart and Shield: Healthy Rural Communities, Herds & Harvest
Specialist - Youth Development
Expertise: Marilyn Smith's areas of interest are substance abuse prevention, needs assessments and targeted programming for high-risk youth. She works in collaboration with community agencies, including juvenile probation departments and schools.
Programs: 4-H Program Impact Assessment: Life Skills Learned and Management Goals, Project MAGIC, Parenting
Specialist/Research and Educational Planning Center
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)
Specialist, Human Development
Expertise: Dan Weigel works in collaboration with community agencies in Western Nevada. His areas of interest are early literacy development, school readiness, childcare, parent education and couple relationships.
Programs: Family Literacy, Caring 4 Kids, Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting, Child Care Needs Assessment, Early Literacy Training for Child Care, Healthy Child Care Nevada, Nevada Kids Count Data Book, Nurturing Partners, Partners in Parenting, Project MAGIC