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Children, Youth and Families

No PhotoBarry, Elizabeth
4-H Youth Development Coordinator
775-738-0643

Programs: 4-H
Frances BrownBrown, Frances
Administrative Assistant III
775-784-4779

Expertise: Frances serves at the Administrative Assistant to Carrie Stark, the State 4-H Program Director, and as the Coordinator for 4-H Statewide Special Events. She has 18 years of youth development programming experience.

Teresa ByingtonByington, Teresa
Specialist, Early Childhood Education
(702) 940-5421

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).
Elsi Carrera SanchezCarrera Sanchez, Elsi
Parenting Educator
702-940-5423

Programs: Partners in Parenting, Child Safety and Welfare
Sarah ChvilicekChvilicek, Sarah
4-H Program Coordinator
(775) 784-4848

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.
Staci EmmEmm, Staci
Extension Educator
(775) 945-3444

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.
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
Cindy HigbeeHigbee, Cindy
Community Based Instructor III
775-726-3109

Programs: 4-H Youth Development
Eric KillianKillian, Eric
Southern Area Director
(702) 257-5542

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.

YaeBin KimKim, YaeBin
Specialist, Parenting Education - Child Development
(702) 257-5521

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.
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
No PhotoMcKinney, Joshua
Community Based Instructor I
775-391-7357

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
Leslye PinedaPineda, Leslye
Community Based Instructor III
702-257-5531

Expertise: Leslye’s focus is to educate parents of preschool-age children on how to eat healthier meals through Cooperative Extension's Little Books & Little Cooks Program, a program created on healthy eating, positive parent-child interaction and school readiness.

Programs: Partners in Parenting, Little Books & Little Cooks
Pam PowellPowell, Pam
Extension Educator
(775) 423-5121

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
Carrie StarkStark, Carrie
State 4-H Program Director
775-784-7070

Expertise: Carrie's areas of expertise are Positive Youth Development, Personality Types, and Leadership.

Lisa K. TaylorTaylor, Lisa K.
Carson City / Storey County Extension Educator
775-887-2252

Expertise: Lisa K. Taylor works in the fields of agri-entrepreneurship; community development; nutrition education, food preparation and food preservation; health and wellness education; and youth development. As an Extension educator in Carson City / Storey County, she addresses critical needs and issues with training and assessment.

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)
DeShea WallaceWallace, DeShea

702-948-5937

Expertise: DeShea has expertise in traditional 4-H clubs, agriculture, livestock, and animal and food science.

Programs: 4-H Youth Program
No PhotoWashington, Marcia
Community Based Instructor
702-257-5562

Expertise: Marcia has an extensive background in school counseling, mental health and health & wellness.

Programs: 4-H Youth Program
Dan WeigelWeigel, Dan
Specialist, Human Development
(775) 784-4848

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