Orange County Extension Service (OCES) Faculty

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Duncan, LuAnn  Family and Consumer Sciences
                               (Food Safety, Nutrition & Health, Human Development)
Felter, Liz  Commercial Horticulture
Greer, Kelly  Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
Kennington, Mary Sue  Family and Consumer Sciences
                               (House & Home, Money Matters, Home & Community Education)
Miliffe, Karen  4-H Youth Development
Mudge, Dennis  Agriculture
Pardo, Elver  4-H Youth Development
Petersen, Annie  Family and Consumer Sciences
                               (Family Nutrition, Expanded Food & Nutrition)
Thralls, Ed   Residential Horticulture & Master Gardener
Tyson, Richard  County Extension Director and Agricuture
White, Celeste  Commercial Landscape Management and Pest Control

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Richard Tyson
Richard V. Tyson

County Extension Director - Agriculture

Orange County Extension Director, responsible for providing leadership and direction in the planning, organization, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the overall Extension program. This includes the program areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H and Youth Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences. He conducts programs on Commercial and Residential Horticulture issues.

Education - Ph.D., Univeristy of Florida,
M.S., University of Florida,
B.S., University of Florida.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Darla Wilkes, Administrative Assistant (407) 254-9200


 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Dennis Mudge
Dennis Mudge

Agriculture

Livestock, Animal Science, Agricultural Policy Education, Farm Assistance, Natural Resources, Water Quality and Quantity, Wildlife Enhancement and Nuisance, Toxic Plant and Venomous Animal Identification, Small Animal Husbandry.

Education - M.P.S. Animal Science/Agriculture - Cornell University, Ivy League,
B.S. - Natural Resources - Cornell University,
A.A.S. - Natural Resources - Morrisville College.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200 or (cell) (407) 466-3749
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Mary Sue Kennington
Mary Sue Kennington

Family and Consumer Sciences
(House & Home, Money Matters, Home & Community Education)

Provides leadership for general education related to Housing and Home Environment with a focus on efforts to empower individuals with knowledge about healthy indoor environments including controlling mold growth in the home, water and energy conservation, home safety and disaster preparedness, principles of universal design and lifecycle housing, keeping the home environment clean, and living and building green. Teaches the Home Owner Post Purchase Counseling and Section VIII Tenant workshops for the City of Orlando/Orange County Housing program participants.

Serves as agent advisor for the Orange County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE) -- an Extension volunteer organization dedicated to strengthening individuals and families through education, leadership and action

Education - M.Ed., Community/Adult Education – Colorado State University,
B.S., Home Economics – Georgia Southern College.

Contact Information – (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Linda Hull, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9229


 


 

 

 

 

 

 



LuAnn Duncan
LuAnn Duncan

Family and Consumer Sciences
(Food Safety, Nutrition & Health, and Human Development)

Nutrition, Health, and Food Safety Agent. Serves as the Orange County Nutrition Agent providing education in the areas of food nutrition, wellness, and food safety. In service to the families and individuals of Orange County, workshops on healthy eating, meal planning, and prevention of illness due to proper nutrition are offered through out the year.

Acts as facilitator and test proctor for ServSafe Food Managers/Handlers Safety program. The program is designed to instruct food industry employees on proper food handling, serving, and storing. The training is to ensure that those working in the food industry practice preventative measures to reduce food-borne illness incidences.

Education - M.S., Home Economics Education - Ohio State University,
B.S., Home Economics Education – Ohio State University

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Linda Hull, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9229

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Annie Petersen
Annie Petersen

Family and Consumer Sciences
(Family Nutrition, Expanded Food & Nutrition)

Coordinates educational food and nutrition programs for food stamp recipients and food stamp eligible individuals and families in Orange County as the Food and Nutrition Program (FNP) Extension Agent.

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, training and supervision of Program Assistants, and development of outreach and marketing tools to bring public awareness to the program.

Works in the community to build collaborative partnerships with agencies and community groups to plan and implement programming.

Education – B.S.H., Nutrition and Dietetics – University of North Florida

Contact Information - (407) 254-9212
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Support Staff - Linda Hull, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9229

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Celeste White
Celeste White

Commercial Landscape Management and Pest Control

Provides education and training for the landscape maintenance industry and commercial pesticide applicators in the areas of planting, pruning, fertilization, irrigation and pesticide safety and use.

Education - B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Maryland.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Chris Weber, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Kelly Greer
Kelly Greer

Florida Yards and Neighborhoods

Provides education in Florida friendly landscaping, irrigation, pollution control, pesticide use, Integrated Pest Management, recycling, composting and resource conservation. Teaches educational and motivating workshops to Florida homeowners on creating and maintaining "Florida-friendly" yards that are attractive and almost carefree with "earth-smart" practices.

Education - M.A., Management and Leadership - Webster University
B.S., Agriculture - University of Missouri,
with a major in Horticulture.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Frances Simoneaux, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Ed Thralls
Ed Thralls

Residential Horticulture and Master Gardener

General education related to urban horticulture, including landscaping, home crop production, lawn management, ornamental landscape plants, indoor foliage and flowers and plant problem diagnosis. Coordinator for the Orange County Master Gardener Program. FNGLA Florida Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP). ASHS Associate Horticulture Professional (AHP).

Education - M.S., Systems Management - Naval Postgraduate School,
B.S., Landscape Nursery Management - University of Florida,
B.E., Electrical Engineering - Vanderbilt University,
A.S., Environmental Horticulture - Valencia Community College.

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Frances Simoneaux, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200


 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Elver Pardo
Elver Pardo

4-H Youth Development

Works with youth and adult volunteers to develop and deliver programs based on needs in Orange County.  Works with the 4-H team to train volunteers and provide educational foundation in the experiential learning model or “learn by doing” methodology.
Agent liaison for life skill development in the following project areas: animal science, agricultural literacy, natural resource programs, environmental education, citizenship and leadership education, workforce preparation and career development, and outreach programs.

Education - M.S., Education – Drury University (MO),
B.A., Psychology - Universidad Santo Tomas in Bogotá Colombia

Contact Information - (407) 254-9205
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Support Staff - Sue Sweetland, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Karen Miliffe
Karen Miliffe

4-H Youth Development

Recruits, trains, and supervises adult volunteers.   Provides informal educational programs for a youth audience.   Collaborates with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement youth programming.    Conducts promotional efforts aimed at increasing public awareness of youth development programming.   

Education - MNM, Nonprofit Management – University of Central Florida,
B.S., Human Resource Development- University of Florida

Contact Information - (407) 254-9213
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Support Staff - Sue Sweetland, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Liz Felter
Liz Felter

Commercial Horticulture

Provides education and training for the Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse industry in Orange county.
Co-ordinates the weekly diagnostic plant clinic for growers at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka FL on Tuesday afternoon from 1 pm - 4pm.
Editor of the Business & Technology section of the statewide e-newsletter "The Plant Producer".
Collaborates with other Commercial Horticulture Agents statewide to provide accurate and current information to clients about plant production, IPM’s, BMP’s and business and marketing.

Education - Ph.D. Agricultural Education & Communications, University of Florida
M.A. Agricultural & Extension Education, University of Florida
B.S. Horticulture/Agriculture Communications, The Ohio State University

Contact Information - (407) 254-9200
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Support Staff - Chris Weber, Admin. Specialist (407) 254-9200