1890s Multi-State Conference Speakers 2023

Dr. Carolyn J. Williams

Dr. Carolyn Williams currently is the executive associate director of the Cooperative Extension Program. She provides statewide administrative oversight and accountability to the four program areas, agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community and economic development and family and community health in 50 Texas counties.

Dr. Jacqueline M. Holland

Jacqueline M. Holland, Ed.D., CFCS, is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout her career in education, she has served as a classroom teacher, school administrator and district supervisor for family and consumer sciences programs.

Debra Strickland Allen

Since 2017, Debra Strickland Allen has assisted in the fight against food insecurity as the founder, executive director, and face of the First WardLiving Grace Food Pantry (FWLGP) where she provides wholesome, nutritious food several times a month. Under her leadership, the pantry started with one food run per month in 2020, distributing 3,000 pounds of food.

Marty Guajardo

Marty Guajardo is the executive director, founder and public face for TMP Amici Aeternum (The Master’s Plan Eternal Friends). Since its creation in 1996, TMP Amici Aeternum has assisted in building better communities.

With the assistance and encouragement of Rodrequis Thompson, Robert Wright and others, Guajardo was able to make his organization a domestic nonprofit corporation. He believes in the vision and mission statement of TMP Amici Aeternum and demonstrates this by “paying it forward" on a daily basis. He now strives to make a world of difference by assisting others in becoming the best they can be.

Dr. Matt Greene

Dr. Matt Greene is an assistant professor and the director of programming and evaluation for the SNAP-Ed program at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Agriculture Center. He has worked in implementation and evaluation of the SNAP-Ed program at LSU for the past five years.

Dr. Denise Holston

Dr. Denise Holston is an assistant professor, Extension nutrition specialist and registered dietitian for the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, Louisiana State University AgCenter in BatonRouge, Louisiana. She has worked in population-based obesity prevention for over 17 years. During this time, she has developed and led several state wide community and school-based obesity prevention interventions and programs. Dr. Holston is currently the principal investigator for the SNAP-Ed Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention High Obesity Program and the Healthy Beginnings Program.

Hallie Roby

Hallie Roby is a rising junior at the Universityof Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), where she currently holds a 4.0 grade pointaverage and majors in agriculture - plant and soil science agronomy. She isoriginally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, but was raised in Woodbury, Minnesota andgraduated from the 2021 class of Woodbury High School.

Alea Williams

Alea Williams is a sophomore majoring in general dietetics with a concentration in family and consumer sciences at Alabama A&M University. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she plans to become a pediatric dietitian and encourage, motivate and advise children on the diets that best fit them individually. She aims to ensure children have the adequate nutrition for growth and development.

Perrez Wilson

Perrez Wilson, from Birmingham, Alabama, is a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry at Tennessee State University. Upon graduation, he plans to continue his career by joining the U.S. Air Force and obtaining a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University. Wilson also plans to further his studies as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) to specialize in neurosurgical anesthesia.

Dr. Obadiah Njue

Dr. Obadiah Njue has 18 years of Extension experience. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Extension and Outreach with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s (UAPB) 1890 Cooperative Extension Program.  He joined the university in 2005 as the Extension Horticulture Specialist.  He continues to develop and execute horticulture programs that focus on assisting small scale, socially disadvantaged, limited resource farmers, and gardeners.

Dr. Nina Lyon-Bennett

Dr. Nina Lyon-Bennett is assistant dean for academics in the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). In this position, she supports faculty and department chairs in managing various aspects of academic programming, including curriculum and program development and assessment, student enrollment and persistence to graduation.

Teresa Henson

Teresa Henson has 18 years of Extension experience. She currently serves as a Program Outreach Coordinator with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1890 Cooperative Extension Program in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department.

Ms. Henson is directly responsible for providing coordination and leadership for several outreach programs. She closely works with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed).

Carrie M. Aldridge

Mrs. Carrie Aldridge joined the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1890 Cooperative Extension Program Family and Consumer Sciences department in 1997.  She currently serves as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Program Aide in Brinkley, Arkansas (Monroe County).

Dr. Virginie Zoumenou

Dr. Virginie Zoumenou is a professor of dietetics and nutrition in the Department of Human Ecology, Extension nutrition and health programs director and director of the Center for Obesity Prevention Serving Preschoolers, their Siblings and Caregivers (COP-SPSC) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). She is also a certified program evaluator and the principal investigator of the USDA AMS Cooperative Research Agreement project: Evaluating USDA AMS Grant Programs, Successes and Challenges with a Focus on Underserved Communities.

Susan Jayne

Now a full-time educator, her work now includes the Well Connected Communities (WCC) and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs. These additional assignments have opened opportunities for her to reach out to residents of all ages including pre-schoolers through senior citizens.

Dr. Shea Austin Cantu

Shea Austin Cantu is the Director of Tennessee State University’s Community Nutrition Education Program comprised of both the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Education) programs. Shea has worked for Tennessee State University’s Cooperative Extension program for almost six years, first as an Area Specialist, and then as the Program Manager of the Community Nutrition Education Program. Shea became the Director of the program in June of 2020.

Dr. Brione Lockett

Dr. Lockett is an Extension Assistant Professor in Cooperative Extension within the College of Agriculture. He plans to continue the work and research in the communities, classroom, and campus being an advocate and supporter of those in need. Dr. Lockett will educate, train, support, and mentor persons in his current role. He will be researching, planning, coordinating, and implementing health equity and wellness programs and workshops that serve various populations throughout Tennessee.

Ebony Lott

She has worked for Extension Service in Shelby County for 10 plus years. ​ Ebony started as a program assistant, then an Extension Agent, and now is excited about her journey as the Western Region Area Specialist. She continues to provide researched-based information to the community about nutrition, food preparation and safety, food security, physical activity, and being self-sufficient.

Angela Settles

Angela Settles received a bachelor’s degree in Food and Animal Science, as well as a Master in Food and Animal Science from Tennessee State University. She started working for the SNAP-Education Program at TSU as a work aid student, then worked with the TSU SNAP-Ed State Staff. She is now the new Davidson County SNAP-Ed Agent, were she teaches the community how to Shop, Cook, and Eat within your budget.

Malia Mosby

Malia Mosby is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Spring 2021. She studied Geoscience with a concentration in Earth Science for Teachers. Consequently, her minor was Secondary Education (grades 7-12). Her love for teaching in the traditional school system was unfortunately halted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it wasn't extinguished. She once again found her love for teaching in Extension. Malia has recently passed the one-year mark with Tennessee State University's Cooperative Extension department, specifically as an EFNEP educator teaching adults and families how to shop, cook and eat within their budget.

Marion Mosby

A Nashville native, Marion Mosby is a product of Metro Nashville Schools, having graduated from Nashville School of the Arts in 2007. Upon graduation, Ms. Mosby entered college and in 2013 received her degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Graphic Design, from Middle Tennessee State University.Ms. Mosby is the Graphic Designer for Tennessee State University SNAP-Education Program and is a part of the Social Marketing, Special Projects, andCommunications team. She has been working in the program since October of 2018.

Dr. Andrea Morris

Andrea Morris, PhD,MCHES, a Health & Nutrition Specialist and serves as the Interim AssociateDirector of Extension with Alabama Cooperative Extension System at AlabamaA&M University. In addition to her Interim responsibilities she provides leadership for both the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs. Dr. Morris is passionate about serving unserved and underserved populations to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to live a healthy life.

Shavita Wood-Warren

Shavita Wood-Warren is the Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Education(USNAP-Ed) Educator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at AlabamaA&M University. Shavita has been a part of the Urban SNAP-Ed program for six years, serving the residents of Madison and Limestone counties.

Shonda Wright

Shonda Wright has served for 13 years as an urban SNAP-Ed ExtensionEducator for Alabama A&M University. She provides programming in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery Counties in Alabama.

This material was funded by USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP, and under an agreement with the State of TN. This institution is and equal opportunity provider.

Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO employer.

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