CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension

Ebony Lott

Ebony received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Delta State University, Master of Science in Health Education from Mississippi University for Women and Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Environmental Nutrition.

She has worked for Extension Service in Shelby County for 10 plus years. ​ Ebony started as a program assistant and now is excited for her journey as an Extension Agent. She continues to provide researched-based information to the community about nutrition, food preparation and safety, food security, physical activity, and being self-sufficient. This program allows us to improve the likelihood that program participants will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Her goal is to connect, sustain, and build relationships with the same and different community agencies. This will help to make TSU SNAP-Ed program vital and form a strong connection in the county.

Involvement in the Professional Organization:

NEAFCS: Public Affairs Education Subcommittee

TEAFCS: VP of Member Resources

Benneka Brooks

Benneka Brooks has been a Program Assistant for the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office located in Memphis, Tennessee since December 2018. She is employed through Tennessee State University’s SNAP-Ed nutrition education department. Her role is educating both youth and adult audiences in the community that are eligible or receive SNAP benefits to show them how to shop, cook, and eat within their budget. Ms. Brooks is a spring 2018 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she received her Bachelors in Nutrition and Food Science. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Memphis.

Sharon Shope

Stewart County Program Assistant

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program

Tennessee State University

Sharon has been a Program Assistant for the Stewart County Cooperative Extension office located in Dover, Tennessee since October 2013. She enjoys educating the youth how to recognize and apply healthy choices to their daily lives through in-school, after school and summer programming. Mrs. Shope is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Family Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

Currently working on: Bachelors of Science

Child Development and Family Studies

Certifications

ServSafe –Updated 2020

National Nutrition Certification Program – FoodSense – Updated 2020

Dr. Glenda Glover, TSU President

Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover began serving as President of Tennessee State University on January 2, 2013. She has advanced a five-point vision that includes: (1) academic progress and customer service, (2) fund raising and partnerships, (3) diversity and inclusion, (4) shared governance, and (5) business outreach.

Dr. Glover was formerly the Dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where she led the College of Business throughout the accreditation process, and spearheaded the implementation of the nation’s first Ph.D. in Business at an HBCU. She is a certified public accountant, an attorney, and is one of two African American women to hold the Ph.D.-CPA-JD combination in the nation.

Dr. Glover's educational development began as a student at Tennessee State University, where she majored in mathematics. After graduating with honor with a Bachelor of Science degree, she pursued the Master of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University. She then completed her doctorate in business from George Washington University, and later completed her law degree from Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Jackson State University, Dr. Glover served as Chairperson of the Department of Accounting at Howard University. Her past employment also includes positions as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of an engineering firm, a tax manager at a major public utility company, and an accountant with a Big-Four CPA firm.

Dr. Glover has been a corporate board member of three publicly traded corporations. These include Citigroup-Student Loan Corporation, Pinnacle Financial Partners and First Guaranty Bancshares. She served as a member or chair of the Audit Committee on each board, or as the board’s financial expert.

Dr. Glover is the author of more than one hundred articles and papers, and is regarded as one of the nation’s experts on corporate governance. She is a member of several professional, civic, and non-profit organizations, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She is married to Charles Glover, and they have two adult children, Attorney Candace Glover and Dr. Charles Glover II.

Latasha Holloway

Davidson County Nutrition Educator/EFNEP

Cooperative Extension Program

Tennessee State University

Latasha has been with Tennessee State University Extension the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) for seven years in Davidson County on campus. She enjoys educating and helping individuals and families to increase their food dollar and practice resource management skills.

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. Prior to working with TSU Cooperative Extension Program, Shea was a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with the University of Tennessee Extension in Lincoln County for 10 years.

Shea received her BS in Human Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies from Freed-Hardeman University in 1996. She received her MS in Human Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in 2001. She received her Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Memphis in 2017. Her research interests include rural poverty, single mothers, adult education, and community sustainability. Shea lives in Fayetteville, TN with her husband and three daughters.

Dana Calloway-Smith

B.A., Journalism,

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

M.S., Mass Communication, Arkansas State University

Dana J. Callaway – Smith is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mrs. Callaway-Smith has been the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Tennessee State University (TSU) Community Nutrition Education Program (CNEP) since January 2018. In this role, Mrs. Callaway-Smith performs a range of specialized and administrative tasks. She leads a team, who oversee increasing and maintaining visibility of the program’s social marketing and branding campaign “Shop. Cook. Eat. Within Your Budget.” This campaign embodies the food resource management focus of the program and is integral to all aspects of the program’s direct education and messaging efforts in communities across the state. Mrs. Callaway-Smith is not new to higher education, as her career has involved her working at three other colleges and universities. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading magazines, thrift shopping and traveling.

Deborah Goddard

Deborah has a BA with a double major in French and English, a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, and an MS in Nutrition and Food Science. She is a registered Dietetic Technician of Nutrition with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) and the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB). She has worked as an Extension Specialist with TSU Extension since 2012. She also taught Culinary Nutrition as a Faculty Adjunct at The Art Institute of Tennessee, and Nashville Community College, and taught Maternal and Child Nutrition and Principles of Nutrition as a Faculty Adjunct at Middle Tennessee State University. She has presented at the National EFNEP conference and the Tennessee Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conference and will be presenting at the 2021 Partnership for Food Safety Education Conference. She is listed as a co-author on three publications.

Marion Mosby

Tennessee State University

Cooperative Extension

SNAP-Ed Graphic Designer

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, and Communications team. She has been working in the program since October of 2018.

Middle Tennessee State University

Bachelors of Fine Arts

Leslie Speller-Henderson

Associate Extension Professor and Education Director

MU Extension Nutrition and Health Education

Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

College of Human Environmental Sciences

University of Missouri - Columbia

Leslie Speller-Henderson serves as Associate Extension Professor with the University of Missouri (MU) College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP). Leslie provides educational direction and leadership to the MU Extension Nutrition & Health Education Regional Faculty, including the Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP). FNEP provides community nutrition education to eligible Missourians through two federally funded programs: the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the SupplementalNutrition Assistance Program - Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed). Previously, Leslie held the Family and Consumer Sciences Program Leader position, leading the SNAP Education and EFNEP programs with Tennessee State University (TSU) Cooperative Extension Program in Nashville, TN. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee State University. A Master of Science from Alabama A&M University. Within my responsibilities, I understand issues that individuals and families face as they navigate the challenges and rewards of making wise choices.

Tasha E. Jones

As a Special Project Coordinator, Tasha E. Jones is a liaison who connects Shelby County Schools with community partners. She supports physical education teachers in the district to help reduce childhood obesity using the Whole Child model. The Whole Child Model focuses on the child, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being apart and a reflection of the local community. Tasha shares a wealth of knowledge in disease prevention, nutrition, and health services. Her goal is connecting teachers, students, and parents to resources to help them achieve and maintain optimal health.

Sharon Moore

Wellness Education and Nutrition Manager

Church Health

Memphis,Tennessee

Mrs. Moore oversees the management of the Nutrition Hub which includes a teaching kitchen and commissary kitchen. The teaching kitchen provides community cooking classes teaching the Mediterranean Diet, cooking skills and a life balance tool- The Model for Healthy Living. Church Health's Commissary Kitchen is available for rental to food entrepreneurs just starting out or established businesses producing healthy food products. In addition, Mrs. Moore manages the health education and Registered Dietitian services provided for Church Health patients.

Vickye Ford

Vickye Ford is an accredited public relations professional who has specialized in media relations, marketing and community relations for non‐profit, educational and healthcare organizations. Currently, she is the Community Development Director for Methodist South Hospital where she is responsible for enhancing and extending the hospital’s growth strategies through coordinated community outreach activities. She has taught graduate level students from around the country and abroad as an adjunct teaching faculty member in the Department of Journalism’s online program at The University of Memphis. Her industry peers have selected her to serve as a board member and ultimately assume the presidency of three professional development organizations including the Public Relations Society of America (Memphis chapter), Public Relations Council of Alabama (North Alabama chapter) and the Alabama College System Public Relations Association (statewide organization).

In addition to winning numerous public relations awards, she was named the Practitioner of the Year by the Public Relations Council of Alabama, won the coveted Chancellor’s award from the Alabama College System and received the Senior Practitioner designation from the Southern Public Relations Federation. While working in Alabama, she graduated from both Leadership Huntsville and Alabama Leadership Initiative (bi‐annual state leadership program for under 40‐year‐olds) programs.

As an avid volunteer, she has served as a board member and supporter of many non‐profit organizations and has spent most of her career inspiring and motivating others to use their time and talents by volunteering in their communities. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Alabama A & M University in Huntsville, Alabama and a Master’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from The University of Memphis. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Community Engagement from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tennille Short

Tennille Short is an Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences with the University of Tennessee. A native of Madison County, she is working in her home county to help families manage their household budgets; navigate chronic conditions, and build better family relationships. Short has a B.S. in Sociology from Middle Tennessee State University and a M.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences from the University of Tennessee. An Extension career spanning 20 years has allowed Short the opportunity to speak at a number of conferences and win National Awards for her programs, including work in Policies, Systems and Environment (PSE). She began Extension work as Program Assistant for nutrition programs at the University of Tennessee and later returned to UT to work as an Extension Agent. She has also worked as Extension Agent for the University of Arkansas and served as West Tennessee School Health Coordinator for Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF

School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Dr. Doze Y. Butler

Dr. Doze Y. Butler serve as the dean/director for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). In this position, she provides leadership for the three academic departments in the School as well as its research, Extension, outreach, and international programs.

Dr. Butler supervise department chairs and other administrative and management personnel and is responsible for the development of the School’s vision and goals. Dr. Butler responsibilities include implementing new and emerging technologies that impact distance education, agriculture, human sciences, fisheries and Extension programs. She also functions as a member of the UAPB Dean’s Council, the Association of 1890 Research Directors and Association of 1890 Extension Administrators.

Dr. Obadiah Njue

Dr. Obadiah Njue has 15 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. Njue’s current responsibilities include providing support to the Dean/Director, School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at UAPB in administration, management and operation of Cooperative Extension activities. Focus areas include planning, implementation and evaluation of Extension programs.

Dr. Njue is a tenured Professor and occasionally teaches horticulture related courses at UAPB.

Teresa Henson

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Program Outreach Coordinator

Masters of Science: Health Education and Promotion- University of at Little Rock (UALR)

Bachelor of Science: Health Sciences Minor: Community Health University of at Little Rock (UALR)

Teresa Henson has 17 years’ of Extension experience. She currently serve 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). She provides leadership in programming, staff trainings, as well as collaborating with other agencies and organizations to promote and coordinate outreach programs. Ms. Henson works cooperatively with Extension administration, administrators, and the Family and Consumer Science staff to provide nutrition education and food safety practices throughout the county.

Courtney Fisher

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1890 Cooperative Extension Program

Courtney joined the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1890 Cooperative Extension Program Family and Consumer and Science department in 2017. She currently serves as an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) program aide in Pine Bluff AR.

Courtney is responsible for conducting youth and adult nutrition education programs in schools, recovery centers and after school youth programs.

Mrs. Carrie M. Aldridge

SNAP-Ed Program Aide

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

1890 Cooperative Extension Program

West Memphis Senior High School-Graduate

Attended Memphis Area Vocational Technical College

Mrs. Aldridge spent 20 years a substitute teacher for the Brinkley, Arkansas School District in West Memphis, Arkansas.

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). Mrs. Aldridge is responsible for conducting nutrition education programs in the schools, housing sites, and food pantries. She educates families to prepare healthy meals, shop and stretch their food

Marilyn D. Burch

Extension Associate-Foods and Nutrition

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Masters: Addiction Studies (University of AR at Pine Bluff)

Bachelor’s: Nutrition/Dietetics (University of AR at Pine Bluff)

Marilyn is an Extension Associate of Foods and Nutrition within the School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Sciences for the 1890 Cooperative Extension Program. Marilyn is a Health Education and Promotion doctoral candidate with the Walden University. She has over twenty years of education experience in higher and public education. In 2014, Marilyn expanded her nutrition education platform to include the adolescent and senior population in assisting them to improve their quality of life through choosing, preparing, and consuming a variety of healthy foods paired with physical activity. Marilyn continues educating and sharing helpful information that helps individuals and families of Jefferson County gain the power of choice and management regarding food and food safety. One of Marilyn’s favorite quote is from Dorothy Day which states “Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.”

Marcie Johnson

Advisor

Marcie Johnson is employed with the Division of Community Correction, Parole, and Probation Treatment Services. She worked for the Arkansas Department of Corrections for 17 years and is currently serving as Advisor with Jefferson County Drug Court.

Mrs. Johnson likes to refer to Drug Court as a second chance program because they offer their clients the opportunity to restore their lives. The agency assists their clients with the necessary tools to succeed and teach the skills to live a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle and to become contributing members of society.

Mrs. Johnson plays an integral part with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) 1890 Cooperative Extension Programs. She serves on the 1890 Cooperative Extension Nutrition Advisory Council, where she provides her expertise on how we can better serve the citizens in Jefferson County. Mrs. Johnson cooperatively works with our Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) program aide personnel to provide nutrition education and cooking skills to her clients to acquire the tools to help their families and be productive citizens.

Lisa Collins

EFNEP Program Aide

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1890 Cooperative Extension Program

Lisa joined the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1890 Cooperative Extension Program Family and Consumer and Science department in 2017. She currently serves as an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) program aide in Pine Bluff AR.

Lisa is responsible for conducting adult and youth nutrition education programs in schools, recovery centers, and with the Housing authority. She educates families how to make healthy meal and snack choices, and how to exercise to maintain good health.

Teki K. Hunt

Ms. Teki K. Hunt serves as the Director of the 4-H Youth Development Program and Co-coordinator of the Peace Corps Prep Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Sciences (SAFHS). Ms. Hunt serves as an instructor in the Department of Human Sciences. She was previously the Assistant to the Dean for SAFHS. Her journey has been one filled with various experiences that enable her to be flexible, embrace change, and to learn while teaching and leading.

Ms. Hunt serves as co-advisor for two campus organizations; the Human Development and Family Studies Club and the UAPB Collegiate 4-H Club. She has served on several university committees over the past 10 years including the committees for Founder’s Day, Fall Faculty & Staff Seminar (Chair for the New Faculty, Staff, and Adjunct Workshop), Recruitment, Wellness, and the Writing team for the self-study for the university’s accreditation to the Higher Learning Commission. Ms. Hunt also have served as a Project Director on a capacity building grant for Academic & Career Preparation in Agriculture and Related Sciences and as Principle/Project Director for various 4-H grants.

Tiye Link

Tiye Uhura Link has an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and a MS in Community Counseling as well as an MBA: Tiye is more than half-way through her MDIV program. Tiye is employed at Nashville Cares as the Program Director of Healthy University, a program for individuals living with HIV, in the Client Services Department, where she is responsible for implementing the goals of Healthy University within the broader context of services to People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA); the Healthy University programs assist clients to live and thrive in an atmosphere of empowerment. Tiye has been employed with Nashville CARES for 8 years.

Tiye is also the CEO/Founder of Faith Connections LLC, a consulting company designed to connect and enrich those in the faith-based community who are living with HIV and their affected family and friends. Tiye also serves on the Scientific Review Committee for the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Tiye serves on the End the Epidemic Equity Workgroup which is in response to the National Strategy for ( PLWHA). Tiye’s passion and calling is at Nashville CARES serving the HIV+ population.

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY

Cooperative Extension

Dr. Allen Malone

1890 Administrator

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

Dr. Allen Malone assumed the role of 1890 Extension administrator at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) in October 2017. A 1990 agricultural economics graduate of Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), he earned a master’s degree from PVAMU in the same field in 1993. He later went on to complete a doctorate in agricultural education from Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University.

While Dr. Malone is familiar with leading Cooperative Extension efforts in rural areas, the majority of his career has been spent providing outreach education in urban communities. From 2012-2017, he was responsible for directing Extension programs in the immediate Houston metropolitan area targeted to an ethnically diverse population of nearly five million people. His areas of expertise include food production systems, health disparities, and youth education.

Dr. Malone also spearheaded several initiatives for Alabama Extension at AAMU, such as the expansion of program outreach, increases in funding at state and federal levels, and the hiring of diverse staff. In addition, he formally launched Alabama 4-H at Alabama A&M University, and initiated upgrades in finance, human resources, technology, and the infrastructure.

Dr. Andrea Morris

Extension Specialist, USNAP-Ed/UEFNEP Program Lead

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

Andrea Morris, PhD, MCHES, is a Health & Nutrition Specialist with the Urban Affairs New and Nontraditional Programs Unit ofAlabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University.

She provides leadership for both the Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Ed (USNAP-Ed) and Urban Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (UEFNEP). Dr. Morris currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Land Grant University SNAP-Ed Program Development Team (PDT). Within the state, Dr. Morris serves as the State Nutrition Activity Committee (SNAC) Liaison, and is a member of the End Child Hunger in Alabama (ECHA) workgroup. She also chairs the AAMU Basic Needs Coalition. Dr. Morris is passionate about serving unserved and underserved populations to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to live a healthy life. She holds a doctoral degree in Public Health from Walden University and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist certification from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Adriane Langham

USNAP-Ed Program Coordinator

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

Adriane Langham is the Urban Program Coordinator with the Urban Supplemental Nutrition Education Program with Alabama Cooperative Extension System. She is a two-time graduate of Alabama A&M University. She received her B.S. degree in Nutrition and Hospitality Management in May of 2000 and her M.S. degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition in July of 2003.

Adriane worked for two years with the Escambia County School System as a Child Care and Elderly Services teacher at Escambia/Brewton Career Technical Center in Brewton, Alabama. She then began her career with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as a Regional Nutrition Educator for the Urban Nutrition Education Program, now the Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education (Urban SNAP-Ed) Program. For the past six years, she has served as the program coordinator Urban SNAP-Ed Program.

Michele Hamilton-Gholston

USNAP-Ed Educator
Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

Michele Gholston is the Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Education (USNAP-Ed) Educator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University. Michele has devoted her time within Extension for 10 years and has been a part of the Urban SNAP-Ed program for 5 years. Mrs. Gholston has continued to service clients in Lauderdale, Colbert, Lawrence, and Morgan Counties within the North Alabama area. Targeted audiences include:

• Residents of public housing facilities • Youth in after-school programs • Senior citizens • And partnering agencies throughout AL MSA’s

Mrs. Gholston is a native of the Shoals area of North Alabama, where she also pursed her educational learning. Michele has received an Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from Northwest Shoals Community College, Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of North Alabama, and Master of Science in Leadership Degree from Grand Canyon University. Michele continues to use her knowledge and love for communities of Alabama to share outreach opportunities with limited resource families and individuals.

Sarah Bensinger

Program Manager

Food Bank of North Alabama

Native Texan, Sarah Bensinger, followed her passion for food and nutrition by receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Texas Woman’s University. Sarah then became a full-time employee of the North Texas Food Bank where she was responsible for planning and facilitating the culinary and nutrition education classes. Following her move from Dallas to the Houston area, Sarah went to work for Recipe for Success ™, a foundation dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food. Sarah has an extensive background in working with grade school students, teaching them how to cook healthy food and while making it fun.She joined Escoffier as a Chef Presenter, traveling throughout South Texas to area high schools delivering a dynamic presentation and helping students achieve their goal of attending culinary school. Sarah now serves as the Programs Managerfor the Food Bank of North Alabama.

Latrell Arrington

USNAP-Ed Educator
Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

Latrell Arrington is native of Shubuta, MS. He's a graduate from the University of West Alabama where he holds a Master Degree in Exercise Science. Latrell has a love and passion for health and wellness, but has an even greater love for health education. Latrell began working with underserved communities while completing his Masters, and found his passion. "It is my personal belief and purpose to influence progressive change in all inquiries of health. With the current state of healthcare, I feel that through adequate leadership and education, underserved communities can be improved, societal standards can be altered, and cultural perception can be reformed through ideal health practices."

Shavita Wood-Warren

USNAP-Ed Educator

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

Shavita Wood-Warren is the Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Education (USNAP-Ed) Educator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University. Shavita has been a part of the Urban SNAP-Ed program for six years, serving the residents of Madison and Limestone counties. Her responsibilities are to educate limited resource participants in the following:

• Basic nutrition • Healthy eating and healthy food preparation • Smart shopping techniques • Hands-on demonstrations for healthy snacks and recipes

The targeted audience includes: residents of public housing, youth after school programs, senior sites, and partnering agencies.

Mrs. Wood-Warren is from Phenix City, Al, where she graduated from Central High School. Shavita has received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Alabama A&M University and is currently working on her Masters of Science in Biology. Shavita continues to use the knowledge that she has gained within her field by helping individuals that live within the communities that she serves.

Jessica Williams

Urban Regional Extension Agent

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

Jessica Williams is an educator with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, currently working in the field of Urban 4-H and Youth Development. Prior to this position, Ms. Williams taught 4th grade for 6 years and worked with the Upward Bound program at the University of Montevallo for a year. Her career has enabled her to work with youth in grades PreK through 12th; furthermore, Ms. Williams has had numerous opportunities to work with teachers and help them improve their instruction. After receiving an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology, Ms. Williams has led numerous endeavors to help educators incorporate technology into their instruction. While working with Extension, Ms. Williams has trained multiple teams on how to use the interactive presentation platform Nearpod to create engaging lessons for virtual instruction, and continues to teach her team about other valuable educational technology tools.

Chanda Mills Crutcher

Chanda Mills Crutcher is no stranger to hard work. At the age of 16, an age of carefree idleness for most, Chanda was starting work in the real world. She began as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Louisiana and continued working in nursing homes to help pay her way through college. It’s no wonder then that being of service to others became her calling and her career. Mrs. Crutcher is currently the Founder and CEO of American Senior Assistance Programs, Inc. (ASAP Inc.). In 2020 ASAP Inc. celebrates 16 years as North Alabama’s 1st Interdisciplinary Home Care/ Geriatric Care Management Firm.

In 2015, Chanda founded the Legacy Center, which helps aging adults continue to live life with independent purpose. The center also provides comprehensive support for caregivers. Not only is the Legacy Center the first facility of its kind in the state of Alabama, but Chanda is the first certified geriatric care manager in the state. While she describes herself as innovative and driven, it didn’t take long for others in the community to agree.

With over 25 years of professional experience in the geriatric care industry, Chanda shows no signs of slowing down. Even as a wife, mother of seven, Sweet “T” to three grandchildren, and ordained minister, she is still always up for a challenge. It is important to her that she remains actively engaged in the community so she is able to anticipate and meet the needs of those she serves. For that reason, she also holds active memberships in organizations like the Aging Life Care Association, the American Society on Aging, and the Health Care Association of America.

When she needs inspiration, Chanda retreats to God’s word and time spent in nature (preferably on the beach). Friends know her to be creative and all of her hobbies are rooted in some form of artistry. Whether she’s dancing and singing, writing, or settling in for a theatrical performance, her creative spirit is steadily in motion.

Chanda’s personal and professional motto is that “legacy is not what we leave; true legacy is what we live”. And though her legacy has already been cemented as someone who is equally competent as is compassionate, Chanda continues to leave a mark of excellence wherever she goes.

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

Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO employer.