Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Family & Consumer Sciences Program Highlights
The Northeast District is comprised of 21 counties located North of I-40 and East of I-35. The District office is located in the town of Muskogee in Muskogee County. District office staff includes:
- Randy Pirtle, District Director
- Brenda Miller, FCS Program Specialist
- Nancy Arnett, 4-H Program Specialist
- Earl Ward, Livestock Specialist
- Scott Clawson, Ag Economist
- Josh Payne, Animal Waste Management
- Brian Pugh, Agronomist
- Rachel Allen, District Administrative Assistant
- Cheryl Ford, Area Extension Support Assistants
- Amy Corser, District Extension Support Assistants
Hover mouse over counties to view county program highlights or use search form below.
Cherokee – Heather Winn, Phone: (918) 456-6163 FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H, Educator since 1995
Cherokee County is home to the second largest Indian tribe in the United States, the Cherokee Nation. If fact, the Cherokee Female Seminary serves as the centerpiece of Northeastern State University located in Tahlequah, OK. Heather collaborates with area agencies to provide information and education to children and families county-wide in the areas of nutrition and wellness, financial management and parenting. She also provides a weekly news column that addresses current issues to the Tahlequah Daily Press. Heather also works with 4-H members and volunteers and provides educational programs for and serves as the advisor to Cherokee County Home & Community Education members.
Craig – Tari Lee, Phone: (918) 256-7569 FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED, Educator since 2001
Craig County was named for Granville Craig, a prominent Cherokee. Vinita, the county seat and 2nd oldest town in the state, was born amidst the struggles of the Cherokee Nation and the expansion of the railroad. Vinita was the 1st town in Oklahoma to have electricity. It headquarters GRDA, KAMO, and NEO Electric Cooperative. It is also home to the nation's largest McDonald's which straddles the Will Rogers Turnpike. Tari provides job readiness and financial programs to residents in her county to help them increase financial readiness for life events and find better employment opportunities. She also provides nutrition programs to help combat hunger in Oklahoma.
Creek – Nancy Self
Route 66 winds through Creek County where history unfolds into an exciting part of Northeast Oklahoma. Nancy works closely with the Bristow Housing Authority and Bristow Social Services. Using Pathways to Success as an educational tool to educate citizens or participants in several areas of Creek County. Eating healthy and exercise is a vital and critical issue in Creek County. Nancy addresses this issue by holding classes at various meeting places in towns across Creek County. There are three issue teams that Nancy addresses in Creek County. Jobs and Employment, Finance, and Health.
Delaware – Amy O’Bryan, Phone: (918) 253-4332 FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED, Educator since 2015
Delaware County is located in Northeast Oklahoma, at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and is surrounded by rolling hills, lush farmland, scenic rivers and Grand Lake 'O the Cherokees. The county seat and OSU Extension office are located in Jay OK, the "Huckleberry Capital of the World". Delaware County Extension is dedicated to addressing the following issues that face our families: Risky Behavior, Jobs & Employment, and Family Resilience. Healthy food and fitness are also a priority. The 4-H youth development program in Delaware County teaches life skills that will help our children grow into healthy and contributing citizens. Many FCS programs are in partnership with other local community agencies, schools and members from various community partnerships.
Lincoln – Jessica Riggin, Phone: (405) 258-0560 FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H & CED, Educator since 2008
Lincoln County is situated along historic Route 66 in Frontier Country. Chandler, the county seat, is one of two communities in Oklahoma to have been settled by its own land run in 1891. Jessica has a bachelor's degree in Hotel/Restaurant Administration and is currently working toward a master's degree in Nutrition. She is a member of three issue teams: Family Finances, Resiliency, and Risky Behaviors.
Mayes – Vacant, Phone: (918) 825-3241
The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) was created in 1935 by the Oklahoma Legislature for flood control and hydroelectricity production. Mayes County contains GRDA's operation and maintenance headquarters, three dams with generating facilities (the Pensacola Dam, Robert S. Kerr Dam, and the Salina Pumped Storage Project), and the GRDA Coal-Fired Complex, a thermal-generation facility. FCS programming includes implementing OrganWise Guys, a nutrition and physical activity program for Kindergarten through 5th grade and advisement for the Oklahoma Home and Community Education Groups.
McIntosh – Melanie Taylor, Phone: (918) 689-7772 FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H, Educator since 2000
Eufaula, the county seat of McIntosh County is located 12 miles south of Interstate 40 at the junction of US Highway 69 and Oklahoma State Highway 9. Lake Eufaula is the largest lake located entirely in the state of Oklahoma with over 600 miles of shoreline and 102,000 surface acres. Melanie works with McIntosh county schools in the areas of Character Education, Food, Nutrition, & Health, and Ag in the Classroom. She serves on the Board of Directors of the McIntosh County Youth & Family Resource Center and is also a member of the McIntosh County Coalition for a Healthy Community. She is currently working with issue teams in the areas of: Health, Jobs & Employment, and Risky Behaviors.
Muskogee – Tristin Dean , Phone: (918) 686-7200
Muskogee County was named for the Muscogee (Creek) Tribe. The city of Muskogee, established in 1872, serves as the county seat. Three important rivers, the Arkansas, Verdigris, and Neosho (Grand), converge in Muskogee County. Its extension staff, 4-H and Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) partners are dedicated to preventing hunger, promoting healthful practices and providing environments where families can raise future productive citizens safely. Many Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs are planned and conducted in partnership with local community agencies, schools and civic organizations.
Tristin enjoys working on the health, hunger, and risky-behaviors issues team. She partners with local agencies to provide quality educational programs to families and individuals. Some of those programs include, Financial Planning, Co-Parenting, Yoga for Kids, and Prescription Drug Education. Tristin also works with 4-H members and volunteers along with advising the Muskogee County Home & Community Education members.
Nowata – Vacant, PH: (918) 273-3345
Nowata comes from a Cherokee word which means “Welcome.” The oil boom days brought growth to the small town which still has brick lined streets and a mural by famous Native American artist, Woody Crumbo. Penny’s Issue Teams are Hunger, Finances, and Jobs/Employment. These teams help guide the program choices she presents in the county to help families become more resilient. Some of her FCS programming includes teaching a “Bullying” curriculum at the local schools and, nutrition and money programs at the Boys and Girls Club. Another part of her FCS programming is county-wide workshops promoting “Healthy Living Inside and Out,” which consist of programs in meal planning, budgeting, and preparing for the workforce. She submits healthy, low-cost recipes and helpful living tips to the local newspaper. Penny collaborates with many local organizations to help educate youth and families to help conserve county resources.
Okfuskee – Jan Maples, Phone: (918) 623-0641 FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H, Educator since 1984
Okfuskee County –including its county seat, Okemah--is rich in natural resources including a 1,100 acre lake, the Deep Fork of the Canadian River, the North Canadian River, large pecan production operations, and its diverse and resilient people. The county is home of the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Festival. Jan enjoys educating individuals and families throughout the life span on various issues including character education, family finances, nutrition and food safety, healthy housing, family relationships, emergency preparedness, etc. Jan is a NCFR Certified Family Life Educator and Level III-Specialist approved educator through the Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. She is also a certified leader for the Arthritis Land Exercise Program as well as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.
Okmulgee County – Melody Ennis, Phone: (918) 756-1958 FTE: 50 % FCS / 50 % 4-H, Educator since 2010.
Okmulgee is the county seat of Okmulgee county. The Creek selected Okmulgee as their capitol in 1868. The name Okmulgee comes from the Hitchita (lower Creek) word oki mulgi meaning “bubbling waters”. Melody serves on the Hunger, Health and Risky Behavior Issue Teams. She provides education to Deepfork Community Action, M-power, Safe House, Creek Nation, Ann Moroney Youth Shelter, Agape Pregnancy Center, and WIA youth. Melody brings a 4-H background with her and she enjoys helping the 4-H members and leaders of Okmulgee County grow as individuals. She also provides leadership for 7 Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups in the county.
Rogers—Penny King, PH: (918) 341-2736, FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H
Rogers County is situated on the Mother Road—Historic Route 66 and is the home of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Rogers State University and the Port of Catoosa, one of the largest inland river-ports in the United States. Penny provides quarterly child care training courses for daycare workers in centers and homes. In addition, she collaborates with DHS and tribal child care staff to sponsor a yearly child care conference. Penny also teaches financial management, health & fitness & topics related to family resilience.
Payne – Dea Rash, Phone: (405) 747-8320 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator since 1991
Payne County is located in north central Oklahoma and its county seat, Stillwater, is home to Oklahoma State University. The many visitors to OSU’s athletic events and academic programs often visit that “jumpin’ little juke joint” Eskimo Joe’s to eat some cheese fries and buy a t-shirt or two. Payne County is not all about OSU though. The second largest city in the county, Cushing, is the petroleum pipeline crossroads of America. Essentially every drop of petroleum sold in this country will travel through Cushing, OK. The smaller communities in the county have rich histories. Perkins is the home of the original cowboy, Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton whose home has recently been restored, and located in Yale is the home of famous athlete, Jim Thorpe. The Thorpe home is also maintained as a museum. Be sure to check out all of Payne County next time you visit the state’s university…OSU. Dea provides bi-monthly Homebuyer Education training for first-time homebuyers in cooperation with the City of Stillwater and is certified in ServSafe. She also teaches Financial Education/Budgeting and Nutrition Education for youth and adults. Dea also works with Payne County 4-H members and volunteers and provides educational programs for and serves as the advisor to over 100 Payne County Oklahoma Home & Community Education members.
Pawnee – Trinity Brown, Phone: (918)762-2735 FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED, Educator since 2004
Pawnee is the County seat for Pawnee County. There are approximately 16,000 people living in Pawnee County. Pawnee County is home of Billy Vessels, 1952 Heisman Trophy winner; Chester Gould writer of Dick Tracy; Gordon Lillie aka Pawnee Bill and the Pawnee Tribe. Pawnee offers a variety of things such as the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Oklahoma Steam and Gas Show, Pawnee Bill Memorial Rodeo and the Pawnee Bill Museum. Trinity is certified in First Time Homebuyers Education and ServSafe.
Ottawa – Kathy Enyart, Phone: (918) 542-1688 FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED, Educator since 2004
Ottawa County is located in northeast corner of the state bordering Kansas and Missouri. Nine Native American Tribal headquarters are located in Ottawa County. Kathy developed a county Resource Directory for families that she updates on a regular basis and distributes to area agencies and families. She has partnered with county FFA chapters to provide the Farm to You exhibit to county 3rd graders and also organizes the Kids, Kows and More program for county 4th graders. Kathy is serving on the Hunger, Family Breakdown and Risky Behaviors issue teams.
Osage – Donna Robbins, Phone (918)287-4170 90%FCS/10%4-H, Educator since 2014
Osage County is the largest county in Oklahoma and home to the Osage Tribe who bought their tribal lands from the Cherokee Tribe in 1869. The county is comprised of large cattle ranches with approximately 50,000 cows and 100,000 head of stocker cattle grazing each summer on the native rangeland. The Tall Grass Prairie Preserve where 2,700 Bison roam free on 40,000 acres is located in Osage County as well as Woolaroc, the ranch home of Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company. Pawhuska is the largest city and county seat and hosts the world's largest amateur rodeo called "Cavalcade".
Donna works closely with the Osage Nation, the schools and community agencies teaching nutrition programs along with financial programs and anti-bullying programs. She also provides leadership for three Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups. Donna serves on the Hunger, Jobs and Employment and Risky Behavior teams. She is also on the board of directors for the Osage County Health Improvement Organization.
Adair – Ashley Davis
Adair County, specifically Stilwell, is home of the Stilwell Strawberry Festival. Adair County has the largest traditional 4-H population in the Northeast District and 2nd in the state of Oklahoma.
Washington – Gale Mills, Phone: (918) 534-2216 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator Since 2004
Washington County – the smallest county land wise in the state is home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright with the only skyscraper – Price Tower. Washington county is also home to many historic sites to include Frank Phillips home (founder of Phillips 66), Wooloroc Ranch Museum and Wildlife Preserve, Tom Mix Museum and the Dewey Hotel. Gale is passionate about food and nutrition and is also a registered/licensed dietitian. She has taught summer youth cooking schools, nutrition in the classroom and most recently became involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 at one of the middle schools in her county. She also enjoys teaching financial classes to all ages. For several years she has collaborated with the Caney Valley Conservation District to teach recycling to youth in the county.
Wagoner – Stacey Jones,
Phone: 918-486-4589 FTE: 90% FCS – 10% 4-H, Educator since 2013
Wagoner County is the second fastest growing county in Oklahoma located minutes away from the Tulsa Metropolitan area. Wagoner County is home to many agritourism places such as the Livesay Peach Orchard, the Canebrake and Yoga Barn, and Thunderbird Blueberry Farm to name a few. Wagoner County is a great place to live, work, and play. Recent FCS educators have provided learning to sew and SEW- IN educational programs as well as finance education programs for all ages in the county.
Tulsa – Michelle Bonicelli, Phone: 918-746-3721 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H Educator since 2015.
Tulsa County was founded at statehood in 1907, currently it is the most densely populated county in the State. Tulsa County is known as the gateway to “Green Country” due to the heavily wooded areas with many rolling hills and mountains and foliage. Cattle and horse ranches and rich farmland lie almost within the shadow of urban buildings.
As the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator in Tulsa County, Michelle’s issue teams are Hunger, Resilience and Risky Behavior. She has developed curricula for leadership, consumer education, career development, nutrition, food safety, child development and parenting. Michelle will coordinate and conduct Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs in partnership with local community agencies, schools, churches and civic organizations. She also serves as the advisor for seven Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups in Tulsa County.
Before joining the OSU Cooperative Extension family, Michelle taught Family and Consumer Sciences for 15 years in Tulsa and Sand Springs. She was also a Social Worker for the Department of Human Services.
Sequoyah- April Cole, Phone (918) 775-4838. FTE: 50% FCS, 50% 4-H. Educator since 2015.
The small town of Sallisaw is the county seat of Sequoyah County and takes its name from the French “salaison,”. The French, who hunted in the area long before the town was founded, called Sallisaw Creek "Salaiseau" because hunters salted bison meat there. Salt deposits along the streams in this area furnished the salt used by buffalo hunters and early settlers to preserve meat. Evidence of old salt kettles is still found in the county. Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd (February 3, 1904 – October 22, 1934 buried in Akins, Oklahoma) was a notorious American bank robber. He is buried in Akins cemetery near Sallisaw, OK.
April’s issue teams include Hunger and Resilence. April works with the Power 1 Program at the local community college teaching budgeting and finance courses, as well as job readiness programs. She partners with the local elementary schools to teach health and nutrition and also teaches wild game and fish cooking safety to adults and youth. She works with local 4H clubs and volunteer to empower and teach our youth and serves as the advisor to the Oklahoma Home and Community Education Members.
District FCS Program Specialist – Brenda Miller, PH: (918) 686-7800 Educator since 1990
Brenda is the NE District Program Specialist for Family Consumer Sciences (FCS). She is headquartered at the District Director's office in Muskogee. Major responsibilities include new educator orientation, leadership development, program development, visibility and reporting, time management, plan of work development and evaluation, professional development, Civil Rights compliance, and working with advisory councils and coalitions.
Community Nutrition Education Programs – Area Coordinators supervise and train paraprofessionals across a multi-county unit. Paraprofessionals, or Nutrition Education Assistants (NEAs), teach nutrition education to limited income families.
Okmulgee Unit- Virginia Stanley, 100 % Area Coordinator
1901 N. Oklahoma Okmulgee, OK 74447, Phone: (918) 756-1958
Coordinator since 2012, Educator since 1995
This unit covers Okfuskee, Okmulgee and Muskogee Counties. There is a possibility of 10 NEA positions in this unit who teach nutrition education.
Tulsa Unit – Jan Dawson , PH: (918) 746-3715 FTE: 100% Area Coordinator; Coordinator since 2015– Educator since 2011
The Tulsa Unit of the Community Nutrition Education Program covers Tulsa, Wagoner and Creek Counties. Fourteen Nutrition Education Assistants work to help limited resource families to plan, shop, prepare and eat better for less.