Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Family and Consumer Sciences Program Highlights
The Southeast District is comprised of 19 counties located south of I-40 and East of I-35. Of the 19 counties, 11 are staffed with 2 Educators having dual responsibilities for FCS (50% FTE) and 4-H (50% FTE). Seven counties are staffed with three or more Educators, and one county is staffed with one Educator. Three of the FCS Educators in the SE District serve as County Extension Directors, (CED). In addition to providing FCS educational programming that addresses critical issues in their respective counties, County Educators serve as County Advisors for Oklahoma Home and Community Education members. The District Office is located in the town of Ada in Pontotoc County. District office staff includes:
- Claude Bess, District Extension Director
- Lani Vasconcellos, District Extension FCS Program Specialist
- Cheryl Newberry, District Extension 4-H Program Specialist
- Mamie Thompson, CNEP Area Coordinator
- Chris Rice, Area Agronomy Specialist
- Brian Freking, Area Livestock Specialist
- Barry Whitworth, Area Food, Animal Quality and Health Specialist
- J. J. Jones, Area Ag Economics Specialist
- Susan Rose, District Administrative Assistant
- Sherry Richardson, District Administrative Support Specialist
- Shannon Hill, CNEP Administrative Support Assistant
- Diane Huff, District Administrative Support Assistant
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Atoka–Barbara Elkins, PH (580)889-7337 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 1999
Atoka County is home to the Oklahoma State University Lane Research Center and Reba McEntire. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Atoka County include hunger, jobs and employment, and risky behaviors.
Bryan–Tommie James, PH (580)924-5312 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator Since 2001
Bryan County is the fastest growing county in Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tribal headquarters is located in Durant. Tommie reached 663 youth teaching the “Strong Bones Training Camp”, a dairy nutrition and physical activity obstacle course. She teaches three parenting programs geared for parents of newborns, toddlers and school aged children. She has a weekly FCS newspaper column addressing current family issues. Critical issues Tommie addresses with FCS programs in Bryan County include hunger, health, and safety.
Carter–Danielle Wells, PH (580)223-6570 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator Since 2010
Carter County is uniquely situated along I-35 approximately midway between Oklahoma City and Dallas. Tourism is attracted to the Ardmore area with Lake Murray and Arbuckle Lake nearby. Danielle collaborates with a local judge to provide a highly successful Co-Parenting program. Critical issues Danielle addresses with FCS programs in Carter County include risky behaviors, health and hunger.
Choctaw – Lauren Wren, PH FTE 50% FCS Educator since 2016.
Choctaw County is home site for the ARK Foundation as well as the winter homes of two circuses: Kelly-Miller and Carson & Barnes. Lauren partners various Little Dixie programs to provide trainings at parent meetings, teaches Co-Parenting classes. She also works closely within her community to address critical issues related to health, risky behaviors and jobs & employment.
Coal–Kelsey Ratcliff, PH (580) 927-2262 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 2013
Coal County is home to the Annual Amish Auction, a single day event that draws more tourists than any other single day event in the state. Kelsey works with the local food bank on a monthly basis providing recipes and money saving tips to the food recipients. Kelsey also does four food demonstrations for the food recipients each year showing healthful ways to prepare the food they received. Kelsey works with the Department of Human Services to offer parenting classes to families in need. The critical issues addressed within FCS and 4-H programs in Coal County include: hunger, jobs and employment, and risky behaviors.
Haskell – Rachel Lockwood, PH (918)967-4330 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H and Interim CED, Educator Since 2004
Haskell County is known as the land between the lakes. It is nestled in the hills between Lake Eufaula and Kerr Lake. Rachel is certified in Arthritis Exercise, Healthy Homes, Homebuyer Education, PRIDE and Serve Safe. She assisted in developing Money Munchkins (financial program for ages 4-12) and the piloting of Annie’s Project (a women in Agriculture program). She also partners with KIBOIS Community Action to provide First Time Homebuyer Education and nutrition programming to Head start parents and staff. Critical issues Rachel addresses with FCS programs in Haskell County include jobs and employment, hunger, safety.
Hughes–Position Vacant PH (405)379-5470 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H.
Hughes County, population of 14,003 is home to The Pork Group, Wes Watkins Technology Center, a State Fish Hatchery and the Davis Correctional Facility. Critical issues that can be addressed with FCS programs in Hughes County include health, family breakdown, and risky behaviors.
Johnston–Vacant, PH (580)371-9533 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H
Tishomingo is the county seat of Johnston County, the Capitol of the Chickasaw Nation and home to Murray State College. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Johnston County include jobs and employment, health, and risky behaviors.
Latimer– Vacant, PH (918)465-3349 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H,
Latimer County is home to the Robbers Cave State Park, where the Fall Festival attracts 70,000 visitors annually. Critical issues identified by grass roots advisors that will be addressed once this position is filled included environment, health, and safety.
LeFlore–Danette Russell, PH (918)647-8231 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H & CED Educator Since 2005.
Poteau is the county seat of Leflore County and is home to the World's Highest Hill and the Poteau Balloon Festival, which was named one of Oklahoma's Top 10 Festivals. The Talimena Scenic Drive, a National Scenic Byway, is also located in LeFlore County. Danette partners with county Head Start programs and public schools to provide nutrition programs. She is certified in the Arthritis Foundation Self Help and Exercise program and the Serve Safe food safety program. Critical issues Danette addresses in LeFlore County include health, jobs and employment, and finance./p>
Love–Randi McCann, PH (580)276-3385 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 2014
Marietta is the county seat of Love County and is the location of the oldest courthouse in the state. Randi has 18 years of teaching experience in the public school system as an instructor of Family & Consumer Sciences. She is excited about her new career in Extension and will be addressing critical issues for Love County in the areas of risky behaviors, resilience, and jobs and employment.
Marshall–Sara Randolph, PH (580)795-3563 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 2007
Marshall County is home of the National Sandbass Festival. The county enjoys the benefits of bordering Lake Texoma. Sara teaches health and nutrition classes to students and parents at Madill and Kingston schools, Madill Community Day Care Center, the Baptist Home for Girls, and Head Start. Parenting and Co-Parenting through Divorce classes are also taught on a regular basis. Critical issues Sara addresses in Marshall County include health, family breakdown, and risky behaviors.
McCurtain – Lauren Wren, PH (580)286-7558 FTE: 50% FCS Educator Since 2014. McCurtain County is home to Beavers Bend State Park where tourism is the county's largest industry. Critical issues Lauren addresses with FCS programs in McCurtain County include risky behaviors, health, and resilience.
Murray–Kay Lynn Johnson, PH (580)622-3016 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 2012
Murray County is the home of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Turner Falls, Oklahoma’s largest waterfall. These gifts of nature provide the county with over 2 million visitors per year. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Murray County will include risky behaviors, jobs and employment, and health.
Pittsburg–Vacant, PH (918)423-4120 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H
Pittsburg County has the largest Italian population per capita in Oklahoma. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Pittsburg Counties include health, finances and hunger.
Pontotoc–Janna Kelley, PH (580)332-2153 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H & CED, Educator Since 1987
Pontotoc County is home of East Central University and the Chickasaw Nation. Janna works with Rural Enterprises Women's Business Center to provide quarterly trainings for business owners. Working with local Head Start programs, Janna provides programs focused on nutrition and physical fitness. Critical issues Janna addresses with FCS programs in Pontotoc County include health, hunger and risky behaviors.
Pushmataha–Julie Starr Staiger, PH (580)298-5563 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 2009
Bragging rights for Deer Capital of the World goes to Pushmataha County. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Pushmataha County include risky behaviors, health, and hunger.
Pottawatomie–Sonya McDaniel, PH (405)273-7683 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator Since 1999
Pottawatomie County is home to 5 Tribal Nation Headquarters, two universities, Past Governor Brad Henry, and Governor Mary Fallin. Money Management programs are offered several times a year through a partnership with DHS TANF programs reaching low income adults. The Pottawatomie County Facebook page posts nutrition and food safety facts several times a month and cooking demonstrations are provided at the Farmers Market every Wednesday throughout the summer. The Pottawatomie County OSU Green Acres community blog offers timely information for home owners on a weekly basis through the Shawnee News Star online paper. Approximately 2,000 early childhood students received the Growing Strong Bodies and Minds program promoting healthy eating. Critical issues Sonya addresses with FCS programs in Pottawatomie County include health, finances and safety.
Seminole–Megan Anderson, PH (405)257-5433 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 2008
The county seat is Wewoka which is Indian for “barking water.” It is also home to the annual Sorghum Day festival in October. Megan works with county judges to deliver monthly co-parenting classes, is ServSafe certified, teaches at local Senior Citizen facilities with the COACH program for older adults, and partners with the Health Department to teach CATCH with after school programs. Critical issues Megan addresses with FCS programs in Seminole County include health, risky behaviors, and jobs and employment./p>
District FCS Program Specialist, Lani Vasconcellos, PH (580)332-4100 Educator Since 1995
Lani is the SE District Program Specialist for Family Consumer Sciences (FCS). Major responsibilities include new educator orientation, leadership development, program development, visibility and reporting, time management, plan of work development, professional development, Civil Rights compliance, working with advisory councils and coalitions and District Advisor for Oklahoma Home and Community Education members.
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.
Kiamichi Unit– Linda Lowber PH (918) 423-4120 FTE: 100% Area Coordinator, Educator since 2016. This unit covers Choctaw, Haskell, LeFlore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha Counties.
Pontotoc Unit–Mamie Thompson PH (580)332-4100 FTE: 100% Area Coordinator, Educator Since 2014 This unit covers Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Coal, Johnston, Marshall, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, and Seminole Counties.