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Maryann Dickason
Maryann Dickason County Extension Director
Marion County
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
9245 N. Meridian Street, Suite 118
Indianapolis, IN 46260-1874
Phone: 317-848-7351

Currently the County Extension Director (CED) in Marion County (Indianapolis) Indiana, Maryann Dickason has worked for Purdue Cooperative Extension Service for 30 years and has 20 years experience as a CED. In the early years, her subject matter specialty was textiles and clothing, then family resource management. For the past 10 years, much of her work has been with leadership development. Maryann is MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) qualified and has conducted many MBTI workshops. She and her husband Harold have two sons, one a student at the University of New Orleans and the other at Purdue University.


Natalie Fowler
Natalie Fowler County Extension Director
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
233 Main Street
Aurora, IN 47001
Phone: 812-926-1189

I've been with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service since 1977 with just a brief time out for a family move. My current assignment is that of County Extension Director with a Family Resource Management specialty. I have also served in a 4-H/Youth Educator position prior to current job responsibilities. I have served as the president of Indiana CFS Educators and also State Advisor to the Indiana Extension Homemakers Organization. I am married with two children, a daughter 20 and a son 15. Enjoy soccer and stained glass for out of work habits.


Kris Goff
Kris Goff Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Grant County
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
401 South Adams Street
Marion, IN 46953
Phone: 765-668-8871 Ext. 413
Fax: 765-651-2415

Kris Goff is an Extension Educator, 4-H/Youth Development in Grant County, Indiana. She has a BS in Animal Agri-business and an MS in Ag Economics/Extension Education from Purdue University. She has been with Extension since 1991 and in her current position since 1996. Her responsibilities include working with 4-H boards and volunteers, 4-H Junior Leaders and the community schools. Kris also plans workshops and events for the 4-H'ers and the training of adult leaders. Kris resides on a 20 acre farm outside Marion with her husband Bret. They raises hogs and sheep and have a Great Pyrenees dog. Kris likes working around the farm, doing crafts and attending Purdue football and basketball games with her husband.


Mike Manning
Mike Manning Ag and Natural Resources Educator and County Extension Director
Jasper County
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
122 North Cullen
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Phone: 219-866-5741

I have worked for Purdue Extension for the past 18 years. I have held responsibilities for adult education in Agriculture as well as working with 4-H age youth. The past 10 years have been spent in Jasper County serving as the Ag and Natural Resources educator as well as the County Extension Director. I am married with three children - two girls and a boy.


Steven K. McKinley
Steven McKinley 4-H Youth Extension Educator
White County
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
12 N 25 E
Reynolds, IN 47980
Phone: 219-984-5115

Steve has been an employee of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the 4-H/Youth Extension Educator in White County, Indiana for 10 and one-half years. His present responsibilities include the administration of the county 4-H and related youth programs. He serves on several county and area boards that develop programs for youth. He recently completed a four-year term as officer of the 4-H/Youth Section of the Indiana Extension Educators Association and currently serves as the Volunteerism Task Force Chair for the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Steve completed his Ph.D. in Instructional technology in May 1999. He is an adult advisor for his church's youth group and teaches the 7th and 8th grade Sunday School class.


Diane Roell Paris
Diane Roell Paris County Extension Director,
Extension Educator in Consumer & Family Sciences and 4-H
Decatur County
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
545 South County Road 200 West
Greensburg, IN 47240
Phone: 812-663-8388
Extension programs have always a been a big part of my life, whether it was being a 10-year 4-H member, a member of Indiana Extension Homemakers, or attending farm meetings. As a life long resident of rural Shelby County in Indiana, many of my disciplined life skills were developed through 4-H projects, whether it was in cooking, sewing, showing dairy cattle or Junior Leaders. The opportunity came along in 1992 for me to reverse my involvement in Extension by being employed by Purdue University Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Consumer and Family Sciences in Fayette, Franklin and Union counties. Then in 1998 I transferred to Decatur County where my present responsibilities include County Extension Director, Extension Educator-Consumer and Family Sciences and 4-H/Youth Development. My husband, Kermit, is an Indiana Farm Bureau district field representative in six counties, so we get to collaborate with many of the same families. I enjoy spending relaxation time with my three dogs, one cat and horse, as well as constructing crafts. My favorite foods are anything chocolate!

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