1600-B Smith Road * Austin, Texas 78721 * PHONE: 512.854.9600 * FAX: 512.854.9611
County Extension Director
Dolores has been employed with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service since 1983, and has worked as a County Extension Agent in Travis County since 1998. As the County Extension Director, Dolores provides leadership and supervision to over 70 professional, paraprofessional, and support staff that contribute to Extension’s diverse and innovative educational efforts in Travis County. Dolores holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Texas Woman’s University, and is an alumnus of the SALE Leadership Extension Program.
Has been with the Travis County-Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office for over 6 years. As the office manager she oversees general office operations, acts as the HR liaison for the department, has budget responsibilities, handles purchasing needs for the department, works on special projects as needed and is available to perform numerous other tasks/duties as needed. She attended Austin Community College, the American Banking Institute and St. Edwards University.
4-H & Youth Development
County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Cory has worked for the Travis County A&M AgriLife Extension Service since February, 2004. As the County Extension Agent for 4-H and Youth Development, Cory provides general oversight to the community-organized 4-H clubs, 4-H volunteers and youth and coordinates contests and events. Cory has been working in the field of youth development since 2001. Experience includes serving as a counselor at the Texas 4-H Conference Center and serving as a County Extension Agent for the LSU AgCenter. Cory holds a B.S. in Agricultural Development and M.Ed in Agricultural Education, both from Texas A&M University. Information on the Travis County 4-H Program can be found on the 4-H webpage and on the 4-H Blog.
|Lydia R. Domaruk
County Extension Agent – Urban Youth Development
Lydia has worked for 4-H Capital since January, 2011. As the County Extension Agent in Urban Youth Development, Lydia provides general oversight and management to the 4-H Capital Project. Lydia has been working in the field of Youth Development for over a decade. She has worked with youth in the areas of environmental education and science enrichment since 1998. Experience includes summer camps, outdoor education centers, after school programs, and nature centers. Lydia holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College and a Masters degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University.
County Extension Agent – 4-H
Cooperative Extension Program, Prairie View A & M University
Nathan is the CEP Agent for the 4-H Program in Travis County. He promotes the 4-H Program to diverse and low resource audiences. He began the position in December, 2011, and before that, worked for the Texas Agrilife Extension in the capacity of Extension Assistant with the Better Living for Texans program since January of 2007. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Spanish and a minor in Business, Nathan attended San Francisco State University, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in English with a concentration in Linguistics. Information about the Prairie View Cooperative Extension youth program can be found on the 4-H CEP Blog.
Family & Consumer Sciences
County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences
|Dr. Crystal E. Wiltz
County Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program, Prairie View A&M University
Crystal has been employed since December 2001 with a focus on nutrition health and wellness, 4-H and youth and community development. A program focus is chronic illness and disease. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin.
|Deborah B. Watt, Med, LD, CFCS
County Extension Agent – Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Deborah has been employed with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service since 1977 and has worked as an Extension Agent with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Travis County since 2003. She provides leadership and management of the Travis County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) unit. This program helps young families and youth with limited resources – those most at risk to suffer from hunger, food insecurity and the inability to connect with available support systems. EFNEP offers practical lessons in basic nutrition, food preparation, food budget management and food safety. EFNEP also includes a walking program for adults.Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Teacher Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education from Sam Houston State University. Deborah is certified in Family and Consumer Sciences with the American Association of Family and Consumer Science. She is a Licensed Dietitian and a graduate of the first SALE Leadership Extension class.
Horticulture, Agriculture & Natural Resources
County Extension Agent – Horticulture
Daphne Richards received her BA in botany from The University of Texas at Austin and her MS in horticulture from Texas A&M. Before joining the Travis County team in 2009, she served as the CEA-Hort in El Paso County for nine years. Her primary responsibilities include leading educational programming in the areas of home horticulture and urban agriculture, as well as for professionals in the green industry. She also serves as coordinator of the local Master Gardener program, training and managing over 200 very active Master Gardener volunteers. She may be seen each week on KLRU in the award-winning television program “Central Texas Gardener,” and her gardening articles appear monthly in the Austin American Statesman. You can follow her Tweets and you can “like” her horticulture information on Facebook. You might also catch her around town at various gardening events with Augie, her sweet little Dachshund puppy. If you do, please say hi!
County Extension Agent – Agriculture and Natural Resources
Julie Ansley has a master’s degree of science in agriculture from Tarleton State University. Before beginning her new role as the County Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Julie served as the Animal Science Coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s 4-H CAPITAL program in Travis County for six years. Information about upcoming events and programs in Travis County can be found on Julie’s blog.
County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management
Wizzie has been with Texas A&M AgriLife Exension Service since 2002 and has been playing with insects since she was a toddler. She is an Extension Program Specialist with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Wizzie holds a B.S. in entomology from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in entomology from Texas A&M University. The integrated pest management program provides identification, biological and management information to whomever needs help. Wizzie’s research focuses on imported fire ants, including community wide fire ant management. Wizzie also is happy to provide programs to area groups on a variety of arthropod-related topics. You can find insect and other arthropod information on Wizzie’s blog.
County Extension Horticulture Assistant
Lindsay, Travis County’s Horticulture Program Assistant, joined Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in May 2012. In this position, she applies years of experience working in communications, planning & evaluation, and organizational capacity-building with nonprofit and governmental service providers. Her goals include fostering partnerships, programs, and communications that will connect more Central Texans with Extension’s immense horticultural resources. Lindsay holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, and Bachelors in both Communications and International Development from Tulane University. When not at work, Lindsay enjoys gardening (of course!), all manners of travel, Bikram Yoga, brass bands, and early morning walks with her pup.
Administrative Support Staff
Angela supports agents for the following programs: Prairie View Cooperative Extension: Family & Consumer Sciences, and 4-H & Youth Development programs. Angela has been with Travis County for 13 years, before joining Texas AgriLife she worked in other departments of the Health & Human Services Division. Angela participates in training opportunities provided by the County and AgriLife and has obtained numerous certificates.Angela is married and has 3 girls, ages 4, 2 and 3 months. Besides keeping busy with the girls she enjoys spending time with her husband and family. When time permits she enjoys working on arts and crafts and watching movies. One of her favorite things to do is go out to a “quiet” dinner with her husband!
John provides administrative support to the agents who oversee the 4-H program, and the Family & Consumer Sciences which includes: the Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Inc. (FLCCT), Master Wellness Volunteers, and the Travis Extension Education Association (TEEA). He came to the Extension office in October 2008, having previously served with the Texas Secretary of State. After attending the University of Maryland (European Divison and Munich Campus), John graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with an undergraduate liberal arts degree before pursuing para-legal coursework at Southwest Texas State University.
Vanessa began at 4-H CAPITAL in June 2010 after moving to beautiful Austin, Texas. A graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio, Vanessa has 12 years experience in Sales and Marketing. Vanessa’s responsibilities are to maintain, analyze, and report fiscal information to 4-H CAPITAL partners.
Sue began working for Travis County in July 2010. Sue provides administrative support to the Horticulture and Agriculture Agents. Sue’s responsibilities are to assist the agents with their programs/classes that are given to help the public which include the Master Gardener Program and Pesticide Private Applicator Training. Sue has attended Austin Community College. She has 10 years of experience as a manufacturing supervisor. She enjoys spending time with her 6 year old granddaughter.
Educational programs conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
The Texas A&M University System, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners’ Court of Texas cooperating.
Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.