1600-B Smith Road * Austin, Texas 78721 * PHONE: 512.854.9600 * FAX: 512.854.9611
|Maggie Moreno Johnson
County Extension Director
Maggie began her career with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services in 2000. As the County Extension Director, Maggie provides leadership and supervision to over 70 professional, paraprofessional and support staff that contribute to Extensions diverse and innovative educational efforts in Travis County. Maggie has a Masters Degree in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Sociology from Texas A&M Kingsville.
Irma has been with Travis County for 23 years. As the Office Manager she oversees the general office operations for both Texas A&M and Travis County. She assist with purchasing, payroll, budgets, Administrative paperwork and is the Travel Coordinator for Travis County for the department. In her free time Irma enjoys taking cooking classes and playing with her two dogs Riley and Cooper.
4-H & Youth Development
County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Mellanie joined us as the CEA – 4-H in December 2016 after over 5 years of coordinating the 4-H CAPITAL Urban Animal Science Program. She is a graduate from the Oklahoma State University Animal Science program with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a specialty in veterinary medicine. Additionally, Mellanie is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership at Tarleton State University. She provides leadership to the Travis County 4-H & Youth Development program, including program planning, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation of county events while working with the community, clubs, and volunteers. More information about the 4-H opportunities available in Travis County can be seen on the Travis County 4-H Blog and on the Travis County Facebook page.
County Extension Agent – Urban Youth Development
As the agent for 4-H Urban Youth Development, Alicia manages the 4-H CAPITAL Program. Alicia has a bachelors degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Northern Iowa. She started at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio and transferred to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, where she worked for 7 years in afterschool programming. She was first introduced to afterschool programming during her time at University and has been dedicated to it ever since. Now, as the Program Director, she participates in grant writing, program development, staff management and strategic planning.
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 & Community Health
County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health
Sonia Coyle started working as the County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health in July 2013. Sonia is responsible for conducting educational programs in nutrition, wellness, food safety, and financial management. Sonia has worked for over ten years in Travis County in the areas of nutrition and health education, early literacy, and parenting programs. Her experience includes working as a Program Manager for AVANCE, Inc. and Keep It Healthy, and as a Nutrition Educator for Capital Area Food Bank and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services-WIC program. She holds a Master’s degree of science in education from Baylor University and is a Registered Dietitian from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
|Dr. Crystal E. Wiltz
County Extension Agent – Family and Community Health
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.
Extension Agent – Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Oscar Zamora was born and raised in Deep South Texas in a town called San Benito. He graduated High School in May of 1999 and immediately left to serve four years in the United States Marine Corps. Upon returning home in 2003, he started his college career at what once was called The University of Texas Pan-American, UTPA (now known as The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, UTRGV). He hit the ground running with a full schedule from day one and never stopped going to school (even summers) until he finished college in May 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics, and then continued on, earning a Master’s Degree in 2018. Oscar joined the Travis County AgriLife Extension team in 2018 and is currently serving as the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Agent. As a dietitian, he tries to watch what he eats and get plenty of exercise daily, in order to lead by example. He is motivated by seeing how people can change just by rearranging how they view foods and physical activity.Oscar provides leadership and management to the Travis County EFNEP unit. This program provides general nutrition education and promotes physical activity among families and youth with limited resources. Information on the Travis County EFNEP Program can be found on the EFNEP website. For nutrition information follow them on Facebook.
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.” 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
Noel began in his current position as CEA-ANR for Travis County in mid-January of 2018. He started his Extension career as an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Agent for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service in 1986, after completing his B.S. and M.S. in Entomology at Louisiana State University. After completing his doctorate in Entomology at Purdue University in 1997, Noel took a position as an Extension Entomologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde (a position he held until 2011). Along the way, Noel farmed soybean and sugarcane in Louisiana, also worked as a crop consultant (in cotton, corn, grain sorghum, soybean, sugarcane and wheat), managed a cattle, deer and elk ranch for three years, and consulted on citrus-greening disease in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.Information about upcoming agriculture/natural resources events and programs in Travis County can be found on the Travis County Ag News 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.
Horticulture Program Assistant
Sheryl joined us in March 2019 as the Horticulture Program Assistant but has been a Travis County Master Gardener since 2010. She has a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Oregon State University and spent many years doing marketing for the banking and high tech industries. Sheryl’s primary responsibilities are to assist with horticultural educational programs and coordination of the Travis County Master Gardener volunteer program.
Administrative Support Staff
Angela supports agents for the following programs: Family & Consumer Sciences (Prairie View Cooperative Extension) and Family & Community Health (AgriLife Extension). 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!
Julissa provides administrative support to the agents who oversee the 4-H program (both Prairie View Cooperative Extension and AgriLife Extension). She came to the Extension Office as an Office Assistant in May 2015. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and enjoys working with 4-H families.
Administrative and Finance Coordinator
Annabel Almeida has been with Travis County for 8 yrs. Annabel is very passionate in working with youth and families in providing services for a better living. In December 2015 joined 4-H Capital as the Administration and Finance Coordinator where she is responsible budget keeping. Annabel enjoys cheering on the Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.
Kelli is the Administrative Assistant for the Horticulture and Agriculture/Natural Resources agents for Travis County. She provides program support for training homeowners on maintaining their lawns/landscapes and growing vegetables, and training for farmers on how to identify and treat for the newest pests threatening their crops. She is also a musician and plays in and around the Austin area.
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