Youth Staff


Karen Waite - Equine Extension Specialist

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Karen’s programming areas include, educational programming in equine nutrition and management as well as leadership development, Proud Equestirian Programs, communication skills, and statewide youth horse events such as the 4-H Horse Show, Jamboree and Trail Ride. Karen also coordinates the efforts of the 4-H Horse Program Planning Committee and provides continuing maintenance and education of MI 4-H Horse Judges. Karen can be reached at 517-432-0383 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Jacob DeDecker - Program Leader, State 4-H Office

Program areas include 4-H Animal Science, Plant Science, Environmental Education and Natural Resources and Special Needs Audience Program. The Program leader also coordinates the efforts of the program planning committees in these areas. State 4-H Office, 160 Agriculture Hall, 517-432-7604 or e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Carla McLachlan - Project/Event Manager

''Carla provides support to the Specialists and Program Assistant for many of the statewide ANS 4-H Youth Programs held each year. Carla offers expertise in planning and coordination of these events. Contact Carla at 517-432-5402 or e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

Taylor Fabus - Equine Extension - Visiting Instructor

Taylor’s programming areas include youth events like the State 4-H Horse Show, Jamboree, Trail Ride, and many others. Taylor can be reached at 517-353-1748 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Melissa Elischer - Extension Educator - Dairy Youth Programs

Melissa’s programming areas include youth events like the 4-H Dairy Days, teen/adult leaders conference, and others. Melissa can be reached at 517-432-4306 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Julie Thelen - Extension Educator - Livestock & Vet Science Youth Programs

Julie’s programming areas include youth events like the 4-H Livestock Judging contest, Meats Judging, teen/adult leaders conference, Youth PQA Plus and others. Julie can be reached at 517-432-1626 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)