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Welcome to our web page dedicated to the N.C. Cooperative Extension – Guilford County Center’s Advisory Councils! We have an overall County Advisory Council and each of our program areas has (or is developing) a Program Advisory Council.

County Advisory Council Members (2023)

Ed Apple Agriculture
Mary Barbee Community Gardens
Erris Dunston Asst. County Manager for Strong Communities
Felicia Evans Youth Development
Elaine Fryer Guilford Farm Bureau
Britt Huggins Youth Development
Rhonda Ingram Agriculture
Emily McCollum Food Security
Jaymie Meyer Family & Consumer Science
Brenda Rambach Horticulture
Jayson Rippy Agriculture
Rev. Carl Vierling Food Security
Coretta Walker Youth Development
Lolita Watkins Food Security
Don York Agriculture


Advisory Councils are essential in connecting our Cooperative Extension programs with the local community. They are comprised of community members and stakeholders and provide valuable insights and recommendations to ensure Extension initiatives align with community needs throughout Guilford County.

Meeting Schedule

The County Advisory Council meets quarterly. Meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Guilford County Agricultural Center unless otherwise noted.

Meeting Date and Time  Focus
Monday, January 30 Re-establishing Guilford Extension Advisory Council and general program overview
Monday, April 24 Program reports from Family & Consumer Science and Agriculture. Group brainstorming on current and potential partnerships.


July 31

Program reports to be determined. Mid-year reporting updates.
Monday, October 30 Program reports to be determined. Report to the People and Fall Agriculture Day review.

Interested in joining?

From time to time, we do have seats available on our County Advisory Council and Program Advisory Councils. If you are interested in serving, please contact Heather Schaffer, County Extension Director, at