State Staff

Cathy M. Sutphin Associate Director, 4-H

Cathy M. Sutphin
Associate Director, 4-H

Cathy M. Sutphin, PhD is the Associate Director, 4-H Youth Development. Cathy has spent her career with Virginia Cooperative Extension. She has served as a 4-H Technician, as 4-H agent for nearly 15 years in Wythe and Pulaski Counties, as Volunteer Development Specialist, and  as Interim Associate Director, Administration. She then served as Human Resources Director for CALS before returning to 4-H, first as the Assistant Director and then as Director of 4-H. Cathy can be reached through Sherri Jackson at 540-231-9347 or Mellissa Breen in the State 4-H Office at 540-231-6372. Her email address is cmsutph@vt.edu.

 

Mellissa Breen

Mellissa Breen, Administrative Assistant

Mellissa Breen is the State 4-H Office Administrative Assistant.  Mellissa has been with Virginia Cooperative Extension since 2004.  She started her career as Administrative Assistant for CALS Human Resources Director.  She then worked in the CALS Finance Office before joining the State 4-H Staff.  Her responsibilities include providing support and customer service to all counties statewide.  Her job responsibilities also include daily administrative functions of the State Office.  Mellissa can be reached at 540-231-6372 or via e-mail msbreen@vt.edu.

 

Sam Fisher

Sam Fisher, 4-H Camping Specialist

Sandra “Sam” Fisher is the Virginia 4-H Camping Specialist at Virginia Tech.  She specializes in the Virginia 4-H Camping program and works with the six 4-H Centers across the state.  Before coming to the State 4-H Office in 2012, Sam served as the Program Director and Center Director beginning in 1993 at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center.  With an office on the campus of Virginia Tech, Sam can be reached at 540-231-1173 or via email safishe3@vt.edu

 

Ben Grove

Ben Grove, Associate Director of Development

Ben Grove is the Associate Director of Development for the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  He works with individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations to generate private support for CALS and VCE.  Prior to joining CALS, Ben worked for Tyson Foods for five years in quality assurance and sales.  Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences and an MBA, both from Virginia Tech.  He was a 4-H’er in Rockingham County, is an All Star and is a 4-H volunteer in Montgomery County.  Ben can be reached at 540-231-7640 or via email at ben.grove@vt.edu.

 

 

Kathleen Jamison

Kathleen Jamison, 4-H Youth Development Specialist

Kathleen Jamison is an Associate Professor and  4-H Youth Development Specialist at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Kathleen’s primary areas of responsibility include 4-H STEM Education, 4-H Afterschool, 4-H Curriculum and Learning, Military Youth Partnerships, and 4-H Communications and Expressive Arts.   She serves on a variety of national committees and task forces directly related to areas of responsibility. Her current research includes youth voice through digital media, teen and facilitator perception of teaching and learning in informal workshop settings, experiential and inquiry-based learning, and curriculum design and development. Kathleen can be reached at 540-231-6372 or via email jamisonk@vt.edu.

 

 

Jeremy Johnson, Associate Specialist, Volunteer Development

Jeremy Johnson is the Associate Specialist for Volunteer Development for Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Jeremy’s responsibilities include providing leadership for the volunteer delivery system including volunteer management and development for all Virginia Cooperative Extension program areas. He is the advisor to the Virginia Association of Adult 4-H Volunteer Leaders and chair of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Volunteer Impact Team.  Before this role, Jeremy served as the 4-H Extension Agent in James City County for 8 years and worked as a summer camp staff member at Airfield 4-H Center while an undergraduate at Virginia Tech.  Jeremy holds a Master of Education in Community and Addictions Counseling from the College of William Mary.  He can be reached at 540-553-5854 or jejohns1@vt.edu.

 

Katie Lafon

Katie Lafon, State 4-H Events Coordinator

Katie Lafon is the State 4-H Events Coordinator.   Katie began working with extension as a graduate student with the state CYFAR grant.  Upon graduation, she served as 4-H agent in Fairfax County and then in Craig County.  Katie later moved to the State Office serving as the State 4-H events coordinator until 2008.  Katie left the 4-H Office to explore other areas of the university and event planning.  Recently in 2012, Katie returned to the State 4-H Office as the State 4-H Events Coordinator giving leadership to statewide events, trainings, conferences, in-services, etc.  Katie can be reached at 540-231-9410 or at via email at klafon@vt.edu.

 

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Mike Martin, PhD, 4-H Assistant Director/Extension Specialist

Mike Martin, PhD is an Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development.  Mike has been with Virginia Cooperative Extension since 1998, serving as 4-H Agent in Wythe and Montgomery Counties and also as the District Director for Southwest Virginia.  Prior to coming to Virginia, Mike served as a 4-H Agent in North Carolina and Kentucky.  Mike provides leadership to 4-H delivery modes, 4-H programming process, and foundational programming.  He is the state advisor to the Virginia 4-H All-Stars.  He also leads the 4-H civil rights and diversity efforts, reviews policy and procedures and assists the Associate Director with program oversight.  Mike can be reached through Melissa Breen at the State 4-H Office at 540-231-6372.  His email address is mjmartin@vt.edu.

 

Tonya Price

Tonya Price, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension 4-H Specialist

Tonya T. Price, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Extension 4-H Specialist at Virginia Tech specializing in teen leadership and development, healthy living, and character education.  She grew up in the Virginia 4-H program and has been employed with Virginia Cooperative Extension since 2000.  Before coming to the State 4-H Office in 2006, Dr. Price served as a 4-H Project Associate and 4-H Agent in Rockingham County.  Tonya is housed in the Northern District Office and can be reached at 540-432-6029, Ext. 116 or via email, tonyaprice@vt.edu.

 

 

Glenda Snyder Virginia Cooperative Extension, 4H, Brazil

Glenda Snyder Virginia Cooperative Extension, 4H, Brazil

Glenda M. Snyder, works part time in the Virginia 4-H Office.  Her primary responsibilities include working with new 4-H agents, international programs, 4-H Day at the Capitol, and character education. She grew up in the Virginia 4-H program thus deciding to make Extension her career.  During her career, she worked as Extension Agent, Nutrition in the Roanoke City Extension office for about a year and then as the 4-H Agent in Botetourt County. Glenda can be reached at 540-521-9647 (c) or via email gsnyder@vt.edu.