About Family and Consumer Sciences

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has professionals located in almost every county in Texas. These local educators are supported by a team of Regional Program Directors and state Extension specialists with doctoral and advanced degrees in subjects important to families: health and safety, housing, aging, food and nutrition, child development, 4-H and youth, family relations, money management, family business management, and military families. State specialists are in several offices on the campus of Texas A&M University: Family Development and Resource Management, Food and Nutrition, and Military Programs.

Health and Safety

  • Carol A. Rice, Ph.D. R.N., Extension Program Leader – Family Development and Resource Management; Professor and Extension Health Specialist; Regents Fellow
  • Janet M. Pollard, M.P.H., Extension Associate, Health
  • Alice Kirk, M.P.H., Extension Program Specialist II, Child Health and Wellness
  • Andrew B. Crocker, M.S., Extension Program Specialist II, Gerontology and Health
  • Beverly F. Kellner, B.A., Extension Program Specialist I, Passenger Safety
  • Myrna Hill, B.B.A., Extension Program Specialist I, Passenger Safety
  • Ninfa Peña-Purcell, Ph.D., CHES, Assistant Professor and Extension Health Specialist
  • Bobbi Brooks, B.S., Extension Assistant, Passenger Safety and Brazos Valley Injury Prevention
  • Cory Edwards, M.S., Extension Program Specialist I, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Lori Reed, B.L.S., Extension Program Specialist I, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Jessie Bell, Extension Program Assistant, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Leese Wood Calvi, M.A., B.S.H.E., CFCS, Extension Program Specialist I, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Diana Duarte, M.A., C.N.A., C.H.W., Extension Program Assistant, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Sylvia Garza, P.N., Extension Program Assistant, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Rosa I. Guel, M.A.E.D., Extension Program Specialist, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Jodie Helms, B.S., Extension Program Specialist I, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Mary Lou Nucamendi, B.A., Extension Program Assistant, Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection Education Grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT])
  • Vit Kaspar, Extension Program Assistant, Transforming Texas Grant (Texas Department of State Health Services)
  • Ruben C. Lopez, Jr., B.S., MBA, Extension Program Specialist, Transforming Texas Grant (Texas Department of State Health Services)
  • Michael Lopez, B.S., MUP, Extension Program Specialist I, Transforming Texas Grant (Texas Department of State Health Services); Using Family Focused Gardening, Nutrition and Physical Activities to Prevent Childhood Obesity (Texas GROW! EAT! GO!) Grant (National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA: Agriculture Food and Research Initiative)
  • Randy Hall, Extension Program Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Grant (TxDOT)
  • Gary Pflughaupt, Extension Program Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Grant (TxDOT)
  • Fiona Santillan-Cochran, B.A., Extension Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Grant (TxDOT)
  • Laura Dean-Mooney, B.S., Extension Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Grant (TxDOT)
  • Janet Sandera, M.S., Program Coodinator, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Grant (TxDOT)
  • Susan Wagener, B.A., M.Ed., LCDC, Program Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Grant (TxDOT)
  • Cindy Kovar, B.S., Extension Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition Grant (TxDOT)
  • Khris Thurmond, B.S., Program Coordinator, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition Grant (TxDOT)
  • Dan Severn, M.S., Program Coordinator, Safe City Grant

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Aging

  • Carol A. Rice, Ph.D. R.N., Extension Program Leader – Family Development and Resource Management; Professor and Extension Health Specialist; Regents Fellow
  • Andrew B. Crocker, M.S., Extension Program Specialist II, Gerontology and Health

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Food and Nutrition

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Child & Youth Development

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Family Relations

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Money Management

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Last updated: 25 November, 2013

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.