About the State Coordinator’s Office

The Virginia Cooperative Extension State Coordinator’s Office is responsible for developing programming material, resources, and training materials for Master Gardener Units across the state. This website, as well as the Master Gardener Handbook, Coordinator’s Manual, video series, and webinars are all products of the State Coordinator’s Office.

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Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Specialist

Dave Close

M.S. Southern Illinois University, 1996

B.S. Cumberland College, 1993

Background: Urban Forestry and Forest Ecology

Extension Areas: Dave has worked with the Extension Master Gardener program for more than 11 years. Prior to coming to Virginia, he was the Community Forestry Coordinator for the southern 36 counties in Illinois, a role he filled for nearly seven years. He was also an instructor in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University where he taught classes in tree identification, forest ecology, forest ecosystems, and urban forestry. After leaving Illinois and taking on his role as the State Coordinator for the Extension Master Gardener Program, his interests have evolved into volunteer management and leadership development of volunteers. He also works closely with Extension Agents statewide and the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association.

Contact: dclose@vt.edu

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State Master Gardener Coordinator

Kathleen Reed

M.S. Michigan State University, 2016

B.A. Providence College, 2012

Background: Food system development, community engagement, community education

Extension Areas: Kathleen worked with Virginia Cooperative Extension as an Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent for three years prior to joining the State Office. As part of her role as an Extension Agent, Kathleen also served as the local coordinator for the Master Gardener program in Roanoke. While earning her Master’s in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU), Kathleen worked for MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems as a team member of the Good Food Charter. As the State Coordinator, Kathleen will lead volunteer leadership and development efforts, provide administrative and volunteer management support to Extension Agents and Master Gardener Coordinators, and help to promote the Master Gardener Program throughout the Commonwealth.

Contact: reedka@vt.edu

 

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Communications Project Coordinator

Devon Johnson

M.A. Virginia Tech, 2017

B.A. Virginia Tech, 2014

Background: Professional and technical writing, digital communication, and nonprofit administration

Extension Areas:  As the EMG Communications Project Manager, Devon is responsible for managing the publication process for program-related publications in support of the Extension Master Gardener program in Virginia. She is also responsible for developing and implementing a marketing strategy in support of the EMG program and provides administrative support in the office on an as-needed basis.

Contact: dvj@vt.edu

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Program Development

Sue Edwards

M.S. UNC-Wilmington, 2001

B.S. Penn State University, 1998

Background: Water Quality, Turf, Soil Science, Nutrient Management, Local Master Gardener Program Coordination

Extension Areas: Before joining the State EMG Office, Sue worked for 10 years at the local level with Virginia Cooperative Extension. As an ANR Technician and local EMG Coordinator, Sue became very familiar with the daily ins and outs of the Master Gardener program.  Sue is also a DCR certified nutrient management planner and wrote over 350 nutrient management reports annually for the local VCE turf nutrient management program.  In her current role as Master Gardener Program Developer, Sue works in collaboration with agents across the state and other State EMG staff to create and edit documents and training materials for the Master Gardener program. She also creates and maintains pages for the State EMG website and assists with Master Gardener College preparation.

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Additional Staff

Sarah Wright

Student at Virginia Tech

Background: Horticulture