Mission of the Extension Leadership Council

An ELC is composed of a diverse group of salaried and volunteer staff who truly own an ever-changing Cooperative Extension program in their planning area.  The ELC assumes responsibility not only for identifying the needs and concerns that exist in their planning area, but share a commitment to determining solutions, implementing them, and evaluating and reporting results. The diversity of the group enhances discussions, deliberations, and actions. In addition, there is a recognition that each person brings unique experiences and information that will contribute to the process.  The ELC serves as a advocate for Extension and its programs. To develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension's resources toward the resolution and identified issues and concerns.

Functions of the Extension Leadership Council

  1. Identify community problems, issues, and concerns which Extension can and should address, and prioritize according to need and available resources.
  2. Assess current programs and activities of Extension and decide which ones should be continued, eliminated, or modified in order to more effectively address the identified needs.
  3. Identify other community organizations/agencies that are addressing some of the same needs and look for opportunities for cooperation and collaboration (to avoid duplication).
  4. Report on program progress, issues, and concerns to appropriate groups, i.e.., area and state Extension Leadership Councils, funding sources, and local residents.
  5. Be an advocate for Extension, its programs, and the results of those programs.

Current Members of the Extension Leadership Council

  • Lisa Brown
  • Rich Church
  • Joan Comanor
  • Joe Fleming
  • Kim Gochenour
  • Donna Haldane
  • Lindsey Hamrick
  • Tracey Heishman
  • James Hepner, Jr., Chair
  • Mercedes Martinez
  • Dennis Morris
  • Ed Provost
  • Anna Rankin
  • Kim Ryman
  • Cody St. Clair
  • Adam Zirkle
  • Jesse Zirkle, Vice-Chair
  • Extension Staff

How to Get Involved

Contact Robert A. Clark, Unit Coordinator, at 540-459-6140 or raclark@vt.edu.

Upcoming Meetings

  • February 28, 2019
  • May 23, 2019
  • September 19, 2019
  • November 21, 2019
  • January 23, 2020

All meetings are held at 7:00 p.m., in Room 100A, at the Shenandoah County Government Center in Woodstock.