Extension Agent – Families & Health
County Program Coordinator
Lauren Weatherford has a BA in Social & Decision Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Public Administration from West Virginia University. She has work experience in international development, public school teaching, emergency medical training and corporate training experience prior to her work with WVU Extension Service. In 2003 Lauren joined the WVU Extension Service’s Family Nutrition Program. Then in March 2009 she became the Fayette & Nicholas County Families & Health Agent. Her background in nutrition and health guides her focus for local programming. Lauren has a passion to help people to lead healthier lives allowing them to feel better and be happier. She also has a deep commitment to traditional Extension Service programming by serving the CEOS clubs and continuing to teach home skills such as food preservation, quilting and many others.
Extension Agent – 4-H Youth Development
Kimary McNeil is the 4-H and Youth Development Agent and has been with WVU Extension Service since 1973. Kimary has an Master of Science in Education Administration/Extension and a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation from WVU. Her primary responsibilities focus on advising the 4-H Youth and Development Program which includes recruiting and training volunteers, and offering Literacy programs (Reading Partners and Energy Express). She also teaches folk dancing to both youth and adults and coordinates after school programs that provides a variety of experiential opportunities for youth.
Extension Agent – Agricultural & Natural Resources
Brian Sparks is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent for Nicholas and Fayette Counties. He has worked in Extension since 2002. He graduated from the West Virginia University with a bachelors degree in Agricultural & Environmental Education. He received his masters degree in Human Community and Resource Development from The Ohio State University. His major responsibilities includes livestock management and marketing, home horticulture, commercial horticulture, grassland management, and farmland protection.
Nutrition Outreach Instructor
Angie has been a member of the WVU Extension staff since October 2008. Angie serves as the Nutrition Outreach Instructor for youth in Nicholas County. She conducts lessons on nutrition and physical activity to youth, primarily in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, through classroom lessons, after-school activities, and summer programs.
Ashley is an administrative secretary for Nicholas County and has been working with them since 2016. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2014 with a B.S. Agr. in Animal & Nutritional Sciences and is currently in pursuit of her master’s degree through WVU. As an undergrad, she worked at the JW Ruby Research Farm as a horse unit working student and also had an internship with WVU Extension Service as a Planning and Marketing Intern for the WVU Reedsville Arena. Her responsibilities include being the first point of contact for the public in office or by phone. She provides secretarial and programming support for Extension Agents specializing in Families and Health, 4-H and Youth Development, and Agriculture and Natural Resources.