Newsletter June-2018
NACDEP Newsletter June Edition

In This Issue...


  1. Meet David Civittolo

  2. 2018-19 Board

  3. Thank you Ohio State

  4. Meet Susan Kelly

  5. Southern Region Update

  6. Western Region Update

  7. Western Region Awards

  8. Member Spotlight

  9. Awards Wrap up

  10. 2019 NACDEP Conference

NACDEP Mission and Vision

NACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

Advocating community and economic development programming, while educating and recognizing Extension professionals who develop successful programs and expand resources to strengthen communities.



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NACDEP Colleagues: 

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the NACDEP newsletter.  It was great to see so many colleagues in Cleveland.  I was pretty busy making a presentation, moderating a session and helping out here and there.  But I was able to talk to many of you.  It was nice to be able to do in person.  And now, here comes the newsletter.

Thomas W. Blaine, PhD

NACDEP Newsletter Editor



Meet NACDEP 2018-2019 President David Civittolo

Submitted by David Civittolo

I am thankful for the opportunity to lead NACDEP as your President, which began in Cleveland and will conclude in North Carolina in 2019.  I consider it a great honor and vote of confidence from NACDEP members to be able to serve as your association president. 

The new Board is already hard at work and looks forward to serving you as well.

At our very first Board meeting in Cleveland, the board decided to focus and potentially refine our strategic plan, which was developed in 2017. 

Highlights of that plan include four Priority Areas: Communication Strategies, Member Engagement, Financial Stability, and the NACDEP Board Structure and function.

While the Board has a strategic plan to guide our decisions, we need you.  There are numerous opportunities for you to get involved.  Committee Chairs are always looking for new members as well as new ideas.  Becoming a committee member is a great way to meet new colleagues as well as to expand your professional expertise.  Most committee work will only take up a few hours of your time a year.

Please get involved!

If you have ideas, suggestions, questions, or just want to talk,  please contact me at [email protected] or 330 263 3627


Meet the 2018-2019 NACDEP Board

Submitted by David Civittolo, NACDEP President

I am pleased to announce the 2018-19 NACDEP Board members. Please do not hesitate to contact any of them if you require assistance or want to become more involved in the organization.



David Civittolo

Ohio State University

[email protected]

Past President

Trudy Rice

Kansas State University

[email protected]

President Elect

Susan Kelly

NC State University

[email protected]


Michael Dougherty

West Virginia University

[email protected]


Nancy Bowen Ellzey

Ohio State University

[email protected] 

1994/FALCON Rep

Yvonedda ("Henry") Thompson

Chief Dull Knife College

[email protected]

1890 Representative

Adam Hodges

West Virginia State University

[email protected]

North Central Representative

Brian Raison

Ohio State University

[email protected]

Northeast Representative

Mary Peabody

University of Vermont

[email protected] 

Southern Representative

Amanda Philyaw Perez

University of Arkansas

[email protected]

Western Representative

Laura Ryser

Washington State University

[email protected]

Executive Director

Ricky Atkins

The Association Source

[email protected]


Thank you Ohio State University Extension

Submitted by David Civittolo, NACDEP President

A BIG Thanks goes out to Greg Davis and his fellow Community Development Extension Educators from Ohio State.  They have worked tirelessly the past twelve months to plan and host an exceptional conference.  Their carefully planned and executed agenda allowed time to enjoy Cleveland, re-new old friendships, make new connections, and most importantly engage in an excellent agenda for personal and professional development.  Great job Ohio State!

If you are not able to join us in Cleveland this year, please mark your calendar for our next NACDEP conference, which will be in Asheville, North Carolina in June 2019.

Introducing Susan Kelly, President Elect

Submitted by Susan Kelly, NACDEP President Elect

Greetings NACDEP Members! I am thrilled to be in the position of giving back to an organization that has given so much to me over the years. I am a County Extension Director and have worked in Extension in Florida and for the past five years in North Carolina. My background is in horticulture but I started working in Community Development Extension and really found my niche.

I started on Comm Comm (originally called the Communications Committee), then became the Chair, and served two terms as the Southern Regional Representative. Over the years while on the Board I have helped select our association management firm, helped develop a membership directory, served on the State Chapter Committee, led the Ignite Committee and worked on the Sponsorship Committee for several conferences. This is a good path for members to take and if you are not involved on a committee or have a role at NACDEP please consider becoming active!   The people I have met, the places I have visited, the stretching of my leadership skills are all because of my involvement in NACDEP.

Most of the President Elect duties involve planning the next conference and I am fortunate that it will be held in my home state of North Carolina! I look for to meeting all of you there in June 2019.


NACDEP Southern Region Update - Summer 2018

Submitted By Amanda Philyaw Perez, NACDEP Southern Region Representative

Greetings fellow Southern Region NACDEP members,

I am Amanda Philyaw Perez, Food Systems and Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor with the University of Arkansas Extension. It is my pleasure to serve as your new Southern Region representative. I would like to thank Susan Kelly for her service and for providing support as I transition into this new role. Susan kept the Southern Region informed, energized, and involved in NACDEP. We can show our gratitude to her past and future service as the incoming President Elect by making our way to Asheville, North Carolina. Susan Kelly, Susan Jakes, and a great group volunteers will be our hosts for the 2019 NACDEP Conference to be held June 9 - 12.

The Southern Region was well represented at the 2018 Conference with 42 member attendees. We missed those friends and colleagues that could not make the Cleveland conference and hope to see you next year. Congratulations to this year's award winners.

As part of our regional meeting, we were asked to host a facilitated discussion about NACDEP's Value. The group provided many great suggestions for improving our value. If you would like to contribute to this discussion and were not able to attend the conference, please feel free to email your responses to the questions below to: [email protected].

1.         What do you see as NACDEP's value proposition?

2.         How can NACDEP improve its value proposition?

3.         Is NACDEP meeting your needs? What is needed?

4.         How can we improve NACDEP?

I look forward to representing the South. Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions for our region.


Thank you,


Amanda Philyaw Perez, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor, Food Systems and Safety, University of Arkansas Extension
2301 S. University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204
Office: 501.671.2228 | Email: [email protected]

News from the West

Submitted by Laura Reyser, NACDEP Western Region Representative

Did you know?  Washington State University and the University of Washington jointly manage the William D. Ruckelshaus Center for Public Policy.  The Center was created to foster collaborative public policy in the state of Washington and Pacific Northwest. The Center builds problem-solving capacity in the region by helping individuals and organizations better understand, initiate, participate in, and lead collaborative public policy efforts.  

Areas of work include:

·        Community and Economic Development

·        Land Use

·        Natural Resources

·        Transportation

·        Agriculture

·        Healthcare

·        Federal, State, Tribal and Local Governance

A list of past and current projects can be found at  

Notable projects include:


  1. The Columbia River Salmon project.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) asked the Ruckelshaus Center - in partnership with Oregon Consensus at Portland State University - to conduct a situation assessment of regional views about salmon and steelhead recovery planning in the Columbia River Basin over the long term. A situation assessment is an interview-based process undertaken to better understand and explore relevant issues and interests of involved parties and situation dynamics. An assessment team featuring practitioner and academic expertise from Washington, Oregon and Idaho reached out to a broad array of regional parties over several months to capture the full range of perspectives.

  2. Voluntary Stewardship Program.  In 2007, Washington's Governor and Legislature-along with agricultural, tribal, environmental and local government representatives-asked the Center to assist in resolving long-standing conflict over the protection and enhancement on agricultural lands of environmentally "critical areas" under Washington's Growth Management Act. This conflict, more than a decade old, has spawned lawsuits, appeals, legislative battles and a voter initiative. In Substitute Senate Bills 5248 and 6520, the parties involved reached a compromise for a moratorium on counties adopting amendments to critical areas ordinances with respect to agricultural activities while participating stakeholders developed recommendations to resolve the long-standing disagreements. The Center was designated to coordinate fact-finding research and facilitate the discussions. The aim was to develop solutions, policies and practices that ensure protection of environmentally sensitive areas in ways that support the preservation of farm lands and a strong farm economy.

  3. Southwest Washington Accountable Communities of Health.  The Center is currently working with the SW Washington ACH to assess the collaborative potential of community leaders, healthcare providers and payers to reach consensus around regional implementation (Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties) of statewide Medicaid transformation goals. Each region must determine how to collaborate at community levels to decrease health disparities, improve access to care and health outcomes, and increase delivery of care efficiencies. This ACH region can earn up to $55 Million of the State's $1.5 Billion federal Medicaid transformation demonstration, if collaborative progress and outcomes targets are met involving:

o   Physical and behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders) care delivery integration

o   Care coordination to address the 'whole person'

o   Opioid prevention and treatment

Focused efforts around series of optional initiatives, including oral health service access; chronic disease prevention and control, and maternal & child health


Congratulations to our colleagues in the West who won National Awards in Cleveland!  

Submitted by Laura Reyser, NACDEP Western Region Representative

NACDEP Educational Materials Awards: Individual Winner

Water and Rural Living: What Idaho Homeowners Need to Know - Jim Ekins - University of Idaho

Extension "Water and Rural Living" provides homeowners, homebuyers and realtors with a guide to Idaho's agencies and permitting processes related to water and rural residences. It explains which agencies administer which water-related programs and which ones to contact with your water-related questions. The guide also is intended to help the public understand the terminology and the science behind water resources. It was made possible by broad community support via the Pend Oreille Nearshore Watershed Advisory Group.

NACDEP Cross-Program Award: Team

WSU CED Includes Agriculture, Youth and Family to Organize Local Food Systems - Debra Hansen, Clea Rome, Rebecca Sero, Laura Ryser, Laura Lewis, Nils Johnson, Shannon Rowley, and Karlena Brailey - Washington State University Extension

The Northeast Washington Hunger Coalition in Stevens County and the Peninsula Food Coalition in Clallam County Washington are led by WSU CED Extension faculty who have successfully reached into and partnered with the traditional programs of agriculture and natural resources and youth and families. In addition to engaging traditional Extension programs, both coalitions involve important community partners. Stakeholders and faculty are working effectively toward the same goal: a healthy, equitable and resilient community food system. Having clear goals and shared priorities helps the team creatively problem-solve through the lenses of different areas of expertise. 

NACDEP Innovation and Creativity Awards: Team 

Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension - Brad Gaolach, Anthony Gromko, Martha Aitken, Jose Garcia-Pabon, Maria Anguiano, Haley Hughes, and Justin Smith - Washington State University 

Extension Washington State University is redefining how Extension works in urban areas with the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension. The Metro Center engages non-traditional Extension audiences using an innovative business model that focuses on short-term projects instead of long-term programs. Outcome driven, client centered and solution oriented, the Metro Center works to develop practical, place-based solutions by being a conduit between metropolitan decision makers and WSU faculty expertise across the state.

Member Spotlight - Keith Taylor, Community Economic Development Specialist, Department of Human Ecology, UCDavis & UC Cooperative Extension

Submitted by Laura Reyser, NACDEP Western Region Representative

Tackling the issue of affordable housing, Keith is working with UCDavis to convert their student housing to a cooperative model.  Based on a successful model at the Dos Pinos Housing Cooperative in Davis, CA, Keith explains in a white paper on the subject that there is great opportunity to use the cooperative model to democratize wealth building.

From the white paper below....

The Issue - University of California at Davis has long acknowledged the challenges facing faculty, staff, and students seeking permanent housing within Davis. There have been various housing subsidy programs (mortgage assistance, down-payment assistance, residential ground lease etc.), but all of them are expensive, and none of them have stuck or remain reliable in the ongoing, unpredictable budgetary environment.

The Concept - In a 'Limited Equity' coop, the coop and the member each have a stake in the equity of the property. When a member joins, they purchase a share in the coop in order to move in, just like in a Market Equity coop. As the value of the share changes, though, there is a relationship between the coop and the member for how this change in value is divided. One example might be that 25% of the change in the value goes to the member, and 75% goes to the coop. The idea behind this is that by diverting some of the value to the coop, housing prices can be kept affordable by the coop, which has access to some of the equity in the building. A second major reason for the split of the value is to give members in the coop less of a financial incentive to sell with the market, so that a spike in housing values does not cause a wave of sales, followed by much higher costs to live in the coop. Limited Equity coops are often used to provide affordable housing, while allowing members to build some wealth with the increase in the value of the property", as well as their savings from reduced mortgage expenses.

The Application - UC Davis could divert its housing subsidy programming toward prioritizing the growth of LEHCs, for the purposes of housing faculty, staff, and students. These cohousing -as opposed to coliving- arrangements would pool collective purchasing power and cash-flow into favorable housing costs, resulting in quality accessible housing for key UC Davis stakeholders.

Interested to learn more?  Nathan Schneider & Jason Wiener's presentation at the Harvard Law Forum provides a great overview,


Questions?  Keith can be reached at [email protected].  

2018 NACDEP Awards Wrap-Up

Submitted by Michael Dougherty, NACDEP Recognition Committee Chair (2012-2018)

NACDEP honored individuals and programs for their outstanding work and achievement during its annual conference on June 10-13 in Cleveland.

A total of 31 honorees were recognized, including 14 national winners.

The highest recognition given out were the distinguished awards.

  • Ronald Hustedde of the University of Kentucky received the Distinguished Career Award. Ron is an long-time member of both NACDEP and CDS and served as the president of the latter. He has supported his Extension programming in public issues deliberation, public conflict analysis and resolution, entrepreneurial leadership coaching, and youth entrepreneurship development with over $4 million in external grants. Ron has 21 peer-reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, two peer-reviewed training manuals, and nearly 100 other publications.


  • Michael Dougherty of West Virginia University Extension received the Distinguished National Service Award. Michael has held key service roles in NACDEP for over a decade. His work has largely occurred behind the scenes; however, his leadership and the impacts of his service are clearly visible. He has contributed to national conferences, held membership and chair roles on five NACDEP committees, including seven years as chair (or co-chair) of the Recognition Committee, and worked to build and maintain professional relationships and partnerships with peers in CDS and across the field of community development.

There were six team winners.

  • The North Carolina Women in Agritourism program won the Diversity Award. The team members were Susan Jakes, Jackie Miller, Carla Barbieri, Ann Savage, and Mirza Halim of North Carolina State Extension.
  • Extension in the City Highlights by Ohio State University Extension won the Educational Materials Award. Julie Fox and Michelled Gaston formed that urban extension team.
  • The West Virginia Recruitable Community Program won the Excellence in Community Development Programming Award. The team was made up of Michael Dougherty and Daniel Eades of the West Virginia University Extension Service and Ginger Harmon of the West Virginia Office of Rural Health.
  • WSU CED Includes Agriculture, Youth, and Family to Organize Local Food Systems captured the Cross-Program Award.  The Washington State University Extension team included Debra Hansen, Clea Rome, Rebecca Sero, Laura Ryser, Laura Lewis, Nils Johnson, Shannon Rowley, and Karlena Brailey.
  • The Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension won the Innovation and Creativity Award. This was another Washington State University Extension team; its members were Brad Gaolach, Anthony Gromko, Martha Aitken, Jose Garcia-Pabon, Maria Anguiano, Haley Hughes, and Justin Smith.
  • The Beginners' Guide to Grant Writing from Purdue Extension won the Excellence in Teamwork Award.  The team consisted of Kris Parker, Steve Yoder, Roberta Crabtree, Patty Keating, Mary Foell, George Okantey, Melinda Grismer, Janet Reed, Annette Lawler, Curt Emanuel, Gina Anderson, Karen Hinshaw, Katie Whiteford, Christina Ferroli, Vickie Hadley, Jennifer Cannon, Naomi Bechtold, Teri Hornberger, Jennifer Allen, Kym Schwinkendorf, Cindy Barber, Jennifer Stefancik, Terri Newcom, and Roy Ballard.


There were five individual winners

  • Christina Kallevig of the University of Minnesota Extension won the Educational Technology Award for Vital Connections on Air.
  • Jim Elkins of the University of Idaho Extension captured the Educational Materials Award for Water and Rural Living: What Idaho Homeowners Need to Know.

  • Jamie Rae Walker of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service earned the Excellence in Community Development Award for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.
  • Ryan Pesch of the University of Minnesota Extension won the Cross-Program Award for Local Foods Programming.

  • Lori Rothstein of the University of Minnesota Extension captured the Innovation and Creativity Award for the Women's Leadership Program. 

  • Additionally, Alison Davis and Dan Kahl were honored as NACDEP's nominees for the JCEP Creative Excellence Award. They are the director and assistant director respectively for CEDIK (Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky) at the University of Kentucky.

For more information about the national winners, as well as the complete listing of all honorees (including national runners-up and regional awardees), see the awards program on the NACDEP website.


Michael Dougherty, NACDEP Recognition Committee Chair (2012-2018)


Homegrown To New Heights in Asheville, NC

Submitted by Co-Chairs Susan Kelly and Susan Jakes

We invite you to the 2019 NACDEP Conference where we will explore how the creative, homegrown spirit of Western North Carolinians has sparked the development of Asheville, NC into a bustling destination. The NACDEP Conference will be held June 9 - 12, 2019. in this unique mid-sized city on a plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our conference hotel, the Asheville Renaissance is located in the eclectic, artsy, foodie downtown area. You will be able to walk to fabulous restaurants, breweries, bookstores, glass blowing and pottery studios, parks and more.

Plan to come early and stay late for the conference so that you can take advantage of the many outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, fly fishing, floating down the French Broad River, finding waterfalls, hiking, zip lining... the possibilities are endless. You could explore the River Arts District, nearby Chimney Rock, the Biltmore Estate or one of the many quaint small towns surrounding Asheville.

Our team is busy planning the conference program and building on some of the great ideas that were shared with us in Cleveland 2018. Our goal is for you to connect with the entrepreneurial spirit of Asheville, as well as connect with one another. This will be a great time to learn from each other, develop new ideas together and celebrate our accomplishments, so it is never too early to start thinking about that presentation or award application ideas.

Can't wait to see you in Asheville!





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