Implemented at 58 land-grant universities (LGUs) in 49 states and territories, SNAP-Ed helps millions of individuals with low income make healthy food and lifestyle choices each year. LGU SNAP-Ed programs coordinate with many local, state, and national partners to conduct programming. One of the most fruitful relationships an LGU can have is their relationship with the greater LGU system and universities implementing SNAP-Ed elsewhere. This website is a dedicated space for LGU SNAP-Ed programs to find and share resources pertaining to all aspects of SNAP-Ed.
In addition to this site, LGU SNAP-Ed programs also have a website dedicated to educating decision makers about SNAP-Ed programming conducted through LGUs.
Program Development Team
This website is maintained by the LGU SNAP-Ed Program Development Team (PDT), a group of administrators, faculty, coordinators, and other state level staff from 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions.
The members of the PDT use their listening, communication, and thinking skills and experience to strengthen SNAP-Ed programs and nutrition networks at the state, regional, and national levels. Diversity is embraced in drawing upon the unique experiences, skills, backgrounds, responsibilities, thinking and operating styles of team members and the respective institutions and regions of the country that they represent. Team members volunteer time and effort to foster communication and understanding of SNAP-Ed programming among federal and state/university organizational systems, provide leadership to professional/staff development and program planning, management, reporting, and evaluation, and identify linkages that can be forged to support the land-grant university system’s broader outreach, education, and research mission and cooperation with other partners. Potential members are recommended by their peers and supervisors. Members serve three-year, staggered terms. They reflect a balance in terms of program size, geographic location, and institutional affiliation.
Meet the Current Team
Bottom to top, left to right Andrea Morris (Alabama A&M University), Patricia Olson, Lisa Ross, Gina Crist, Heidi LeBlanc, Kelsey Welding, Jennifer McCaffery, Jean Butel, Sylvia Byrd, Macy Helm, Rebecca Henne, Shea Austin-Cantu, Angie Abbott, Helen Chipman.
PDT members not pictured: Lindsay Hayes-Maslow, Joan Paddock, Lauren Sweeney, Matthew Vukovich, and Jacquelyn White
Members of the LGU SNAP-Ed Program
Development Team for 2022-2023
North Central Region
- Rebecca Henne, Associate Program Leader and State SNAP-Ed Coordinator, Michigan State University
- Jennifer McCaffrey, Assistant Dean, Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Illinois
- Patricia Olson, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota
- Gina Crist, Community Health Specialist, University of Delaware
- Sylvia Byrd, Project Director, 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences, Mississippi State University
- Shea Austin Cantu, Community Nutrition Education Program Director (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed), Tennessee State University, 1890 representative
- Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University
- Jacquelyn White, Program Leader, Family & Community Health, Prairie View A&M University, 1890 representative (new)
- Jean Butel, Program Manager, University of Hawaii at Manoa (new)
- Macy Helm, SNAP-Ed Coordinator, University Nevada Reno (new)
- Heidi LeBlanc, SNAP-Ed Director, Utah State University
- Angie Abbott, Assistant Dean and Associate Director, Health and Human Sciences Extension, Purdue University
- Andrea Morris, Health and Nutrition Specialist/Program Manager EFNEP and SNAP-Ed, Alabama A&M University
- Matthew Vukovich, Associate Dean of Research/Professor, Education & Human Sciences
- Lauren Sweeney, LGU SNAP-Ed PDT Assistant, South Dakota State University
- Helen Chipman, ex officio member, National Program Leader Food & Nutrition Education, NIFA/USDA