Staff Directory

Headshot photo of Dr. Michelle Rodgers

Meet Our Director

As Associate Dean and Director, Dr. Michelle Rodgers provides overall leadership for programs, personnel and the organizational development of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Rodgers is chair of the national Extension Committee of Organization and Policy (ECOP) and served as co-chair of the ECOP Health task force. She also serves on the board of The Journal of Extension, Inc. and served as President in 2014. At the University of Delaware she is a member of the Commission on Outreach and Engagement for the University of Delaware.

Dr. Rodgers holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as a master’s degree in rural sociology and a doctorate in agricultural education, both from Penn State.

Director’s Office

531 South College Avenue
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2103
(302) 831-2504

Administrative staff

Alison R. Brayfield
Business Administrator
(302) 831-1354

Aisha Hoggard
Administrative Assistant
(302) 831-2504

Dante LaPenta
Communications Director
(302) 831-1355


Kent County  

Paradee Center
69 Transportation Road
Dover, Delaware
(302) 730-4000

County Director: Jenn Volk

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New Castle  County

461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-2667

County Director: Maria Pippidis

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Sussex County

Research & Education Ctr.
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 856-7303

County Director: Cory Whaley

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Meet our Extension professionals