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University of California Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, Suite 100
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: 805.645.1451
Fax: 805.645.1474

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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The office will be closed for the following holidays:

February 19 – President's Day
March 29 – Ceaser Chavez Day
May 27 – Memorial Day
June 19 – Juneteenth
July 4 - Independence Day

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Ventura County

Office Information

Ventura County
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: (805) 645-1451
Fax: (805) 645-1474
Email: ceventura@ucanr.edu

Director

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Dr Annemiek Schilder
Title: Director, UCCE Ventura County and Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Specialty: Small Fruit Pathology, mycology, applied virology, plant disease diagnostics, organic/sustainable disease management, integrated pest management
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-662-6943
Fax: 805-645-1474
Email: amschilder@ucanr.edu

Advisors

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Andre S Biscaro
Title: Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor
Specialty: Irrigation and nutrient management of berry and vegetable crops
Address:
669 County Square Dr., Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: 805-645-1465
Fax: (805) 645-1474
Email: asbiscaro@ucanr.edu
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Hamutahl Cohen
Title: Entomology Advisor
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Email: hcohen@ucanr.edu
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Oleg Daugovish , Ph.D.
Title: Strawberry and Vegetable Crop Advisor
Specialty: Ag and Environmental Issues for Veg Crops and Strawberries
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: (805) 645-1454
Fax: 805-645-1474
Email: odaugovish@ucanr.edu
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Ben Faber , Ph.D.
Title: Advisor
Specialty: Soils and water, avocados and minor subtropicals in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: (805) 645-1462
Fax: 805-645-1474
Email: bafaber@ucanr.edu
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Emma Volk
Title: Production Horticulture Area Advisor
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Email: evolk@ucanr.edu

Cross County Advisors

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Christopher A Greer PhD
Title: Area Cooperative Extension Advisor - Integrated Pest Management
Specialty: Integrated Pest Management of Agricultural Crops
Notes: cell: 805-888-1355
Address:
UC Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way, Suite C
(cell: 805-888-1355)
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-5161
Email: cagreer@ucanr.edu
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Etaferahu Takele , M.S.; M.A
Title: Area Advisor Farm Management/Agricultural Economics
Specialty: Area Advisor - Farm Management /Agricultural Economics - Production economics, decision-making at the farm level, integrated input management, risk managementSubtropical Fruit Crops (Citrus, Avocados) Vegetable crops, Field CropsRiverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angles, Orange and Ventura.
Notes: 22641 Radnor Lane Moreno Valley, CA 92557
Address:
UC Cooperative Extension - San Bernardino County
21150 Box Springs Road, Ste 202
Moreno Valley, CA 92557-8718
Phone: 9512436513
Email: ettakele@ucdavis.edu

Research Staff

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Abigail Brondos
Title: Lab/Field Assistant
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1458
Email: abrondos@ucanr.edu
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Gina N Ferrari
Title: Lab/Field Assistant
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1467
Email: gnferrari@ucanr.edu
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Maripaula Valdes-Berriz
Title: Staff Research Associate
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1423
Email: mvaldesberriz@ucdavis.edu
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Siomara Zendejas
Title: Staff Research Associate
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1459
Email: siozendejas@ucanr.edu

Community Education & Outreach

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Veronica Esmeralda Gonzalez
Title: 4-H Representative
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1478
Email: vesgonzalez@ucanr.edu
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Ms Jill Sarick
Title: Community Climate Education Specialist 2 (Ventura- SoCal)
Specialty: Community Climate Resilience Education and Outreach, UC Environmental Stewards Program
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 8054771619
Email: jessantos@ucanr.edu

Master Gardener Program

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Jill Tyler
Title: Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1450
Email: jtyler@ucanr.edu
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Jeanette Villegas
Title: Master Gardener Program Administrative Assistant
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Email: jvillegas@ucanr.edu

Climate Smart Agriculture

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Nicki Anderson
Title: Community Education Specialist
Specialty: Climate Smart Agriculture
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1464
Email: nanders@ucanr.edu

Natural Resources

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Julie Clark
Title: Education Specialist III
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: (805) 645-1461
Email: jdclarkdeblasio@ucanr.edu

Administrative Staff

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Sandra Lyday
Title: Program Assistant
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-645-1434
Email: slyday@ucanr.edu
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Brandy Allee McCarthy
Title: Business Services Assistant
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 805-477-1624
Email: blallee@ucanr.edu
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Kathleen Speer
Title: Business Officer
Address:
5352 Beardsley Road
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-525-5529
Email: kspeer@ucanr.edu

Emeritus

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Dr Arthur James Downer Ph.D.
Title: Environmental Horticulture/Plant Pathology Advisor Emeritus
Specialty: Pathology of landscape ornamentals , Phytophthora Root Rot, Mulches, Potting soils, Palm horticulture, climate ready trees, arboriculture, Master Gardener Advisor.
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: (805) 645-1458
Fax: 805-645-1474
Email: ajdowner@ucanr.edu
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Sabrina L. Drill Ph.D.
Title: Natural Resources Advisor - Emeritus
Specialty: Climate resilience, urban ecology, watershed education, community science and engagement, environmental justice, conservation and restoration of aquatic and wildland habitats and anadramous fishes, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, fire ecology and landscape preparation, land use and conservation planning
Notes: Covers Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and the California Naturalist Statewide Program
Address:
UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County
700 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: 3238425399
Email: sldrill@ucanr.edu
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Rose M Hayden-Smith , Ph.D.
Title: Emeritus - UCCE Advisor in Digital Communications in Food Systems & Extension Education; Editor, UC Food Observer; Food and Society Policy Fellow
Specialty: Digital and strategic communications; social media; advocacy; food systems; gardening; youth development; public policy; volunteer management; U.S. history (food and agricultural policy).
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: 8057941665
Fax: 805-645-1474
Email: rmhaydensmith@ucanr.edu
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A. Michael Marzolla , M.A.
Title: Emeritus
Specialty: Youth development, environmental & science education, educational materials development, critical pedagogy
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Fax: (805) 645-1474
Email: ammarzolla@ucanr.edu
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Julie P Newman , M.S.
Title: Emeritus
Specialty: Floriculture and nursery production in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Fax: 805-645-1474
Email: jpnewman@ucanr.edu
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Lawrence K Yee , M.B.A.
Title: Emeritus
Specialty: Youth development, organizational development; Hansen Trust
Address:
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Email: lkyee@ucdavis.edu