Department Head

Michael J. Martin Director of Extension County Operations

Dr. Martin provides leadership for the Office of Learning and Organizational Development and serves as director of county operations for UGA Extension.


Maria Bowie Project and Grant Specialist

Dr. Bowie coordinates health-related external funding projects for Extension in partnership with FACS, the College of Public Health, the School of Social Work, and other entities. She helps lead projects focused on the following topics:

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Opioid Misuse Prevention
  • Farm/Rural Stress
  • Vaccine Education

Dr. Brown leads the evaluation efforts of UGA Extension. She collaborates with agents and specialists system-wide to create metrics to assess the impact of community-based programming. Additionally, Dr. Brown works to build a culture of evaluation through targeted training initiatives.

  • UGA Extension Evaluation Team
  • Community-Based Evaluation
  • Professional Development Training
  • Scholarship Support

Kristi Carpenter Extension Program and Staff Development Specialist

Dr. Farner assesses the training needs of Extension Agents and Specialists. She leads the developing and implementation of a comprehensive onboarding and professional development program to build content knowledge and process skills.  She is also an adjunct faculty member in ALEC.

  • On-boarding processes and materials
  • Professional development training
  • Scholarship support
  • Extension Training System (ETS)
  • Employee Graduate Education Support
  • Employee Mentoring
  • Facilitating Adult Learning

Lauren Ledbetter Griffeth Extension Leadership Specialist

Dr. Griffeth creates and facilitates internal and external leadership programs for UGA Extension. She engages faculty and staff in specialized professional development opportunities to grow their skills and the organization. She specializes in workplace generational differences, women's leadership, and organizational development.

  • Extension Academy
  • ExTEND
  • Advancing Georgia's Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL)


Ms. Bell supports the administrative functions of the unit, including Destiny One payment processing, assisting in employee onboarding, and additional clerical and organizational tasks. Additionally, she provides onsite event support and serves as a representation of UGA Extension at statewide events.

  • Destiny One Support
  • Administrative Tasks

Jeffrey Burke Extension Educational Program Enrollment Manager

Mr. Burke provides leadership for the Destiny One implementation for Extension at the University of Georgia. Working cooperatively with CAES units and county Extension offices, he designs and manages enrollment for educational programs, courses, conferences, and other learning experiences for Extension clientele.

  • Extension Destiny One Coordinator
  • Offer training and tools for Extension faculty and staff


Ms. Fife supports the unit’s internal and external leadership development programs and assists with programs and projects affiliated with UGA Extension.  This involves recruiting new program participants and working with program alumni and donors.

  • Extension Academy
  • ExTEND
  • Advancing Georgia's Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL)
  • LEAD21    

Mrs. Rucci is the Office Manager for the Office of Learning and Organizational Development. With a passion for creating efficient and collaborative work environments, Bridget plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of OLOD's daily activities.

  • Logistics for Various Conferences, Training Programs, and Events
  • New Extension Employee Onboarding
  • Extension Training System Support
  • Extension Training Calendar Support

Mrs. Wall is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the unit. This includes overseeing the budgets for the unit’s grant programs and internal and external leadership programs.

  • Purchasing
  • Budget Development
  • Destiny One Support