Our Team

Leadership Team

Lynne Borden, PhD

Dr. Lynne Borden is professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. As the principal investigator she provides overall leadership to all aspects of CYFAR Professional Development and Technical Assistance (PDTA) team.

Phillip Ealy

Phillip L. Ealy, M.P.S., earned a BS degree in communications from West Virginia State University, and a Master’s in organization development and change from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate for workforce education and development. Phillip is a retired Army Officer with an extensive background in leadership, mentoring, teaching, and coaching. Phillip has spent time: developing organizations through transitions; coaching US Army and foreign militaries; designing and implementing officer development programs; teaching undergraduate coursework as an Army ROTC instructor; and developing programs and events in both the military and civilian settings. Phillip has a solid understanding of evidence-informed strategies for project implementation. He most recently served as an implementation specialist for the technical assistance team of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at the Pennsylvania State University. In this role, he provided on-demand support related to community readiness, program selection, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability. Phillip’s interests include leadership and organization development.

Kimberly McCarthy

Kimberly McCarthy is the coordinator of the coaching model for CYFAR Sustainable Community Projects. Housed at the Pennsylvania State University, Kimberly directs professional development, technical assistance, and resource development for the CYFAR coaching team with the aim of promoting quality implementation, demonstrated outcomes, and sustainability of the CYFAR Sustainable Community Projects.

Jackson Mizusaki

Jackson Mizusaki is the lead web developer for the CYFAR PDTA team and offers a variety of technological assistance to the staff. He has his BS in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Mark Otto

Mark Otto serves as a projects director for CYFAR team. In addition to providing guidance and oversight on CYFAR team projects, he contributes to the development of deliverables, content, and resources developed by the CYFAR PDTA team.

Daniel Perkins, PhD

Dr. Daniel Perkins is professor of family and youth resiliency and policy at the Pennsylvania State University. He also directs the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. As the co-investigator he provides overall leadership to all aspects of the CYFAR PDTA team.

Adeya Richmond, PhD, LP

Dr. Adeya Richmond is a research scientist and contributes to the design and implementation of research studies within CYFAR PDTA.

Coaching Team

Kerri Ashurst, PhD

Dr. Kerri Ashurst is a senior extension specialist for family and consumer sciences extension at the University of Kentucky. She serves as principal investigator for a variety of grants focusing on outreach and support to military families, fatherhood and homeless and unstably housed youth. Kerri's focus is building state-wide capacity for reaching underserved or at-risk children, youth, families, and communities. Her primary areas of interest include families who are coping with major crises such as illness or death of a family member; positive youth and young adult development; couple communication and relationship building; and stress management. Kerri holds a BA in psychology, a MS in marriage and family therapy, and a Ph.D. in family sciences all from the University of Kentucky.

Misty Blue-Terry, PhD

Dr. Misty Blue-Terry is the 4-H specialist for matters of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the cooperative extension program, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, at North Carolina A&T State University. Her educational background is in industrial and systems engineering and human factors engineering. Misty joined cooperative extension in the fall of 2010. Prior to her current position, Misty was an assistant professor of industrial and human factors engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has partnered with campus professors, community-based organizations, and other leaders to provide STEM related programming in robotics, basic engineering and design principals, the scientific method, and GIS/GPS applications. In addition, Misty has served as a content expert for a CYFAR Sustainable Community Project grant and has goals to help broaden the reach of 4-H and STEM in underrepresented communities and to target girls for science programs.

Kimberly Burgess-Neloms

Kimberly Burgess-Neloms is employed with the Alabama cooperative extension system at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University as an extension youth and volunteerism specialist. In this role, she provides statewide programmatic leadership to nine urban extension centers. Current and past extension assignments include extension volunteerism, 4-H and youth development, CYFAR, EFNEP and FCS programming. Since 2010, Kimberly has secured more than a million dollars in external funding that led to recognition, publishing, and speaking opportunities on international, national, state and local levels. Kimberly holds a BS in human environmental sciences from the University of North Alabama and a MA in Teaching from the University of Montevallo. With more than 20 years of extension experience, Kimberly’s expertise lies in staff motivation, mentoring, strategic planning and external funding sources. In addition, Kimberly worked as CYFAR grantee in 2010.

Jan Carroll, PhD

Dr. Jan Carroll is director of civic and federal engagement for Colorado State University Extension. She provides leadership, facilitation, project management, and planning/summary evaluation and assessment processes for state-wide programs and plans of work. Jan works closely with extension directors and county agents to foster interdisciplinary team efforts, coordinate extension and research programs, and stimulate and acquire new grants and funded projects. She started with CSU Extension as a family resource specialist and from 1996 to 2008 led K-12, military 4-H, and workforce preparation efforts as a 4-H youth development specialist. She administered Colorado’s CYFAR projects for over ten years and has secured over $2 million in external funding for Extension programming for Colorado families and youth. Jan has led the Diversity Catalyst Team (DCT) for CSU Extension and was involved in the federally-funded Change Agents States for Diversity initiative.

Nancy Deringer, PhD

Dr. Nancy Deringer is an associate professor at the University of Idaho in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and the statewide evaluator for the Idaho CYFAR projects. In her faculty role, she teaches a variety of upper level and graduate courses for the child, family, and consumer studies major. Previous to her faculty appointment, Nancy worked as an associate director for the University of Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development. She has over 10 years of experience developing, delivering, overseeing, and evaluating effective evidence-based programs for youth, families, and communities. She has been the principal investigator on five projects and has secured over $13 million dollars in federal, state, local, and foundation grants and contracts. Through these programs, she effectively supervised and coached numerous employees, student interns, and volunteers. Because of Nancy’s involvement in youth and family programs, Idaho’s previous governor, Governor Kempthorne, appointed her to two statewide councils.

Phillip Ealy

See bio above

Autumn Guin, MS

Autumn Guin is an extension associate in the Department of Agriculture and Human Sciences at North Carolina (NC) State University and serves as the evaluation lead for the 4-H Curriculum Development Team at NC State. She has worked with CYFAR programs for over 10 years as the statewide evaluator for three CYFAR projects and as part of the CYFERnet Program Team as the assistant editor for the Community Editorial Board. As a CYFAR PDTA Coach, Autumn provides support for program implementation, evaluation, and sustainability for CYFAR programs across the country. She holds a lifetime certification as a trainer for Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty, a program designed to train educators to effectively teach limited resource children. Autumn earned her BS in Psychology at Fayetteville State University, her MS in Community Psychology at NC State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Research and Policy Analysis at NC State University.

Laura Palmer, MS

Laura Palmer serves as an extension specialist with Purdue University. She is a registered dietitian and holds a MS in allied health with a focus on community nutrition. In the field of dietetics, she has worked in both clinical and community nutrition settings. During her career with extension, she has led nutrition programming and provided subject matter expertise for 92 Indiana counties. In addition, Laura has provided direct support to community-based initiatives such as WIC, SNAP, EFNEP, Indiana Pregnancy and Parenting Teen Support Services, and emergency food assistance programs. In her role as a CYFAR coach, she provides support and technical assistance related to implementation, evaluation, and sustainability to community project sites.