The Center is guided by a regional board of directors that establishes policies and program emphases.


Dr. Richard Rhodes III

Executive Director, Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NERA)
Aquaculture Center, University of Rhode Island, 14 East Farm Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Dr. Gary Thompson

Associate Dean and Director,
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
217 Ag Admin Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-3136


Dr. Kenneth J. La Valley

Dean and Director, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
UNH Professional Development & Training
59 College Road
Taylor Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Michael O'Neill (Board Chair)

Associate Dean and Associate Director, University of Connecticut Extension
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4036
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4036
Phone: (860) 486-6270


Dr. Dyremple Marsh

Dean and Director, Delaware State University
Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
1200 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.6400


Mr. Brent Elrod

National Program Leader - Community & Rural Development
Veterans Special Emphasis Program Manager
LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager
Division of Family and Consumer Sciences
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-2225
Phone: 202.690.3468
Fax: 202.720.9366

USDA-ERS Liaison

Dr. Timothy R. Wojan

Regional Economist
Economic Research Service/USDA
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Mail Stop 1800
Washington, DC 20250-0002
Phone: 202.694.5419

CARET Representative

Ms. Bernadette (Bunnie) Reichle

Northeast Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) Chair