Extension's greatest resource is its people. And that resource starts at its core with an administrative staff with varied skills and strengths. The administrators who lead Nebraska Extension focus on their specific programs, while working collaboratively to provide the greatest service and support to the entire community of employees and those they serve.
The core strength of the group is the solid background they bring to Nebraska's leadership. The administrators represent a combined 130 years of experience in service to the Extension community. This depth of background greatly benefits the organization, its employees and the constituents they serve.
Our administrators serve not as hands-off leaders, but work in close collaboration with people in Nebraska and the wider University. They are both educators and practitioners in their field and are passionate about the work they do and the impact they are having on the world.
Meet our Administration Team
Dave VarnerInterim Dean and Director
Varner began his extension career with a college internship in 1986. Since then, he has served as an Extension assistant, educator, associate district director, and held interim director positions at the Southeast Research and Extension Center and the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, both located near Mead. He has served as associate dean and director since January 2017.
Kathleen LodlAssociate Dean
State 4-H Program Administrator
Human Sciences, Family, Youth, and Community Development
Rick RasbyAssociate Dean
Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community Development
JeanAnn FischerProgram Leader
Nutrition and Health Sciences
Dan CottonDirector of Integrated Technologies
Lisa KaslonProfessional Development Coordinator
Michael Bergland-RieseExtension Communications Coordinator
Linda TempelFaculty & Staff Development Coordinator
Angie RushmanProject & Instructional Technologist
Carla WernerAdministrative Associate
Eric BuckOffice Associate