In our effort to continue serving the community while maintaining safety protocols, the Hillsborough County Extension office will be open for sample drop-offs, with in-person client assistance available by appointment.


Please call (813) 744-5519 or email for assistance. For your convenience, a staff directory is provided below.

Contact Our Staff

Main Office Phone: (813) 744-5519

Department Directory

Family & Consumer Sciences

  •  Pamela Bradford
    • Extension Faculty, Youth, Adult, and 4H Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
      (813) 744-5519 x 54121
    • Provides programs in basic food and nutrition education, food safety, general 4-H Consumer Science and gardening.
    • Education
    • Master of Public Health (MPH), University of South Florida College of Public Health

  • Joanna Ortiz
    • Extension Agent I-Parenting & Family Life
    • (813) 744-5519 ext. 54140
    • Provides educational workshops and classes that go over subjects such as family life, parenting skills, work life balance, and childcare provider training to enhance the family dynamic.
      • Education
      • Master of Health Sciences, Public Health (MPH), Excelsior College
      • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at El Paso
      • Associate of Arts, El Paso Community College

  • Chanel Campbell
    • Media Program Coordinator
      (813) 744-5519 x 54129
    • Provides technology assistance and media production services to extension faculty and staff. Coordinates technology needs for meetings on site and agent visits around the county.
    • Education
      M.S., Mass Communications and Media, Lynn University
      B.F.A., Graphic Design, University of Tampbay

  • Kim Bragg-Armatrout
      • Provides educational classes and information regarding food, nutrition and health, including food safety, nutrition for the elderly and other populations, and  food preservation classes.
      • Education
        B.A., Business Administration with an A.A in Nutiriton - Tampa College

    • Lisa Leslie
      • Extension Faculty, Personal Finance
      • (813) 744-5519 x 54143
      • Personal finance including cash flow management, credit, debt management, and saving & investing for future goals.  Development and adaptation of educational materials to meet needs of different audiences. Outreach includes classes, 1-1 financial mentoring, webinars, and newsletters. Local coordinator for the Florida Master Money Mentor program and co-coordinator of Tampa Bay Saves.
      • Education
      • M.Ed., Instructional Technology, University of South Florida
        Certified Financial Planner®
        Accredited Financial Counselor®
    • Monica Petrella 
      • Food System Program Coordinator
      • (813) 744-5519 x 54111
      • Promotes and bolsters small and mid-scale regional agricultural production by engaging in cross-community partnerships and programming.
      • Education
      • Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics, minor in Organic and Sustainable Food Production, University of Florida
      • Master of Science in Community Development & Applied Economics, University of Vermont

    Urban Horticulture (Homeowners) (Non-Commercial)

    • Lynn Barber
      • Extension Faculty, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™
        (813) 744-5519 x 54136
      • Water conservation; reducing stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution; Florida-friendly landscape design and maintenance.
      • Education
        B.A., College of St. Catherine

    • Nicole Pinson
      • Home Horticulture
        (813) 744-5519 x 54145
      • Home lawns, landscapes, gardens, Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Junior Master Gardener Program; Environmental Horticulture (water conservation, integrated pest management, backyard wildlife).
      • Education
        M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education: Instructional Technology, University of South Florida
        B.S., Environmental Science and Policy, University of South Florida


    • Rob Northrop
      • Extension Faculty, Urban, Community, and Traditional Forestry
        (813) 744-5519 x 54106
      • Provides educational programs, technical assistance and planning services to governments, arboricultural and natural resource businesses, communities and homeowners on issues and practices related to urban and community forestry and tree care. Provides technical advice and planning assistance to private and public forest land owners on forest management and restoration, as well as protection and preservation of natural areas.
      • Education
        M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware
        B.S., Forestry/Wildlife, Virginia Tech

    • Chris Oswalt
      • Extension Faculty, Area Agent for Commercial Citrus for Hillsborough and Polk Counties
        (813) 744-5519 x 54131- Hillsborough County
        (863) 519-8677 x 108 - Polk County
      • Commercial citrus production, crop physiology, citrus nutrition, citrus pest and water management.
      • Education
        M.S., Horticultural Science - Fruit Crops, University of Florida, B.S., Citrus Production Management, University of Florida

      • Francisco Rivera
        • Extension Faculty, Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises
          (813) 744-5519 x 54119

        • Program includes sustainable agriculture methods, agricultural marketing, rural resource conservation and protection, least toxic pest management, and regulatory requirements for agricultural production. Work may include programs relating to rural/urban interface, intensive small scale agricultural, and small farm livestock/forage production. Additional responsibilities include supporting local farmers' markets and urban farms in addressing food accessibility. Also contributes to the 4-H Youth Development program.
        • Education
          B.S. General Agriculture, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus​
          M.S. Animal Science concentration in Animal Nutrition, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus
          M.B.A. Concentration in Accounting, Metropolitan University

      • Shawn Steed
        • Extension Faculty, Area Commercial Ornamental Production Agent for Hillsborough & Polk Counties
          (813) 744-5519 x 54147 

        • Commercial Ornamental Plant Production – Best Management Practices for Irrigation and fertilization, Integrated Pest Management, Labor and Business Management and Market Development. Youth 4-H and Future Farmers of America Ornamental Horticulture programs.
        • Education
          M.S., Horticulture, University of Florida
          B.S., Horticulture, University of Florida

      • Alicia Whidden
        • Extension Faculty, Vegetables & Small Fruit – Commercial Production
          (813) 744-5519 x 54134

        • Commercial Production – Cultural practices, Plant Nutrition, Water and Pest Management, Post Harvest Issues and Marketing.
        • Education
          M.S., Microbiology, University of South Florida
          B.S., Botany and Horticulture, Florida Southern College

    Professional Horticuluture Services

    • Susan Haddock
      • Extension Faculty, Professional Horticulture Services, IPM, and Small Farms
        (813) 744-5519 x 54103
      • Provides educational and diagnostic resources and training to Green Industry professionals regarding urban landscape horticulture, reducing non-point source pollution, integrated pest management (IPM), pesticide licensing and improving industry professionalism.
      • Education
        B.S., Landscape and Nursery Management/Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, 2005
        MBA, Marketing, California State University, 1991
        B.S., Biology, Old Dominion University, 1983
        Certified Laboratory Assistant, ASCP, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, 1977


    • Charles K. Poliseno
      • Extension Faculty, 4-H Youth Development
        (813) 744-5519 x 54132
      • Programs include Community Clubs, Afterschool Programs, School Enrichment Programs, Ag-Venture, 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking, and the development of other subject matter programs.
      • Education
        B.S., Business Economics, University of South Florida

    • Brandi Yancy
      • Extension Faculty, 4-H Youth Development
        (813) 744-5519 x 54116
      • Programs include Community Clubs, Afterschool Programs, School Enrichment Programs, Ag-Venture, 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking, and the development of other subject matter programs.
      • Education
        B.S., Agriculture Education & Communication, University of Florida


    • Stephen Gran
      • County Extension Director
        (813) 744-5519 x 54113
      • Coordinates and supports the staff and services of UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension


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    Seffner, FL 33584-3334

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