Welcome to UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension! For newcomers to Extension, Citrus County Extension is a federal, state, and local partnership that provides research-based information from the University of Florida to the citizens of Citrus County. Citrus County Board of County Commissioners generously provides a place to work and the funding to carry out our programs.
Citrus County Extension serves as a link between university research and the local community by providing a wide variety of educational opportunities for adults and youth of Citrus County. Educational programs are directed at broad national and state concerns, as well as a focus on locally determined and citizen influenced priorities in areas such as lawns and gardens, nutrition and wellness, financial management, natural resources, Florida-friendly practices, and youth development (4-H).
Dr. Joan Bradshaw
County Extension Director, Natural Resource Faculty
Funding Source: UF 60% Citrus County 40%
Dr. Joan Bradshaw is Director of Citrus County Extension and the natural resource conservation faculty for specialized programs in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Sumter County University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service.
As the County Extension Director (CED), Joan’s responsibilities include providing leadership and supervision to the total Citrus County Extension program.
In the role of regional natural resource faculty, she is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Extension educational programs relative to water conservation, pollution prevention, shoreline stewardship, and sustainability. Joan graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors and Masters Degree and obtained a doctorate degree from the University of South Florida
Extension Agent I - Family and Consumer Sciences
Funding Source: UF 50% Citrus County 50%
Monica has been serving the Citrus County Extension office since January 2005, originally as a FCS Program Assistant. As of July 2008, she began her career as an Extension Agent in Family and Consumer Sciences. Program emphasis on health, nutrition and food safety which includes elder nutrition at the congregate dining sites and ServSafe classes for food managers. Additionally housing programs including energy-efficiency in the home, financial management, disaster preparedness, and indoor air quality. Monica received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Central Florida, currently enrolled at the University of Florida for a Master’s degree in Agricultural Education and Communication.
Extension Courtesy Agent I - 4-H
Funding Source: Citrus County 100%
Amy Duncan has provided leadership for the 4-H/ Youth Development program since 2001. 4-H is a "learn-by-doing" educational program for kids ages 5-18, that enables youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world. Amy utilizes the three standard delivery methods of 4-H Clubs, School Enrichment and Special Interest Programs. Adult 4-H Leader volunteers are the foundation of 4-H, and Amy is responsible for these volunteers through recruitment, screening, training and recognition. Amy graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science.
Extension Agent I - Urban Horticulture
Funding Source: UF 10% Citrus County 90%
Matt Lenhardt has been the Urban Horticulture agent for the Citrus County UF/IFAS Extension Service beginning in 2009. As the Urban Horticulture/Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator, his responsibilities includes providing residential horticultural classes, and recruitment, training, and education of volunteers providing leadership for the program and its community outreach activities.
His commercial horticulture role includes providing industry professional classes, certifications/licensing, continuing education units, and Green Industry - Best Management Practices training opportunities. His goal is to be an informational resource for homeowners and industry professionals by providing sound horticultural advice and management techniques. Matt graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Horticulture and from the University of Georgia with a Masters of Agricultural Leadership.
Florida Yards and Neighborhood Coordinator
Funding Source: SWFWMD 50% Citrus County 50%
Audrey Durr provides residential programs, which focus on landscaping the Florida-Friendly way using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices to have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy, and money while protecting our future.
Audrey Durr is the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Program Coordinator for the Citrus County UF/IFAS Extension Service. She began her career with Charlotte County UF/IFAS Extension’s FYN program in July 2005 and transferred to the Citrus County FYN program in December 2006. She works with homeowners/renters, landscape professionals, decision makers, builders/developers, and youth to teach them about the benefits of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. Audrey graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. Her course work included an internship at the Lenni Lenape Historical Society Museum of Indian Culture where she studied and documented the tribe's historical use of native flora and fauna. She has completed the Florida Certified Horticulture Professional training through the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA) and the Master Gardener training through the Charlotte County UF/IFAS Extension.
Regina (Gina) Hamilton
Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program Assistant
Gina has served as the Urban Horticulture/FYN program secretary from April of 2004 through 2006 and then served as the Adult program secretary for all program areas of Extension. In May 2010 she was promoted to the FYN program assistant.
Gloria began her career with Citrus County Extension as the Home Economics Office Associate in 1979. She has come full circle and now serves not only as the Office Administration secretary but also as program support for Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Sciences.
Virginia (Ginny) Celano
Ginny has been working in the 4-H/Youth Development area as the Program Secretary for 18 years. She began working for the Extension office in 1992. Ginny provides program support to 4-H/Youth development and Horticulture program areas.
FYN Yard Maintenance
Carl has served as FYN Yard Maintenance, managing to maintain the Florida-Friendly learning landscape garden here at Citrus County Extension office as well as the FYN demonstration garden located at Central Ridge Library since September 2009. Carl also assists with class preparations as well as other duties needed by the office.