Oyewole Ajifolokun

Dr. Ajifolokun provides teaching and leadership in science and small animal health programs in Cook County. He is a member of Cook County Extension- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) team. He teaches various topics in biology and animal science as well as offering professional development programs to both elementary and middle school science teachers.

Dr. Ajifolokun earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a master’s degree in business administration from the University …

Daniela Sharma

Dr. Daniela Sharma received her B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut in 1993 and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1999. She joined Rutgers University as an assistant director in the Office of Research, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in 2000. In 2008, she joined the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University as a teacher and soon was appointed the undergraduate program director. She supervises the Animal Science undergraduate curriculum, providing guidance to students and faculty, …

Perri Stark

Dr. Perri Stark is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University, as well as the Animal Biotechnology and Conservation Department at Delaware Valley College. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication from Rutgers University and an MBA from Adelphi University. Following a career in banking, Dr. Stark went back to school where she received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. At Rutgers, she is currently teaching the on-line animal …

Elizabeth Wells

Dr. Elizabeth Wells is an extension educator at Michigan State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Communications and her master’s in Continuing Education from Michigan State University. Her doctorate from MSU is in Agriculture and Extension Education. Her research is in the area of the use of technology in extension. She provides leadership for the companion animal 4-H program in Michigan and develops educational programs for the dog project related to training, care, and health issues.

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Lucinda B. Miller

Lucinda B. Miller, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor with Ohio State University Extension. As an Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Miller is responsible for providing leadership to Ohio 4-H small animal and companion animal science programs, focusing on life skills, best practices, and career development. Miller also provides leadership to 4-H PetPALS, a volunteer leader-directed animal-assisted activities program linking youth and their pets with senior adults.

Miller lives on an 86-acre farm in Central Ohio with her husband, 14 Quarter …

Nancy Dreschel

Dr. Nancy Dreschel is an instructor of Companion Animal Science at Penn State University. After receiving her bachelor’s and veterinary degrees from Cornell University, she worked in mixed and small animal practice in New York State and Pennsylvania for 13 years before returning to school at Penn State University to obtain a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health. Her research has focused on the effects of fear and stress on behavior and physiology in dogs and their owners. She has a particular …

Amy Fischer

Dr. Amy Fischer is a Teaching Associate and Extension Specialist with the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, where she coordinates the Companion Animal Biology and Humane Education program.  This program emphasizes the science of companion animals as well as their roles in society, and encourages students to apply knowledge through a variety of internships, service-based learning projects, and other opportunities based on community partnerships.     

Fischer serves on the Boards of Directors of the Champaign County Humane Society and …

Lisa Karr-Lilienthal

Dr. Lisa Karr-Lilienthal is an assistant professor in Companion Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Illinois State University and then received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Companion Animal Nutrition. Her research has focused on nutrition of dogs, cats, and other non-ruminant animals. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she advises students and teaches undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Companion Animals, Human-Companion Animal Interactions, Companion …

Kathy Potthoff

Kathy Potthoff is an extension educator with 4-H Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, emphasis from Fort Hays State University at Hays KS. She received her master’s degree in Agriculture, Leadership and Education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research is in the area of cultural competence with youth development volunteers and youth. Kathy worked in with 4-H and other programming areas while in a four county area in southwest Nebraska and currently is on staff …