Extension Master Gardener National Committee

The Extension Master Gardener National Committee (EMG-NC) provides a national focus and contact point for the nationwide Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program and the various state efforts in Extension Consumer Horticulture.

The EMG-NC facilitates inclusion of county and state gardening information in eXtension; provides a channel for contacting, funding, and training EMGs to be front line detectors/information providers on national, critical issues related to home yards and landscapes; facilitates national collaboration to avoid redundancy in development of educational materials, and expedites collaboration with federal agencies, funders and professional organizations for input and funding for national issues and priorities.

The EMG-NC was formed in July 2006 and is comprised of EMG state coordinators elected to represent six geographical Cooperative Extension regions (Northeast, North Central, Northwest, Southwest, South Central and Southeast) and the directors of nationwide projects.



EMG state coordinators are elected by their peers to represent six geographical regions. Elected representatives serve two-year terms and elections are staggered.

South Central Region: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee (Term ends 2019)

Dr. Natalie Bumgarner

Assistant Professor of Residential and Consumer Horticulture

Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Coordinator

Phone: 865/974-7324

Email: nbumgarn@utk.edu

Southwest Region: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii (Term ends 2018)

Missy Gable

Director, UC Master Gardener Program

Phone: 530/750-1266

Email: mjgable@ucanr.edu

Northwest Region: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska (Term ends 2019)

Chris Hilgert

University of Wyoming Extension

Phone: 307-766-6870

Email: chilgert@uwyo.edu

North Central Region: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana (Term ends 2019)

Susan DeBlieck

Iowa State University

Telephone: 515-294-6764

Email: deblieck@iastate.edu

Northeast Region: Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine (Term ends 2018)

Jan Zientek

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program Coordinator

County Extension Dept. Head

Cooperative Extension of Essex County

Telephone: 973-228-3179

Email: zientek@njaes.rutgers.edu

Southeast Region: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia (Term ends 2018)

Charlotte Glen

State Coordinator,

NC Extension Master Gardener Program

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Horticultural Science

Telephone: 919-515-1226

Email: charlotte_glen@ncsu.edu

At-Large Members

An unspecified number of at-large representatives who are providing leadership to various aspects of the EMG program or who direct other national projects related to EMG programs are voting members of the EMG-NC. If the EMG-NC determines that another at-large position(s) should be established, it may do so by a simple majority vote. These positions are filled by appointment from the Executive Board. Current at-large positions include:


John Orick, Purdue

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dalicia Davis, University of Minnesota

National Extension Volunteer Conference Representative

Pam Bennett, Ohio State University

EMG National Coordinator Conference Representative

Dr. Natalie Bumgarner, University of Tennessee

Resources Repository Editor

Sheri Dorn, University of Georgia

Impact & Evaluation

Mike Maddox, Wisconsin

International Master Gardener Conference Representative

Kathleen Reed, Virginia Tech


A USDA/NIFA National Program Leader with responsibilities for EMG programs will be a nonvoting member of the Board and Committee. Additionally, non-voting liaisons from other Federal Agencies will be invited to meet with the Committee as deemed appropriate by the Committee. The International Master Gardener Committee might also be invited to appoint a liaison to serve on the National Committee to facilitate communications between the two committees. A representative from among the state Extension Directors will also be invited as a nonvoting member of the Board and Committee. Current liaison(s) include:

Thomas (Tom) Bewick

Physical Address:

Waterfront Centre

800 9th St., SW,

Washington, DC 20024

Mailing Address:

United States Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 2201

Washington, DC 20250-220

Telephone: (202) 401 - 3356

FAX: (202) 401 - 4888

Email: tbewick@nifa.usda.gov