University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

State 4-H Office



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The California State 4-H Office provides statewide leadership and direction to the 4-H Youth Development Program in programmatic, research, evaluation and administrative areas.

California State 4-H Office
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618-7774
Phone: (530) 750-1334
Fax: (530) 756-1148

Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty

Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty
Statewide 4-H Director
The Statewide 4-H Director provides visionary leadership to the implementation and evaluation of the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program and is responsible for creating and implementing strategies and programs to support the growth and development of 4-H, volunteers, and staff. The Director connects research and extension efforts to the latest research on positive youth development and collaborates with UC ANR Strategic Initiatives, Program Teams, Workgroups, campus specialists, advisors, staff and county Cooperative Extension offices in fostering research and program delivery across the state of California. The Director provides leadership and oversight to the 4-H Advisory Committees, 4-H focus areas — 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), 4-H Healthy Living, and 4-H Civic Engagement — and 4-H Military Partnership Program. The Director develops and coordinates revenue generating opportunities in support of 4-H, and develops, interprets, and implements UC policies related to 4-H. Primary clientele are 4-H staff, academics, county directors, and 4-H adult volunteers who, in turn, deliver programs to meet the needs of young people and families in the community. 

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1334

Kali Trzesniewski
Kali Trzesniewski
Associate Director of Research - 4-H Youth Development 
Kali is an associate Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Human Ecology, specializes in developmental psychology. She also serves as associate director of research for the Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program. Kali completed her Ph.D. in psychology at UC Davis. She was a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 2010. Her research interest include families, children and youth, students and education, positive youth development, health and well-being.


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Trisha Dinh
Youth, Families, & Communities Financial Manager
Trisha joins us from the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of contracts and grants, project and program management, and personnel and financial management. She is passionate about the mission of Youth, Families and Communities, our programs and the people we serve.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1385


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Kathy Fessler
State 4-H Office Program Assistant
Responsible for providing support and customer service for 4-H in all counties statewide. Job responsibilities also include administrative and program support for the State 4-H Office. 

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1334


Whitney Bell

Whitney Bell
4-H Analyst
Whitney provides statewide support to 4-H county and state staff as well as ANR colleagues through research, analysis and development of all 4-H policies. Additionally, she provides oversight to the statewide 4-H financial reporting, as well as the 4-H Data Systems Analyst's management of the 4-H enrollment system and all associated reporting requirements. As a 4-H alumna, Whitney’s enthusiasm for the 4-H program began to grow many years ago and she believes strongly in the mission and positive impact of UC ANR and 4-H on our CA communities.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-442-6615

Larissa Leavens

Larissa Leavens
4-H Data Systems Analyst
Larissa comes to 4-H with over 20 years of experience working for University of California. She provides oversight and management to the enrollment system and associated support to county and State 4-H Office staff. (For staff use only) || Phone: 530-217-3153

Tamekia Wilkins

Tamekia Wilkins
YFC Data Analyst
Supports evaluation and research of the 4-H Youth Development Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. The Data Analyst provides program evaluation support including data compilation, analysis, and assistance in reporting findings for YFC statewide programs.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1368

Suzanne Morikawa

Suzanne Morikawa
YFC Marketing and Communications Specialist
Suzanne develops and implements marketing and communications plans for the 4-H and EFNEP programs in the Youth, Families and Communities Statewide Program. She supports the social media, website, communications, print and digital marketing materials for both programs. Suzanne is the Field Marketing Liaison with the National 4-H Council, to coordinate branding and marketing efforts for national campaigns.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1381


Gemma Miner

Gemma Miner
Academic Coordinator for Volunteer Management
Gemma leads efforts to ensure principles and best practices for volunteer engagement are implemented in California 4-H. With over 40 years of experience, she has provided extensive youth services, including outdoor education, camping, school-aged childcare, at-risk youth programming, marketing and communications, and special event management. She has extensive experience in professional development for staff, volunteers, and youth.
Her sparks are youth development, personal development, learning, service, and all things Disney!

E-mail: || Phone: 530-285-1086

Jenna Colburn

Jenna Colburn
Community Education Specialist for Civic Engagement & Leadership
Jenna leads and manages statewide youth leadership, civic engagement, and service learning programs for 4-H. She plans, develops, and provides training to 4-H Youth Development staff, volunteers, and youth in each of these areas. In addition to planning and managing various conferences and leadership events, Jenna leads the Civic Engagement/Service-Learning Advisory Committee. Jenna has been involved in 4-H for over 16 years (3rd generation 4-H) and her parents are still members!

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1336


Ryan Cleland
Community Education Specialist
Ryan implements statewide civic engagement opportunities for youth and manages events sponsored by the State 4-H office, such as State Field Day, Citizenship Washington Focus, Ignite by 4-H, and non-livestock national contests. Ryan has been a member, volunteer, or staff member of California 4-H for the last 24 years and is the fifth generation of his family to work in an agriculture-related field.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1283

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Scott Mautte
Program Representative for Volunteer & Staff Development
Scott leads and manages statewide staff and volunteer learning and development programs for 4-H. He plans, develops, and provides training to 4-H Youth Development staff and volunteers in the areas of positive youth development, program management, and leadership development.

In addition to planning and managing various conferences and leadership events, Scott designs statewide online courses and manages 4-H's Learning Management system (LMS). Scott has been in the fields of youth and volunteer development for over 25 years.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-240-6749

California 4-H Foundation


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California 4-H Foundation
The California 4-H Foundation functions as a collaborating support group to ANR in order to raise funds on behalf of statewide and local priorities of the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program needs.

Carolyn Warne

Carolyn Warne
The Director of the California 4-H Foundation provides leadership in planning and executing a comprehensive annual and long-range resource development/fundraising program to support the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1302



Tammie Erhard
Development Operations Manager
Tammie is responsible for supporting the financial and administrative operations of the California 4-H Foundation. This includes processing all gifts made to the California 4-H Foundation, transferring donor designated funds to 4-H programs and managing the donor database.

E-mail: || Phone: 530-750-1389


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