Educators of the Buckeye Hills EERA

Christine Gelley – Noble County







Christine is the ANR Extension Educator for Noble County. Christine joined our team in March 2016. For her M.S., she attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville earning her degree from the Plant Sciences Department while focusing her research on Forage Quality and Management for Beef Cattle. Christine is also a graduate of The Ohio State University where she acquired her B.S. in Sustainable Plant Systems-Agronomy, while minoring in Natural Resource Management, and also her A.S. in Horticulture from OSU ATI. She is excited to dive into her new role within Extension and plans to be a Buckeye for life. Christine and her husband Keegan were blessed with their first child in 2015, a little girl named Bethany. In their spare time they enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking road trips, and exploring the outdoors together.


Marcus McCartney – Washington County


Marcus is now the ANR educator in Washington County. He came to Meigs County OSU Extension in August of 2015 after the completion of his Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from West Virginia University. During his time as a WVU graduate assistant, he taught introductory computer courses for the Agricultural Education department, researched biofuel production on reclaimed surface mine, worked in the state’s soil testing laboratory, and researched the current grazing management practices of West Virginia beef producers. He also received his undergraduate degree from WVU in 2003.

Just as Marcus, his family is actively involved with Extension. His wife works for WVU Extension as a state specialist in community health and his children are OSU 4H members.
They live on a small farm in Washington County where they enjoy spending time together, playing outdoors, and restoring their 112+ yr. old farm house.


Mark Landefeld – Monroe County

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Mark Landefeld is an Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Natural Resource Educator in Monroe County. He has worked there since 1996. He was graduated from the Ohio State University in 1978 with a B.S in Animal Science and in 2001 with a M.S in Agricultural Education. Landefeld’s areas of specialization are Forage and Livestock Production and Management and Fruit and Vegetable Production. Mark, and his wife Barb, own a 50 acre farm in Monroe County and maintain 25 commercial beef cow-calf pairs.


Chris Penrose – Morgan County

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Chris has been with OSU Extension since 1989. He has spent much of his career working in the area of forages. He has conducted research on ways to extend the grazing season and has provided numerous programs, presentations and articles in Ohio, nationally, and in many countries. He also has a focus in Shale Energy and Farm Safety. He also enjoys writing a weekly column in the Morgan County Herald, and working with Master Gardeners and other clientele on horticultural issues.


Dan Lima – Belmont County

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Received undergraduate degree: Plant Biology from OSU (2004)
Received Master’s degree: Horticulture and Crop Science (2010) My focus was on plant physiology and plant pigments
Have worked in Extension for almost two years in Belmont County with specializations in Forages and Natural Resources.
Weekly multi State Extension Radio Program
Active Master Gardener Group in the County
Helped develop water quality program for land owners workshop in Eastern Ohio.


Ed Brown – Athens County

Ed started with OSU Extension in October 2014. His previous experience included nine years with Extension in Arkansas as a county director with responsibilities in ANR, 4-H and CD. Ed is originally from Athens County with a long family history in the area. He moved to central Florida as a child where he grew up and attended the University of Florida majoring in Animal Science. He spent two years in Tanzania as a missionary working on agricultural development before returning to the states. Ed married his wife Cindy and moved to Missouri where he received his M.S. in Extension Education from the University of Missouri. They have three children; Sallie, Edison and Bo. They are all now back at the family farm that his grandparents once ran.


Ted Wiseman – Perry County

Timothy McDermott – Hocking County

Tim started with Extension in August 2015 after 20 years in private practice as a Veterinarian.  He is a proud graduate of both Ohio University(Zoology and Electrical/Computer Engineering) and Ohio State University(Veterinary Medicine) He is  married with two children.  His focus in Hocking will be backyard horticulture, specialty farms, beef production and community development. Hocking county Extension can be followed on the ANR Blog to keep up with events, projects and ideas.

Kevin Fletcher – Meigs County




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