ABILENE: (785)-263-2001 712 S. Buckeye Avenue, Abilene, KS 67410
MARION: (620)-382-2325 1116 E Main Street, Marion, KS 66861
Rickey Roberts: District Director & Livestock Production Agent
Rickey received his degrees in Agriculture Education from both Oklahoma State and Kansas State University. He has been with extension since 2001, and he lives just outside of Hillsboro with his family where they own a small flock of sheep specializing in the production of club lambs.
Renae Riedy: Family Resource Management Agent
Renae Riedy is a Family and Consumer Science agent in the Dickinson County Office, with special interests in Aging, Wellness and Personal Finance. As a graduate of Kansas State University, she holds a degree in General Human Ecology and began her extension career in October 2014 in Marion County. Prior to extension, Renae worked in the early childhood field for several years. Renae and her husband live on a farm in Southern Dickinson County where they raise crops, beef, and their four children. Her family’s main interests are sports, firefighting, and agriculture.
Jill Martinson: 4-H Youth Development Agent
Jill has served as the 4-H Youth Development Agent in Dickinson County since 2007. She lives in the northeast corner of Dickinson County near Milford Lake with her husband, Gary DePew, and two children, Josslyn and Asher. Jill is a graduate of Kansas State University and taught language arts at Junction City Middle School before joining K-State Research and Extension. She enjoys being actively involved in 4-H with her family and serves as a volunteer dog project leader. Jill’s work motivation is supporting strong community-based 4-H traditions while encouraging the program’s constant evolution to better reach and engage young people and families.
Mirna Bonilla: Community Health and Wellness Agent
Mirna is the Health and Nutrition Agent working in the Dickinson County Office. She has been with the Chisholm Trail District since 2020, but part of Extension since 2017. She graduated from K-State with a Bachelor’s in Family Studies and Human Services and a Master’s in Family and Community Services. As much as Mirna and her boyfriend enjoy traveling, they love even more to call Manhattan their home. Her favorite part about working in Extension is witnessing how influential our work can be within an individual’s life and the community in order to create positive change.
Tristen Cope: Family and Youth Development Agent
Tristen has been with Extension since 2017. Tristen graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She lives outside of Marion with her husband, dog, two cats, and occasional furry friend from the ranch. Something that energizes her about working in Extension is the opportunity to bring new programs and resources to her hometown and extended community.
Hayley Whitehair: Crops Production & Horticulture Agent
Hayley has been with Extension since August of 2021 serving as the Horticulture and Crop Production Agent in Abilene. She earned her bachelor's degree from Northwest Missouri State University in general Agriculture with a Horticulture concentration. She and her husband, Will, reside in Abilene. Hayley is excited to work in Extension and serve the members of Dickinson and Marion Counties.
Atalie Tompkins: SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator
Atalie serves as the nutrition educator for SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at the Dickinson County office, and has worked in Extension since 2017. Atalie holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Kansas. She is certified to teach Health and Family & Consumer Sciences, and holds a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University. Atalie is a passionate educator to all ages and values the latest information in health and wellness.
Myrta Billings: SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator
Myrta Billings is the part-time Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) Nutrition Educator for K-State Research and Extension in the Marion County office. She has been the Marion County SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator for over three years. Myrta graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Vocational Home Economics and holds a Master’s degree from Bowling State University in Curriculum and Education. Myrta and her husband, Erik, reside in Marion where they co-habitat with the ruler of their roost, their rescue dog Bo. As a retired Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Myrta enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge of nutrition and her love of teaching with the residents of Marion County.
Sarah Loomis: Communications Manager
Sarah Loomis is the Chisholm Trail and Central Kansas Districts Communications Manager as of June 2022. Being a recent graduate of Kansas State University, Sarah has been using her bachelors in Agricultural Communications and Journalism degree creating graphics and articles through multimedia for those in agriculture.
Cheryl Brewer: Office Professional
Cheryl has been with the Marion Extension Office only for a couple of months, but looks forward to learning and experiencing all that Extension has to offer. Cheryl lives in Marion with her husband and two sons.
Barbie Woody: Office Professional
Barbie has been with the Abilene Office since November 2021. She is enjoying learning about all that KSRE has to offer. Barbie lives on a small farm in Dickinson County with her Husband, 2 kids, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, peafowl and alpacas. She received a certificate in Clerical Procedures from Salina Area Vo-Tech and received her CDA in Early Childhood Education.
Megan Anguiano: 4H Office Professional
Recent graduate of Kansas State University, Megan joined the Chisholm Trail District in July 2022! Megan brings to the office a tremendous 4-H resume as she was an 11 year member of the Willowdale 4-H club and earned her key award. At K-State, Megan lived three years at Alpha of Clovia 4-H Leadership House where she served on the executive board. On the weekends, you can find Megan cheering on her alma mater at football games and wearing red in support of the Kansas City Chiefs. Additonally, Megan has a strong passion for the agriculture industry, scrapbooking, and growing succulents.