Washington State University Extension

Grays Harbor County

Office Information and Resources

WSU Extension wants to help you put knowledge to work. We are a three-way partnership of the US Department of Agriculture, Washington State University, and Grays Harbor County that delivers unbiased, research-based information and educational programs.

Director: Dan Teuteberg


Grays Harbor Staff:

Kymmie Foster, Nutrition Education Assistant, works primarily in East Grays Harbor County with the Food $ense Program in schools teaching nutrition education. Kym graduated from Montesano High School, and Centralia Community College. e-mail:

Gary Fredericks, Area Dairy and Livestock Agent, is located in Cowlitz County. Gary focuses on personnel management, youth programs, milking techniques, and waste management issues. Gary’s responsibilities include regional issues in SW Washington for dairy and small farm production and supervision of the Extension Livestock Advisors team of SW Washington. e-mail:

Jim Freed, Special Forest Products Area Extension Agent for all DNR’s western Washington regions, provides technical assistance and supports education programs for non-timber forest products and forestry stewardship. phone: (360) 902-1314 cell: (360)789-7529 e-mail:

Julie Guyton, Extension Food $ense Program Coordinator, is the program coordinator for the Grays Harbor County Food $ense Nutrition Education Program and provides nutrition classes primarily for East county schools. Julie, a Grays Harbor native, graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications.

Davona Gwin, Nutrition Education Assistant, works primarily in West Grays Harbor County with the Food $ense Program in schools and at various agencies teaching nutrition education. Davona, originally from the Grays Harbor area, has been providing nutrition classes through the Food $ense Program for more than 15 years. e-mail:

Tracie Hanson, 4-H Program Coordinator for Grays Harbor County, works to facilitate all aspects of the local 4-H Youth Development Program. Tracie, a Grays Harbor native and 4-H alumnus, has earned an AA degree from Grays Harbor College and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Washington State University.

Steve Harbell, Washington Sea Grant Marine Field Agent, continues providing technical assistance and educational programs for the commercial fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing industries. Now retired from WSU Extension, Steve is part of the University of Washington Sea Grant Program. e-mail:

Ashley Johnson, Nutrition Education Assistant, works primarily in the Ocosta School District with the Food $ense Program teaching nutrition education. Ashley graduated from St. Helens High School, OR, and has two years towards her BS from BYU, Rexburg, ID. While she has lived in several western states, Ashley recently settled in the Westport area. e-mail:

Chris Koehler, Extension Faculty, provides programs in family relations, personal finance, health and life skills. Chris received her BS in Social Work from Salem State College, and her MS in Home Economics from Arizona State University. e-mail:

Nancy Ness, Coordinator for the Grays Harbor County Noxious Weed Control Board, administers the state’s noxious weed law (RCW 17.10), provides weed identification, consultation and education to landowners, agencies and private industry. e-mail:

Kim Patten, Extension Specialist, Agricultural Researcher, and Associate Horticulturist, is located at WSU Long Beach Research and Extension Unit. His areas of expertise include cranberries, as well as spartina, and other aquatic nuisance species. He received a BS in Plant Science from University of California Davis, an MS in Horticulture from Iowa State University and a PhD in Horticulture from Washington State University. e-mail:

Sue Sparkman, Principal Assistant/Office Manager, is a Lewis County native, receiving an AA from Centralia College and a BA from Washington State University. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she serves as the Food Safety & Preservation Information contact and assists with the Leadership Development Program . e-mail:

Dan Teuteberg, Interim Director of Grays Harbor County, is the Regional Specialist of 4-H Youth Development for Grays Harbor and Mason Counties. Drawing from the past experiences of being a teacher in Tennessee, adventure camp director in Wisconsin, and now a youth development educator in Washington, Dan brings a broad spectrum of knowledge and enthusiasm to the field of positive youth development. e-mail:

Sy Vanissaveth, AmeriCorps VISTA member, is combining the 4-H Youth Development mentality and the mission of Grays Harbor Mentoring Connections to pilot and build capacity for a youth mentoring program within Grays Harbor. Sy’s passion to help youth reach their potential and succeed comes from years of experience as a day camp coordinator and teen center director. He received his MS in psychology from the University of Phoenix and is working towards his license and MS in school counseling through Concordia University, Wisconsin. Sy says that Washington is a nice change from the bitter cold of Wisconsin. e-mail:


32 Elma-McCleary Road
PO Box 3018 (mailing)
Elma, WA 98541-3018


8 – 5, Mon. – Fri.


(360) 482-2934


Take Grays Harbor Fairgrounds exit from St. Hwy. 8, enter GHC Fairgrounds Pavilion parking lot. The office is at the east end of the parking lot.

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Grays Harbor County, 32 Elma McCleary Rd, Elma, WA 98541, 360-482-2934, Contact Us

(Mail) P O Box 3018, Elma, WA 98541-3018
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