Melanie Biersmith

Melanie Biersmith serves as Associate State 4-H Leader and has since 2018.  In this role, she is responsible for the operation of the 4-H facilities across Georgia: Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll, and 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island.  She also provides leadership to the residential programs that operate out of the 4-H facilities including the 4-H Environmental Education program and the 4-H summer camping program.

She holds the faculty rank of Senior Public Service Associate at the University of Georgia and is a recipient of the 2017 Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach.  She has also been recognized as Facilitator of the Year for three environmental education curricula: Project WET (2002), Project WILD (2017), and Project Learning Tree (2019).

She started her career with UGA Extension on Jekyll Island in 2003.  She first served as 4-H Environmental Education Coordinator and then 4-H Center Director.  In 2008, she transitioned to the state 4-H staff where she served as Extension 4-H Specialist for Science and Environmental Education until 2018.

Melanie’s degrees, a B.S. in biology from Georgia College and a M.A. in science education from the University of Georgia, have both contributed to work with Georgia 4-H. Additionally, she worked with UGA’s Marine Extension on Skidaway Island for three years and taught high school science in Georgia for two years. She stays in touch with the formal education community as her husband is a high school science teacher in Morgan County. Together, they are raising two children.

Sue Chapman, Ed.D.

Dr. Sue Chapman serves as the Associate State 4-H Leader for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. In this capacity, she assists the State 4-H Leader/Director of 4-H in the daily operation of the UGA Extension 4-H program.  There are more than 300 full-time and part-time faculty and staff members in Athens and the four 4-H centers in Georgia who support the district and county 4-H faculty and staff members who deliver the 4-H program at the county level.

Sue holds the faculty rank of Senior Public Service Associate at the University of Georgia and is a recipient of the 2014 Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach. She is a trained mediator and group process facilitator.  She has experience in developing team-based organizations, implementing quality improvement practices, leading community and economic development efforts, and providing educational programs to diverse groups.  Prior to her appointment with Georgia 4-H, she was the operations coordinator with the University of Georgia Archway Partnership for 7 years and state extension coordinator with UGA Cooperative Extension/College of Family and Consumer Sciences for 9 years. During her time at UGA, she has secured and managed over $7 million in community-based grants and contracts.  Before her appointment with the University of Georgia, Sue worked for almost 15 years in healthcare education, volunteer management and human resource development.  She holds leadership roles in various community and professional organizations.

Sue received a Doctor of Education degree in adult education from the University of Georgia in 1990 and a Master of Science degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Valdosta State University in 1985.  She is a Georgia native, currently residing in Barrow County.

Adam Baynes

Adam helps provide pc, server, network, and website
support for the State 4-H Office on UGA’s campus and
the five 4-H centers statewide.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration
degree in Information Systems and Communications
from Georgia College and State University in 1999, and
in 2004 he received a Master of Management Information
Systems degree from Georgia College and State University.
Adam spent several years working in the IT field within the
private sector before joining Georgia 4-H in 2001, with job
responsibilities ranging from AS/400 computer operator to
network administration.

Adam enjoys spending his spare time with his family,
playing golf, watching sports, and traveling. He resides in
Madison, GA with his wife Jamison, and their son William.

Lori Bledsoe, Ed.D.

Lori Purcell Bledsoe serves the State 4-H faculty as 4-H Program Development Coordinator in Northwest District. She joined the State 4-H faculty in 2002. Prior to her appointment as the PDC, she was the 4-H Agent in Rockdale County for five years and was a high school science teacher.

In her role as PDC, Lori supports 4-H County Extension Agents by providing staff development for County Extension faculty in the areas of youth development, new agent training, partnerships with public schools, lesson development and curricula implementation, and program development. Lori also coordinates all district and state events for Northwest District including four project achievement competitions, Junior Conference, and Fall Forum.

Lori is a “triple dawg” graduate of the University of Georgia with a Doctorate of Education, Masters of Agricultural Extension, and a Bachelors of Science. Lori was very active while in college at UGA where she served as President of her sorority, Delta Gamma, and was voted one of the 10 Outstanding Graduating Greeks in 1994. Lori grew up in Lovejoy, Georgia, where her parents still live today. She was an active participant in Henry County 4-H where she served as a county and district officer. Lori went on to serve five summers in the Georgia 4-H camping program with three summers in leadership positions. She was recognized as an Honorary Master 4-H’er in 1997.

During her career Lori has been afforded several recognitions to include Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents Outstanding New Agent, Achievement in Service Award, and Distinguished Service Award. She was also the Outstanding New Professional for Epsilon Sigma Phi. Lori created several programs in Rockdale County where she was recognized on a regional and national level by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Lori served as President of the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents in 2005-2006 and was the 2010-2011 National Association for Extension 4-H Agent’s President . She served on the steering committee for the National 4-H Headquarters National Learning Priorities and helped create the Essential Elements Curriculum.

Lori and her husband, Dennis reside in Jackson, Georgia. They are the proud parents of Luke, born in 2007 and Eli, born in 2010 and Lori enjoys being the step-mother to a soccer loving boy, Jacob.

Kasey Bozeman

Kasey Bozeman serves as the Extension 4-H Specialist for Science Programs with Georgia 4-H. Kasey develops, implements, and evaluates state-level 4-H science programs, including Mission Make-It: The Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge, the Georgia 4-H Technology Summit, STEM Ambassadors, Pollinator Ambassadors, and Wildlife Ambassadors.  Additionally, Kasey trains and supports county-based faculty in science programming and creating curricula and other materials to address science and STEM programs.  Kasey also serves as the Lead State Advisor to National 4-H Council’s Tech Changemakers program, providing content and technical assistance to 1862 institutions implementing the project.

From 2011-2019, Kasey served as the Liberty County Extension Coordinator and 4-H Youth Development Agent. In this role, she planned and taught educational programs and activities for 4-H youth, including in-school meetings and out-of-school clubs and opportunities.  She guided youth in 4-H project work, competitions, leadership, and citizenship development, having multiple youth win state honors in their project and a team win the state land judging competition.  Additionally, Kasey has worked as a Child & Youth Specialist for Air Force Reserve Command and a seasonal Environmental Education Instructor at Wahsega 4-H Center.

Kasey earned a B.S. in environmental science from Piedmont College and a M.S. in environmental education from Nova Southeastern University.  She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in curriculum studies from Georgia Southern University.  Her favorite learning environments are outdoors, engaging, and fun.  In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and crafting.