Jenna Daniel serves as the Extension 4-H Specialist for Grant Development for Georgia 4-H and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. In this role, she works with county personnel to secure funding through grant opportunities.
A native of Kentucky, Jenna was an active 4-H member growing up raising and showing livestock, competing on livestock, meats and skillathon competitive teams, and serving as the state 4-H President. In 2008, Jenna received her Bachelors of Science in Agriculture with a minor in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University. Following graduation, Jenna was accepted as a teaching assistant in the Masters of Agricultural Leadership Program and obtained her degree in 2010.
Jenna began her career with UGA Extension in 2011 in as the Georgia 4-H Program Assistant. She later shifted into the role of Program Coordinator for the AmeriCorps State Grant. In this role she coordinated a federal grant and supported county 4-H faculty with evaluations. In 2012 Jenna transferred to Northeast District as the Walton County 4-H Agent.
Jenna is married to Buck Daniel, metal fabricator and owner of Daniel Metal Works. They reside in Bogart and are the proud parents of a 4 year old son.
Lee Anna Deal is the 4-H Program Development Coordinator serving 39 counties in UGA Extension’s Southeast District. As a PDC, Lee Anna provides training, support,and coaching to the 4-H agents, associates, and program assistants in the counteis located in Southeastern Georgia.
Lee Anna started her 4-H journey like many, in 5th grade with a great experience at Cloverleaf Project Achievement and 4-H Camp. She also showed livestock. She was raised on a farm in Bulloch County, GA and became interested in a career with UGA Extension after an intership wtih Bulloch County Extension. She is an alumna of Georgia Southern University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development and a MEd in Higher Education Administration.
Prior to joining the SE District team in December 2015, Lee Anna served as the County Extension 4-H Agent in Bulloch County for 10 years. Her Extension career began in 2001 in Glascock, Warren, & McDuffie Counties. She also served as the 4-H Agent in Effingham County. In 2010, Deal was nominated by her peers to receive the William H. Booth Award winning the distinguished honor among 4-H agents in SE District. In 2015, she recieved the Continuing Excellence Award for the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents. She has also recieved the Achievement in Service and Distinguished Service Awards from the Georgia and National Associations of Extension Agents. She served as the National Chair of the NAE4-HA Professional Development Committee from 2013-2015. She is also a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Honor Society.
Lee Anna resides in Statesboro, Georgia with her husband Eric, and their two children Addie and Rylan.
Laura Goss serves as the 4-H Military Camp Coordinator and 4-H Military Liaison for Georgia 4-H and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. In this role, she works with county and installation personnel to create and deliver resources for 4-H military programs. She works with 4-H leadership to carryout grants and contracts to support national and state efforts for military youth and families.
Laura is a proud alumnus of the Cherokee County 4-H program where she was active for 8 years. Laura received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Georgia. She began her career with UGA Extension in 2008 as a 4-H Camp Counselor and in 2013 worked with a team of professionals as the Lowndes County 4-H Agent. While there, she established new school programs, a Poultry Judging Team, and several recreational leadership activities for the county and district. In 2017, Laura began work as the 4-H Military Camp Coordinator and in 2020 added the role of 4-H Military Liaison role.
Laura is active in her community wherever that may be as she is an Air Force Spouse; as a result, her community is revolving just like the families she serves. She currently serves as a Key Spouse Mentor for a Security Forces Squadron. Laura and her husband, Jared, love the journey of parenthood and take pleasure in experiencing the world with their son Forest.
Keri Gandy Hobbs serves as the Extension 4-H Specialist for Volunteer Development for Georgia 4-H and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. In this role, she works with county personnel to create and deliver resources for volunteer leadership and management. As a native of South Georgia and proud alumni of the Turner County 4-H program, Keri received her Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University and Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia. She began her career with UGA Extension in 2007 in Sumter County as the 4-H Agent. While there she built a strong 4-H program with special focus on volunteer development. Through her efforts she became part of the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) grant project that is now in its 10th year of funding in Georgia 4-H. In 2012, Keri transferred to Northeast District to become the Jackson County 4-H Agent. She became the Jackson County Extension Coordinator in 2014.
Prior to her career in Extension, Keri served as the Exhibit Interpreter Supervisor and was later promoted to Volunteer Resources Manager for Zoo Atlanta where she managed over 275 adult and teen volunteers who donated 28,000 hours annually. Because of her great success at Zoo Atlanta and certification of Volunteer Management from Leadership 101, Keri served with the Academy for Conservation Training where she developed and delivered a volunteer training curriculum at two locations in China to help them prepare for the Olympics in Beijing. Keri is married to Kelby Hobbs, professionally licensed civil engineer with the National Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. They share a love for music and are the proud parents of two sons.
Ke’Marcis Howard serves as the State 4-H Events and Programs Coordinator for Georgia 4-H. In this role, he works to support the planning, promotion, and execution of the events and activities that serve the more than 240,000 4-H youth in Georgia.
Ke’Marcis holds a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education from Piedmont University. He began his 4-H journey as an Athens-Clarke County 4-H’er, later serving as an AmeriCorps in Ben Hill County and spending the last two years in Oconee County as the AmeriCorps.
The son of a former Extension home demonstration agent, Craven Hudson grew up in 4-H. Now he is a State 4-H Specialist.
Hudson’s mother—his original 4-H leader—made sure all four of her sons participated in 4-H because she knew they needed to be involved and engaged in their rural community, he said. “There weren’t all these options that we have now,” explained Hudson. “There was 4-H and baseball.”
Now he’s much farther from his original Red Bank Community 4-H Club and is honored to be leading a new group of more than 184,000 of Georgia’s youth.
Hudson comes to the University of Georgia Extension and Georgia 4-H from North Carolina State University where he served as the executive assistant to the director of Cooperative Extension. He also held the position of executive director of development for 4-H and family and consumer sciences in the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He brings more than 25 years of Extension experience to the peach state.
“Craven’s background as a county Extension agent and knowledge of fund development and organizational skills will help Georgia 4-H continue to be among the best 4-H programs in the United States,” said State 4-H Leader Arch Smith.
Hudson earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in forestry from NC State. He is currently working on a doctorate of education at NC State.
He is excited about the impact he can have on Georgia’s largest youth development organization.
“4-H is a phenomenal part of Extension and it’s the part that can transform the future,” he said. “It helps kids gain exceptional leadership and citizenship skills. Certainly all the other parts are important,but I am excited about being able to focus on what we can do so that our youth can become citzen-leaders. From this administrative role I want to do the most good for our state and nation.”
Hudson’s first goals are to garner more adult volunteer leaders to align with the state’s growing population and increase retention of Cloverleaf 4-H’ers (fifth- through sixth-graders).
He is excited to see the size and scope of Georgia 4-H’s summer camping program.
“We know so many amazing things happen at residential camps,” he said. “The research is pretty strong about what happens when a kid is in that kind of atmosphere and Georgia does it at a high level.”
When asked about moving to the peach state, Hudson said he hasn’t met a stranger yet. “Folks in North Carolina think they’ve got hospitality but I’ve experienced real hospitality in Georgia,” he answered. “And that’s the truth.”