Emilie Smith, PhD, is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at The University of Georgia. She is the PI of the MIECHV Project. Her work explores the importance of attending to the family, peer, and community settings in which youth and families develop, with particular attention to the influences of identity, culture, and socio-economic status. She has been involved in several large-scale statewide and national studies designed to support parents and caregivers help young people succeed.
As the Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, Dr. Deborah Murray leads the college to fulfill the land-grant university mission of providing Georgia’s residents, businesses and communities’ access to quality outreach educational experiences and the institutions’ knowledge base. She fosters integrated approaches to program development and evaluation by providing strong and effective leadership of FACS Extension Specialists and Public Service and Outreach faculty at UGA and other affiliated institutions.
As the Columbus-Muscogee County Family and Consumer Science Agent and County Extension Coordinator Rhea is responsible for implementing the Family and Consumer Sciences program Great Start Gerogia/MIECHV and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Columbus-Muscogee; and is responsible for the day to day operations of the two Columbus-Muscogee Extension office, personnel and budget management.