2019 Jackson County Extension Council Election Candidate Bios

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District 1

District 1 Candidate: Barbara Barry

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

  • To help bring awareness to the citizens of Jackson County and the state, of the wonderful programs that University of Missouri and Extension can offer them. 
  • Listen to these citizens to see what their needs are so that we can find ways to match up their needs with programs. 
  • To assist in getting our youth involved in 4-H and other programs that will assist them in making a choice for continued education either at a university or technical school. 
  • Agriculture is a passion of mine, there are several ways that Extension can assist in educating the citizen of Jackson County about agriculture and I'd like to be a part of that. 
  • Work with groups like the Mid-Continent Library, Speakers Bureaus at the University to bring more programs out to the people of Jackson County. 

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

  • Previously on Jackson County Extension Council from February 2008 through February 2017.
  • Worked extensively with Jackson County 4-H: Judging fair entries/project check-in and speaking contests/demonstrations. Interviewed 4-H Royalty candidates. Judged/reviewed 4-H essays for awards yearly awards. Interviewed 4-H members seeking to be representatives for Regional, State, and National events.
  • I am employed by Smithfield Foods, Inc. (Large Agriculture with offices in Kansas City & Smithfield, VA)
  • Grew up in the Hickman Mills and Grandview area and my family used the services provided by the Jackson County Extension and University of Missouri Extension during that time.
  • I became a member of the Jackson County Extension Council the first time in hopes of bringing awareness to people not just in the Kansas City area, but around the state about Extension. As I was attending Alumni functions in Kansas City, Columbia, and around the state, it was evident that the majority of the people didn't know that Extension is a part of the University or even know about the wonderful programs that are available to them through Extension. I've continued this since I've been away from the Council and I look forward to being a part of the Council again to share more about Extension.
  • Athletic Ambassador for University of Missouri Jackson County Extension.
  • Board Member of the Kansas City Chapter of Mizzou Alumni Association. During my years on Extension Council, was the liaison between the two groups.
  • Work with several groups at University of Missouri.
  • And yes, I am a dyed in the wool Black and Gold True Tiger Fan!! GO TIGERS!!

District 1 Candidate: Chad Harris

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

I am a passionate about the land-grant mission of extending the knowledge of our state university to all corners of the state for the betterment of our communities, our people, our knowledge and our economy. As a graduate of land-grant universities myself and having worked in higher education for over 15 years, I know firsthand the value institutions like the University of Missouri provide to the people of the State of Missouri.

I am committed to community engagement and improvement and I hope that I may bridge my passion for higher education with community building here in Jackson County, by volunteering my time as a member of the Jackson County Extension Council. I intend to serve as a dual advocate in helping community members access education and advance their learning and growth, while helping promote the value and wealth of resources available to citizens through MU Extension.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

Chad Harris is the Chief Development Officer for Cornerstones of Care, a healthcare nonprofit serving the mental and behavioral healthcare needs of 11,000 children and families across Missouri and Kansas. Previously Harris served as the executive director of FarmHouse Fraternity’s national organization from 2006 to 2017. He began his career in higher education advancement in roles with the Indiana University Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Association.

A native of southwest Iowa, Harris grew up on a farm and was very active in Iowa State Extension Youth and 4-H programs – serving in leadership roles at the county, regional, state and national level. Locally, Harris is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Kansas City Chapter (AFPKC) and Kansas City Society of Association Executives (KCSAE) boards of directors. He serves on advisory boards for KCUR 89.3 radio at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Iowa State University’s Department of Political Science and is a graduate of the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce’s leadership program, Centurions.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University, his master's degree from Indiana University and is a current doctoral candidate in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri. In his spare time Chad enjoys traveling, community service, arts/cultural events, camping, bicycling, cooking, following collegiate athletics, reading political history and visiting National Parks and Presidential Libraries. He resides in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo.

District 1 Candidate: Nikki C. Johnson

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

With the birth of her daughters, Mrs. Johnson has a renewed interest in serving the community. Being a part of the Jackson County Extension Council would be a great opportunity for Mrs. Johnson to help identify solutions within the community that potentially includes: safe and thriving neighborhoods, quality education, early childhood education; and economic opportunities that spur job growth and entrepreneurship. By participating with the MU Extension, Jackson County Council; the eagerness and enthusiasm of Mrs. Johnson would provide a great opportunity to make a positive impact in the communities served.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

Nikki graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Keller Graduate School of Management. Currently, Mrs. Johnson is employed with Empower Retirement as a Senior Administrator for Quality Controls. An active member of St. James United Methodist Church, Nikki served on the leadership board for the Renaissance Campus Youth Group and Girl Scout Troop. Mrs. Johnson is also member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America. In August 2018, Nikki was elected Committeewoman for the 25th Ward. Mrs. Johnson has been married for five years to William Johnson, Jr. and together we have two beautiful daughters.

District 2

District 2 Candidate: Valencia Broadus

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

To continue the awesome work of serving the people of Jackson County by extending the research based knowledge and problem solving resources of the University of Missouri System to people throughout the state.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

Valencia is a Mizzou Law graduate & Practicing Real Estate Attorney with the Broadus Law Office, LLC.  She is also a Workforce Development Specialist with 20 plus years experience working directly with young people, ages 16 – 24, helping them to catch their dreams and make them grow through project-based mentoring activities.  Ms. Broadus is an adjunct professor at the Metropolitan Community College’s Workforce and Economic Development Department, specializing in Job Readiness and Soft Skills Employability training. As a formerly credentialed MRSS workforce member and current Peer Recovery Support Advocate with the Missouri Recovery Network, Ms. Broadus uses her experience and training as a Trauma Informed resiliency worker to help individuals improve their health & wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.

District 2 Candidate: William "Bill" Coe

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

I am very interested in being on the Jackson County E:<tension Council. I want to be able to contribute and participate in helping Jackson County residents thrive and prosper in the future. 

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

Bill Coe- Bio, Director of Green Acres Urban Farm and Research Project.

I am William (Bill) Coe, an entrepreneur, curious learner, and expert listener. I've had the awesome pleasure, in my career, to have led, mentored, and developed some amazing people. I've worked in the “weeds" and built enterprises I'm proud to say, added-value, made money, and contributed toward the positive growth of my local business community. I happily teaching my community about the future of food production. Through Aquaponics and Urban Farming (STEM) training, we are impacting the lives of youth and adults. www.gogreenacreskc.org

District 3

District 3 Candidate: Pat Farrell

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

To help our citizens improve their lives through education.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

  • Management & Executive Business Experience
  • Owner, Sibley Orchards & Cider Mill
  • Board chair for several non-profit groups
  • Civic Club Leader

District 3 Candidate: Victor Watts

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

I am interested in continuing my service on the Jackson County Extension Council because I know firsthand that this is a position that requires someone who should be eager to perpetuate the mission of the MU Extension. As the father of an MU student, I know the concerns of students, but also the necessities needed to enhance access to the resources of the university. I am someone who will use my experience and skills of being an active listener, effective problem solver, and manager of resources to produce relevant, reliable, and responsive educational strategies. In doing so, this will better serve the students, neighborhoods, and communities within the Jackson Country area. It is my intention to not only be of service but also a voice for the underrepresented. 

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

Victor Watts is the founder and owner of Studio 57, a local barbershop and beauty salon serving the Kansas City community since 1989. After years of working in the industry, Victor has been afforded the opportunity to travel, teach classes, and garner a diverse clientele with working professionals and community influencers. Victor holds a degree in business administration from Northwest Missouri State University and is a certified cosmetologist, board member for his church, product educator for Avalon industry, and a one-term office holder for the Jackson County Extension Council. Aside from his day-to-day professional ventures, Victor is also a devoted father to three daughters, one of which planning to graduate from the Missouri School of Journalism in May.  

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