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JCEP Leadership Conference
February 8-9, 2017
Link to RFP

JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD)
April 22-5, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, Virginia

NACDEP and Community Development Society (CDS) joint conference
June 11-14, 2017
Big Sky, Montana
NOTE: 2019 Conference will be in Columbia, Missouri

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) National Conference
October 23-27, 2016
Cape May, New Jersey


National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
NACDEP membership brochure

University of Missouri Extension Association

Association of Small Business Development Centers

Community Development Society

Joint Council of Extension Professionals

An association of University of Missouri Extension faculty engaged in community economic development programming

Our members represent the fields of business development, community development, continuing education, and related disciplines.

2017 Membership Form

The MU Extension associations all use one form, UMEA collects and disseminates the fees.

News From MACEDEP Members

Welcome new members

  • Phyllis Behrens, business development specialist, Jasper County, SW region
  • Claire Wolff, community development specialist, St. Louis County, Urban region

MU Extension 2017 Awards

Judy Stallman receiving award from Marshall Stewart Judith Stallman received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement, on-campus faculty.  Judy is a professor of agricultural and applied economics, rural sociology, and public affairs.  Since 2002, Judy has provided critical extension program leadership on state and local public finance issues.
David Burton receiving award from Marshall Stewart David Burton received the County Program Director Excellence Award. David is a civic communications specialist in Greene County, and served as the Greene County CPD during two challenging periods of transition.
Metro Food Systems Team Kara Lubischer was one of the recipients of the Extension Teamwork Award, bestowed on the members of the Metropolitan Food Systems team.  Kara was formerly a community development specialist in St. Louis County.
Noel Project team Kathy Macomber was a part of the team receiving the Vice Chancellor's Diversity Award, which went to the Noel Project this year.  Kathy is a community development specialist in Barton County.





















MACEDEP 2017 Awards

  • The Education Technology Team Award was presented to the Missouri Flood Information Team, which includes MACEDEP members Beverly Maltsberger, Conne Burnham, and David Burton.
  • The Community Resource Development Education Award was given to the Strengthening Economies Today (SET) tea, including MACEDEP members Sharon Gulick, Dean Larkin, Pat Curry, and Richard Proffer.

Additional awards and honors

  • Kathy Macomber received the Early Career Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Chapter.
  • Beverly Maltsberger received the Distinguished Career Award and the Continued Excellence Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Chapter.
  • David Burton received the Outstanding Program Award from the University of Missouri Extension Association (UMEA) for "The Great Game of Business."  Beverly Maltsberger received third place in the category for her work with EDEN Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD).
  • NACDEP awarded the National Excellence in Teamwork Award to the multi-state team the developed the "Community Organizations Active in Disaster Manual."  Bev Maltsberger was one of the Missouri team members.


  • Presenters at the 2016 NACDEP conference included:
    • John Gulick
    • Tish Johnson
    • Kara Lubischer
    • Mary Leuci
    • Bev Maltsberger
    • Richard Proffer
    • Crystal Weber
  • Presenters at the 2016 CDS conference included:
    • John Gulick
    • Steve Jeanetta
    • Tish Johnson
    • Mary Leuci
    • Steve Jeanetta
  • Kara Lubischer presented at the K State Rural Grocery Summit
  • Crystal Weber presented at the Yale Food System Symposium
  • Michele Kroll presented at the 2016 National eXtension Conference
  • Bev Maltsberger presented at the White House Water Summit (and will be presenting at the EDEN conference in October)
  • Mary Leuci presented at both conferences commemorating the 30th anniversary of the partnership between the University of Missouri and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Mary Leuci presented at the Engaged Scholarship Consortium Conference in October
  • Georgia Stuart-Simmons presented at the 2015 Epsilon Sigma Phi conference
  • Michele Kroll published a four-part blog series on educational technology for the national eXtension initiative


  • Jackie Rasmussen was recently appointed as an Ex-Officio member to the NASBITE International Board of Governors, and will serve as a member of the board’s Executive Committee for the next year.  NASBITE International is national association that supports the career development of trade professionals and practitioners interested in international trade.   
  • Connie Mefford is completing her term as the North-Central Regional Representative to the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP)
  • Amy Patillo is the new President of UMEA
  • Sarah Hultine Massengale is serving as Secretary of ESP, Alpha Tau Chapter
  • Mary Leuci has completed her term as President of ESP, Alpha Tau Chapter

Professional development of note

  • Kara Lubischer and Kathy Macomber were members of the 2015 National Extension Leadership Development program
  • Richard Proffer completed year one of the Midwest Community Development Institute

In addition to the above, nearly half of MACEDEP members are serving in leadership roles in UMEA, including regional representatives to the board, committee members, and more.  MACEDEP members are also contributing to the MU Extension organization -- serving on thematic teams, strategic plan goal teams, and the program reporting work group; adding their expertise to each of these efforts. 

2017 MACEDEP executive committee