Election Candidates

Vice President / VP Elect (vote for 2)

Here is the 2017 NETC Board Election Ballot

  • Jennifer Sykes
    University of Florida Extension
    Jennifer has worked for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension since 2007, and has been active in NETC since attending her first conference in 2008. She’s proud to be a founding member of the National Extension Technology Community. Jennifer is a web designer for the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. Her focus is service — to her faculty, her coworkers, and to the Extension mission. Earlier this spring, she was recognized for her dedication with a superior accomplishment award from UF/IFAS. She also serves her local community as a member of the Junior League, a women’s organization of more than 500 members who serve women and children in Gainesville and Alachua County. Jennifer is excited for the opportunity to now serve the members of NETC. Her skills extend beyond the web; it’s her communication skills as a writer and editor that will best serve the organization. The warm relationships built with NETC members across the country has enriched her both professionally and personally and she ready to give back to the community.
  • Ed Zuech
    Penn State University
    Edward took on the role of IT Director for the College of Ag Sciences in 2015. He and his team of 27 IT professionals support enterprise level systems and services for a diverse user base operating at 40 University Park locations, 67 county Extension offices and seven research facilities spread across Pennsylvania.  Prior to 2015, Edward held several IT leadership positions in the College and in industry. Additionally, Edward has served in the Air National Guard for 31 years and currently holds the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. As part of the Penn State CIO’s Extended Senior Leadership Team, Edward represents the “college perspective” of 16 colleges and schools comprising Penn State University.

    “In the somewhat short time that I have known Ed, he has left quite the impression. He has shown a sincere interest in understanding the Cooperative Extension System at a deep level and demonstrates a desire to engage and contribute to Extension and the associated IT community. As an IT Director, I believe Ed can bring an administrative perspective to bear on the issues facing the NETC and its constituents. In short, I believe Ed to be hungry to learn, ready to contribute, and willing to serve.”


  • Julie Gould
    Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
    I have been involved with NETC since 2015 when I first became the Southeast Regional IT Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. However, I’ve been doing tech support for somebody somewhere since 1997! I would like to become more involved with NETC and think Treasurer would be a good place to start. I’ve always been good with money and budgeting and have previously been a Treasurer for our local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).
  • Steve Lichtensteiger
    The Ohio State University Extension
    Steve has been with Extension at Ohio State for nearly his entire career of 31 years.  In those years he has been to nearly all of the NETC conferences to support a non-organization most of the years. Recently he accepted a regional position on the steering group as the group became a organization. I feel he would make a great treasurer to continue help leading the organization in a correct direction for the future.

North Central

  • Greg Johll
    University of Wisconsin Extension
    Greg Johll has been with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension for 23 years with 18 of those as the Director of Cooperative Extension Technology Services.From the days of 1200 baud modems through current cloud services, Greg brings both a historical and current perspective of the use of technology in Cooperative Extension.In addition to the technical perspective, Greg holds an MS in Curriculum and Instruction and thus is able to provide a critical perspective in the application of technology within the context of Cooperative Extension based educational programming.
  • Kathleen Wilson
    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
    I am a Program Assistant II at Iowa State University in the Pesticide Safety Education Program.  I have been at Iowa State for almost 10 years in this position.  Before Iowa State I was an analyst in the tax department for Wells Fargo Mortgage.

    My responsibilities at Iowa State include website design and updating for the PSEP team, coordinating our programs with the county extension offices, and managing the financial records for our program.  During my tenure at Iowa State I have done a complete website revamp, developed databases to track our program numbers and financial status, and also created electronic reporting system to track the over 13,000 responses from our programs.While at Wells Fargo as an analyst, I helped with the development and testing of the first two phases of a system to compare their client list of non-escrow mortgage holders with lists of delinquent tax listing from the taxing districts.

    I look forward to bringing my real-life extension office experience to NETC.


  • Nic Richardson
    Montana State University Extension
    Nic Richardson is a valuable member of the Montana State University Extension Information Technology team, and an active member of NETC. Nic has been involved with the community for the past 7+ years, and has attended several conferences. He was instrumental in planning the 2015 NETC conference held at Big Sky, Montana. He has built positive relationships with NETC members across the country, and works cooperatively with others to actively solve problems. He brings a positive attitude to every situation, and works well as a member of a team. His dedication to NETC, and moving the organization forward is apparent in his passion for the group. He be an outstanding addition to the NETC team.
  • Dennis Hinkamp
    Utah State Extension
    I have been and ACE member since 1980 and served in several committee positions for ACE. I will be honest that I think ACE an NETC belong together and I would lobby for that happening again. Since the split I have attended NETC in Big Sky and Orlando. I think we are all involved in technology and need to find better ways to communicate our needs and successes.