The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy

About Us

Cooperative Extension, an outreach arm of The University of Arizona and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), is "Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy" by serving as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provides lifelong educational programs for all Arizonans. We are part of a nationwide educational network of scientists and educators who help people solve problems and put knowledge to use. Arizona Cooperative Extension provides a link between the university and the citizens of this state.

Jeffrey C.
Associate Dean and Director, Extension & Economic Development
Associate Director, Arizona Experiment Stations
Director, Maricopa Agriculture Center and Yuma Agriculture Center

As Associate Dean and Director, Extension and Economic Development, Jeffrey Silvertooth provides overall administrative leadership and personnel management to The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. The Director is also responsible for the development of an effective Extension education program and all related translational and applied research programs that are dedicated to extending knowledge resources to the people of the state. The Director sits on the Executive Council of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with other Associate Deans and the Dean to formulate decisions for the College.

As the Associate Director for the Arizona Experiment Station (AES), Dr. Silvertooth provides leadership and managerial oversight for the AES sites across Arizona that are external to Tucson and Pima County. These external sites include the Safford, Yuma, and Maricopa Agricultural Centers.

Associate Director for Tribal Extension Programs
Ag Economics Extension Specialist: Production Economics, Crop Budget Development & Risk Management Education

As the Associate Director for Tribal Extension Programs, Teegerstrom's responsibilities include providing assistance in the management and direction of tribal extension programs; which includes working with Tribal Nations across Arizona, unit heads, faculty, and staff in managing the personnel, financial, and physical resources.

As an Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Teegerstrom's responsibilities include working in the areas of production economics and risk management education including cost and return estimates for the state's agriculture industry, beginning farmer and rancher initiatives, agricultural labor and risk management.

Regional Director for Santa Cruz and Cochise County and Area Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences (Santa Cruz & Cochise)

As an FCHS Area Agent is focused primarily on adult education in non-formal settings. As such, the Agent assesses the needs of families in Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties and other areas of the state, plans, implements and evaluates educational programs based on problem-solving research. Other components of this position include assisting in developing community resources and disseminating applicable research and information to the local population in the areas of family, consumer and health sciences. Each program is unique, in that they may be coordinated and implemented through the collaboration with many agencies, with fellow Extension agents, through volunteers or solely by the Agent. Currently, several "soft money" programs are managed by the Agent.

Associate Director, Agriculture & Natural Resource Programs
Biometeorology Specialist

As the Associate Director for Extension Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Paul is responsible for ensuring that CE faculty and staff deliver timely, integrated and effective Extension programs targeting the critical needs of ANR stakeholders. He works with faculty and stakeholders to identify priority programmatic needs, then assists with program implementation through budgetary allocations that support workshops, publications, faculty in-service training and professional development opportunities.

Dr. Brown also serves as an Extension Specialist in Biometeorology in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science where he developed and presently oversees the operation of the Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET), a network of automated weather stations that provides weather related information to producers of agricultural and horticultural crops. He is also conducts applied research and develops Extension programming on agricultural meteorology, crop water requirements, irrigation and salinity management, heat stress and frost management.

Director of Finance and Administration of Cooperative Extension

Carolyne has been a part of Cooperative Extension since 2008, starting at Pima County Cooperative Extension. She previously served in the College of Education.

As Manager of Finance and Administration, Carolyne manages all aspects of the finance and administration of Cooperative Extension, including but not limited to budgeting, long-term forecasting, management of direct reports, human resource operations, risk management, data analysis, and financial and accounting functions. Additionally, she provides a high-level and professional focus on providing business strategy guidance to the Executive team, application of significant experience towards solving problems independently, leadership, and actively mentoring colleagues and junior staff in county offices around the state.

Carolyne is also involved with the University Excellence Awards and is a member of the University Hearing Board.

Chief Operations Officer

Dominic joined Cooperative Extension in October of 2014. He was previously with Arizona Student Unions and joined The University of Arizona in September of 2013. Previous to coming to the UofA, Dominic held roles in the private sector in areas of communications/marketing, operations and process improvement, training & development, and human resources.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Dominic graduated from The University of Arizona with an undergrad degree in Journalism, then followed that up with a master's from Northern Arizona University in Public Administration. In addition, he's received master certificates in Human Resources Management, Organizational Effectiveness, and a Six Sigma Green Belt focusing on process optimization.

As Chief Operations Officer, Dominic is responsible for delivering optimal performance in all aspects of Extension's processes, programs, and offerings, state-wide.