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Group photo of the home grounds team

The Alabama Home Grounds Garden and Pests program serves all 4 million Alabamians by addressing topics essential to their needs, including turf management, vegetable gardening, ornamental plants, irrigation, and urban forestry. Our work enhances community well-being by promoting safer homes, improving food security, increasing property values, and fostering community development.


Home Grounds Team

Name TitleGeographical Responsibility
Team Coordinator
Sonja ThomasExtension SpecialistStatewide
Team Members
Brian BrownRegional Extension AgentCherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, and Marshall Counties
Dani CarrollRegional Extension AgentChambers, Clay, Coosa, Lee, Macon, Randolph, and Russell Counties
Carmen FlamminiRegional Extension AgentBaldwin, Butler, Conecuh, and Escambia Counties
Marcus GarnerUrban Regional Extension AgentLimestone, Madison, and Marshall Counties
Makahla HollowayRegional Extension AgentColbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, and Marion Counties
Hayes JacksonUrban Regional Extension AgentCalhoun County
Megan JonesRegional Extension AgentBarbour, Bullock, Dale, Henry, and Houston Counties
Mallory KelleyRegional Extension AgentAutauga, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery Counties
Jack LeCroyRegional Extension AgentClarke, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties
Bronson LubreskyUrban Regional Extension AgentJefferson and Tuscaloosa Counties
Jayne LuetzowRegional Extension AgentLimestone, Lawrence, Morgan, Cullman, Winston and Walker Counties
Bethany O'RearRegional Extension AgentBlount, Jefferson, and St. Clair Counties
Lilly OaksRegional Extension AgentJackson and Madison Counties
Joel PotterUrban Regional Extension AgentBaldwin and Mobile Counties
Allyson ShabelUrban Regional Extension AgentLawrence and Morgan Counties
Jacob TurnerRegional Extension AgentCalhoun, Cleburne, Talladega, Bibb, Chilton, and Shelby Counties
Emily WismerRegional Extension AgentCoffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Geneva, and Pike Counties
VacantRegional Extension AgentChoctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox Counties
Emily BurchfieldVolunteer Training Coordinator, Alabama Extension Master Gardener, and Alabama Master Naturalist programsStatewide
Kassie ConnerExtension Specialist and Director of AU Plant Diagnostic LabStatewide
David HanAssociate Professor and Extension Specialist, Crop, Soil, and Environmental SciencesStatewide
Xing Ping HuProfessor and Extension Specialist, Entomology & Plant PathologyStatewide
Jim JacobiExtension Specialist and Director of CBH Center Plant Diagnostic LabStatewide
Brianne MintonProgram Coordinator, Alabama Drought ReachStatewide
John NaborsAlabama Green Industry Training Center Outreach CoordinatorStatewide
Steve LiAssociate Professor and Extension Specialist, Crop, Soil and Environmental SciencesStatewide
Rudy PacumbabaExtension Specialist, Alabama A&M UniversityStatewide
Meredith ShraderExtension Entomologist and Plant PathologistStatewide
Edward SikoraProfessor and Extension Specialist, Entomology & Plant PathologyStatewide
Kerry SmithOutreach Programs Administrator IIIStatewide
Amanda Strayer-SchererAssistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Entomology & Plant PathologyStatewide