Meet the Team

The Dollar Decisions writing team is made up of Extension professionals who specialize in family resource management. Our goal is to provide financial education and resources for Extension Agents working with the people of North Carolina to improve their financial readiness.

The Writing Team includes:

Dr. Carolyn Bird, Editor, is an Associate Professor at N.C. State University in the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences and a Family Resource Management Specialist for N.C. Cooperative Extension.  Email: carolyn_bird@ncsu.edu

Peggie Garner is the County Extension Director in Onslow County.  She focuses her work on administration, housing, financial resources management and serves as the Liaison for the Extension and Community Association.  Email: peggie_garner@ncsu.edu

Leigh Guth is an Extension Agent in Lincoln County. She is her county’s local food coordinator and focuses her work on family resource management, Farmer’s Market promotion, and group processes and facilitation management. Email: leigh_guth@ncsu.edu

Robin Landsman is an Extension Agent in Wake County and conducts numerous family resource management education opportunities to Wake County employees and citizens.  Email: robin_landsman@ncsu.edu

Sarah Mammarella is an Extension Agent in Richmond County. Sarah is a registered dietitian and is also a licensed nutritionist with the state of North Carolina.  Email: slmammar@ncsu.edu

Jayne McBurney is an Extension agent in Johnston County. Jayne is a Certified Housing Counselor and Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor, teaching monthly Homebuyer Education workshops, in addition to several other courses designed to help users learn career, financial, and energy conservation skills. She is also involved in Latino outreach and serves on the Extension Latino Advisory Committee. Email: jayne_mcburney@ncsu.edu

Deborah McGiffin, is an Extension Agent in Durham County.  Deborah’s areas of responsibility includes family financial resource management, issues of aging and human development, housing and indoor air quality, and community development  Email: deborah_mcgiffin@ncsu.edu

Joan Reid is an Extension Agent in Granville County. She focuses her work on nutrition and wellness, food safety, school HACCP, food preservation, family financial management, aging, parenting, and the Extension Volunteer Association. Email: joan_reid@ncsu.edu

Sarah Mammarella is an Extension Agent in Richmond County. Sarah is a registered dietitian and is also a licensed nutritionist with the state of North Carolina.  Email: slmammar@ncsu.edu

Deborah Taylor is an Extension Agent for NC Cooperative Extension, serving Orange County.  Her work focuses on the areas of housing and the environment, family resource management, and human development.  She also serves as liaison agent for the Extension and Community Association. Email: deborah_taylor@ncsu.edu

Deborah Womack is an Extension Agent in Forsyth County. She teaches in the areas of financial literacy, parent education, childcare trainings, housing and home maintenance, aging and gerontology, and issues related to limited resource audience and the general public. Email: deborah_womack@ncsu.edu

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