Meet the DIVE4Ag Team

Our amazing team of agriculture experts, scientists, students, educators, virtual and augmented reality experts comes together to create new ways of learning about and understanding agriculture practices and careers. We hope our results will encourage further ambitious work with youth and elevating youth voices. 

Oregon State University Extension 4-H - Lead Partner

OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program strives to unlock a young person's potential to grow and thrive by providing accessible and welcoming learning and mentoring opportunities that ignite their sparks and build life skills. 4-H connects young people to engaging hands-on learning where they can apply the skills they developed and discover how their actions can make a difference in their community.

Precollege Programs - Lead Partner

Precollege Programs will collaborate with the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and other DIVE4Ag collaborators to develop and share educational materials to its SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) clubs and STEM events.

Precollege Programs' Beaver Hangouts will provide an avenue for K-12 students around Oregon to virtually meet with Oregon State University college students to learn about academic and career pathways in the field of agriculture.

Meet Our Team

  

Dr. Susan Rowe (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Project Director, OSU Precollege Programs and SMILE Program Director

“I am so very excited for this authentic and highly collaborative partnership between OSU Precollege Programs and the Oregon 4-H Program to bring in many other partners for innovative agriculture distance education curriculum and implementation of immersive virtual reality experiences for youth with youth co-creation. I am lucky to be part of a stellar team committed to collectively impact the lives of learners and educators in this COVID-19 era.” 

Maureen Hosty (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Project Co-Director, OSU Professor, Portland 4-H Urban Youth Development

"I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting program.  Watching youth from all around the Pacific Northwest get excited and engaged with learning using new technology is inspiring. I am anxious to work with our Teen leaders from 4-H and Oregon SMILE as they help us develop and deliver the content for these immersive experiences in partnership with our top notch project team." 

Dr. Kristen Moore (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Program Coordinator, 4-H Endowed Companion Animal Faculty. OR Teen Science Cafe Blog  OR Teen Science Cafe Facebook

“I live for the moments when a young person’s spark is ignited. My spark for animals and agriculture drives me to connect to young people in authentic ways and to curate learning environments where young people can explore their sparks and build skills. I’m excited to work alongside a team of people with diverse experiences and expertise who can help illustrate authentic perspectives and stories of Oregon’s agriculture.”

Dr. Dominique Brooks (She, Her, Hers)

DIV4Ag Program Coordinator, Precollege Programs Program Coordinator
Beaver Hangouts and Beaver Hangouts YouTube

“Very excited to be able to help create and deliver something new, innovative, and engaging to students, especially during this time! Ready to help fuel some “aha” moments and maybe have a few of my own!” 

Barbara Brody (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Co-Investigator and Content Expert

“It is exciting to be part of a diverse team and reach new audiences around the state and nation with this innovative and cutting-edge project. The ability to engage multiple partners from various agriculture industries to create and deliver educational opportunities through virtual reality is inspiring. I look forward to working alongside educators, teens, and community partners throughout all phases of this project.” 

Sterling Williver (He, Him, His)

DIVE4Ag Technology and VR Coordinator, 4-H Program Coordinator, Lincoln County

“It's fun to be on the cutting edge of technology, providing an innovative learning environment and program delivery during this time of COVID.” 

Anna Browne (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Senior Personnel and Agricultural Area Content Expert- Dairy Farm and Milk Processing. 4-H/Open Campus Latino Outreach Umatilla/Morrow Counties, Assistant Professor of Practice

“I’m excited to utilize new technologies to bring authentic agricultural experiences to youth and families alike.This process and team are pretty amazing and I look forward to all the shared resources that will be created and the lasting impact for youth and agricultural education.” 

Ford Evans (He, Him, His)

DIVE4Ag Senior Personnel and Agricultural Area Content Expert - Aquaculture. Research Associate, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Newport, OR. Dulse - COMES

"Applying cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality technology is the logical 'next step' in remote learning and is well suited to excite students about STEM and agriculture education.  I am looking forward to working with project partners to develop farm-based tours that engage viewers in novel ways - both above water and below!"  

Gail Langellotto (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Senior Personnel and Agricultural Area Content Expert - Urban Agriculture. Professor, Urban and Community Horticulture Extension, Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator 

"It's been inspiring to work with smart and thoughtful young people, who have a strong vision of the types of stories, visuals, and interactions that can interest and engage other youth in agriculture. Everyone needs to eat. Our communities are thus inextricably reliant upon agriculture to meet daily needs. I love that we are working to provide an immersive experience, so that everyone can experience and learn about agricultural production systems, no matter where they live."

Rodrigo Corona 

DIVE4Ag Senior Personnel and Agricultural Area Content Expert - Organic and Sustainable Horticulture.  4-H/Urban Horticulture Latinx Outreach Coordinator in the Clackamas County.

 

Wendy Hein

DIVE4Ag Senior Personnel and Agricultural Area Content Expert - Equestrian Farm and Stables. 4-H Youth Development, Clackamas County.

Milo Koretsky 

DIVE4Ag Senior Personnel and Interactive Virtual Lab Expert. Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering.

 

Yigit Yigiter

DIVE4Ag contractor, CEO and Founder of Timelooper, Virtual Field Trips

"As TimeLooper we are very excited to collaborate with OSU Precollege Programs and the Oregon 4-H Program to inspire and educate learners through groundbreaking technology. We are looking forward to building a program that will make education more impactful and inclusive. I’m very excited to work with this extensive team and the students."

Jessica Jensen

DIVE4Ag Contractor, Executive Director, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom 

Dr. Shawn Rowe (He, Him, His)

DIVE4Ag Evaluator 

Marine Education Specialist and Associate Professor, Oregon Sea Grant and College of Education

"It is exciting to see this project and the team trying to make the best use of technology to really benefit a wide variety of people, especially across such a wide geographic area." 

 
Chelsea Behymer (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Evaluation Assistant, Free-Choice Learning Lab Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program

"As a collaborator supporting project evaluation, I wholeheartedly believe in the value of the iterative approach the DIVE4Ag team is committed to, eliciting feedback from teacher and student participants at each stage. I am looking forward to capturing participants' experiences and documenting outcomes of this exciting effort to develop innovative tools toward immersive learning opportunities in the face of COVID-19."

John Stables Jr.

DIVE4Ag Program Assistant 

"As a person who is passionate about Ag Literacy and Outreach, I can’t wait to get started with DIVE4Ag by applying my experiences and input while also doing quite a bit of learning along the way. With the pandemic, we all got thrust into a digital heavy world and saw many of the benefits of technology; being able to help implement new technology into Agricultural Education should be a great experience."

Deidre Schreiber

DIVE4Ag Program Assistant 

"I am so excited to work with the DIVE4Ag team to provide meaningful interactions with agriculture. I am currently a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University where I am studying Agricultural Science through the Oregon State Agriculture and Natural Resources program. I grew up in an agricultural community, so it is no surprise that my roots in the industry run deep. I enjoy being involved in production agriculture with my parents on our commercial cattle ranch. I quickly learned there was much more to agriculture than just production and set off to grow my leadership abilities in 4-H, FFA and rodeo courts. I found that my passion is really for connecting people to their food, fuel and fiber. I am excited to pursue this passion as we work to increase agricultural literacy through the DIVE4Ag program. "

   
Kami Hammerschmith (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Administrative Support

Precollege Programs Administrative Program Specialist

"I am excited for youth to experience virtual field trips to locations they may not otherwise get to visit.

Alyssa Pratt (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Media and Branding Assistant, Precollege Programs Student Assistant

"I'm looking forward to seeing the power of applying multidisciplinary partnerships and technology to create a new type of remote experience. As a student learning remotely, I find this a really exciting innovation."

Brooke Gabor (She, Her, Hers)

DIVE4Ag Media and Branding Assistant, Precollege Programs Student Assistant

"I am thrilled to be part of a team that is able to foster authentic agricultural experiences for youth both near and far. Implementing this innovative technology will take both Ag Education and remote learning to the next level."

Isabella Regis

DIVE4Ag Media and Branding Assistant, Precollege Programs Student Assistant

Setting students up for success is the main goal of the DIVE4Ag team and I am so excited to be a part of it. I am looking forward to presenting resources for cutting-edge technology to students so that they are successful in their academic careers and beyond

Shelby Wells (She, Her, Hers) (Alumni)

Former Dive4Ag Student Assistant 

“I’m so very thrilled to be working with such a group of high-performing, enthusiastic individuals! It is our duty to provide the next generation of students with the knowledge and experience that will fuel their passions for the sciences. I was there not too long ago, trying to figure out my education and interests. There are some big questions that can be hard to answer without the support of others and exposure to new fields. With this program, I’m looking forward to connecting students with resources that will help them discover where they belong in relation to the sciences.”

 

Layle Bennett (Alumni)

Former Dive4Ag Student Assistant 

“I have always said that the next generation is going to be the future of agriculture and I am excited to get to be a part of fostering the agriculture education of the youth of our next generation. I can't wait to work with an amazing group that brings such diverse experience in the agriculture industry to give back to the youth who are going to give back so much to us in the future!"

This work is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Education and Workforce Development Program (grant no. 2021-67037-33379/project accession no. 1024985), from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.