Panelists

Gregory DavisThursday, 2:20 p.m.

Greg Davis

Greg Davis currently serves as associate director and chair in the department of Extension. In this role, he gives leadership to Extension’s overall program portfolio and oversees Extension faculty and A&P educator promotion. Prior to this role, Greg served a statewide assignment as assistant director, Ohio State University Extension – Community Development, leading field-based Extension specialists and educators engaged in the development of community, organizational, and individual capacity to improve civic, environmental, and economic conditions throughout Ohio.

He has also engaged in Extension work through the Department of Extension, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, and as an educator in Crawford and Fulton counties, working with community volunteers, organizations, and local governments to develop local capacity for community development.

Greg earned his PhD in Extension education from The Ohio State University, his MPA in political science from Bowling Green State University, and a BA in comprehensive social sciences from the University of Findlay.

Lori MyersLori Myers

Lori Myers, CFCS, serves as the senior director of Credentialing, Education, and Research for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). On September 1, 2020, she was appointed to also serve as Interim Executive Director. Although a long-time member of AAFCS, she joined the staff in 2009. Lori was involved in 4-H for many years as a student and knew as a freshman in high school that she would choose to “Say Yes to FCS”.

She has 16 years of teaching experience as an FCS teacher at the secondary level and as an FCS Teacher Educator at a four-year university.

She earned her BS and MS in FCS Education from Louisiana Tech University and PhD in FCS Education from Iowa State University. Throughout her professional career, she has made numerous presentations on the state, regional, national, and international level. She served in various leadership capacities for FCS related professional organizations, published scholarly articles in FCS related journals, and received teaching and professional awards on the local, state, regional and national levels.

Lori is passionate about family and consumer sciences and the important role it plays in helping individuals live better lives, be work and career ready, build strong families, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Erik PorfeliErik Porfeli

Erik J. Porfeli is professor and chair of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. He earned his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Erik has published 60 publications devoted to lifespan career development. He has also been awarded several million dollars in grant funding to support youth to pursue careers devoted to enhancing community health.

As an academic leader, he cultivates partnerships to strengthen the fabric of our communities with a focus on concurrently enhancing health, education, and economic vitality. Erik currently serves as the advocacy chair for the Board on Human Sciences.

Moderator

Teresa McCoyTeresa McCoy

Teresa McCoy is director of the Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) unit for Ohio State University Extension.

Teresa was most recently with the University of Maryland Extension (UME), where she has been the assistant director, UME, Evaluation & Assessment since August 2008. She comes to Ohio State with a long-term commitment to higher education outreach and Cooperative Extension. Teresa served as a member of the UME leadership team with responsibilities in program development and evaluation, situational analysis, strategic planning, and organization development. In Maryland, she worked closely with Extension educators to teach them program development and evaluation practices that resulted in evidence to demonstrate outcomes.

Prior to moving to Maryland, Teresa was in Lorain County, Ohio, for eight years. While there, she was executive director of the Public Services Institute at Lorain County Community College. The Institute provided research-based information and other services to improve nonprofits and local government in the county.

Teresa started her career in Virginia Cooperative Extension, first as a research assistant while in school and later as an Extension specialist in leadership and program development. Her evaluation interest was kindled in 1988, when she served as an evaluation assistant on a Kellogg-funded technology project. She also served as an assistant editor for the Journal of Extension during the first two years as the Journal moved to electronic format.

Teresa earned her BA and MPA from Virginia Tech. While in Maryland, she earned a graduate certificate in adult education at Johns Hopkins University and completed her Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA) at the University of Baltimore. Teresa also is a 2019 graduate of Lead 21.