Communication Services & Information Technology
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Communication Services & Information Technology

Communication Advisory Board

The Communication Advisory Board (CAB) advises the UC ANR Communication Services & Information Technology (CSIT) groups (Strategic Communications, Publishing and Information Technology) on general policy and recommends guidelines for Associate Editors (AEs), UC ANR peer review, and annual budgetary allocations. The board, which meets quarterly in Davis, includes UC ANR academics who may or may not also be Associate Editors. Board members serve staggered three-year terms. The Director of Publishing, the Director of Strategic Communications and the Chair of the Associate Editors serve on the board as ex-officio members. 

Here is the current roster of the Communication Advisory Board:

Communication Advisory Board Chair

Photo of Dustin Blakey Dustin Blakey
Title: County Director / Farm Advisor
Cooperative Extension Inyo-Mono Counties
207 West South Street
Bishop, CA 93514
Phone: (760) 873-7854
Fax: (760) 873-7314


Communication Advisory Board Members

Photo of Dr Surendra K. Dara Dr Surendra K. Dara
Title: Cooperative Extension Advisor-Entomology and Biologicals
Specialty: Small fruits, vegetables, and other major crops - Entomology, integrated pest management, microbial control, biostimulants, biopesticides, and biocontrol.
UC Cooperative Extension
2156 Sierra Way, Ste C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Fax: 805-781-4316


Photo of John M Harper John M Harper
Title: Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor
Specialty: Sheep & goat production, range cattle production, rangeland, watershed, water quality, computer applications.
Notes: Same as Mailing Address
UCCE-Mendocino County
890 N. Bush Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 463-4495
Fax: 707-463-4477


Photo of Katie (Cathryn) R Johnson Katie (Cathryn) R Johnson
Title: Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor
Specialty: Public Health Nutrition; Policy, Systems & Environmental Change Strategies; Breastfeeding Support; Strategic Communication; Program Planning & Evaluation
UCCE Calaveras County
423 E. Saint Charles St.
USPS goes to 891 Mountain Ranch Rd
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone: 209-297-1552
Fax: 888-764-9669


John F Karlik
Title: Extension Advisor
Specialty: Environmental Horticulture/Environmental Science
Cooperative Extension Kern County
1031 South Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: (661) 868-6220


Photo of Dr Igor Lacan Dr Igor Lacan
Title: Bay Area Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Advisor
Specialty: Urban Forestry
Cooperative Extension San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-276-7428


Photo of David J Lewis David J Lewis
Title: Director
Specialty: Watershed Management and Research
Cooperative Extension Marin County
1682 Novato Boulevard
Suite 150-B
Novato, CA 94947
Phone: (415) 473-4204


Donald Joseph Merhaut P.h.D.
Title: Extension Specialist for Nursery and Floriculture Crops
Specialty: Plant Nutrition, Woody Ornamentals, Floriculture, Blueberry Production
4118 Batchelor Hall
Riverside, CA 92521-0124
Phone: (951) 827-7003
Fax: (951) 827-4437


Photo of Dr Fe Moncloa Dr Fe Moncloa
Title: 4-H Youth Development Advisor
Specialty: adolescence civic and political engagement, Latino youth and community development, culturally relevant pedagogy, STEAM
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg. 1
(408 ) 282-3107
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 282-3107
Fax: (408) 298-5160


Photo of Dr Daniel H Putnam Dr Daniel H Putnam
Title: Cooperative Extension Specialist, Agronomist in the AES
Specialty: Alfalfa and forage crops systems, forage quality and utilization, alternative field crops, cellulosic energy crops (switchgrass, miscanthus) crop ecology.
MS #1 One Shields Avenue
2240 Plant & Environmental Sciences Building. UC Davis
Davis, CA 95616-8780
Phone: (530) 752-8982
Fax: (530) 752-4361


Photo of Jennifer Sowerwine Jennifer Sowerwine
Title: Assistant Specialist
University of California, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
130 Mulford Hall, MC 3114
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114


Photo of Rachel A. Surls Ph.D. Rachel A. Surls Ph.D.
Title: Sustainable Food Systems Advisor
Specialty: urban agriculture, urban gardening, food systems
Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County
700 W. Main Street
(626) 586-1982
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: 626-586-1982
Fax: 626-943-3840


Ex-Officio Members

Photo of Jim Downing Jim Downing
Title: Director of Publishing; Executive Editor, California Agriculture
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618-7779
Phone: (530) 750-1352


Photo of Linda Forbes Linda Forbes
Title: Director of Strategic Communications
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618-7779
Phone: 530-750-1204


Chair of Associate Editors

Photo of Janet Hartin Janet Hartin
Title: Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor and County Co-Director
Specialty: Environmental horticulture, arboriculture, sustainable landscapes (irrigation and soil/water relations; greenwaste management; integrated pest management stressing prevention); Master Gardener program
Cooperative Extension San Bernardino County
777 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0730
Phone: (951) 313-2023

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