University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Who We Are

Alison Davis Alison Davis, PhD

Executive Director, CEDIK
Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics
411 C.E. Barnhart Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0276
859-257-7260 office

alison.davis@uky.edu

An Associate Professor at UK, Alison’s faculty appointment is in the Agricultural Economics Department of the College of Agriculture. As an Extension Specialist, Alison stays very active training county Extension agents and providing economic analyses for community groups.  She has also organized new programs in the areas of rural economic development and rural health.  For one of her rural economic development programs, Alison has helped three county teams in Eastern Kentucky undergo a local planning process, developed a statewide network of economic development professionals, and initiated a campus-wide conference for faculty to share research on economic development at UK. Alison also directs the Kentucky Rural Health Works program, and stays on top of emerging policy issues related to rural health leadership and childhood obesity. Dr. Davis has had a successful track record in securing funding for these programs through a variety of sources.

In addition to her Extension roles, Alison also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at UK, advises five graduate students, and has published several journal articles and book chapters. Alison is also a UK Faculty Senator and a past President of the Kentucky Association of State Extension Professionals.

Charles Stamper Chuck Stamper, MS

Extension Program Coordinator, CEDIK
Regional Program and Development Coordinator, UK Cooperative Extension Service
130 Robinson Rd.

Jackson, KY 41339-9081
859-257-9511 ext. 237 office

cstamper@uky.edu

Chuck has been with Cooperative Extension Service since 1991. His programming strengths include council and board development, extension programming development and evaluation, and new agent development.  Chuck’s office is located at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability (RCARS) in Jackson, KY.

Sarah Bowker Sarah Frank Bowker, MA

Program Coordinator, CEDIK
Agricultural Economics
419 C.E. Barnhart Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0276
859-257-7272 ext. 246 office

sarah.frank@uky.edu

Sarah is a full time staff member in the Agricultural Economics Department in the College of Agriculture. She has worked at UK for over six years in rural community and economic development and applied demography.  Sarah is prepared to promote CEDIK and all that this Initiative offers to diverse Kentucky audiences.

  Marisa Aull, BA

Extension Associate, CEDIK
Agricultural Economics
404 C.E. Barnhart Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0276
859-257-7272 ext. 252 office

marisa.aull@uky.edu

Marisa is an extension associate for CEDIK in the College of Agriculture.  She has worked for Kentucky's Cooperative Extension Serivce for 10 years prior to joining CEDIK.  Marisa is coordinating the Community Health Needs Assessment Program for rural Kentucky hospitals.


CEDIK Core Faculty

Lori Garkovich, PhD

Extension Specialist, CEDIK
Professor, Community and Leadership Development
706 W.P. Garrigus Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
859-257-7581 office
lgarkov@uky.edu

Lori facilitates strategic planning and community visioning processes in communities and civic organizations. She has facilitated strategic planning related to economic development, land use and growth management, tourism development, and general community development.

Ron Hustedde

Ron Hustedde, PhD

Extension Specialist, CEDIK
Professor, Community and Leadership Development 

506 W.P. Garrigus Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0215
859-257-3186 office
ronald.hustedde@uky.edu

Ron is currently director of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute (KECI). In addition to entrepreneurship, his specialty areas include rural economic development, leadership development, public issues education, strategic planning and public conflict analysis and resolution.

Rick Maurer

Rick Maurer, PhD

Extension Specialist, CEDIK
Professor, Community and Leadership Development 
709 W.P. Garrigus Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0215
859-257-7582 office

richard.maurer@uky.edu

Rick’s areas of focus include rural, community, and economic development. He conducts extension programs in the areas of business retention and expansion, local service delivery and planning, land use, program evaluation, and community health service assessment and planning.

Kristina Ricketts

Kristina Ricketts, PhD

Extension Specialist, CEDIK
Assistant Professor, Community and Leadership Development 

700 W.P. Garrigus Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0215
859-257-3767 office

k.ricketts@uky.edu

Kristina is the Leadership Development Specialist for Kentucky Cooperative Extension. She provides leadership training for Extension faculty and specialized leadership presentations for various community groups. Kristina also publishes a good resource for basic leadership information that can be used in a variety of circumstances. The publication is called Empowering Leaders in Kentucky Extension, and is found online at: http://www.ca.uky.edu/KCCL/elk.php

Julie Zimmerman

Julie Zimmerman, PhD

Extension Specialist, CEDIK
Associate Professor, Community and Leadership Development 

705 W.P. Garrigus Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0215
859-257-7583 office

jzimm@uky.edu

Julie’s work in Extension focuses on rural sociology and applied demography.  She provides socioeconomic and demographic analyses for Kentucky communities through the data series "Kentucky: By the Numbers," and training on how to find and use data from the internet.  You can access the data series and Extension Publications at: http://www.ca.uky.edu/snarl