Mercedes Maness

Professional Profile

Mercedes Maness is an Eastern Kentucky native with a passion for student success and community progress and is interested in applying social theory and practical processes to community issues to establish effective and sustainable solutions.

Mercedes is an Extension Associate at CEDIK who holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Community and Leadership Development with a minor in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Her focus is on Youth Engagement and Rural Health. She works on youth programming with a community design emphasis. Mercedes hopes to engage rural youth in both identifying and cultivating solutions to issues in their community through design and leadership development.