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National Associations

Six professional associations promote professional and overall Extension organization improvement on a national level. The OJCEP state presidents are liaisons with the national associations; contact them for additional information.

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2021 Ohio Chapter President: Stephen Brady,

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP), the national Extension Fraternity, promotes effective working relationships among county, regional, state, and administrative personnel. Membership is by invitation only. Initiates must have completed five years of Extension work. Ohio's chapter is Alpha Eta.

2021 Ohio President: Kelly Coble, 

The National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) is an internationally recognized, non-profit, non-partisan association of professional youth development educators. NAE4-HYDP is dedicated to promoting, strengthening, enhancing and advocating for the 4-H youth development profession. 


2021 Ohio President: Marcus McCartney,

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), is an organization of professional extension educators, with a mission to further the professional improvement of its members, communication and cooperation among all extension educators and provide for enhancement of the image of extension and the development of personal growth opportunities for extensionprofessionals.


2021 Ohio President: Cheryl Barber-Spires,

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences(NEAFCS) educates and recognizes Extension professionals who impact the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

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2021 Ohio President: Gwynn Stewart,

The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.


2021 Ohio President: Ashley Kulhanek,

The Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) is a national association for Cooperative Extension Service professionals working in environmental education, fisheries, forestry, wood sciences, range, recreation, waste management, water, wildlife, and related disciplines. Members are active and retired CES employees at the county, area, state, or national level.


2021 Ohio President: Jared Morrison,

The National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) provides an organized forum for Extension professionals who are engaged in program and staff development. The NAEPSDP mission is to: improve communication and collaboration; share resources; enhance multi-state efforts; sponsor and promote educational training programs and activities that advance program and staff development practices; and advance the professional status of Extension program and staff development professionals by encouraging continuous improvement.