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Eric Dobbrastine - 4-H Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the Lansing area, Eric graduated from Grand Ledge High School before enrolling at Lansing Community College and eventually transferring to Michigan State University.  There, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources and a Master's degree in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management.  As part of his Master's studies, Eric participated in the Peace Corps Master International Program, serving as a Peace Corp volunteer in Uganda from 2012 to 2013.  His service focused primarily on assisting the indigenous Batwa people (also know as "pygmies") with the development of income generating programs.  Eric also worked on promoting educational opportunities for Batwa children and coordinating leadership camps for Ugandan youth.

His extensive experience working with diverse you populations also includes conducting nature camps with young children at Lansing's Fenner Nature Center, volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, providing guidance to troubled teens at St. Vincent Catholic Charities' Children's Home, and serving as a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Eric has a incurable addiction to travel that has led him to unique and fascinating destinations throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and there are many more places he hopes to discover.  In addition to his passion for exploring the world, experiencing new cultures and mentoring youth, Eric enjoys running, camping, nature-based and adventure recreation, and Michigan State sports.
Glenda Weiss- 4-H Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the Ingham County area, Glenda Weiss is an alumni of the Ingham County 4-H program, belonging to the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club and later the North Williamston Country-men. She graduated from Perry High School where she also belonged to the FFA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at MSU in Agribusiness and Natural Resources Education. She spent 29 years teaching at Millington Community Schools in the subjects of Vocational Agriculture, Science and Computers. While teaching she served as an FFA advisor, produced and directed the high school plays, served as the junior high yearbook and newspaper advisor as well as a class advisor.

Glenda has been with MSU Extension as the Wayne County 4-H Program Coordinator for three years. She is responsible for developing Wayne County’s teen livestock council as well as organizing and facilitating many STEM and robotics summer camps and programs. She also developed a partnership with a farm in Detroit for youth to gain animal science experience.

She has served as a 20-year volunteer in the Lapeer County 4-H program; engaging youth in life skill development through the rabbit and craft projects. Glenda has served as the Michigan State Rabbit Breeders Youth Association advisor for 13 years. In addition to rabbits and cavies, her livestock experiences include dairy, beef, goats, swine and equine. She is passionate about working with youth and enjoys crafts, traveling, reading, and baking.