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Sara Elnakib

Assistant Professor/Educator

Sara Elnakib has worked in the area of community nutrition as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over 10 years. Dr. Elnakib joined the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor in January 2015. She has focused on food insecurity and improving food access in Passaic County


Amy Rowe

County Agent II

Amy Rowe joined Rutgers Cooperative Extension in 2010 and is an Agriculture and Natural Resources County Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties. Amy earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers in Environmental Sciences. Her background is in water chemistry with a concentration on the fate and transport of contaminants. She has worked in stormwater management for more


Jennifer Shukaitis

Assistant Professor/Educator

Jennifer Shukaitis came to Rutgers in 2012, and has thoroughly enjoyed being a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences. During her time here, she has implemented programs in nutrition and wellness to audiences ranging in age from pre-school to older adults. She has also partnered with FoodCorps, the NJ Department


Marycarmen Kunicki

Passaic County 4-H Agent

Marycarmen is responsible for the overall Passaic County 4-H youth development program.  She develops, implements, and evaluates educational programs, teaching over 4,000 youth to date. She collaborates with many community organizations, including Oasis, a Haven for Women and Children, local public libraries, public and charter schools, and Passaic County Senior Services to develop strong partnerships in


Cecilia Diaz

Agricultural Associate & Master Gardener Coordinator

Cecilia Diaz has worked in education, urban agriculture, and horticulture as an Agronomist for over 9 years. Ms. Diaz joined Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources as a Program Associate in September of 2018. She has focused her work on urban agriculture and kitchen gardens as part of her role


Marissa Staffen

4-H Agent

Marissa Staffen MPA, is a 4-H County Agent in the Department of 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers University. Working with 4-H since 2010, Marissa has focused her teaching on STEM topics, including climate change, urban agriculture, and food systems education. Marissa’s research focuses on positive youth development program models in Urban extension, particularly focused on STEM


Sabrina Subhit

Food Waste Coordinator

Sabrina Subhit began working as a Food Waste Coordinator for RCE in 2021 where she assists with food waste reduction efforts in schools. She is a Rutgers alumni with a background in Nutritional Sciences and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Monroe College. She has experience working with high-risk populations at non-profit organizations.


Claudia Urdanivia

4-H Program Associate

Claudia Urdanivia is a 4-H Program Associate in Hudson County at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. She holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Graduate Certificate in Community Development. Claudia has worked in the field of community development, food systems, and urban agriculture for close to a decade. In her role at 4-H, she creates partnerships with