Amy Loader

Interim Director

Amy Loader

Amy Loader served as associate director for UNH Extension from 2016 until March 2024 when she stepped up as interim director. She brings a wealth of experience, dedication and knowledge to this role.

She joined Extension in 2001 as an agriculture educator, assigned to Belknap County (2001 – 2009), followed by Merrimack County (2009 – 2012). As an Extension educator, Amy contributed significantly to the success of sustainable agriculture programs and initiatives in New Hampshire and the Northeast. She also successfully led Extension’s Food and Agriculture Program (2012 – 2016). Her commitment to Extension’s mission and her proven leadership skills make her well-suited for the challenges and responsibilities that come with this position.

Assistant Director of Operations 

James McKane

James McKane

Program Team Leaders

UNH Cooperative Extension is organized into five broad program areas, each led by a program team leader.

Charlie French, Community & Economic Development
Kelly McAdam, 
Food & Agriculture
Mike Young, Health & Well-Being
Darrel CovellNatural Resources
Kate Guerdat, Education & 4-H Youth Development

Advisory Councils

Each county hosts a 14-member advisory council that helps identify the educational needs of county residents and implement Extension programs. These all-volunteer councils meet no fewer than six times per year. Each county council includes a member of the county delegation and a representative from the county commissioners.