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Adult Development and Aging Workgroup

The Adult Development and Aging Workgroup (ADAW) was established in January 2017 to inform, assess and address the existing and emerging needs and priorities of Older Americans and aging farmers, and to strategically position extension programs for future priorities. Committee members represent all regions of the country and are from the 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions, and consist of 10-12 individuals. The committee meets monthly via conference calls. Two broad goals have been the focus of the workgroup:

  1. Identify and promote programs that directly target seniors, have good impact, and that are easily adaptable to other states; and
  2. Network/disseminate work for broader impact.

Goals of the ADAW are subject to change yearly depending on emerging priorities.


  • Christine Fruhauf, Colorado State University
  • Deborah John, Oregon State University
  • Erin Yelland, Kansas State University
  • Jacquelyn Benson, University of Missouri
  • Jatunn Gibson, Habitat for Humanity
  • Kristie Kulinski, AoA/Administration for Community Living
  • Linda Bobroff, University of Florida
  • Matthew Kaplan, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Novella Ruffin, Virginia State University
  • Linda Toppin, USDA/NIFA

Past Members:

  • Donna Brown, Delaware State University
  • Randall Cantrell, University of Florida

Joining the Committee

The ADAW currently has full membership but anticipates recruiting again in October 2018. Interested persons should continue to look to this site for upcoming membership opportunities.

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