Northern Area Horticulture Faculty & Staff

Heidi Kratsch, Northern Area Horticulture Specialist

Heidi is Extension’s Northern Area Horticulture Specialist. Her interests and expertise are in urban horticulture, water-efficient and native plant landscaping and sustainable plant production.

She is the program director for many of Extension’s horticulture trainings, including Green Industry Training; Green Industry Continuing Education Series; and Grow Your Own, Nevada!.

Heidi has written many publications for Extension and for Utah State University. Her book, Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West: A Professional and Do-It-Yourself Guide is available for sale in our office.

Heidi’s Contact information:

University of Nevada, Reno Extension
Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: hkratsch@unr.edu

Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881

Wendy Hanson Mazet, Extension Plant Diagnostician

Wendy, a Certified Arborist, is the Northern Area/Washoe County Extension Plant Diagnostician. She has expertise in horticulture, arboriculture, noxious weeds, and vegetable and fruit and low water use gardening.

As the Extension Plant Diagnostician, Wendy spends her time answering questions from the public relating to horticulture. She identifies plants and insects, diagnoses plant and landscape issues and provides science-based gardening information. She teaches many basic and advanced horticulture classes for homeowners, arborists, green industry professionals and the general public through various programs.

Wendy’s Contact information:

University of Nevada, Reno Extension
Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: hansonw@unr.edu

Ph: (775) 336-0246, direct line
Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881

portrait of Melody HefnerMelody Hefner, Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Program Coordinator

Melody coordinates the Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety programs in Nevada. She works statewide to provide educational programs for certified pesticide applicators and coordinates the Hispanic Landscaper Training in Washoe County. Melody also teaches classes related to IPM, pesticides and soils for many horticulture programs.

Melody’s Contact information:

University of Nevada, Reno Extension
Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: mhefner@unr.edu
Ph: (775) 336-0247, direct line
Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881

Chad Morris, Commercial Horticulture Program Coordinator

Horticulture has been a personal and professional source of enjoyment for Chad throughout his life. He has experience in nearly every facet of the green industry, from nursery retail to landscape maintenance and tree work. Between this and his many years of local business ownership, he is excited to help the UNR Cooperative Extension continue developing its Commercial Horticulture Program.

Chad’s Contact information:

University of Nevada, Reno Extension
Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: chadmorris@unr.edu
Ph: (775) 336-0249, direct line
Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881

 

Rachel McClure, Washoe County Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Rachel received a B.A., in Communication Studies from California State University, San Bernardino, with a concentration in Public Argumentation and Rhetoric in 1997.  She spent years in the private sector managing stores for Target and Borders Bookstore, leaving it for the family Horticulture business.  The small crop specialty production nursery provided ornamental perennials to local independent nurseries in Nevada as well as edible flowers, specialty herbs and mushrooms to local restaurants in Nevada and California.  The nursery had great partnerships with local high schools, FFA and local communities, helping to create high school berry programs, orchards, help establish the petunia basket program for Gardnerville, Minden and Carson City, on site classes partnering with the department of Agriculture and garden clubs in Smith and Mason Valleys.

Rachel’s Contact information:

University of Nevada, Reno Extension
Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: rmcclure@unr.edu
Ph: (775) 336-0274, direct line
Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881

JoAnne Skelly, Emerita Faculty: Carson City/Storey County

JoAnne’s passions include urban horticulture, integrated pest management, sustainable landscape design and landscape maintenance. She received her B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her M.S. in Natural Resource Management from UNR.

She has authored many Extension publications. Additionally, she is a frequent contributor to the Nevada Appeal and the Reno Gazette-Journal. An archive of all of her newspaper articles from 2008 to present is available to read online for free.

JoAnne’s Contact information:

Email: skellyj@unr.edu