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Burke County

“We are excited to bring this program to the families of Burke County and are looking forward to our first cohort starting next month.”

Burke County began programming for the Spring 2019 Empowering Youth and Families Program on Tuesday, March 19th, in partnership with the Burke County Health Department and Burke Recovery. This was the first family cohort to participate in EYFP in Burke County. Each family participates in a twelve session program that is designed to strengthen their relationships and empower them to lead community change.  Families also take part in a weekend retreat at Black Mountain YMCA Assembly in May, where they learn community action planning and create a vision for opioid misuse prevention in their community. 

Meet Our People

Erika Baxter

Erika Baxter

  • A yoga teacher, personal trainer and mom who believes that prevention is key to a healthy life.
  • Passionate about sharing her knowledge with others to help them live their best life.
Emily Troutman

Emily Troutman

  • Graduate of NC State University with a B.S. in Nutrition Science.
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for Burke County since 2016.
  • Driven by teaching nutrition, food safety, cooking skills and inspiring others to set and achieve goals for a healthy, well balanced life.
  • Enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two dogs, coaching youth softball, and relentlessly cheering on the Wolfpack.
Nicki Carpenter

Nicki Carpenter

  • Burke County Extension Agent in 4-H Youth Development and has worked with N.C. Cooperative Extension for over 7 years.
  • Draws inspiration from working with the teens participating in activities such as Electric Congress, STEM Camp, life skills training, and leadership development
  • Values time with family, baking, and using her skills and knowledge in Cosmetology and Aviation.
  • Pursuing her Master’s degree at NC State University
Chae Moore

Chae Moore

  • Public Health Education Specialist at Burke County Health Department.
  • Worked at two non-profits in Catawba County as a community educator and program coordinator before coming to the Health Department
  • Focuses primarily on teaching diabetes prevention/management, good nutrition, and physical activity within the community.
  • Her passion lies within prevention and helping individuals live their healthiest lives.
  • Prevention is very important to her because if we can learn to be proactive about our health instead of reactive, it changes everything for the better.
Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

  • Worked in Public Health for the past 29 years, mainly working in the area of prevention.
  • Passionate about prevention
  • Believes, given time, prevention sustains wellness through great collaborations, maximizes resources, and extends the life span of individuals.
Savannah Wilson

Savannah Wilson

  • North Carolina Youth Specialist for Burke County under the Drug Free Communities Grant and the coordinator for the B.R.I.D.G.E program at Burke Recovery
  • Does prevention education in the Burke County school system.
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology and is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist.
  • Currently a student with the University of Phoenix, working on obtaining her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling.
  • Believes in meeting people wherever they are in their lives and helping them achieve goals they want for themselves, and that compassion, communication, and togetherness is the best way to build the bond for people to realize their dreams.
Spring Williams-Byrd

Spring Williams-Byrd

  • Worked for North Carolina Cooperative Extension since 1989
  • A 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Extension Agent, and County Extension Director.  
  • Responsible for administration and leadership of Extension staff and programs in Burke County.
  • Served in leadership positions in a variety of professional associations, including 4-H Agents, Federation / NC JCEP, NACDEP, and Epsilon Sigma Phi at the district, state and national levels.
  • Also served in facilitator roles and on numerous committees for Extension.
  • Believes in the Extension mission of always trying to improve the quality of life, land, and economy of the citizens, while also upholding the motto of 4-H “to make the best better”!
  • Currently a doctoral candidate in Agricultural and Extension Education@NC State University.
  • 130 Ammons Dr., Morganton, NC, 28655
  • (301) 717 - 4388 (cell)
  • ecbaxter@ncsu.edu

EYFP PS – Erica Baxter

Schedule: MWF 8:30 – 3 and T/Th mornings until the program starts