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Yancey County

Yancey County began programming for the Spring 2019 Empowering Youth and Families Program on Monday, February 18th. This was the third family cohort to participate in EYFP in Yancey 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

Niki Maness

Niki Maness

  • A Yancey County native and an EYFP Program Assistant for the county.
  • Graduated NC A&T SU in 2009 with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture.
  • Aspires to restore and maintain the tight-knit community that she experienced during the most important years of her life.
  • Can be found her exploring the creeks and trails with her husband and ever so curious toddler who both share her love for the outdoors when she’s not recruiting families or organizing session materials.
Jessica Zucchino

Jessica Zucchino

  • A former elementary school teacher and currently a fitness instructor, health coach, nutrition educator, and a Youth and Adult EFNEP Educator for Yancey County.
  • Her passion is to support others in meeting their goals and feeling their very best.
  • Believes that honest and open communication is the most powerful tool in relationships, whether they be family, community, or otherwise.
Tres Magner

Tres Manger

  • 17 years working with Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H
  • Current Cooperative Extension Director for Yancey County
  • Master’s degree in counseling and has taught parenting education for over twelve years
  • Proud to say that after years of putting his parenting skills to the test, both of his children still talk to him. His daughter currently attends UNC-Greensboro, and his son is a US Marine.
Pierce Bingham

Peirce Bingham

  • Has lived and worked in Yancey County for the last 16 years
  • His passion is the youth of Yancey County
  • Provides programming as the Mountain Challenge Coordinator for “At Risk” youth who have been referred by Juvenile Justice, DSS, School Guidance Counselors and Mental Health Providers. As a supporting role, his program offers referred parents classes in parenting.
  • Sits on the executive committee of the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force
  • Volunteers with Appalachian Youth to Youth (drug prevention)
  • Leads his Mission Team at church
  • Heads up a chapter of Celebrate Recovery
  • A leader of the area Bible Study Fellowship
  • Three-time president of the Rotary club of Burnsville
  • Sits on the board of both the local Kairos and Emmaus organizations.
  • Married with 4 kids and lives on a Mountain Farm where he raises  endangered Arapawa goats.
  • Extremely excited to be on the team bringing EYFP to Yancey County.
Linda Semon

Linda Semon

  • A 4-H Program Associate who has worked for Yancey County NC Cooperative Extension since 1998
  • Her focus as a 4-H youth development professional is to provide youth ages 5-19 of limited resource families the opportunity to learn life skills that develop confident, capable & caring adults
  • An employee of the Cooperative Extension Program at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC
  • An artist, avid sports car enthusiast, and loves educating the public on the care of parrots
  • 30 E. US highway 19E BYP, Burnsville, NC 28714
  • (828) 226-4154
  • nmmaness@ncsu.edu

EYFP PA – Niki Maness

Schedule: Monday & Friday, 8 hours – Other hours as needed