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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 ten 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

Carla Adams

Carla Adams

Program Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program
  • Received a BA in Elementary Education from Mars Hill and worked on her Masters at Gardner-Webb
  • Training as an Elementary Reading Specialist and has Health Skills training in CPR/AED
  • McDowell Co Camp Director
  • 32 years teaching at Burke Co Public School (K-6), now retired
  • Taught Drama and Art Classes after school
  • Girl Scout Leader, Guardian Ad-Litem Volunteer, and coached boys basketball 
  • Raised 2 wonderful kids, Josh and Meridith, who still make her prouder each and every day 
  • Enjoys family camping, boating, grilling out, or just sitting around together
  • Working with children has always been her passion, whether they are her kids or someone else’s.
  • Looking forward to working with the youth and their caretakers in EYFP 
Nicki Carpenter

Nicki Carpenter

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
  • 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
Spring Williams-Byrd

Spring Williams-Byrd

County Extension Director
  • 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.
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.

Program Contact Information

EYFP PA – Carla Adams

  • 130 Ammons Dr., Morganton, NC, 28655
  • (828)764-9480 (office)
  • cmadam23@ncsu.edu