NC State Extension

Our Team

Lindsey Haynes-Maslow
Ph.D., MHA
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

Dr. Haynes-Maslow has many areas of expertise, including food and nutrition policy, chronic disease prevention, community-based participatory research, diversity, and inclusion in foods and nutrition programming.

Dr. Haynes-Maslow researches policies that lead to healthy behaviors. An expert on the intersection between food systems, nutrition, and public health, as well as the impact of government policies driving the food system, she has over 10 years of experience working with non-profit, private, and public organizations that focus on obesity prevention for low-resource communities.


Gretchen Hofing
Steps to Health Program Coordinator

Gretchen coordinates the federal nutrition education program Steps to Health, NC State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). She a graduate of Purdue University in food science/foods & nutrition in business, Kendall College’s culinary arts certificate program and the University of North Carolina’s Master’s in Public Health program.

Gretchen has a lifelong interest in foods and wellness. She has worked in the business sector with product development and in the non-profit sector leading nutrition education.


Lindsay Goolsby
School Nutrition Associate

Lindsay oversees all the Steps to Health curriculum. She has a BSPH in Nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill, her MS in Nutrition from UNC-Greensboro, and completed her Dietetic Internship through UNC-Greensboro. She has her Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management.

Lindsay is a former 4-H’er from Cabarrus County, NC and loves to cook.


Elizabeth Gerndt
Food Environment Associate

Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Clemson University and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. As the Food Environments Associate, Elizabeth oversees the policy, systems, and environmental change initiatives where people eat and shop, such as convenience stores, farmers markets, school lunchrooms and food pantries.

Before working with Steps to Health, Elizabeth implemented local level PSE initiatives related to healthy eating and active living with low-income communities in South Carolina.


Sam Hoeffer


Data Analysis & Nutrition Associate

Sam is the Data Analysis & Nutrition Associate at Steps to Health. In addition to overseeing reporting and evaluation for the program, she helps implement initiatives that improve food systems and policies.

Prior to her work with Steps to Health, Sam managed nutrition and gardening programs in Boston public schools; conducted program evaluation for North Carolina non-profits; and analyzed federal nutrition policy in Massachusetts. Sam holds a BA in International Studies from Kenyon College and an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University. In her free time, she enjoys biking around Durham, traveling to new places, working in the garden, and staying active in local politics.

Caren Maloy


Senior Nutrition Educator

Caren provides direct education programs for adults in the Greater Triangle area. She has over 20 years of clinical and food service experience in hospital and healthcare settings with leadership in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating healthcare promotion and community-based nutrition education programs. Caren has a BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from Marymount College and an MS in Foods and Nutrition from Florida State University.

In designing and facilitating nutrition education programs for limited resource populations, Caren motivates and coaches adults to improve their nutrition and health through access to classroom and remote nutrition education classes as well as guided supermarket tours.


Jayne McBurney
Technology & Social Media Associate

Jayne has BS in Family Relations and Human Development and MS in Home Economics Education, completing both degrees at Ohio State University. She manages the social media for the program, encouraging stakeholders and participants to continuously learn about healthy eating patterns and physical activity. Jayne also works on projects to engage participants through technology and new educational initiatives. Jayne was a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for 10 years prior to this position.

When not at the office, Jayne enjoys traveling, time with her family, and using her skills and abilities in service projects.


Virginia C. Alejo-Lopez

Nutrition Educator

Burke and Caldwell

Virginia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, moving to North Carolina ten years ago to live in Lenoir, NC. She returned to school in 2008 and finish where she had left off twenty years prior, receiving her AA degree from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and then attending Appalachian State University’s distance cohort program receiving her degree in Health Promotion.

She enjoys spending time outdoors in a quiet scenic area either: hiking, bicycling, walking or swimming and having a refreshing lunch afterward. She also enjoys working on a craft, reading a book, and/or catching up on her favorite TV show.


Juliet Eirikis
Nutrition Educator
McDowell and Mitchell

A native of Florida, Juliet completed her Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida with minors in Health Science and Florida teaching. Juliet has a strong background in nutrition-based research in elementary schools. She enjoys hearing feedback from program participants about adopting healthier behaviors.

Juliet enjoys hiking and exploring the mountains and culture in western North Carolina.


Janetta Matthews
Nutrition Educator
Duplin, Lenoir, and Sampson 

Janetta is a native of Duplin County, who attended Kenansville Elementary, EE. Smith Middle, and James Kenan High School. She obtained my Bachelor’s degree at Elizabeth City State University and my Masters through Grand Canyon University. Janetta served as an EFNEP Educator before joining the SNAP-Ed team, bringing a great joy of teaching to her work.

Janetta is working on being for mindful in her life through meditation, relaxation, and healthy eating.


Jennifer Morgan
Nutrition Educator
Randolph, Montgomery, Alamance, and Guilford

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With a passion to educate and motivate people and communities on how to stay in control of their health, Jen helps schools to create healthy environments that support the healthy lifestyle choices of the staff, students, and families.

When she is not doing the job she loves, Jen enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and playing competitive kickball.


Shannon Hoffman

Administrative Support Specialist

Shannon provides data entry, office support, and year-end reporting assistance for the Steps to Health program. She has a degree in Business Administration and a degree in Marketing.

Shannon has worked for several statewide non-profits and other industries, including the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her background is diverse, and her perspectives and ideas are unique and valuable to the team. In her spare time, she is either judging a horse show, riding her mules and donkeys in the mountains, or working on her farm.


Christian Woods
Administrative Support Associate

Chris began his 9-year stint at NCSU as a CALS student has evolved into an employee on campus while completing his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. His road to his current position with SNAP-Ed and EFNEP was a definitive one as he pushes towards furthering his education and becoming a savant in the Nutrition field. He intends to earn his Masters Degree and become an RD/LDN.

Chris is proud of earning a position here with EFNEP and SNAP-Ed while working as an employee/student for the last 3-4 years.

When not working, Chris enjoys reading, music, and funny YouTube videos. He enjoys Japanese and Jamaican cuisine.