Meet the Staff
Missie Payne is the newest staff member of the Logan County Extension office, joining in December of 2019 as the Family & Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development Agent. Missie is from Peetz, CO where she attended school Kindergarten through twelfth grade. After high school, Missie attended NJC majoring in Psychology and received her Associate of Arts. After NJC, Missie transferred to CSU where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Missie then spent 10 years working in the human service field and in public and mental health before joining the Extension Office. Missie is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Adult Education and Training. She is married to an amazing man named Casey and they have two beautiful children, a little girl and boy. Her favorite quote is, “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” -Max De Pree. Missie says the best part of her job is, “working with learners from all ages and walks of life! I truly love being able to provide amazing educational opportunities through 4-H, engage stakeholders to create effective programs, and meet new and wonderful people. I love that no day looks the same!”
Wilma Trujillo is the Area Agronomist for both Logan County Extension and Morgan County Extension. She has worked with extension since March 2010 and with Logan County Extension since 2015. Wilma was born and raised in Columbia, South America. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Wilma then moved to the United States in the early 1990’s and attended the University of Florida, where she earned her Masters of Science degree in Agronomy. Wilma then worked two years before she decided to pursue her Doctoral degree at The Ohio State University. Wilma’s favorite quote is, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.” -Unknown- She says the best part of her job is all the close interaction she has with producers.
Brian Kailey is currently the CSU Extension County Director for Logan County. He is responsible for the 4-H program, horticulture & natural resource programing areas. Brain graduated from CSU with his B.S in Natural Resource Management and is currently working on his M.S in Extension Education. He has been working for CSU Extension since May of 2011. Brian grew up just outside of Merino, CO and attended Merino schools. During his youth Brian participated in sports, 4-H, FFA and FBLA. During his time in these organizations, Brian learned many life skills that he uses to this day. Brian also earned his State and American FFA degree and took second at nationals in landscape architecture. Brian is now sharing his leadership skills with youth of Logan County and to his own four kids. Brian and his wife (Maree) have three daughters and one son that range from 8 years to 9 months. When Brian is not in the office, he is at home taking kids to dance class, or going out to the archery range. Brian and Maree like being outdoors camping, fishing, and hiking. Brian’s favorite quote is, “whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” -Proverbs 10:17- Brian says the best part of his job is, “being out in the community working along side folks that are interested in learning.”
JD Sexton has worked under CSU Extension for 8 years as an 4-H Livestock and Agriculture Agent. JD grew up in LaPorte, Colorado where he was a 10 year 4-H member in Larimer County. JD was active in showing and judging livestock during his 4-H career. He attended Northeastern Junior College where he was a member of the Livestock Judging Team and received his associates in Animal Science. He then attended the University of Wyoming. There, he was on the Livestock Judging Team and received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science. While at the University of Wyoming, JD gained a passion for teaching youth about agriculture through livestock judging and showing livestock. After graduating from UW, he was the livestock judging coach at Eastern Wyoming College. After his 5 year coaching career, he then became a Livestock Nutritional Representative for Purina Animal Nutrition. JD started his career with CSU Extension in 2012 on the Western Slope of Colorado where he served as a County Director and Ag Agent. JD has been in Logan County as the 4-H Livestock and Ag Agent since 2018. JD obtained his Masters degree in Integrated Resource Management from CSU in 2019. JD, his wife and two kids have a small show lamb operation, where they enjoy raising quality show lambs to youth across the nation for 4-H and FFA projects. JD’s favorite quote is, ” Work hard, never give up, continue to learn and have some fun doing it!” The best part of JD’s job is, “Working with youth and agriculture producers to make them the best they can be!”
Sharla Harris is proud to be a Colorado native who grew up in Gill (east of Greeley) and attended school K-12 at Platte Valley in Kersey. In her youth, Sharla was very active in 4-H with projects ranging from sewing, photography, and genealogy to raising dairy goats. As a ten year member, she is excited to be part of the Logan County Extension office as the Financial Coordinator. Sharla holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Aims Community College. She most recently worked at the National Onion Association doing general accounting, event planning and member relations. Prior to the onion association, she was the Treasurer for the Town of Severance. Sharla has a grown son and daughter, enjoys quilting and gardening. Her recent move from Ault to Sterling coincides with her engagement to a wonderful man named Ron. They plan to be married in February 2021.