Merced 4-H Youth Development
Merced 4-H Youth Development
Merced 4-H Youth Development
University of California
Merced 4-H Youth Development


The 4-H Team

Merced County 4-H Youth Development Program

The following UC staff and county employees are here to assist you. Some of our staff are part time and funded by grants for special projects. If you have a question give us a call at (209) 385-7418 or email one of us below.

4-H Youth Development Staff

Jose Campos 
4-H Program Representative 


Jose joins our staff with more than 40 years of 4-H experience in the Youth Development Program. He grew up in Stanislaus County as a member, served as an adult volunteer and Summer Camp Program Director. He has led youth delegates to Washington Citizenship Focus, Cal Focus, State Leadership Conference and Youth Summits. His goal is to continue building on the traditions of Merced 4-H, and create pathways of opportunities for youth and adults to explore their potential.

Alexxis Rudich 
4-H Secretary


Alexxis is a 4-H alumni of the Ballico-Cressey 4-H club. She currently leads the Senior Pen Pal project where members make a craft and write a monthly letter to their senior pen pal. Alexxis started as the 4-H Student Assistant in 2015. Her current position includes a partnership with HSA and getting Foster Youth involved in 4-H. 

Beth Smith

Beth is a 4-H alumni and volunteer Leader for over 30 years.  She assists the 4-H Sponsoring Committee in planning and accounting for fund raising and support.  Beth also assists with Management Team accounting.

Russell Hill
4-H Youth Development Advisor


  Please Contact any one of us at the
Merced County Office
University of California
Cooperative Extension
2145 Wardrobe Avenue
Merced, CA 95341

(209) 385-7418 fax (209) 722-8856
web: (you are here) 

4-H Management Team

The Merced County 4-H Management Team is made up of staff, volunteers and teens.  The Team consists of three boards, educational, promotional, and resource.

Educational Resource Board

  • Large Animals-Amanda Leo & Erica Cardey
  • Small Animals-Samantha Downey
  • Home & Leisure-Louise Farley
  • Leadership-Ka Xiong
  • Shooting Sports- Dave Givens
  • Science/Technology-Richard Mahacek
  • Social Science- 

Promotional Board

  • Advocacy
  • Delivery- Jose A. Campos
  • Evaluation
  • Expansion & Review- Russ Hill & Jose Campos
  • Visibility
  • Camp-Kim Heyer

Resource Board

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Fundraising-Juanita Pedrozo
  • Incentives-Laurie Bazan
  • Personnel
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