About Us


Welcome to Branch County Michigan State University Extension. It is our mission to help people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. 

MSU Extension directs its programming initiatives to meet Michigan’s most pressing needs in four key areas:
  • Greening Michigan Institute - Leverage Natural Resources and Human Assets for Prosperity
  • Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute - Enhance Michigan’s First Green Industry
  • Health and Nutrition Institute - Improving the Health and Nutrition for Michigan Families
          Programs Available throughout Michigan:
If we can be of assistance, please contact us by e-mail, mail, phone, fax, or stop in for a visit.

Contact Information
MSU Extension | Branch County
570 Marshall Rd, Suite C
Coldwater, MI 49036
email:  msue.branch@county.msu.edu

Ph: 517-279-4311 x 0
Fx: 517-278-5064


Staff Directory

Julie Pioch - District 13 Coordinator
Valerie Albright, SNAP-Ed Program Instructor, Health & Nutrition Institute
Paola Bacigalupo-Sanguesa, Extension Educator Dairy, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
Tamra Bildner, Office Manager, County Employee
Connie Lange, 4-H Youth Educator, Children & Youth Institute
Sarah Sleziak Johnson, Extension Educator, Health & Nutrition Institute
Suzanne Pish, Extension Educator, Health & Nutrition Institute,
                   Specializing in Social-Emotional Well-being
Dave Thompson, Extension Educator Swine, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute

Part-Time On Call:
Dusty Modert, Administrative Assistant, Branch County 4-H Foundation
Jeannie VanKampen, Program Assistant, Health & Nutrition Institute