Philip Alan “Al” Hight joined the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension and Arboretum as director in August, 2009. Among his responsibilities are the day-to-day operations for the Arboretum and Cooperative Extension educational programs in horticulture, 4-H and family and consumer science.
Under Al’s direction, an on-going garden improvement project is making the Arboretum display garden more people and event–friendly and creating a better educational resource for the citizens of New Hanover County.
Al has over 25 years of experience as a North Carolina extension agent and county extension director. He also owned and operated his own landscape design business for ten years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University. He is a fitness enthusiast who doubles his workout by running and lifting weights.
Scott is no stranger to 4-H and is a true “clover”. A former Nash County 4-H member, he understands the values, mission and ideals of 4-H. Scott has over twenty years of experience with NC State University and Cooperative Extension.
While working in the Department of Agricultural and Human Science (2007- 2015), Scott served as the project coordinator for Operation: Military Kids North Carolina (OMK) program where he led educational, recreational hands-on programs for military dependents before, during, and after deployments of their service member.
Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Organizational Development from the University of Mount Olive.
Breyana has an MPH in Community Health from Armstrong State University and is CHES certified. She has previous experience working with SNAP populations in Georgia where she focused on PSE intervention in low-income communities. Her previous work has provided her great experience with healthy retail initiatives, community-based education programming, faith and health initiatives, and social marketing campaigns. Some of Breyana’s hobbies include cooking, traveling, and attending cultural festivals.
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A native of North Carolina, I grew up in Chapel Hill and Charlotte and I have called Wilmington home since 1994. A winding path, which began in my Grandmother’s bountiful garden as a child, has led me to a career in therapeutic horticulture. In 2004, through the NHC Master Gardener program, I began to work with the Ability Garden, I became a Horticultural Therapy Intern, the Program Director – Horticultural Therapy Extension Agent and I am now the Executive Director of our non-profit. I have an English degree from UNC – Chapel Hill and have pursued graduate studies in both Gerontology and Public Administration from UNC – Wilmington. I am a member of the Coastal Compost Council, the Carolinas Horticultural Therapy Network, the Blue Ribbon Commission Health and Wellness Committee and a Board Member of Canines for Service. I am most content when I am spending time with my children.