Sharon Lezberg
Community Development Educator

Sharon Lezberg focuses on organizational development and community economic development. She supports organizational capacity building for nonprofit organizations, specifically by developing educational programs and providing consulting on organizational and program planning and evaluation. Lezberg provides facilitation assistance to nonprofits and public entities (such as local government), helps to design and implement inclusive engagement processes in community decision making, and contributes to research initiatives on various community based efforts. Prior to joining Extension, Sharon served as an Associate Scientist at the Environmental Resources Center, where she coordinated research and outreach projects on community-based food systems, sustainable energy development, and outreach to women and Hispanic farmers.  Sharon’s experience includes non-profit management, facilitation, program development and management, evaluation, and research. She received a PhD in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, an M.A. from Clark University in International Development and Social Change, and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.


Natural Resources Educator – Michelle Probst

Michelle Probst is the new Natural Resources Educator for UW-Madison Division of Extension in Dane County. In this role, she will support community organizations, committees and departments in informed decision making, strategic planning and their overall efforts to improve the environmental benefits and natural resource assets of the Dane County community. Michelle began working for UW-Madison Division of Extension in 2018 where she engaged community members and built capacity among stakeholders in the Rock River watershed to improve water quality. In this position, she facilitated organizational development and strategic planning processes, and develops, delivers, and evaluates programs related to conservation and water quality.

Prior to joining Extension, Michelle has worked as a Watershed Coordinator for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District in Iowa, and as an Agricultural Runoff Management Specialist for the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. Michelle has a B.S. in Soil and Land Management from UW-Stevens Point, and a M.S. in Agronomy from Kansas State University.

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General Office Contact:
Dane County Extension
5201 Fen Oak Drive,
Suite 138
Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 608-224-3700
Fax: 608-224-3727