Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

District VI Center Faculty and Staff


District Extension Administrator 

Ray Bader, District Extension Administrator

Dr. Raymond F. Bader joined the Far West District VI Extension Center as the District Extension Administrator in October 2013.

Dr. Bader holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Horticulture from University of the Philippines and a Ph.D in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University.

He joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in 1997 as a Natural Resources agent in El Paso County, later becoming the El Paso County Extension Director.

Dr. Bader is responsible for one of 12 district offices in the state and takes care of staffing, professional development and management of county extension agents in 23 counties in far west Texas. He coordinates and evaluates educational programming delivered by the agents, and, in his role as DEA, serves as a liaison with County Commissioners’ Courts, key leaders, and state and federal elected officials to improve the lives of clientele in far west Texas.

 4-H and Youth Development

Charlene Belew – Extension Program Specialist – 4-H & Youth Development

The 4-H and Youth Development Programming in the Far West Texas Extension District 6 of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is lead by Extension Program Specialist for 4-H, Charlene Belew.  Charlene holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Agriculture from Texas Tech University and a Master of Agriculture in Animal Science from Sul Ross State University.  She began her professional career with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in 2001 as the County Extension Agent in Family & Consumer Sciences for Upton County and transferred to Glasscock County in 2003 where she served as the CEA-FCS until her recent appointment as a member of the Texas 4-H faculty.

As District 4-H Specialist, her responsibilities include being the chief resource person to County Extension Agents in respect to Positive Youth Development.  Program planning, educational program delivery, volunteer management and volunteer development are  areas of support to the County 4-H and Youth Development Programs.


 Extension Animal Science

Dr. Bruce Carpenter

Bruce Carpenter, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist

Dr. Bruce Carpenter, associate professor and Extension livestock specialist, is headquartered at the District VI Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center in Ft. Stockton. He is also a member of the physiology of reproduction section in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M. He received his bachelor’s in animal science and range science at New Mexico State University. He earned both master’s and doctorate degrees at Texas A&M University in Physiology of Reproduction.

Carpenter’s Extension activities include district responsibilities in a 23 county area in the Far West Texas district where he interacts with County Extension Agents, livestock producers, and allied industry to conduct educational programs and applied research targeting range livestock (cattle, sheep, goats), horses, and ranch and natural resource management and planning. At the regional and state levels, he is active in Integrated Toxic Plant Management, the Southwest Beef Symposium, and cattle pregnancy determination and artificial insemination clinics.

Extension Entomology

Dr. Mark Muegge, Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist

Dr. Mark Muegge is an Associate Professor and Extension Entomology Specialist in the Department of Entomology.  Dr. Muegge received a B.S. in Entomology from Purdue University, an M.S. in Entomology from The University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Entomology.  My program focuses on improving IPM of agricultural commodities such as alfalfa, pecans, and cotton via applied research, and increasing adoption of IPM strategies by Texas clientele through educational programs, extension publications, field days, electronic media, and local, regional, national and international meetings.  Additional extension activities revolve around assisting county extension agents with development and implementation of training programs that address the entomological needs of Texas clientele.   These training or educational programs include commercial crops, home and garden, medical/veterinary, and structural insect IPM.  I also conduct taxonomic research on a primitive group of soil and litter inhabiting Hexapods, (Diplura: Japygidae).  To date, I have described four species new to science; two of these from Texas.

Selected References:

M.A. Muegge, A.E. Knutson. 2011.  Mating Disruption of Pecan Nut Casebearer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Pecans. (In preparation).

Knutson, A.E., M.A. Muegge. 2010. A Degree-Day Model Initiated by Pheromone Trap Captures for Managing Pecan Nut Casebearer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Pecans.  Econ. Entomol. 103(3): 735-743.

Knutson, A.E., M.A. Muegge, L.T. Wilson and S. E. Naranjo. 2008. Evaluation of Sampling Methods and Development of Sample Plans for Estimating Predator Densities in Cotton.  Econ. Entomol. 101(4): 1501-1509.

Muegge, M.A. 2004. Description of Evalljapyx limpia n. sp. (Diplura: Japygidae) from the Davis Mountains of West Texas.  Entomol. Soc. Wash. 106(4): 923-927.

Extension Range Management

Dr. Alyson McDonald

Dr. Alyson McDonald, Assistant Professor & Extension Range Specialist

Dr. Alyson McDonald is an Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.  Dr. McDonald received her B.S. (1994) in Animal Science – Range Management from Angelo State University and her M.S. in Natural Resource Management (2001) from Sul Ross State University.  She completed her Ph.D. (2010) in Water Management and Hydrological Science at Texas A&M University.  Previous research includes upland hydrology, specifically rainfall runoff and infiltration within a banded vegetation pattern and also surface water – groundwater interactions along the Pecos River in West Texas.  Dr. McDonald provides technical assistance and expertise to county extension agents, landowners, and livestock producers in District 6 and portions of Districts 2 and 7.



Support Staff

Staci Schoenfeldt, District Office Manager

Bekah Dominguez, Office Associate

Lisa Sorrells, Senior Office Assistant (Specialist Support)

Jamie Horton, Senior Office Assistant (4-H Programs Support)

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